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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Witches 'n' Bats 'n' Goblins... oh my!

The witches fly
Across the sky,
The owls go, "Who? Who? Who?"
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl,
"Scary Halloween to you!"

I hope your night is filled with doing and dare..

of Goblin and Ghouls and Witches with long hair.

May your evening be filled with frights and big scares..

and may your sleep not be filled with Ghostly stares!

I boo believe in ghosts! I boo, I boo, I boo!

Of course these names are only SOME of the journal/ blogs I read. I wish I could have fit them all in, but alas... there are just so many grave stones!

Have a fun filled Halloween!

(I'll have some Reeses' Cups and Tootsie Rolls pahleeze!)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Please Pay in Full...

If anyone wants to have an Anxiety Attack, or Stress, or even a Stroke or Heart Attack I have an easy way for you to accomplish it...

Simply receive something from a "Collection Agency" that reads like the following:

Now, if this hasn't already given you any of the effects listed above, add to it that you receive this on a weekend, and therefore can't call until Monday to try to straighten it out!

I guess I am lucky.. I didn't have the stroke or heart attack, but Anxiety and Stress (on top of what I carry around daily) reared their sweet little heads to the point of affecting my sleep.. and even the old "geez, my hands are shaking".

I did get to call on this today and "straightened things out". But the fact remains it put me thru stress and anxioty that I didn't need, and may have been even worse for someone else. And why did this happen you ask? Beats me!

I did have 2 separate MRI's about 2 yrs ago. At the time I was on Medicaid. The Imaging company assured me it was covered and I never (NEVER) received any bills that could be listed as "unpaid". So I sit here and wonder how something like this can occur?

How can a collection agency say you didn't pay a bill(s) that you never received? Is there no where that tells a company that they have sent said bills out?? And if I had to show my Medicaid card, and the company Xerox's it each and every time, where did the proof of coverage disappear to?

I will admit the collection place was very nice. They didn't even ask for my old Medicaid number but I insisted they take it anyway! They said "ignore the bill".. I said, "how will I know for sure, I don't want my credit blemished". She said, "I've already eliminated the bill." I guess there's no guarantee on this, and it better not come back and slap me in the face 6 months from now. I did hear her typing away at her computer as we spoke so I did get a "good feeling" she was putting in the appropriate information.

So........ if anyone wants to stress out, I can forward that "bill" to you if you want!


On another note:

After my post yesterday I'd like to respond to Karen, who mentioned she wished she had know that I was going to see the "kids" from A Christmas Story, because she was curious to know if one of those "kids" (Ian Petrella) had a bit part in Back to The Future.

I don't know off hand Karen, but I sent off an email to Scotty Schwartz, who is good friends with Ian and I feel sure he will email an answer to your question. I don't expect him on line for a day or two, I'm sure today they are flying back to California, but as soon as I know I'll forward his email response.

And Annie asked if I had seen a few of the guests listed on the Chiller Web site. I did see Robert Culp, who looked very well in his denim jeans and jacket, and I saw Richard Anderson, who was showing his age, but still maintained a smile for everyone.

And yes, I saw Lou Ferrigno before the show began and he came right up to say hello to me. (since I've worked with him on occasion in CA) He looks thinner then I am use to seeing him, but still very fit. For the first time ever I can see he is beginning to look his age also.

There was a rumor I was told of later about Lou, As some might know (or not know) Lou is on "special police force" out in CA and I heard there was an accident on the shooting range and he had gotten shot in his arm... happily for him all was ok, and it WAS an accident, and even better news was that the press didn't pick up on it! But, it's all rumor to me.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Day After the Show

Well.. the day began on the wrong foot, so to speak. I woke up at 6 am, it was raining really hard out and the wind gusts were bad enough to make you watch the trees near your house to see if they were going to be blown over or not! I hesitated about leaving the house at 7:30 am to go to the autograph show. I knew my friend Scott Schwartz "really didn't need my help" so if I decided not to go I wouldn't be missed.

