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Nightmares SUCK!

Especially the kind where you are paralyzed by fear and can't move a muscle only to wake up and find that you are still paralyzed by fear (from God knows what cause I sure don't) and still can't move at all. Only after I tell myself ' it's just a nightmare' about 20 times can I eventually convince myself it's all in my mind....and I really can move after all.

I hate it when that happens.

Seeing as I am WIDE awake now (thanks nightmare!) let's see if I can come up with anything semi-blog-worthy.

* My camera situtation. Managed to pry the lens cover open several times this weekend but the quality of the pix got worse with each picture I took. So? Shipping it off to Sony tomorrow...eh...today. Seeing that they will call me before they complete the repair (with an exact price) figure that's the way to go. The $181 I mentioned in an earlier post is a special they have that will fix anything. Rather than go that route, I'll choose the 'getting what you pay for' option. While it will mean I'll be camera-less when my friend is here next week, I'll make sure she brings her camera so at least one of us will be able to take pix.


* Attended a BBQ/Fundraiser for Candidate Arturo Jimenez -DPS School Board District 5. I'll blog about this in depth sometime this week. I was the only non-parent there and seeing as Arturo is running for the School Board, the majority of the discussions focused on neighborhood schools. All in all, really interesting stuff. And did you know that PRESCHOOL can cost a minimum of $600 a month? For one kid? That just floors me. Btw, had my first ever taste of Chile Verde with sides of freshly made pinto beans and other great sides. Totally authentic Mex fare that reminds me of home.

* The downside of Fall. Ok, am letting the cat out of the bag here. I am not on the ' I love Fall and think it's wonderful' bandwagon. Nope, I'm not. Sorry. I love Summer in CO and am really not ready to let go. The death of Daylight Savings time as well. THAT will be one sorry day. Also? While my first Winter here was cake, last Winter? Forget it. Don't want another one like that! I know all the stats (and all you Denver peeps) will tell me that last Winter was a fluke. I hope you're right, cause I really don't want to go thru that again. My wrists don't want to go thru that again either. I don't want the 4 foot drifts in my driveway that took 2 1/2 days to clear. Ditto for the sheets of ice that covered my street for 2 months. Seeing as I'm on a rant roll, what is with all these freakin' fuzzy brown HUMONGOUS spiders that are coming out of the woodwork? They are everywhere! Ugly suckers too. Have killed 4 in the last 2 days. If my camera worked I would take pix of the suckers to show you how huge and fuzzy and annoying they are. Little, don't come to Denver anytime soon.

* The upside of Fall. Hoodies, Av's games, Nugget's games. Turning off the A/C and sleeping with the windows open...until it gets too cold outside. Hot chocolate in the morning. Leaves turning colors. And that's about it. I know I live in CO now and Winter is a fact of life. I just don't want this Winter to be a repeat of last Winter. What are the chances that we will totally skip Winter and have an early Spring? Fair? Possible? Not an ice cube's chance in hell? I say we VoSnap it.

On that note, nnsd and have a great week!


WWYD?

What would you do?

My camera is kaput! The lens cover is stuck closed thanks to Coke opening mishap that I won't go into here.

My camera is a Sony DSC-W7 and I love it. Beyond love it. It takes killer pix and semi-decent movies too. Since it is a Sony it's preferred by Sony that they complete all repairs. Which could cost $181 or a little more and will take 7-10 days. Or I could buy a new upgraded camera for a little less than the $329 I paid in July 2005 with more power and bells and whistles. And more money.

Something else to consider. I had wanted to do some foliage drives this weekend and will have a friend in town all of next weekend for more foliage drives and fun stuff. You know, things you need a camera in order to document.

Have called Mike's and Wolf's and Sony. Mike's won't touch it. Wolf's will send it out for $200 minimum, maybe more, and it may take up to a month to repair. Sony can have it back to me in 10 days.

So tell me what YOU think I should do. Feel free to share any camera selections as well in case I decide to go that route. As for me, I need to get back to work.

Thanks :-)

-update-

Really need to add this part. I am huge into comparison shopping before I buy anything. It took me 3 weeks to decide on this Sony when I was in camera-shopping mode back in 2005. I am all about the good and bad points of a product. So if you DO have suggestions, the more info the better.

