Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life Lesson #732

When you are in training for the fire department. You spend a lot of time in what is called The Burn Building. The Burn Building is a 4 story, concrete building with many rooms and stairways. For training exercises, it is filled with smoke and multiple fires ranging in size from small corner fires to rooms that are fully engulfed in flames. There are also "victims" (150-175 lb dummies) throughout the building that must be rescued.

When you are are probie/rookie, there is always at least one officer or instructor in each room to insure your safety and to access your progress.

It is extremely imperative that if you are the"man" on the nozzle (in charge of water flow), that under NO circumstances should you ever, EVER- regardless of whether or not is is completely unintentional, douse the instructor with water.

A soaking wet instructor makes for a very unhappy instructor.

An unhappy instructor makes for a VERY unhappy probie.

Believe me. I know.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Labels For This Post :

I was looking through all my old posts for a specific one the other day and ended up spending a LOT of time re-reading. Jeez! Who wrote those things? Even I could barely follow some of them. Thank goodness Monkeys are Funny or I would still be lost.

I read on Surviving Motherhood's blog the other day that she had gone back and started labeling her posts. That is something I had been thinking about doing lately but hadn't gotten around to it yet. I decided to give it a whirl.

Labels For This Post :


Labels For This Post:

I could write Random, but that pretty much narrows it down to about 85% of my posts.
BTW, did you know that 94.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot?

Ok, a few are easy. As a matter of fact, when Edie helped me out during one of my many technical problems, she started it out for me.

Labels For This Post : Today is Tuesday. You Know What That Means.

That one was easy.

A few more .....
The Arts: Songs and Poetry By MyADHDMe
The Dreaded WVB
Step Away From The Car

That still leaves the rest in the very wide category of Random.

Occasionally, I write something from the, ahem, heart. So I suppose there is the "Deep Thoughts" category.

I think I need some help here.

Any suggestions?

Oh, I already thought of the category of "Completely random things that somehow make it from my brain to the keyboard", but that was too long.

Oh great, I just realized that I need a label for this post. I think I'll leave it blank until one of you comes up with a suggestion.

SO, anybody out there have any ideas for labels for my posts?....hey, be nice...They can't ALL say Typical ADHD.

Have an outstanding day!!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Today is Tuesday. You Know What that Means!!!

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!!!

So wiggle your ears
Like good Mousekateers.
Cause Tuesday is Guest Star Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would have to say that this is the Number One WORST commercial, imho, of all time.

It became HUGE! Everyone was saying it and it was even made on t-shirts, mugs, etc.


To me it rates up there with "I've fallen, and I can't get up!
But, I try to invite a very large range of Special Guests, even one that may drive me crazy-er.

I have over a page of ideas but am not in the mood for any of those.

Leave me a comment if you want to see a favorite that I've never shown.

Commercials, Theme Songs, Songs, TV's, Movies...just about anything.

Have a great day and would someone please give that old lady a hamburger!!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

15 Minutes of Fame

Well, you know that when my back is hurting I spend a large part of the day staring at the tv. I know I've talked about the wonderful shows (NOT) that come on during the late night hours, but the daytime ones are just as, um, thrilling.

I guess people can't get enough court tv all night because it comes on all day also. I was watching Judge Alex the other day and this couple was telling every deep dark secret they ever had to millions of viewers...well, maybe thousands.

It went something like this:

Her-All I wanted was for him to go with me to my daddy's birthday party.

Him-Judge, I was busy. I work all week and that was my only day off. I had a lot to do. I tell you, I was busy! You know what I'm saying?

Judge- Well, no, not exactly.What were you so busy doing that you couldn't go to her daddy's party?

Him-Judge I was busy.

Judge- Yeah, I got that. Busy doing what?

Him- I was...uh.Judge,you, Judge you know.....I was reading!

(I guess you had to see them to get how completely ridiculous that statement was.)


another conversation:

Her-I pull up to my parking space and there is a strange car parked MY space! I never SEEN that car. I didn't KNOW that car. I had never been intro to the owner of that car...but there it was. Just sitting in MY space, just like it belonged there.