I had to go downstairs when I woke for obvious reasons... the bathroom is downstairs! Then I had to feed the 9 cats, and cook my brother some breakfast and bring it to him. My mind knew that if i stayed home it would be like every other day running up and down stairs. David was home being it was Saturday, but he generally sleeps till noon. He already knew I had plans to go and told me to wake him when I was ready to leave. My choice was to brave the weather in a taxi or to prepare myself for what is every day of my life now. I decided to brave the weather... but not without being nervous about the nearly 1/2 hour drive to the hotel.

I went earlier than I had too, but I wanted to beat the every escalating gusts of wind. The rain was bad enough, the wind made it worse.

Once at the hotel I felt better, but the drive really was a bit nerve wracking. Believe it or not I was not the first to arrive for the show. Here it was around 8 am, the ticket line wouldn't open until 10 and I found some in line already! Thankfully I didn't have to go in a line because I was helping Scott and his friends, Ian and Yano from "A Christmas Story". All I had to do was wait until someone from the show came around and get a wrist band showing I was a "helper".

Scott showed up pretty early, and for good reason. I didn't know until I arrived that the show folks had a tent set up outside for some of the guests, because they had so many. The storm was reeking havoc on the tent and my heart had sunk believing I would have to continually run in and out of this storm to help the guys.

As it turned out the wind really did "undo" the tent by blowing the "doors" open at both ends and blowing everything inside around. Eventually, and before things got started, the convention people declared the tent a "goner" and had to find places for all those that had used the tent the night before. (not an easy task in itself, considering they had fire marshalls to contend with) After much ado Scott and myself and the two other guys set up tables on the second floor in an alcove.

Scott, of course, played Flick.. if you've seen A Christmas Story you know then that he's the little boy who gets his tongue stuck to the pole in the middle of winter. Ian played the little brother to Peter Billingsly who's mother wraps him up so tightly in winter clothes that when he falls in the snow, he can't get up again. Yano plays "Grover", one of the bullies in the story. (but a really nice guy in person lol)

Once the "guys" were all set up and going I really didn't have much to do for them so I did some wandering around. In one room I discovered the, still very beautiful, even at 80, Betsy Palmer. I'm sure you youngi won't know her well unless it's from Friday the 13th, where she portrayed Mrs. Pamela Voorhees. But Betsy has, as they say, been around, for a long time doing guest spots in movies and television, being a panelist on game shows and doing Broadway plays.

What a very sweet lady she still is!

Another person who's comedy I've enjoyed over the years was there.. Bill Daily.

Most will recognize Bill as Maj. Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie. But he was equally as funny as Bob Newharts friend Howard Borden, on the Bob Newhart Show.

Later I found an Artist who I had met a few times before and his lovely wife. His name is Roger Kastel, he's the man who painted the famous poster and book cover for "Jaws". The were doing well and had lots of folks around them so I didn't linger, but did go back later for a chat.

As it would turn out (but I didn't know at the time) it would be more the Artists I was around then the actors. I found some really nice work from an unknown Artist who did some painting from LOTR, including Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Had I been able to afford it, I would have lapped them up in an instant!

And then there was Ken Kelly. Oh boy, what do I say here?.. He's an artist I've admired for some time now. I've seen his work on Fantasy Book Covers and, naturally, at his web site. I never expected to actually meet the man! But as I turned the corner (right around from where Scott and the others were) I was faced with this huge poster:

Skeletons and armor and men.. oh my! I was about to meet an Artist that was up there with the likes of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallijo! (heart be still!... gulp)

Maybe if i just peek in the room and not go in I can see some of his paintings.. yeah, I'll do that! ... after all I can't afford to buy anything of his so why take up space in there when others who can afford him can go in?


OMG!!! It's really his stuff!!!

I think I'll peek some more!

Then I hear a voice (a nice voice too..woohoo!) Come on in! Have a look around.

Double gulp, dang.. caught in the act of peeking, how embarrassing! And now I have to go intothe room and I can't afford this guy!

I stepped in and looked around figuring I'd have to get out of their quick ..when I saw him. He had a big grin on his face and was sitting in a chair relaxing.