- Sat afternoon update -

Mangaged to pry the lens open. Still in the market for a new camera, tho.


Ahoy Pirates O' The Blogosphere

It's here, it's here, it's here!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

To make your day o' pirating that much easier, I have links for you wenches! Truth!

First. the holy grail of TLAP

Then we have my favorites...the Top 10 Pickup Lines for Male and Female Pirates. We can't forget those lusty lasses,now can we?

For Boy Pirates :


10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I'd love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How'd you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

Bonus pickup lines (when the ones above don't work, as they often won't)

They don’t call me Long John because my head is so big.

You’re drinking a Salty Dog? How’d you like to try the real thing?

Wanna shiver me timbers?

I’ve sailed the seven seas, and you’re the sleekest schooner I’ve ever sighted.

Brwaack! Polly want a cracker? … Oh, wait. That’s for Talk Like a PARROT Day.

That’s the finest pirate booty I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Let's get together and haul some keel.

That’s some treasure chest you’ve got there.


For Chick Pirates or Wenches :


Top Ten Pickup Lines for the Lady Pirates

By popular demand ...

10. What are YOU doing here?

9. Is that a belayin' pin in yer britches, or are ye ... (this one is never completed)

8. Come show me how ye bury yer treasure, lad!

7. So, tell me, why do they call ye, "Cap'n Feathersword?"

6. That's quite a cutlass ye got thar, what ye need is a good scabbard!

5. Aye, I guarantee ye, I've had a twenty percent decrease in me "lice ratio!"

4. I've crushed seventeen men's skulls between me thighs!

3. C'mon, lad, shiver me timbers!

2. RAMMING SPEED!

...and the number one Female Pirate Pick-up Line:

1. You. Pants Off. Now!

(Personally? I'm all in favor of using the #1 line on a daily basis. Oh. Yeah. Anyone with me?)

But wait...there's more!!

Want to Twitter like a Pirate?

Here ya go!

Twitter Like A Pirate

In the mood for a short Pirate quiz? Of course you are!

Short Pirate Quiz


Saving the best for last, what post on TLAP Day would be complete without sharing my Pirate Name with you??

My pirate name is:
Dread Pirate Bonney
Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Arggg y'all.


What Do You Get?

...when you combine music, laughter and Mac & Cheese?

That's easy!

You get this Wednesday night at the 17th Avenue Theatre at 7pm where MCQ+ROUS+50=M&C.

Huh? Ok, let me explain.

That darling yet dashing duo called the Mathematically Challenged Quartet opens at 7:10.

Give 'em a listen.


MCQ


Then, the Rodents Of Unusual Size will take the stage where they will do all sorts of funny and silly improv and make you laugh your ass off. They're hilarious, endearing and addictive. Not necessarily in that order. Check out Heather and Emily as Earline and her sister.

Earline Sings!

The coolest thing about this Wednesday's show??

When the Rodents have 50 people in attendance at the start of the show, we all get Mac & Cheese at intermission. Also known as half-time for you Bronco's fans. And this won't be just any Mac & Cheese. Oh no. Not quite.

This will be Steubens Mac & Cheese. Yummiest M&C I've had to date in Denver.

So, let's recap.

Take a couple of hours out of your life to laugh your butt off (laughter is great for extending your life, btw) and eat some of Denver's finest M&C.

All for $10 which includes a free drink.

You can't go wrong. Unless you don't show. Cause that would be very wrong.

See ya there!


Surprisingly Not Too Distant Next Best Thing

That was a line from tonite's im with a buddy. Was explaining how taking a hot shower while listening to Sum 41 blasting on my iPod was not that bad...considering I was supposed to see them and Rise Against tonite but didn't.

Why?

Well...haven't been feeling great since Sunday. Today was a combo of really sore throat, 103 temp, chills, and just plain ickiness. Thought if I took a quick nap after work I would wake up refreshed and feeling better and head on off to Red Rocks. Not so much.

Quick nap turned into close to a 4 hour nap. Slept thru my alarm and 3 calls on my cell. Woke up sorta dazed and confused then realized the concert was not to be :-(

Headed downstairs for soup. Realized I would have to cook it and lost my interest for soup. A banana and glass of milk sufficed. Eventually got around to a shower that made me feel better for awhile, then my stomach led its own private revolt so it was off to bed for good. Fell asleep in seconds.

