Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I Hate Cilantro - an anti cilantro community

I Hate Cilantro - an anti cilantro community

I don't know why it's called clinatro and not the lesser offense coriander or Chinese parsley, but you have to admit you probably never heard of it until the past few years. I don't exactly hate it, but folks sure do overdo it these days and a little bit goes a bit longer than I like.

My Tummy Was Yummy

Yea! I had my "scope" done this a.m. and everything turned out swell. No biopsy was necessary because no bad-bads were discovered. That's the cool part, the uncool part is now they still don't know what caused my chest pains....maybe they'll never know. Maybe I don't care WHY so long as it doesn't happen again.

The EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) was done at Cy-Fair Surgery Center and I've got to say the whole procedure from check-in to check-out was slicker than owl poop! They told me to be there at 6:30 for a 7:30 procedure and darn if it didn't work that way. You get ready (remove clothes, IV inserted) in a phone booth with a recliner and when they come for you, you walk to the "room" and get on the table all by yourself. They hook you up and shoot the juice to you and next thing you know it's over and you're wondering when they are going to begin! The big clock on the wall said 7:25 a.m. and the next big clock said 7:42 a.m. Wham! Bam! Here's your exit instructions, don't let the door hit you in the BeeHind on the way out! Next! You walk out of the joint the same way you walked in. None of that forcing you to ride in a wheelchair crap for this crowd! ILOVEDIT!

Here's picture of my innards suitable for framing! In fact, I just might send this out as my X-mas card this year.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Chron.com | Baby Brangelina born in Namibia (w/ video)

Chron.com | Baby Brangelina born in Namibia (w/ video): "'The night of May 27, 2006 in Namibia, Africa, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed their daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. No further information is being given,' publicist Cindy Guagenti said in a statement."

Who thinks up these names for "star's" kids?

What the hell is a "Jolie-Pitt"?

I guess it could of been worse. (I don't see how!)

They could of named the sweet little thing "Peach Pitt".

Saturday, May 27, 2006

What Year Do YOU Belong In?

They nailed the year right for me, more's the pity!

You Belong in 1958

If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

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This video is beyond words. You must see to "appreciate" it.

All I can say is under that guy's dress is a mighty big set! OR he laughed all the way to the Oasis Bank & Trust!

Enjoy! Hahahahahaha!

YouTube - 70's Toy Commercials

YouTube - 70's Toy Commercials

In Nov. of 1970 I was delivering my last child though my you-tube!

These commercials are a blast from the past! I'm still not clear how 36 years went by so fast though....

Friday, May 26, 2006

Are You Single, Dear Aries?

Wow! This is my horrorscope for today!


Are you single, dear Aries? If so, today you might just fall in love at first sight. You may have been frustrated lately by the lack of interesting people who are available, but today you could meet someone who seems just too perfect for words. And you can rest assured: the attraction is mutual! On the other hand, if you're already involved, you can expect a revival of the fairy tale type of romance between you and your significant other. Enjoy!

It's fun to dream and darn if horoscopes aren't always so positive and uplifting. They never say "keep your fat, ugly ass in the house 'cause it ain't happening again today, doll"! Why would anyone want to read THAT? It's odd though that EVERY Aries gets the same message. Does that mean my dream dude is an Aries too? In realitity, the only way I'm meeting "someone who seems just too perfect for words" is if he falls out of the sky and into my begonias! I like the way they CYA too .... it said 'someone who SEEMS just too perfect for words'..... that sounds like axe murderer material to me!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

James Coney Island Memories

I went to James Coney Island for lunch today after my little-middle daughter told me they were having an 84 cents a piece sale on their regular dogs. Since the regulars are all I ever get, I was there! I've been belching them all afternoon too. The meal that keeps on keepin' on, no doubt.

Next week "they" are going down my throat to rule out anything even remotely responsible to my "chest pains" episode. They'll probably find some of the weiners still waiting their turn at the stomach acid!

When my grandfather was alive he worked in the Melrose Building in downtown Houston and I've lost count of how many times he'd take me to lunch at the James that was on that street. It's closed down now, but that was the first time I can remember seeing "street people" and "regular people" eating with "business people"...you'd see everything from coats and ties to t-shirts and jeans...... that's normal these days, but back then it made an impression on me. It goes without saying that the people wearing those clothes were every color under the rainbow and THAT made an impression on me too. The common thread was the grub. Everyone wanted the dogs and chili.