Do you know my work?

Well, ah.. yeah I sure do. I always thought your work was similar to Frazetta and Boris.

chuckle, funny thing is Frazetta is married to my cousin.

(no shit?!!!... i didn't say that, but i thought it loud and clear lol)

We began to talk more. Next thing I knew I was sitting in a chair and we talked more and more. I wanted to see how others reacted to his work and asked if I could sit for a bit.

Of course! I like company.

(did I mention that, to me he looked like a cross between Tom Selleck and Omar Shariff?.. oh, I see I forgot to mention that tid bit huh? heh Well, he did.. at least to me he did. At different times his expressions just made me think of those actors.)

(what a shame he's married LOL)

Anyway, I wound up coming back and sitting and talking with Ken a number of times during the day. What a super nice guy he is! Very people oriented, very good hearted and jovial, and of course, one hell of an artist!

He did have a paperback of his book there which was only 20.00 so I was able to at least get that ! Mostly he was selling Lithographs of his paintings at reasonable prices, and all came with an autograph by "the artist".

As I entered his room for the last time before having to leave for home, I received yet another "treat". When I walked in he called me over to him and introduced me to a young man he was talking to... it was Frank Frazetta's son! (who also paints!)

After some chatting I had to call the taxi to leave and we said our goodbyes, Ken said he'd be at the next show and to come by if I came to it.. hmmm, I may have to try to make that a priority! Then I went and got hugs for Scott and the "boys" and headed on home.

I had one last little surprise in store for me which I never would have expected. As I stood outside waiting for my taxi Betsy Palmer came out. I thought the strong gusts were going to blow her away she's so thin! She was fighting to get a scarf on her head and I went over and helped her and told her to hold her coat closed so she wouldn't catch a cold (she had a coat with no buttons!) She looked at me, both of us being windblown and smiled. "Your very sweet you know, and with your hair blowing all over you look like a fairy princess" I had to laugh because I could not envision a 62 year old fairy princess LOL... As Betsy got into her taxi a man walked up to me and said, "isn't that nice coming from Betsy Palmer!?"... I just looked at him and responded, that it would nice from anyone, but it was especially nice from Betsy.

It was a good day. I don't get many of them.. but this was one for sure.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Feline Friday

It's Friday!.. and that means Feline Friday!

This week, as many before, it's BooBoo Kitty. He climbed up on a little end table to relax so I got my trusty camera and his "Mousie on a string" to see if I could get a picture or two, or three. There is some movement going on in these but I still thought they told a story of BooBoo and the Mousie....

Remember, if you are going to post a picture of your kitty to leave a link at Steven's so we can all enjoy your pictures!

Just a side note: Tomorrow is the autograph show, and predicted lightening storms (how lucky can i get?) so I will be gone and won't be posting. Hopefully on Sunday I will have a few photos from the show to share.

(if you have trouble seeing this journal you can also read it at: )

Thursday, October 26, 2006

It was fun While it Lasted.

Well poop!

I'm finding out that some folks on the beta version of blogspot are having troubles on some sites that aren't Beta. This is the first I've even heard that this Beta thing may well wind up NOT being a choice of having.

That's something that pushes my back right up against the wall. I absolutely HATE when I "have no choice", "take it or leave it"... because guess what?! I will leave it.

Not that I don't think Blogspot couldn' t use improvements. It has nothing to do with that and if they were to add one little thing at a time... over time, I'd be just fine with it. But this old lady has had enough of getting by on two journals. Though they are duplicated each has it's own "good and bad" things about them. But I've had my fill of having to relearn yet another "beta" journal. I don't even have this one all figured out yet!! Cripes!

So.. just as a note to the very few folks that bother to come by this journal.. if you begin to have problems .. or if you notice several days go by without a post, it means the only place you can find me is at my aol journal. Here is the address:

This is upsetting to me. I don't have that many readers, but the ones I have I totally enjoy and would hate to loose you. I assume I will still be able to get to the blogspot journals to read, but I did notice at one that is beta, a few things don't show up. I also notice in the beta journals I get a bunch of boxes re: do you want to see unsecured items? type thing which no other journals have.. like I need more boxes to have to read and click.. when I leave a comment it winds up 4 extra boxes to click on all referring to secure and non secure items.. and those comments that have little photo's with them? in Beta I don't see them.