More Her-So I walk in MY house and find some strange woman laying there rubbing his back. I didn't know that woman. I never seen that woman before that day. I was never introduced to that woman. I never sent out an invitation to that woman, but there she was!

Judge- (to the man) Do you have a response to that?

Him-Judge, I was as surprised as SHE was!


HHmmmm I wonder if Judge Alex has a blog?

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Could I Borrow a Couple of Those Knitting Sticks?

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Sometimes I actually enjoy hard strenuous labor. I like the feeling of accomplishment. I like the feeling when I'm finished of just laying back in complete exhaustion. It makes me feel stronger and healthier. I even like the feeling of breaking out into a good sweat while I'm working....that is if I don't have to worry about going anywhere after wards without any make-up.

I heat my house with a wood burning stove. It is a great money saver, not to mention very cozy. Last year when the tree fell on our house, the men cut it into pieces the correct size but didn't split it. I'm sure they would have....$. Much of it has been laying in a pile in the backyard ever since then. I used to split wood to help make myself stronger for fire fighting. Also, as you may recall from one of my recent posts, we do a lot of work with axes and I had never swung an axe at all before becoming a fire fighter.

Well, I know that I can not/should not do that anymore because of my back.

Oh great, how did I start underlining everything. This is annoying. How can I think about what I am writing while everything is being underlined. It would be different if I was underlining a certain statement, but not the entire post. I don't even know how to underline something. I have NO idea what I did to make it start doing this. That is why I never underline. Instead, to emphasize what I am saying I always put it in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Monkey are Funny.

Underlining is annoying.


OK, anyway. I'll try to ignore it. Hope you can. Where was I...

I'm not so incredibly dumb that I would go outside and start trying to split that wood. I know I would hurt myself.

But it was all laying out there in a pile and I knew it was going to rot it if didn't get stacked.

This underlining is driving me crazy-er. I'm going to take a break from this and call Chatty Kelly. She'll be able to fix it....

Whew, thank you Kelly. This is SO much better...(note the capitalized letters in the word SO).


So, I decided that I would just stack the logs...not split them. Just stack them. I know how to lift properly. I know how to use my legs instead of my back. I know that I need to be careful and not to lift to much at once.

It actually felt good to do some hard work.

Well, it felt good at the time, that is. Today...not so good. You would think I would have learned and that I would know better by now. Ol'Albert knew what he was talking about. I guess I need to find a hobby. Something that makes me feel good about myself but doesn't make me walk like a little old lady for days afterwards. There's always knitting. I wonder where I should go to get some of those knitting sticks.....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today Is Tuesday. You Know What That Means

Today is Tuesday.
You Know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!

With so many people getting sick with colds and the flu, I think today's Special Guest is the perfect choice.

Got Flu?

......cause Tuesday is Guest Star Day!!!!!!



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Television and Old Maids in 1950

My mom-in-law gave me a small chest/bookcase. It is about 2 feet tall and about 10 inches wide. It is a perfect to put beside my chair to keep my notebooks, dictionary, Bible and other things I like to have on hand when I am on the computer. But what I really enjoyed about this piece of furniture was the newspaper pages that were in the bottom of the drawers. My mom-in-law told me she left them in their specifically because she knew I liked things like that. The date of the newspaper was Wednesday, February 8, 1950.

There were quite a few interesting articles and ads. One ad was for a "HUGE 12 1/2 inch" television. Call for free "in-home demonstration". They weren't cheap though. $179.95. That was A LOT of money in 1950. As a matter of fact, that is twice as much as such a small tv would cost today.....and today's wouldn't be black and white! (the picture is one I googled. That is actually one from 1954.)

There was also an advice column that was similar to today's Dear Abby. It was called Dorothy Dix . This is one of the letters and the response...

"Dear Miss Dix.
What can be done about the business girls who are well educated, well dressed, good looking, but are 30 years of age and have no beaus and no dates, no chance of marrying? They would like to marry and have husbands and homes of their own, but the men of their own age marry younger girls and leave the older ones alone.