My kids practically grew up on James's brick chili and rice. We mixed it together and called it "Chili Ben" because I'd only use Uncle Ben's rice. John would put mustard on his, but me and the girls would eat it plain. It was cheap and filling and fit the number one requirement: it stuck to our ribs! We'd buy the frozen brick of chili and keep in handy in the freezer or, if I wanted it that night and didn't have time to defrost, John would bring home a quart while I'd "make" 2 cups of rice. I'd have mine with an ice cold root beer! Probably should of had it with a nice green salad!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Throw It Back Houston: It Is Time To Make A Statement Astro Fans....

Throw It Back Houston: It Is Time To Make A Statement Astro Fans....

Interesting idea of what to do if you catch Barry Bond's history making homerun ball(s) at Minute Maid Park. For sure, all sports eyes will be on the games in Houston the next 3 days. Go 'Stros! Keep Bonds OFF the bases!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

E-Mail Funny

I got this picture in e-mail and I'd give credit to the artist or source if I knew who to give that credit to! But I don't, so I won't!

Friday, May 12, 2006

#15 And Counting

The newest deputy patroling my neighborhood (#15!) stopped by and let me photograph him. I always feel so honored when the guys will pose for me. I never push the issue, if one of them says "no, way" I accept it (and cry myself to sleep!).... just kidding... there have only been a few that were camera shy but they were not with his agency. The "new guy's" the one on the left, the deputy doing the Mt. Dew commerical is the one I called "Trouble"...

I just found out that one of the pictures I'd put online was "borrowed" and used as a joke on the deputy in the picture. Seems that he and his Sarge aren't exactly buddies and the jokesters made little pictures of my friend's head and put them on all the photos in the Sarge's office. Everywhere you looked, he said, there were little hims stuck on other people's bodies! He said whoever did the deed did a good job and he got a big kick out of it. I got a kick out of it too, since he wasn't mad at me for putting his image online to begin with! I wish I could see the final handiwork...

Harris County Employees Forum - Triple X Rated

I've added the link to the Harris County Employees Forum to my list on the left because I think it's worth reading, but it is NOT for everyone. It gets raunchy and crude. It surprises me every time I read it that I can read it. You'd think they'd lock it down and keep it inside a box with blues fences all around. These are real people with real concerns. You can feel their pain and glimpse their humor. There are also some trouble makers and malcontents just like everywhere in life. I guess what I'm trying to say is you have to take it with a grain of salt and consider the frustation of those that spill their guts there.

Right now there's a post entitled Advice For The Ladies that's really very funny. It won't be there long though because when someone adds a new post it knocks off the oldest one.

As always I'm on their team when it comes to more pay and better benefits!

Harris County Deputies Deserve Better Pay Now!
Will CC Wake Up When The Last Deputy Departs?
My Letter To Commissioner Eversole
Chron.com | HPD officer's pay tops $172,000

Monday, May 08, 2006

Texas Music: Huddled Masses

Texas Music

A thoughtful, logical work of art from Jack. Lord, I love his eloquence! I think I'll send the whole piece to Washington, D.C. too since it expresses exactly how I feel about the whole mess!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

50,000 Signatures Needed

For Affordable Health Care for Survivors!

During National Police Week 2006, Concerns of Police Survivors would like to present 50,000 signatures on a petition to Congress to support H.R. 4424. The bill would allow surviving spouses and children of fallen public safety officers to purchase affordable, comprehensive health care through the Federal health care system. This legislation would grandfather families as far back as 1976, the beginning of the Public Safety Officers Benefit program.
With families paying over $900 per month, passage of this bill would allow these families to have better coverage at a more affordable cost.
Please visit http://www.petitiononline.com/hr4424 to sign up NOW! As of April 30 we had only 10,000 signatures.

The Force(r) Matching Donations to COPS During May

The Force(r), a maker of premium law enforcement and public safety uniforms and a division of VF Imagewear, Inc. will match contributions up to $20,000 made to Concerns of Police Survivors DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. Donations may be made on-line at the COPS website, or mailed to the COPS National Office, PO Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020. If you've ever considered a contribution to COPS, May is the month to make your donation - $5 becomes $10 for COPS; $100 becomes $200 for COPS!!!

The Force(r) chose to support COPS in honor of Summit for Heroes 2006. Long a dream of Cops on Top, mountain climbers who honors fallen officers, expedition teams will summit the highest peaks in all 50 states on one day, May 20. Visit http://www.theforceonline.com/copsontop to learn more about Summit for Heroes 2006. More about Cops on Top expeditions can be found here
National Police Week 2006

The official observance of National Police Week is always the week that contains May 15. In 2006, those dates are May 14-20.

