Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How to help the evacuees coming to Houston

Go to the SciGuy's Blog and see how you can help these poor people. I just love lists like these! It takes the guess work out of what should I do? Or how can I help?

How 'bout this for a blast from the past? From the Burdick Family archives, October 2, 1963...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Does That Make Me The Oldest Now?

I saw this in today Houston Chronicle: "A Dutchwoman, the world's oldest person on record who swore by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life, died today aged 115".

Does her death make me the oldest living person now?! Will my obit say something like 'she lived to a ripe old age and she swore by a daily helping of HoHos and diet soda"?

It is pretty cool that she made it to 115 and could still swear. I think I'll down a diet Pepsi in her memory.

Jay Lee's Patented Spyware Removal System!

Jay Lee's Patented Spyware Removal System!

A comprehensive "how to" based on the experiences of Jay Lee, host of Technology Bytes Radio, is an excellent place to go when you suspect spyware has made your computer life a living hell.

Monday, August 22, 2005

I wish I'd of said that!

On DVDTALK, one of the reviewer's wrote:

"In general, police are the ultimate garbage men; doing what we don't want to do and handling those situations we can't muster the courage to handle, all with their handguns and "thin blue line" of dedication to their own ranks. This is the subject of today's review of The Glass Shield: Collector's Series."

I wish I could of said that as eloquently -- for what he wrote is exactly how I feel!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Take that, you young whippersnappers!

In the 1990s, however, the number of 18- to 34-year-olds shrank by 9 million and its poverty levels rose, while people older than 50 grew by 12 million. More important, he said, people older than 50 now control 70 percent of all U.S. wealth.

Aug. 21, 2005, 1:10AM
Baby boomers set to revolutionize retirement
Spending power shifts the market from the young to the young at heart
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Saturday, August 20, 2005

HPD, Their Chief & Tattoos - My Take On It

I see where the men and women wearing the Blue for Houston will soon have to cover up any tattoos that they have that are visible to the public. This is supposed to be some kind of effort to make them look more professional. If the tattoos are on their arms and not covered by their short sleeve shirts, then they are going to be required to wear LONG SLEEVES in HOUSTON! If they are bike patrol officers and happen to have visible tattoos on their tanned, buff, yummy limbs, they'll have to wear long pants. (Which sucks because then how are old gals like me supposed to admire those young, yummy gams!)

I don't know why the Chief is taking this hard line about something so insufficient. I mean, okay, if someone has a swastika or KKK or something equally repugnant, then fine, make them cover up and then stand back and watch them keel over from the heat, at the very least. Why hire someone in the first place if you don't like the way they look? Make it a new rule that new hires can't have blah, blah, blah on their fill-in-the-offending-body-part.

The brand new Chief of Police is probably doing a good job, but officer moral ought to be worth something. The public is spoon-fed anti-cop stuff on a daily basis by all the local medias. The only time someone says anything nice about them, other than the little blurb from Schepps's Dairy, is when they get killed in action! And then all the nice-nice is gone once the poor devil is buried. Why would the Chief want to bring them down even further rather than thinking of ways to support their hard work and show them that work is appreciated? Surely there are enough problems in the department for the Chief to find and then try to fix.... this "problem" serves no one in a city with a climate like ours.

I say the cops should be forced to cover up or otherwise remove their tattoos the same day the criminals have to cover up or remove theirs. And it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, that a lot of law abiding, regular folk have tattoos. At the very least our police already look professional because they have HPD-Blue uniforms, big guns and shiny badges on their chests. I doubt any of them will read my blog, but if even one does.... let me say THANK YOU for being there for us... that thin blue line between the good and the evil.

Friday, August 19, 2005

What's The Deal With Wooden Floors?

I don't get it. When I was growing up and newly married, wooden floors were all there was for living rooms and bedrooms. Now one might have a throw rug or two or even some blends of brown lenths of rope-looking stuff that coiled around and around on itself to make a braided rug, but wood floors were standard. Perhaps rich people had Persian carpet...I don't know though because none of them ever invited me to their houses to see. But, back to wood floors, they are difficult to take care. They scuff and scratch and are not at all comfortable to sit upon. The best thing I can remember about them was that they do bounce a jack ball nicely when playing jacks. When one was "movin' on up", you got wall to wall carpet! Now that was a sign of prosperity! The deeper the plush the more dough you had "invested" and the more impressed your guest. It seems like a giant Mother-may-I step backward to revert to hard to care for wooden floors.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

If You Have A Large Blog....

"This might take awhile.....If you have a large blog.."...

Is it just me, or is that statement suggestive?

Is there such a thing a blog envy?

