Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Monday, December 31, 2007

Coffee Grinder in the House

Couldn't find a Delonghi grinder locally so I settled for a Cuisinart. It's 1 button and if it lasts as long as the last one then it'll be a good 'un. Took Beagle's suggestion in yesterday's comments and went by Walmart. They had one and it wasn't the unit she recommended. It was small and wimpy looking and was within $5.00 of the one purchased. So I opted for the fingerprint harboring stainless steel one pictured. Ahhhh, there's Jamaican Blue Mountain in the house for the morning grind! This in depth shopping venture may seem like overkill, but nerds need their caffeine. Much like Tiger Woods selecting a putter (like he picks one from a rack, LOL!).

Stay safe this evening. I'll be home in front of a computer or sound asleep. Fireworks haven't been banned in Saltillo so the beach house always gets a send off by many local enthusiasts. It could be worse. I did celebrate one New Year in Vietnam, but that's another story. BeHoBODY announcement tomorrow!

"Way too much coffee. But if it weren't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever."
~David Letterman

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Doing the Grinder Finder

Okay, the video problem with Friday's post is corrected. You will have to click on it to make it play. Why in the world would Disney put autoplay in a clip they post for using on a website? Go figure. The world is a dangerous place.

My coffee grinder gave up the ghost yesterday. Thankfully there has been some hoarding of Boca Java given to me by Beagle, Mudslingr and the Purple Giraffe. The aroma is awesome and this is a great Sunday morning coffee. Has some caramel in it, which is not a favorite at the beach house, but this works. The Banana Fosters flavor of Boca Java is da bomb.

May rethink this caramel thing. It has a very pleasant flavor. Taste does change with age so mine has been through MANY cycles. Loved peanuts all my life and now they hurt me. Tuna is not my friend either and I grew up on tuna salad sandwiches. Really miss them both. Age does make food more interesting.

Back to the coffee grinder. Have an Oster Blender that is da bomb. Got an Oster coffee maker for Christmas from Mother that's wayyy kewl and looks like something out of the Jetsons. But the Oster grinder has bad reviews online. So am opting for the Delonghi. It has very good reviews. Pretty kewl looking and it has several features which might be nice. The old grinder had an on/off button. Shucks, it was 15 years old.

"Caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin!"

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kodak Easyshare? It Sucks!

For those complaining about the "instant on" concerning yesterday's video clip. I'm working on it. You know that somewhere on youtube this clip exists and I'll convert it. It is such a good clip and sad that Disney sabotaged it with that autoplay and imbeding link capabilities right on the video. Stupid.

It's a bench day today. Trying to recover some Kodak Easyshare photos and some data off a SATA drive. Folks, Kodak makes good digital cameras. Their Easyshare software is the worst ever written! Don't use this junk. They hide their photos in some mysterious way so you can't use any other software to manipulate photos. Best bet? Download Picasa. It's free!!! And easy to use!!! I do not nave any camera software for the Canon Powershot on my PC and Picasa has more capability anyway. Love it!

Please don't get tanked up and drive Monday evening. Arrive at your location and make plans for an overnight stay or a ride home via someone sober. Am working late Monday and the life you save may be my own. Good to have sober neighbors that look out for me while away and here. Good to know that I will NOT drive drunk!

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
~Benjamin Franklin

Friday, December 28, 2007

Aslan, Chapter II

I'll be in the theater for this film. What more can I say about C.S. Lewis? An exemplary Christian, awesome writer, great friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, humanitarian, loving husband and brother all describe Clive Staples Lewis. These 7 books, The Chronicles of Narnia, are awesome. Age does not matter. You'll never be too old to appreciate the beauty of the written word inspired by the Most High. Wow! This is a movie to anticipate! Take the kids! Take your grandparents!

"Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time."
~C. S. Lewis


: Trailer changed from Disney to a youtube likeness to avoid the autoplay feature,

Thursday, December 27, 2007

What's in a Word?

After four articles and a Wikipedia search the actual date of the Iowa Caucus has been found. It's January 3rd. There was some difference as to how many days in the future this event occurred. Even the people writing about politics can't get their stories straight. No surprise here. What's that old saying? When you lay down with snakes you'll lie? Or was it something about dogs n fleas?