Until I punched myself in the nose...in my sleep...about 10 minutes ago. Guess I must have been trying to pull up the covers and my hand slipped?

So. Wide awake now. Hello? Anyone out there?

I am hoping my Friday morning...which starts in 4 1/2 hrs...will be better than my Thursday was.

If you went to the concert, let me know what I missed.


Finally...Some Good News!

I hardly ever blog about work or my work clients.

Today's news is so good that I'm lifting the veil.

One of my longtime clients found the boy of her dreams on assignment. They dated and traveled together. She never thought she would find 'that special guy' but she did and life was happy. Then they got engaged. Life got happier.

And then the down cycle started. Her fiance's dog died. Family issues. Personal issues. Planning a wedding while not having a job lined up for after the wedding since the job market started drying up. Running out of money. Finally, renewing last minute at her current job with her fiance.

Then, her world collapsed when her dad died three weeks after her wedding. She was heartbroken flying back and forth from her assignment to be with her family and her dad. She made it back just in time to say her final goodbye.

Worried about her mom and how she would survive with her dad no longer around (her mom is ill and cannot live on her own), they asked me to check out a certain part of the country near her mom, just to see if we had anything. We didn't. I poked and prodded our coordination team and what do you know? Two jobs opened up for them. And I let them know in the last hour that they BOTH had a job not too far from her mom.

Seriously, this is THE most meaningful placement I've made in the last 5 years. She's been with me for quite awhile and it meant the world to me to have both of them closer to her mom, especially with the holidays approaching.

Work has been really stressful lately for lots of reasons. I know, what job isn't, right?? Still, in my line of work if my clients don't work, bills pile up and they get behind. If they don't work, I don't get paid. It all goes around. The economy is sucking big time and I see proof of that on a daily basis.

I'm thrilled this happened for them. Happy for me of course since I made two placements, but really more so for them. They needed a break, and they got it.


Painting With A Purpose

Early Sunday morning I headed over to the Barnum area of Denver to help Democrats Work with their goal of painting over graffiti along the Alameda sound wall.

The office of Councilman Paul D. Lopez- District 3 was the staging ground and there were close to 30 volunteers that turned out on a sunny and cool Bronco's Sunday. Erin, the co-leader of Denver DW thanked us all for coming out to help, as did Councilman Lopez.

In my ongoing quest to learn more about the political makeup of Denver, I asked to join Councilman Lopez's work team, hoping he'd let me interview him for my blog. He said yes!

We headed over to the corner of Meade and Alameda and got busy painting! We painted over the graffiti from Meade to Stuart as well as picked up trash, gathered up overgrown brush, and in general had a really good time!

I learned firsthand from Councilman Lopez of the differences in graffiti (Crews vs. Individual taggers), why he cares so passionately about what he does (he grew up in the area and wants a better future for all his District 3 constituents) and how he met his wife Marisol (she came up to Denver for an Immigration rally with a group of students from Pueblo). According to Marisol, she loved his drive and initiative. And she thought he was really hot!

Another volunteer helping our group was Arturo Jimenez. Arturo is running for DPS Board of Education in District 5. He's a lifelong resident of Denver who currently lives in Highlands with his wife and two daughters. His law practice is located in Highlands as well.

I am always fascinated to hear what drives and motivates people to run for office and Arturo's story was both compelling and inspirational. Check out his site for more info or feel free to stop by Double Daughters on Wednesday 12 Sept for Denver Drinking Liberally...Arturo will be one of our guest speakers! He's also looking for volunteers, so I told him (hi Arturo!!) I would get the word out to all 7 of you that read my blog :-) Can't volunteer but want to help? Donations are glady accepted.

Even though I've volunteered for several campaigns since moving here, I still feel so out of the loop when it comes to knowing who,what, where, why as it relates to CO politics. Explained that to one of my fellow painters. Jerry, who was painting along side of me, asked me where I came from and why I picked Denver. Told him why I picked Denver and why I (repeat after me) never want to leave. He said he feels the same way as does his wife, who he brought here with him from Cleveland. It wasn't until later on in the day that I discovered another reason why Jerry might not want to leave Denver. Turns out he's HD 4 House Representative K. Jerry Frangas. I thought it was pretty cool that he gave up his Sunday morning to help out his fellow Denver residents.