Monday, August 15, 2005

My New Discover Credit Card

It seems that Discover changed banks that handle their charges and what-not and so they sent out new cards. Yea. Except then one has to go through the call-this-800-number-to-activate crap. This time, even though I was told my card had been activated, "it" went into three sales pitches for extras like.... I don't know...... checks on your credit rating and how to transfer balances, etc. ... frankly, I wasn't listening to the babble. Just the part where the gal says "and if you decide to pass up this extraordinary offer even though your left tit might fall off.......hit 2 now". Well I think she said the tit thing....but like I say, I wasn't listening. I was thinking of how I was going to blog the b*tch ASAP. What a pain the the posterior. Any fool would of hung up after the first part when she said the card was activated.....but.....noooooo.... not me..... what if you have to listen to the whole spiel in order for the activation to 'stick'?........ grumble....grumble.....

Genealogy - I'd rather switch than fight

I'm in love. Earthlink's Trellix Site Builder is the way to go and then some! Mickeysoft's Frontpage can take a hike!

I've been busting my..... (fill in something busty) for a couple of weeks now, but except for the almost constant fine-tuning because "MONK" is my middle name, I'm all set to launch! Well, actually I published it the first day or so, only because I was worried it would crater on me and I'd lose all that work. Check it out at (how's that for a creative title!).

The only problem I foresee is the sheer volume of the work.... it's too difficult to get around the site, most likely, but I don't know how else to put a gazillion generations "out there". My mom's alone is 16 generations long! You gotta love those Cajuns and Catholics....back then they'd write it down when someone so much as farted! Too bad they lacked creativity in naming their kids.... they found a name they liked like "Jean" or "Pierre" and just named all the boys the same like George Forman!

Friday, August 05, 2005

1st Friday Of The Month Massage

I'm trying to establish a pamper routine. For two months I've had a standing appointment for a massage the 1st Friday of the month. It gives me something to look forward to all month long. My massage therapist works out of her home and she is so very good at finding all my ouwee spots and trigger points and applying enough pressure to make me practically levitate. Today she topped me off with some kind of essence of peppermint and I tingled for hours. She charges me $60 for an hour and I'm too cheap to tip her anything additional, although I did take her some gumbo one day as a treat. I don't know which I like better....when she massages my feet or when she works on my back where the neck ends and the head begins. God that gets tight sometimes. Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips

Very cool .... it's a how-to for blogging. It's just the sort of blog info I was hoping to find.

Here's a sample that I wholeheartedly agree with:

Kevin Whited of blogHOUSTON offers his five tips for bloggers:

1) Write on a topic you care about (whether it's your personal diary, or about politics, or about a hobby, or about some niche topic).

2) Use standard English (check your spelling, use proper grammar, use proper punctuation). If it's hard for the average reader to read, why would he bother? And if you don't want readers, why would YOU bother?

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Getting Old in A Young World

I looked around today at some of the other blogs and discovered I'm probably the oldest female here. Sigh. I don't know why I don't just fess up to the year of my birth too. I'm not exactly ashamed of my age. I can't help it if I'm relatively computer literate and hangin' with the kiddies. I'm proud of being slumped over a keyboard rather than molding somewhere in a rocking chair and wearing a shawl.

I did just read one young lady's blog and she's only 21 years old. She wrote eloquently about interviewing World War II service people and it was touching as hell to read what she wrote. It cheered me to think that someone of her tender years was out talking to the old soldiers and not just hanging with her friends and getting high or worried about what she was going to wear next. In fact, I'm so impressed I'm going to open another tab and go find out what the link is to her blog so I can show y'all what I'm impressed with. (Obviously bad grammar does not disipate just because one has been on the planet over 60 years!) it is.... her name is Zettie

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Pet Peeve #1

Does anyone even say 'pet peeves' anymore?

Call me old-fashioned if you must, but people that write their blogs without using capital letters where appropriate and punctuation annoy me.

It's a shame because some of their prose would be more entertaining if it were easier to read.

Top 20 Favorite Movies

There a website called Your Movie Database that is where you can make lists of your top and worst movies. Mine is at

They are sure a lot of friendly people there and it's a good place to look for suggestions for what to rent or buy.

My Best Friend

This is my best friend. His name is Cody. Lord willing, he'll be 12 years old on September 17, 2005. I've given him a webpage all his own right here. He has had two TPLO surgeries at Texas A&M in the past year and now he thinks he's brand new. He's absolutely amazing and makes me laugh at least once a day.

Cody's favorite activity is playing. He follows me around with a toy in his mouth trying to tempt me into a game. If I'm in the bathroom and the door isn't closed, he'll toss his ball at me in the hopes that I'll bat it back with my foot....after all, I'm just sitting there, doing nothing....

Rocket Science, Part I

This is a test of the babble ability of TexasGoodies. Had this been a real blog you would of been instructed to.....WAIT!... who am I kidding? I can sling blog babble baloney with the best of 'em. Welcome to my rut! I know, as ruts go, it doesn't look like much, but give me some time. Once I hang some curtains and put a picture or two on the walls, you'll be more comfortable. Heck, I'll be more comfortable! It's not like this is rocket science or brain surgery.