Google defines caucus as, "a group of people who share something in common." The origin is questionable, but sorta' kinda' in a strange way like the premise that it arose from Tammany Hall where Native American phrases were often used. That origin lists it as an Algonquin word for "counsel," cau´-cau-as´u. I think the Latin word for drinking vessel, which is caucus, is really the origin due to the fact that it has shown up in text of Middle English documents. Middle English was a tad earlier than the Tammany Hall Democrats.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to watch this circus which is definitely a better word choice. A good place to follow up the results is MississippiPolitical. Great site with vast info and has stood the test of time. It just keeps getting better too!

"Politicians are like disposable diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."
~David Stephens

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Webb Alert

This video is from WebbAlert. Morgan Webb was (and still is) one of my many favorites on TechTV. Wish I had found this gadget series before the holidays. Glad to see her independent of G4 TV in any form. G4 is what COMCAST used to replace TechTV when they bought TechTV in order to put it out of business and make way for the junky G4 channel. TechTV rocked! Anyway, Morgan is co-host of XPlay on that channel. Since I won't link to anything G4 here's a look at one of the pioneers of geek/nerd TV.

Enjoy "Boxing Day" and stay safe on the roads today. Traffic will be miserable so slow down and be courteous to your fellow humans. Enjoy the day instead of stressing. I know I will...staying on the geek workbench today and avoiding the rush (heh, heh, heh!).

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


God Bless us all, Charlie Brown!

"Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age."

Monday, December 24, 2007

Quiet Night

Teamspeak is online. Hardware adjustments and changes were made. It is hoped that stability and speed will be the result. Time will tell.

It is late Christmas Eve and I just know red suit dude will show up. Tomorrow is filled with overdue benchwork and the possible change of a new garage door opener. Well, it's still in the box anyway. The actual purchase was several months ago. Procrastination is not my friend.

"Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude."

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Teamspeak Downtime

The Teamspeak Server will be offline tomorrow. Year end maintenance is being performed and I apologize for this short downtime. Several alternatives exist and everyone that utilizes the Beach House Web Server for this service knows where to go and all that. It should be back online around darkthirtyish. Please don't burn up your cell phone time letting me know about this inconvenience.

Stay casual and drive safely tomorrow. The life you save may be my own.

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.
~H.D. Murphy

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Morgan Webb Still Has IT!

COMCAST sucks! They have rude, crude CSRs that seem irritated if you call for help and they want to charge for everything, even service when they are at fault. Besides, it irritates me when they give my Mother grief. Bitches and bastards!!! They also destroyed TechTV, possibly the greatest TV channel ever, years ago to make way for their stupidass G4 channel which is apparently helmed by Adam Peireira (excuse spelling , he's such a twit I won't bother looking up his name) or his daddy. I never watch G4 but decided to watch one episode of XPlay this morning. The reason? Well, XPlay is the only show G4 retained from the old TechTV line up and the hosts are kewl, especially Morgan Webb. She's hot. She was building an ultimate gaming machine and my curiosity got the better of me. Not linking to any of this is done on purpose. BTW, the local COMCAST techs are great and super nice people.

I've actually seen a version of this machine in real life. She proceeded to build an Antec 900 case (pictured left) computer with NVidia 8800 SLI and uber components. If you'd like to see this in real life locally get with Ashby Rhett Culpepper, III, ESQ., Jr. She essentially built a copy of his machine. If anyone in this area has a PC that will outrun Ashby's I want to see it. Mine is a very very poor version of it. As a matter of fact we both use the Antec 900 case and the similarity stops there, lol. We do use almost identical Viewsonic 22" widescreen monitors. Don't get me wrong, many that LAN party with us have really great machines, but Ashby's is the King Voodoo High Priest n head MucketyMuck . Expense was not spared.

Pictures of my build are forth coming as is the announcement of the BeHoBODY award; it's been delayed until the 31st due to a narrowing of the race once again. Have a casual Saturday.