Answer: Kissing goes by favor, as the old adage says, and unless a girl has that peculiar something that attracts men, her matrimonial chances are slim.
The plight of girls who have a natural feminine yearning for the attention of men and for love, romance and marriage, but who are denied these, is truly sad. What makes the situation still more pathetic is that they exaggerate the value and happiness these things would bring. The girl who has no dates, pictures every party as a wild orgy of joy. She imagines every man a fairy prince and has never a doubt that if she married, her husband would be an ideal mate and her home an earthly paradise.

If the business girl will look around at her married friends, she will she that most of them look older than she; that few are as well dressed or can afford the amusements she has. And she will discover that the husband who remains a gallant lover after three or four years of married life is about as rare as hen's teeth.

Still all of this does not keep girls from wanting to marry, nor their mothers from wanting to see them married. That is nature and the pity of it is that not some way in which proper bridegrooms could be provided for all they nice girls who would make such good wives.

Under the circumstances, it seems to me that there are only 2 things they can do, especially when they have reached the age of 30, when time becomes a great factor. One is boldly to take the initiative and do the courting themselves. Virtually any woman can marry any man if she will just go after him hard enough.
The other alternative is to accept the situation philosophically and put matrimony out of their thoughts. There is much consolation in the fact that a good job is better than an indifferent husband, and far less trouble to keep."


Hhhmmm, a few facts about Dorothy Dix. She wrote this in 1950 when she was 89 years old. She dies the following year at age 90. Although married, the last time she ever saw her husband was in 1920, when he was entered into an insane asylum. He died in 1929, 9 years later! One of the books she wrote was "How to Win and Hold a Husband".

I noticed even the letter written to her was addressed Dear MISS Dix.


I'm thinking that sometimes change is a VERY good thing!

Have a great day!!!!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

What is ADHD?

Often I am asked what it is like to live with ADHD. Usually by the time I am finished trying to explain it, the person that asked can see it for themselves. AND they are usually more confused than they were before they asked me.

This clip is a speech given by an 11 year old girl that has ADHD. It is called "Living With ADHD". Between the visual and the speech, this is probably the best way I have ever seen it explained. I think that by the time you get to the end of this clip you will get a glimpse of what it is like.

She did an amazing job.



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Random Dozen....whew

Time to jump on the bandwagon and try out the Random Dozen from 2nd Cup of Coffee.
Thank you to A&OX4 for trying to help me get the questions on my post so I wouldn't have to re-type them seriously....

Still not sure if I did it correctly, but it all showed up so that was a good start.

Hhmmm, I probably should have read the questions before I committed to doing them. Oh well, too late now.

On your mark.....Get set.......Monkeys Are Funny!

1. When was the last time you craved a food--what was it, and did you cave?
Yesterday......Nutty Buddy......Yep

2. M & M's or Skittles?
I'm pretty sure that I am in the minority here....Skittles.

3. Have you ever read the Bible completely through?
No but I did read a layman copy which is a book that has the entire Old Testament written in the form of a novel but it is all factual from the Bible. It is called The Book of God.

4. How long does it take you to really wake up in the morning?
I'll let you know when it happens......Way TOO long!

5. Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, would you like to?
No........No desire really......I much rather be in a burning building with a fire hose....(and some more firefighters).

6. Who is your favorite actress?
I have favorite actors but really no favorite actresses that I can think of.

7. ______ is something that I will just never understand.

8. How much of a technology junkie are you?
See answer to #7.

9. Do you enjoy selecting greeting cards for people, or is it more of a cultural "have to" for you?
I enjoy getting them for "off the wall" reasons or randomly but really don't like that feeling of "Oh No! Tomorrow is so-an- so's birthday and I don't have a card!

10. When was the last time you got a new style/haircut?
Hair Style? What's That?

11. What do you enjoy shopping for most?
Anything at Thrift Stores and or Consignment Stores.....Especially Books
I also love it when I find another pair of Chuck Taylor Converse Hi-Tops. I don't like the new ones but once in a while I'll find a very old pair that is still in good condition AND in my size......They were all marked in mens sizes so I wear a size 6 1/2 or 7 mens. SO, when my next birthday comes up, you can skip the card and now you know what to get me, My white ones are getting a bit ragged so white would be great. I also have black, black patent leather, denim, mustard yellow, purple tie-dye (when I got them they were purple only but they were too bright for me so I tied them) I like shoes. Mostly sneakers and boots. Beside my Chuck Taylors, my favorite sneakers are my Sam & Libby hi-top sneakers with a 2 inch platform. Also my White Leather lace up, hi-top sneakers......oh yeah, they have a 3 1/2 inch heel. haha. You can't tell by the picture but they really are sneakers. I'm almost positive that I'll never wear them but I couldn't resist buying them for all those times when people comment that I always wear sneakers. Plus, I don't own the sequins spandex mini-skirt that would surely go with them.