We had company during the paint-a-thon as well. Both Channel 4 and Fox news came out to cover the event...did you see us on TV?

While there were parts of the day where a bunch of us would be congregated together painting the same area, every now and then we'd branch off and work on a section on our own. During my solo painting time, I thought about why I volunteer...and why I don't volunteer more often.

Why I do it is that I like to give back and help out when I can. And why don't I do it more often? Lots of reasons. Sleeping in on the weekend is one...an active social life is another. Still, after today I decided that it's not enough to volunteer every now and then, and if change is to happen in my city I need to step it up. That is where getting active with Democrats Work comes in handy. They have stuff going on all the time..almost every weekend they are off doing good in some sector of our area...so I promised Erin at the end of the day that she would see me more often.

Derek Sandos was one of our painting volunteers even though he almost got left behind in the back storage area of my truck. That's what happens when I attempt to lock up before making sure that everyone has exited the vehicle.

Derek is 22, goes to CU where he majors in Communciations and Marketing and happens to have politics in his DNA. Each generation of his family has been involved in Denver politics and community service. His grandfather was the late M.L. "Sam" Sandos. Derek's parents and extended family carry on the community service projects started by his grandfather. These include the Sam Sandos Christmas baskets as well as a scholarship program aimed at helping more students acheive a college education. Derrek is also an aide for Councilman Lopez. When asked if he planned to pursue a career in politics, Derek smiled and said ' Who knows' while he kept on painting.

We accomplished a fair amount of work in three hours. It got me thinking how much more could be accomplished with more volunteers. I'm glad I took the time to volunteer for this event. I met some great inspiring people, got to unleash my inner Picasso, had a wonderful time, and came away with a renewed sense of civic pride.

None of which would have happened if I had slept the day away.


Yay, It's The 7th

Every year, I dread..with a capital D... the approach of the 5th and 6th of September. Those dates have a great emotional signficance to my past life and every year I know they will not be the easiest 48 hours to handle. While it does get better with each year, it still affects me very much.

But they are gone....history...for one more year.

So it's back to normal happiness in Kathyland.

Yay, cheers, and all that good stuff.


Poetry

Every now and then I like to rhyme.

Sent an email to my sis Kelly (Hi Kel!) to inform her of a package I sent to her at work. The package is for Kelly AND (my other sis) Diane (Hi Di!)

Here's what I wrote :

Package on the way

Sent yesterday

Via UPS

But I digress

Enjoy it while you can

And share it with Diane!


Kel responded :

Got your note

so this reply i wrote

Will let you know

when the package does show

Gotta love the man in brown

Just don't marry one, he'll let you down

Time for beddy bye, my dog is growling

If she keeps it up, she'll be outside howling


Just thought I'd share!


Trying Not To Think About The What-If's

My Sunday morning started out with an im from my bestest buddy and friend telling me that she and her son were in a hit-and-run accident.

My heart dropped.

She was able to im me and was at home, fantastic news on both counts. As she im'd me the details, I couldn't believe what had happened and just how freakin' fortunate she was to escape with no outward physical damage..altho I am sure she will really feel the effects today...just a guess.

Wound up going over to pay her a visit and we hung out for the rest of the day and well into the night. Raspberry Vodka tonics can go along way towards celebrating good luck, good timing and aliveness. And friendship as well.

Being bloggers and all, she blogged about it, complete with pix. HDW's husband, HDH, commented on her accident. This part in particular really stood out to me, so I'd like to share it with all of you:

"HDH - So - what is the fucking point of all this ranting as I am want to do (ask my wife)???

It is the following. When you get behind the wheel - show some fucking respect. Pay the fuck attention. Get off the fucking phone or get a blue tooth headset if you are in a job you have to be on the phone. Pick a CD or fucking station and leave it alone. Don't fucking drink and drive. Don't do your fucking makeup. Don't fucking drive long distance trips without sleep trying to save a buck.

I have seen dead, mutilated, paralyzed, brain injured, organ donor - men, women, children - wives husbands GFs, BFs etc. All who either did not respect the road or were the victim of someone who did not."

Very well said.

Still trying very hard not to think about the 'what-if's'.