"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
~George Bernard Shaw

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Force is With Us, One Way or Another

It's nice to see software giant Microsoft cooperating in a positive manner to align with some of the opensource folks, you know those Linux, FreeBSD Jedi Knight types. You can read about it over at MercuryNews.com. Matthew Newman explains how Windows gurus are working with others to aid opensource software in linking to Windows. Nicely written, it's brief and to the point. Of course Steve Ballmer probably tried to throw a monkey wrench in the works. That is just a guess though. Bozo Ballmer is a monkey wrench, well a monkey anyway (please forgive me Simians of the world).

Then there's the dark side of the force at work. Yes Darth Jobs and his Apple stormtroopers have been busy suing a website that posts rumors about Apple projects. Will these Nazis ever get a life? Steve Jobs, yeh, you dumbass, this was FREE publicity!!! You can read about it at ajc.com. This is almost goofy as those stupid outright lies they call advertising presently playing on TV that lead folks to believe you should buy an Apple instead of a PC. Can we say ABSURD? Apple is a very small player in a very large pond.

Microsoft software powers 95% of the world's computers; see the article linked in the first paragraph. Also, did you know that the most popular piece of software sold to Apple users is Microsoft Office?!?!?!? So don't be misled by idiotic, negative advertising. This past summer I was subcontracted to install computers and wireless technology in many local libraries. The Gates Foundation (as in Bill and Melinda Gates of Microsoft fame) paid for this project. When was the last time you heard of Steve Jobs doing ANYTHING nice?

K, the soap box is put away and now work must be done. If you see that fellow in the red suit with the white beard tell him I am still looking for him! Later.

"A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Not Gonna Whine in a Box, Not Gonna Whine With a Fox!

Was making last minute adjustments on a server to be delivered today and things got side ways. It was critical (to me anyway) to deliver it before the Christmas Holidays, but the decision was made to call the client. She had great patience and understanding. Thanks SEB. Thought about wiping the whole drive and decided to walk away from the bench for a while. Good decision. After changing some simple security settings it is back to normal. Server software can be frustrating. Still, it needs to remain on my network for a few days for observation so delivery is postponed until Thursday of next week. It's been one of those days. Yet, things could have turned out much worse. So a prayer of gratitude seems appropriate.

Everything is behind schedule and with some diligence and devotion things will work out. Thank God my daughters understand. Fortunately we planned to do our Christmas gathering the 2nd week in January due to travel and timing problems. Nice to know that some people care and are considerate. You know, some folks don't have such nice dispositions. May God bless you and make this a Merry Merry Christmas.

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."
~Doug Larson

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Does Someone Named George Really Work for NVidia?

Geeks and gamers now have a new goal provided by NVidia. Can you believe a motherboard that supports 3 video cards? Oh yes, the nForce 780i will inspire lust in the hearts of gamers everywhere. This has to be a cooling factor nightmare. Can you imagine 3 cards stacked and the heat produced? Just added an extra gooseneck fan to help with cooling in my gaming machine and turned the speed of the side mounted fan to the highest setting. It's better. This 3 video card array is screaming, "WATER COOL ME!" Or maybe even add an air-conditioning unit to the case.

If I had plenty of money this would be tempting. Just look at how close those cards are stacked! Think if we put wings on it that Mach 1 can be accomplished before burnout? This is...a Twilight Zoner? You have to give NVidia credit for creative engineering.

Can you imagine the think tank that arrived at this decision?

"Well, George, what do we do next?"
George replies, "Let's put 3 video cards on one motherboard! Yehhhhhh! That's the TICKET!! And I'll give one to my wife...uh...uh...Morgan Fairchild!"
"Work that up for me George and have the drawings on my desk and a prototype built no later than Christmas."

Technology is a remarkable thangy.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
~Arthur C. Clarke

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ahhhhh, Hobbits Me Precious!

The filming of The Hobbit with Peter Jackson at the helm looks like it is going into production. This will be soooo much fun because the Purple Giraffe will be able to attend with our regular group of nerdlings to watch the prequel to the Lord of the Rings. Read all about it at TheOneRing.net. Thanks goes out to Slashdot for a great link. It pleases me to no end that the story will be in two parts. That's a lotta fun and fantasy for just one movie. This should be awesome.

Jackson is a fellow nerd and definitely a genius. Just think, he still has the Shire intact from the Ring trilogy and that was some impressive movie making. They had built the set two years before filming so it would have a natural look. Yep, he's a genius in the 1st degree. So fellow LOTR fans, get ready! Wish it was out today!