I wonder why BlogSpot is making it so annoying? The version we are using is just fine.. but noooooooooooo, like most things, they have to fix what isn't broken!

Sigh.. well, I'll keep this going as long as I can, but it looks like the Sh*t is about to hit the fan.

Pun'kin Head

Only 6 more days until Halloween. Time for another animation. This is the next to the last one I will post.... the last (and best) is saved for Halloween Day!

Mmmmmm... cooked pumpkin brains! Sounds delish doesn't it?

(Not someone I'd want to meet on a dark back street !)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Shhhhh... it's a secret!

It would seem that PLittle discovered a little secret of mine. He obviously had no doubt in his mind when he commented: Wow! Lilith is you. Indeed, the drawing in the lower post is one I drew of myself in a mirror. Let me explain the why of said drawing.

At times Jess of The Other Invisible posts writers questions and occasionally I respond to them. Not that I am a professional writer mind you, but as many know I have written a fantasy trilogy, basically for myself, since I have no real talent in that area to attempt any sort of publishing. Anyway, in one of her Writers Questions she had asked about hearing your character's voices as you write. Since I know this to be true I responded. What wasn't said in that post was that you get clear visions of what they look like too.

One day a friend and I were chatting in IM and talking about my story. We went so far as to be joking around and she asked, "Hey, when they make it into a movie who will play the characters?" Well, we joked back and forth and I came up with actors I think could be many of my characters, but for the life of me I couldn't come up with a female to play Lilith.

I thought on this from time to time after we talked about it and when I went to draw Lilith I came up with the same "blank" of what she would look like.

I portrayed Lilith in her mid to upper 50's. There lies the problem. Any actress I could come up with that would be the right age looked some ten years younger!! That would not do! Can you imagine a 58 yr old woman without some wrinkles??! Sorry, to say I don't know any! Every name I could come up with has had plastic surgery! Good lord! Don't they make any movies with people in their 50's??!!

Of course they do. But said woman now have to go and use heavy makeup to make them look their age! ARGH! To be honest, there are a few actresses that have avoided the knife but those were older then the character.... so, out of frustration I looked in a mirror (much to my horror) and tried to make a sketch of myself. I, of course did not put in all the wrinkles... which probably means I gave myself a face lift! Hmmm, not bad... it didn't hurt... and it didn't cost me a dime!

PLittle is the first person to look at the drawings and realize it was me ,lol. It could be that no one else saw it because I'm not an artist. (ya think?! lol) But that was a fine observation Paul, it means you really took a serious look at them! (danke!)

Anyway, since Paul did notice that I thought I would tell you the story behind that particular drawing... and now you know.

As a postscript I want to add a response to Barb (Skittles Place) who asked "where's the book?" Sorry to say there is no "book" Barb. I did write a trilogy, as I said before, but they are just on my computer. (and a few backups on cds, and one print out I did for myself, heh.) I only refer to them as books because they meet the criteria in word count for each book. I do have the first six chapters on a web site that I made ages ago and sadly they aren't the last edit that I did. In fact they may well be from the way earlier edits (I must have done 6-7 edits!!). But if you want to fumble thru them you will find the link on my side bar titled "the beginnings of a story". Keep in mind I did edit them a number of times more but, as I am not a professional writer, nor am I an editor!

How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the F word?
Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell *BINGO*!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot

Well, Mr Scalzi's Monday Photo Shoot is to show your creative side.

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Things You Made

This week for the Photo Shoot, it's time to show off!
Your Monday Photo Shoot: Take a picture of something you've made. Pottery, cookies, a drawing or painting, a poem or a pipe cleaner stick man -- it's all good, it just has to have been made by you. Show off your creativity

I can't say i've done a whole lot of creative things of late, but I'll put up some attempts I made about 3 yrs ago at "computer art". I attempted the drawings for a story I've written, which anyone who's been to my journal for any time knows is called Kesterwood Forest.