12. What's the last thing you think of before you leave the house?
Dog on Cable
Back in House.
Remember dog needs water to stay alive.
fill water.
where are keys?
Check to be sure all lights are off.
Blow out candles.
Close windows if needed.
Turn back heat or turn up air if needed.
Go to bathroom.
Re-Brush teeth
Re-Appy Lipstick
Look at hair, smile and shake head because there's nothing I can do with it.
Where are keys?
Grab water bottle.
Grab diet coke.
Put on watch.
Quick peek at email or blog.
Find keys.
Find cell phone.
Grab a jacket or sweater...just in case.
Go to car.
Go back inside.
Grab a few mints.
grab any needed lists..
Grab a book for if/when I need to wait.
Grab purse.
Where are keys? I JUST had them!
Yell at the kids to hurry up.
See kids waiting for me in car.
Find keys.
Start car.
Alberquando forgot the CD he wants to listen to.
He goes back in to get it.
He comes back to the car.
He leaves door not only unlocked, but open.
He goes back and shuts and locks door.
Where were we going?
Is that the phone ringing?
um....what was the question again?


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today is Tuesday. You Know What That Means

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!

I know I bombarded you all with musical clips all week last week, so today's Special Guest is not going to sing.

In 1979 Coca Cola did it again.

Mean Joe Green!!!



Saturday, January 9, 2010

Words to Live By

Quite often in life, we receive very important advice and/or bits of information. You know, the life saving ones.

I remember one of the first fire calls I went on. The call came in as"Smell of smoke in residence. Possible Carbon Monoxide" As you can imagine, I was nervous and excited at the same time.

It was then that I learned a very important piece of advice. I was following the lead firefighter in the house. We were in complete gear, including SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus).

As we were walking in, I looked at my partner. Hoping for a profound bit of advice, I asked him, "What should I do?"

His response, "Grab an Ax and Try Not to Die."

Man, I really miss those days!

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Top Five....Day Five

I would have loved to have been involved in something like this. Oh yeah, I probably would have to be able to sing and dance.....oh well.

This has to be my favorite.

I first saw this at Sue J's blog. I just love it!



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Top Five ....... Day Four

When United Airlines employees broke this man's Taylor guitar, he tried for a year to get them to pay to repair it. They refused. He even offered to accept flying time as payment. They still refused.

When he wrote this song to tell his story, he had no idea that it would be an overnight YouTube sensation. Of course United scrambled to make restitution after the song was so popular that CNN even ran a story on it....too little, too late.

The name of the song is United Breaks Guitars. The band is Sons of Maxwell. I especially liked one of the comments that was left on the clip......Guitar Breaks United.



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top Five.....Day Three

The first time I saw this clip was also on 2nd Cup of Coffee's blog. When you're watching it, remember that she IS singing it in English! I just Ken Lee without this!!



Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Top Five....... Day Two

Without this clip, there would never have been a Tuesday Special Guest Star Day, because.....

Today is Tuesday
You know what that means.
We're Gonna Have a Special Guest!!!!



Monday, January 4, 2010

Top Five ...Day One

This week I am going to be posting some of my favorite clips. Some of these have been my Tuesday Special Guests, and others I have seen on other peoples blogs.

When Chatty Kelly first introduced me to blogging, she told me I had to go check out another blogger that she knew I would love. I still wasn't sold on blogging but checked it out anyway.

The other blogger was 2nd Cup of Coffee, and this clip is still one of my favorites.



Saturday, January 2, 2010

not so URGENT REQUEST!!!!!!

Would someone PLEASE help me find my cell phone??!!!??