Mr. Easley, thank you for introducing me to these wonderful books. You have created huge chapters of joy not only in my life, but in many that surround me including my two LOTR addicted daughters. Such tremendous story telling is truly a blessing and there's no doubt in my mind that God was working His love for us through John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Larry my brother, thanks, thanks a lot!

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
~Ruth Ann Schabacker

Monday, December 17, 2007

Time is of Essence

It's a week away. You don't have much time left. Here's some last minute tips from Nate Anderson at ArsTechnica. Many of these items can be found at local retailers and online etailers are still offering great deals on last minute shipping. Even though most retailers are staying open extra hours from now until Monday evening to make up for a slow sales season, sellers online seem to be enjoying a nice flow of business. With the price of gasoline crossing over into the absurd it's a wonder that the local traffic is worse than ever. Something about holidays and bad weather makes the crazies come out and terrorize the highways and byways.

Another observation from the Saltillo Beach House. My opinion can be expanded, but I've whined enough. Merry Christmas, God Bless you and may God help us all respect our fellow human beings during this period.

"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts."
~Janice Maeditere

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Mighty Rocket Science Explosion

Nerd types have preferences. Nerd types have feelings. Nerd types have friends. We consult each other during online games and on the phone. We share knowledge and compare notes. We gather at LAN parties and even become festive. One thing we always laugh about is the rocket scientists that surround us. Ask a nerd a question and if she or he doesn't know the answer they will immediately admit, "I don't know." Ask a rocket scientist and you'll be treated to a variety of responses including outright lies and a charming little number called the denial dance. Our knowledge is very much a collaboration and the preferences vary from nerdling to nerdling.

For instance, one of my favorite applications is Microsoft Word. The 2003 version is awesome and the 2000 version is pretty darn good. Haven't seen much of 2007 since my purchase of Office 2003 was made in 2006. At the same time I abhor and despise Microsoft Outlook no matter what version. Geeks as a general rule don't like Outlook. We do like Outlook Express. Most techs I know are using GMail. We tell everyone this is by far the best way to email, but folks won't listen. They go off on a rocket scientist adventure. We tolerate Word Perfect because it is used in many legal offices due to the scripting capabilities. Microsoft Word is still preferred. By the way, Word will do anything Word Perfect will do with the exception of the occasional Word Perfect crash. You will have to download some Word utilities available at Microsoft's site.

When the tech shows up to perform work most customers get wayyyy more than they realize. Computers are usually scanned, the startup area is checked, defrag is run if needed, and many other tasks are performed. Yet, we do NOT possess the ability to read minds. Again, technicians CANNOT READ MINDS! For instance if you tell a tech your office guru registered Microsoft Office on a new machine that is now on the desk at home then you should consult the office guru if the registration form starts showing up a few days later. When your real tech arrives, sets up your machine to go online, installs the antivirus software, puts anti-spyware protection in place, networks your machines to share one printer and many other techno-voodoo delights don't think that she or he is reading that office guru's mind. And don't even think the real tech should be responsible. You misinformed him assuming a task had been performed properly when it wasn't.

It's time to put away the soap box. No one ever listens or absorbs the above truisms with a grain of salt and tries to do better, but I feel better. After all, I am a nerd type with feelings...

"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation."
~W. C. Fields

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Stoppin' on the red, Goin on the green

This clip is from the movie Inventing the Abbotts. Never seen the movie, but must have listened to this song at least a thousand times. I will go to the local movie rental place and check it out. The lyrics are today's quote.

(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night

Well you gassed her up
Behind the wheel
With your arm around your sweet one
In your Oldsmobile
Barrelin' down the boulevard
You're looking for the heart of Saturday night

And you got paid on Friday
And your pockets are jinglin'
And you see the lights
You get all tinglin' cause you're cruisin' with a 6
And you're looking for the heart of Saturday night

Then you comb your hair
Shave your face
Tryin' to wipe out ev'ry trace
All the other days
In the week you know that this'll be the Saturday
You're reachin' your peak

Stoppin' on the red
Goin' on the green
'Cause tonight'll be like nothin'
You've ever seen
And you're barrelin' down the boulevard
Lookin' for the heart of Saturday night

Tell me is the crack of the poolballs, neon buzzin?
Telephone's ringin'; it's your second cousin
Is it the barmaid that's smilin' from the corner of her eye?
Magic of the melancholy tear in your eye.