I was on a roll when I played around in Paint Shop Pro and PhotoImpact when I made these. If I tried to match them now I wouldn't have the slightest idea how I did them! I think the old adige is: "use it or loose it". For those who's minds didn't rush right to the gutter I was talking about how I made the pictures!

This first drawing is of Abbercorn... a main character in the book. Abbercorn's "persona" is that of a kind and gentle being. A father figure, mentor and much more. I hope I captured that in this drawing. He comes from a world I wish I could be in.

This second is of Lilith, probably the "main character". I gave her many of my own feelings so that I was sure I could write her reactions to any given situation as real as if it were myself. She came from living on the streets, and found herself at Abbercorn's doorstep.

Meet Travis. Another person trying to overcome his feelings. He is stronger then even he knows.

This is Hetford. The "wolf man" as he's called. Raised in the woods by.. you guessed it!.. wolves. Befriended by Abbercorn, he has learned to deal with humans, but always favors his wolf pack.

B'Lena is a woman living on an island in the swamps. A person, once of a good heart and gentle being, she is shunned and thought of as a witch.

Lastly, (but not the last of my characters) there is Firestorm. A dragon (duh). A very old dragon living well beyond his years.

I hope the drawings fit the characters. I'm no artist, and know they could be done better, but hey.. this is MY version! lol

Monday, October 23, 2006

Halloween is growing close...

I have 3 animations I made that I have to use up by Halloween, so I will post one today and one later in the week.. the last one I will post on Halloween Day.

Many horror movies are popping up on television, so I suspect this week will be no different, and this coming weekend should prove to have even more! As for me, this coming Saturday I will be at the Chiller Autograph show, so I will be around many who did those ghoulish movies... I'm just glad they will look human!

Spooky Stew Sale
All natural living ingredients.
We deliver after midnight!

When my sons were very young.. like most kids, they enjoyed going trick or treating. Thought I'd post a photo of "Long, Long Ago.." (My sons are 39 and 40 now!)

Old witch Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With moss and slime,
and poisonous vines,
and toadstools all in a row.

ps.. today is my girlfriend Annie's birthday please stop by and wish her a happy birthday if you can!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

X-Disney Artist

Karen over at Outpost Mavarin talks a lot about Disney and today, being no exception, for some reason she struck a note with me and I decided to talk a particular Artist that I know, named Ron Dias, who was a Disney Artist. (thus the connection Karen made for me with Disney. Why today and not other days? Beats me!)

I first met Ron Dias, at one of those autograph shows I go to. This one was in California, when I lived in the Valley. I began going to the shows to get out a bit and slowly but surely wound up volunteering to help some of the guests. One day I found myself helping Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space) and sitting next to Ron Dias. It wasn't long before we all began chatting (in between autograph sales) and laughing a lot. So,it wound up that by the time the second day had passed, I purchased a copy of a sketch Ron did, which he signed to me.

As I left I asked him if he was going to do another show here (Hollywood Collectors Show) and he said he'd look for me at the next show in 3 months time.

Well, three months went by and sure enough Ron was at the show again. This time we had lunch together with his friend Howard (who constantly cracked me up). From there we exchanged phone numbers and kept in contact for some time to come.

He did a few more of the autograph shows which gave us time to get to know each other, and on one visit I got invited to dinner, which I guess sealed the friendship. Since I moved out of California and back to Jersey we call probably only once a year to catch up, I think I need to try to call him today.. it's been too long since we've spoken.

Ron began his animation career with Disney Studios in 1956, where his first job was working on Sleeping Beauty.

I don't want to bore anyone that's not interested in Animation Art, so here is a link to a really fine biography of Ron's work, I think you will find it very interesting to read all he's done. ( Plus it has samples of some of his Disney work.)

Now a days Ron still paints and sells his paintings, but he can't sell anything to do with Disney. Still, his work is so fantastic that it's hard to believe.