Flags Fly at Half Staff on May 15

President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the flag of the United States on all Government buildings be displayed at half-staff on May 15, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

National Police Week Proclamation

For a Sample Proclamation that can be individualized for your municipality to recognize Police Week, visit http://www.nationalcops.org/Proclamation.htm.

The COPS National Office was relieved when word came that Camdenton, MO, Officer Jerry Kempen will recover from being shot in a recent altercation. The off-duty, 15-year veteran was shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect who fled a vehicle to avoid arrest. The Camdenton Police Department is a 12-person force in a town with just over 2,500 population and is the home of the National Office of Concerns of Police Survivors. Camdenton Police Chief Laura Webster and Camden County Sheriff John Page are to be commended for responding to the situation in the appropriate manner, providing debriefings for the officers and a support meeting for their spouses. Both agencies have had representatives attend a COPS' The Traumas of Law Enforcement training.

May Run for Crime Victims Will Benefit COPS

COPS and Crime Victims United of California will both benefit from the California Correctional Peace Officers Memorial Run for Crime Victims on May 20 at the California State Capital in Sacramento. Motorcycle-riding officers can email info@cpomr.com or queenofdiamonds@prisonbound.com for more information.

Philadelphia Golf Outing to Benefit COPS

A benefit Golf Outing is being planned for June in the Philadelphia area. The US Marshals Eastern District of Pennsylvania is hosting this benefit for COPS. For more information, contact Kenneth.Fechter@usdoj.gov

California Peace Officer's Association Golf Tournament Will Benefit COPS

Each year the California Peace Officer's Association holds an annual training conference. Each year there is a charity golf tournament. The 2006 Charity Golf Tournament, to be held June 5, will benefit COPS. For more information, email John Standish at standishj@insurance.ca.gov

Walkers Should Plan Now for COPS WALK 2006

COPS WALK 2006 is scheduled for October 14-15. Please plan to join us in the Washington, DC area for this physically challenging and emotionally rewarding experience. Entry fee is $1,000 per walker. Get your sponsors now! For further information, contact Kam Flynn, Executive Director, USSS-ERA via email at: usssera@verizon.net. All proceeds benefit COPS.

COPSstore for National Police Week and COPS Merchandise

National Police Week 2006 merchandise is available from COPSstore <http://www.copsstore.com/> . Items featuring the names of fallen officers on the 2006 Roll Call of Heroes are now available. See the website at www.COPSstore.com for further details. You may want to sign up for the COPSstore email list.

COPS - Best Charity
Concerns of Police Survivors has been awarded the "Best in America" seal of approval from Independent Charities of America. The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for
inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.
Visit www.independentcharities.org
Charity Navigator has named Concerns of Police Survivors a Four Star
Charity - "Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in
its Cause." Visit www.charitynavigator.org.

Cathy J Hill
President, GHCOPS
P O Box 73362 * Houston, TX 77273
"Arguing with a police officer is like wrestling with a pig. Eventually, you realize that the pig likes it."

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I Heard From My Soldier Today! Yea!

When I joined the Soldier's Angels and got my first soldier's name I wrote about it on my blog. The first thing I did was mail him a questionnaire to see what kind of "stuff" he wanted sent over there. I got the questionnaire back today and it's the first time I've heard from HIM! Yea, it was exciting when I saw the envelope in my mailbox!

He's 22 years old and half way through his deployment. He's from Mexico and he's only been in the USA for 4 years. He joined the army to be able to go to college when he gets out. He mentioned how he feels badly when he reads in the newspapers about other soldiers committing suicide. He wrote about going on missions during the day and seeing the children in Iraq and that the children always show happiness and wave to them. "It's an amazing feeling", he said. He also said he has no words to describe how he feels but that their support and support from people like me make them keep rollin'.

The worst part was when he told me his name was misspelled! I don't know if I did it by mistake or if the SA people sent it that way. I made mailing labels with his name spelled wrong too, but hopefully if he got the questionnaire, he's been getting the goodies. He sent me "a good big kiss and lots of hugs" though so I guess he's not sore about it. Bless his heart, I've got jeans hanging up in my closet that are older than he is and they've never been to war! There is nothing we can do to thank them all enough. All the beef jerky and trail mix and peanuts in the world is just a token, but NOT sending them treats and letters and cards is a travesty. I'm glad I found a way to give back in even a simple, small way.