Makes it kind of quiver down in the core
'Cause you're dreamin' of them Saturdays that came before
And now you're stumblin'
You're stumblin' onto the heart of Saturday night

Well you gassed her up
And you're behind the wheel
With your arm around your sweet one
In your Oldsmobile
Barrellin' down the boulevard,
You're lookin' for the heart of Saturday night

Is the crack of the poolballs, neon buzzin?
Telephone's ringin'; it's your second cousin
And the barmaid is smilin' from the corner of her eye
Magic of the melancholy tear in your eye.

Makes it kind of special down in the core
And you're dreamin' of them Saturdays that came before
It's found you stumblin'
Stumblin' onto the heart of Saturday night
And you're stumblin'
Stumblin onto the heart of Saturday nigh
~Tom Waits

Friday, December 14, 2007

Beverage Was Not My Friend, for a Few

Coffee and me destroyed a ZBoard. This was not an average ZBoard. It was a keyboard that had a keyset that was Guild Wars, a SPECIAL EDITION. Whole mug drenched the keyboard, emptied over into my lap and my lardbutt jumped up trying to remove the clothes soaked in hot coffee. Clothes will wash. The Zboard was completely dismantled, thoroughly cleaned, and reassembled. It doesn't work. Everyone knows that I will have, on the rare occasion, a refreshing beverage while playing this game. NEVER, yes, NEVER have I spilled a refreshing beverage in a keyboard. But sober for days and I mug myself and a very expensive keyboard. Should I give up coffee? Or maybe just keep it off the computer desk...is this a DUH or what?

I feel like such an idiot.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
~Thomas Edison

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Let It Snow

It's raining. December is the month with the most rain for this region. The temperature is falling and the forecast says a slight chance of some snow Saturday night. Ha! It may fall while we sleep, but there will be no accumulation. Seems that snow has gone further north for the winter. Growing up I remember snow days out of school, sliding down the big hills on sleds, cardboard or even the occasional old car hood turned upside down.

Since beach house tools for pulling cable are inside the job site the inclement weather will be a small factor today. Just glad to have the work! This time of year has people putting off computer purchases and setup until the last minute. Not something to stress about, it's become a way of life. Wireless connectivity has helped so much.

The phone calls have started about geek Christmas gifts and I have two very good answers: Battery Backup Units and External Hard Drive Backups. We all need them. If you have a well prepared geek using these items try ThinkGeek. Love this site.

Drive safely. Be courteous.

"Weather forecast for tonight: Dark."
~George Carlin

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What's in a Word? Two Zeros?

The human race is amazing. Merriam-Webster has selected "w00t" as the word of the year 2007. Come on guys, is l33t-speak really part of the English language? More akin to Esperanto methinks. This is the result of some type of voodoo balloting that is vague. Nate Anderson has the story over at ArsTechnica. His take on this weird selection reflects my view of a strange choice that has to be due to heavy internet voting of some sort. Some of the other top 10 candidates are as strange. All I can say at this point is...w00t!

While posting this I have hulu up and running. Episode 15, Season 3 of Battlestar Galactica is playing with very limited commercial interruptions. Tried full screen, but it pixellated some so it was returned to their standard frame. Looks good, sounds good and no glitching. CPU usage is around 5-10% with this Operton 180. Hope they work out the full screen problem and it may be settings on this machine. Will keep you posted. BTW, they also run some movies (The Jerk, Conan, etc.) and WKRP in Cincinnati is also available. The awesome episode about the Thanksgiving Day turkey promotion is in the lineup!

Stay casual out there. Christmas is just around the corner. Local highways and byways are full of the crazies that have this compulsive need to drive during the holidays and bad weather. Don't become a statistic with the MVB.

This December,
That love weighs more than gold!"

~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Memory, She Not So Good, Huh?