For now I am off to watch a movie that I enjoy each time it comes on.. Sense and Sensibility. It's a period piece and is contains two love stories. I'm not generally the love story kind but this is one of the better movies on the subject. One of the stars is Alan Rickman. He seems to be most noted for his villainous roles such as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies or as the awful Sheriff of Notingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. He was a fun "alien" in Galaxy Quest and another "sweetheart" (not) in Quigley Down Under. A truly excellent actor who I enjoy in all his roles, but in Sense and Sensibility.. I could fall for this guy! sheesh! (I won't mention our own Hugh Laurie ("House") has a small part in the movie.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

5 Thingamajigs Meme

Hmmm, well.. I was tagged by Barb over at Skittles Place to do this meme..(good golly it's too early to think!)

5 Thingamajigs I Like:

1-Meeting the person who's autograph I am getting
2-My Cafe Vienna first thing in the morning
3-Reading and Writing
4-Walking in the woods.

5 Thingamajigs I Hate:

1-Being old
2-Being in pain
3-Being Depressed
4-My life

5 Thingamajigs I Do Far Too Often:

1-Be Depressed
2-Hold things in
3-Wish for things that I'll never have
..and 2 more I can't think of

5 Thingamajigs I Do Even Though I Shouldn't:

2-stress out
3-go on binges now and then
4-being a pessimist
5-feel guilty

5 Thingamajigs I Would Never Do:

1-Drink and Drive (I must have 3 margarita's a year.. and I no longer drive!)
2-Eat raw fish
3-Eat Liver
4-hurt someone on purpose
5-hurt an animal

5 Thingamajigs I Regret Doing:

1-Feeling resentment
2-Not being a better mom
3-not following any of my dreams
4-not believing in myself
5-not pushing myself more

5 Thingamajigs I Would Do If I Won 100 Million Dollars:

1-Help my kids
2-get paid help for my brother
3-buy a LARGE one room home w/ guest house
4-go to doctors until I feel the best I can
5-buy myself the largest flat screen TV there is and sit and watch all my movies!(after I re-buy them all in DVD format!)
(since I missed 2 up above I'll add here:) self publish my trilogy (just for myself), and take some college classes: some computer classes/ art classes/ and creative writing

5 Thingamajigs About Me That Are Peculiar But True:

1-I always wanted to build an "adult sized rocking horse with a real cowboy saddle on it" I go to 2-sci fi conventions and autograph shows (some think it's odd at my age)
3-If I have to go to more then one store I plan it out so I go to the stores on one side of the street then get the others on the way back on the other side of the street.
4-I think I own about 500 movies (mostly still vhs, can't afford movies much anymore)
5-I pretty much only read Fantasy books

If you'd like to do this meme in your journal please leave a link in comments so myself and others can go check it out!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Trick or Treat... plus

It seems that J-Land started going around Trick or Treating! I think I would be a ghostly good idea if Blogspot did it too!

The idea is to make a "Trick or Treat/-Happy Halloween" post and then visit everyone you can and leave the message "trick or treat" and have them come to see your post and comment. Each in turn makes their own post so others can leave comments too! See how many Hallween comments you can collect!!

So, for all interested: this is my "Trick or Treat-Happy Halloween Post"!!

Blood donors needed. See the Count.

I witch you a Happy Halloween.


Instead of making 2 posts I wanted to share an email that was sent to me. It's really cute! I resized all the pictures and made speech bubbles to keep things smaller.

So much for fierce cats!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Round Robin.... Very Scarey!

Once again it's time for my weekly Halloween Animation. I made and used this animation last year but thought it was worth bringing out once again.

This is also my Round Robin contribution for "Very Scarey".. trust me, this even grossed me out to animate it!! I HATE (do you hear me? HATE, HATE HATE!) Spiders!! Don't even joke about this not being "very scarey" to me!

If you'd like to post something "very scarey" on your journal be sure to link it to The Round Robin, so that more folks drop by to see what it is that frightens you!

Fresh spider cider served here!