Ever had a day when you left your cell phone along with the bluetooth on a desk where you were working because you crawled under a desk to work and didn't want to risk dropping or damaging the vital devices? Then driven 30 miles before you discovered it was missing? This was due to being in too big a hurry. Stupid. It's been one of those days. Duh!

So I came home tonight and played Guild Wars. And took out my frustration in a virtual world. Feel better. Two warriors pictured below had a blast for about half an hour and our minds were relieved from self created stress. This is Eli's Coming and Colonel Reb both warriors and comrades in the southern based guild, Kudzu Dragons:

As Steve Martin says, "Ramblin' ramblin, ramblin." Outta here for the evening. Y'all sleep tight.

"Life hands you lemons, make a kick ass margarita!"
~D. Neal Jennings

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hulu is Here

Well, after over a month hulu has sent an invitation to participate in their beta test. This is great. Now I can see all the episodes of House and watch Tin Man again. At last Heroes can be viewed as well. They also have older titles like Doogie Howser and Hill Street Blues available. This is collaborative effort headed by NBC and Fox with Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, and Oxygen paticipating as well. Pretty darn good channel mix! It's like having TIVO on your PC. And think, no more annoying Dick Rice on Tupelo's WTVA9 breaking in every 5 minutes to tell us about a weather situation in Africa that may or may not affect the North Mississippi area. Hope this doesn't cause him to stroke out. Will keep everyone posted. This service will be thoroughly tested at the beach house.

Received an email about the overdue announcement of the BeHoBODY Award for 2007. Yes I did say Thanksgiving weekend, but delayed it due to such a close race and the decision is in and it will be posted soon. BeHoBODY? Beach House Buffoon of da Year. Two creeps have been neck and neck but a last furlong effort has made the winner ahead by lengths. Soon, very soon.

"They say that ninety percent of TV is junk. But, ninety percent of everything is junk."
~Gene Roddenberry

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Obsessive Compulsive Slacker

*NOTE: Due to general non interest and undone tasks the informal gathering at the beach house is delayed. We may try again next weekend and make it a seasonal Whupteedoo. Absolutely NO gifts or the exchange thereof, just geeks havin' fun!

Organization is great if maintained and updated. My pack rat self cannot seem to dispose of garbage at the same rate collected. It is amazing how 7 years ago all the shoes were in a row, the closet was well organized, kitchen items could be found immediately, the server room was well organized with disks properly stored and the library in order. Carpet was spotless, everything was dusted and the aquarium always looked bright and soothing. The beach house was a clean, comfortable place, though small, and folks would drop by just to hang out. Well, things have changed.

Chaos. Utter chaos. I can't find my ass if I get up off the seat to look for it! The reason? Disgust. Utter disgust. It all started with the garage door opener failing which has created a literal sea of computer carcasses flooding the whole building. The smelly thing that used to inhabit the southwest corner of the garage moved out years ago. IT was disgusted. The clutter monster has made headway into the house. My health being not as vigorous as 7 years ago doesn't help matters. My inability to grow one extra set of arms adds further to said disgust. There's an old 92 Buick Regal sitting in the yard that needs to go. It's cheap and the air blows cold. Does burn a little oil though. It looks hooptie disgusting. Will somebody buy it? My patio area looks like tornado central. The front porch needs sweeping. 5:00am in the morning and disgust is already making its way into my feeble mind. We won't even discuss the yard. Why? Total absolute disgust.

Nay! Nay! This too will pass I SAY! A methodical approach has been adapted. The bedroom has been revamped and not a single item is now stored under the bed! Effort shall continue to structure the beach house functionality in such a way that life here will return to its previous state of casualness. Yes, yes! This is the ticket! Now where is that screwdriver I took out of the toolbox to repair the vacuum cleaner? Where is the vacuum cleaner? Wait, where's my cup of coffee!?@#?!?%??? The horror of it all! Disgusting I say.

Well, Rome wasn't built in a day: Nor was the Beach House.

"The obvious and fair solution to the housework problem is to let men do the housework for, say, the next six thousand years, to even things up. The trouble is that men, over the years, have developed an inflated notion of the importance of everything they do, so that before long they would turn housework into just as much of a charade as business is now. They would hire secretaries and buy computers and fly off to housework conferences in Bermuda, but they'd never clean anything."
~Dave Barry