The word scared or scarey is deeply rooted to fear. To some, it can be scarey just to wake up each day, or to cross a busy street, or to step out of their box. I guess if I were to think on this, the biggest thing I am scared of (fear) is that I feel I am never good enough. Now that's scarey! What's the thing you are most scared about?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot (on Tuesday)

This week's John Scalzi's Monday Photo Shoot:

Off-Color Photos

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Turn something an unexpected color. Most photo editing software will let you fiddle with the hue of your photos: Use that feature to make your photos subject a color it would be impossible (or at least, very unlikely) for it to be in real life.

This one is simple enough since I am in PSP so much.

The first photo is a purple kitty... purple? yuck!

The second one is a photo given to me while working with Kevin Sorbo.. do you really think I care what color he is? ...heh.. nope!

The last is a shot of the Grand Canyon... Somehow these colors don't impress me like the real ones do.

So.. if you want to try John's "color change challenge" be sure to click the link above and leave your link on his post! Thanks John, it made me look thru some of the pictures I've used here in the past.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief."

Monday, October 16, 2006

It's one of those days...

Yesterday I thought of what I wanted to write about today...

Today, I couldn't remember it if it meant saving my life! All I have to say is: CRS runs Rampant in my head!! grrrrrrrrrrrr. So instead you get this Bugs Bunny cartoon with some small animation done to it. sigh..

Anyone remember Gossamer the monster? I sure do, and would you believe they only used him in 3 cartoons!.. so how come I can remember Gossamer and not what I wanted to write about? huh? huh? huh? answer me that!

Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Helpful Hints for Desk jobs..

TEN things to say, when caught sleeping at your desk !...

10. "They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen."

9. "This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time management course you sent me to!"

8. "Whew! Guess I left the top off the Whiteout. You probably got here just in time."

7. "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement , and envisioning a new business strategy."

6. "I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance."

5. "I was doing a highly-specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga?"

4. "Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out how to handle that big accounting problem."

3. "Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?"

2. "Who put decaf in the wrong pot?!?"

AND THE NUMBER ONE best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk........

1. Raise your head slowly and say, " Jesus ' name, Amen

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Half Of a Weekend Assignment

This week John Scalzi has a weekend assignment which i thought about tackling then didn't feel up to it. Later, I did decide to do the "extra credit" part, which would be considered alot of "free speech" anyway.

Extra Credit: A favorite controversial book (it doesn't have to be from an American).

A book I read many years ago, and that I found really interesting, fills the bill. It's called "Chariots of the Gods" by Erich Von Daniken.

Most who have read this just say it's garbage and "wrong, wrong, wrong". But I think those who feel that way think that Von Daniken was trying to say that most religious beliefs are wrong, when in reality, all he was saying was: do you think this could be a possibility? (at least that's how "I" took it)

I don't believe he was trying to say that things we've all been taught or things we believe in are "wrong". I do believe he was trying to say "there are other possibilities". That how things are interpreted may not all be the same. And most importantly, that we should always leave our minds open to other possibilities, no matter how far fetched they may seem.

The reason behind it? Because no one is perfect. Mistakes can be made and never realized. And that EVERYTHING is open to interpretation

These are some of the things that stuck with me from reading this book. And have stayed with me ever since.

Fortunately or unfortunately Von Daniken chose to take things from the Bible and from ancient drawings and such found all over the world to try to approach them differently and so the big controversy began. Even though he states, more than once, that it's "only a theory and open to interpretation".

I really don't believe he was trying to make anyone believe HIS theory was right, so much as to just make you think that there are many possibilities out there and we should not close our minds to one way of thinking.

Many believe he was trying to convince anyone reading that how "man kind" started on this earth is that we were put here by "ancient astronauts", and that they then visited those left hear for years to come. (It was made into a movie called "In Search of Ancient Astronauts")

If you do keep an open mind, you might have to say "it's a possibility"..but of course it can't be proved, just like many things we believe in can't be proved. It would be a choice of "faith".

I wouldn't say I believe in his theory.. nor would I say I don't. But he did make me believe in POSSIBILITIES... there are always possibilities.


I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.