Tuesday, March 30, 2004

blood count goodness

My white cells were a bit low. I did not want to talk much about it, but it was there. It happens, much like the ringing ears and numbness. It was not indicative of anything, it just happens.

But the test today was at full strength, so I am back to doig better.

my numbness is normal, and can last from a month up to 3 years! lord, i hope it does not go for 3 years, it will make me crazy

but all good news today

sorry i have not been writing.

my skin is numb, like, all over, and typing is a royal pain. I cannot tell if I hit the right keys, then have to back up, make corrections, and it is all around hard to hold my train of thought.

oh, i know, alive is great, but it is irritating. so I am working aorund that. but the numbness and ringing ears are driving me up the wall.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Last night was Tuesday Night dinner. It was totally fun, Jack was there, he is improving, and able to drive himself around. this is great news. Kevin was there with his kids, Sophia and Fiona, they are great. and Sara rode her motorcycle. She was dressed in black, and looked like a NINJA when she arrived! woo hooo!

I got email form her dad, who liked the knife we got him for his birthday. YAY!

Oh, and I totally flipped out and ordered the digital camera I have been hemming and hawing about. It should be here soon.

Hmmm, what else happened in our little town?

I'm incredibly numb? My skin is wierd, I cannot feel my fingertips, and typing is a huge PITA.

Chris shot photos of the Monday Night Ride. Where I look goofy, but had fun

and my pal Flash is in town tonight, we'll go for dinner.

thats all the news for now.

oh, I sent a cool email to a pal here who wants to get into building stick and tissue model airplanes, the info is too good to sit on. if you want to builld stick and tissue planes, here is a ton of info. I can't at the moment, cause my fingers are too numb, and I fear cutting myself.

In no particular order, here is an incredible amount of information on model airplanes. I will try to have links too.

First is the kits:

This is a great beginner series, they used to market all 4 planes in a single box. the big advantage is you build them in order, and they teach you different skills needed to build other planes.

I would not buy the first one, "goldwing" it is a simple glider,

but the "Cadet" will teach you about stick & tissue framework and basic covering skills
the third kit, "cloudbuster" teaches about covering on both sides
the fourth kit "flyboy" is an actual plane and allows you to practice all skills

After building these 3 kits, I recommend the "Javelin" it is the first model I ever built with my father, and is easy to build, and flies very well.

After building all these, you will be ready for more advanced planes, I will give links to good vendors in a bit.

Supplies: You will need some special supplies to build. I recommend starting small, and moving up.
Most of these are available at Michaels Arts & Crafts

Xacto Knife, with box of spare #11 blades. You will need lots of fresh blades to cut the balsa and tissue. I use them as a disposable item

Building Board: you need a board to lay the model out on, and you need to be able to stick pins in it. Many companies sell premade boards, I would go to Michaels and buy a cork bulletin board, they are cheaper, and work just as well. It should be at least 24 inches wide.

Wax Paper: from grocery store, you lay your plans on the building board, then put wax papaer over them, this lets you build on the wax paper, and the glue will not stick to it.

Straight Pins: from any shop, to hold the wood in place

Glue: I use plain elmers white glue, I tend to thin it 50/50 with water. You can also buy "Ambroid" tm cement, it works well

Stick Glue: any brand of glue stick, you will use this to stick the tissue to the framework you build

Dope: Avaialbel at Michaels, you want a bottle of Pactra Clear Model Dope. This is a picture, I do not recommend buying 6, you only need one bottle:
also if you get a bottle of dope thinner, it will help. This stuff smells horrible, only use it in a well ventilated area.

Brushes: I buy cheap small disposable brushes in quantity form hobby stores to brush on dope, then I toss the brushes it is too hard to clean them.

Now some links to really cool model vendors:

my favorite, they carry lots of reproduction "old time" kits, very vintage

one of the best "have it all" shops on the net

makes some very easy to build, good flying planes

good supplier and info source

page of plans from vintage magazies, also some great articles

collection of vintage model magazine articles

Monday, March 22, 2004

My good pal Jack is improving. YAY Jack.

I am improving. the doctor said:
"Charles, ya know how I told you to eat anything you wanted? well, you can stop now"

so I am fat! woo hoo, I am alive, and that is good.

My pal Clay was in town Friday, we went to dinner at Albertos, had a chance to talk, and he got to meet Sara. Like everyone else, he reminds me how lucky I am

Saturday morning I did yard work, chores around the house, then napped. We rode up to SF Saturday night to see friends. Chris Dorr is leaving for Europe in a few weeks, and had a 'heading out' soiree. Then over to Hany & Christine's to see their baby, chatted with Hany's brother Magdy, who was fascinating, and highly recommends Jared Diamond's 1st book "The Third Chimpanzee" which comes before "Guns Germs Steel" which I already read. Sara's snowboard pal Donna was there, she rides a Suzuki GS500, which is one of my favorite starter bikes.

Sunday morning I cracked the Ostrich Egg Kirk broght me from his last travels. Made Migas for Sara. mmmm yummy yummy migas

then my pal Matthew Buck calls. He is back from hawaii, he wants to go bicycling. we ride. I have not rode in about 2 years. Matthew grew up here, he knows where the running/riding path by our houses is. we ride the Los Gatos Greenbelt trail. it is great. I am tired, but it was great. much more of this please.

We then went to look at a Bargain 1959 Velocette Mac 350. it was junk. absolute junk

home and out like a light.

Work this morning has been great, I have done good things.

On a down note, my pal Jim Queen's dad passed away. Jim III sent me his father's obit. My prayers go out to Jim, and I must say, I hope I will have lead a life that allows somoene to write about me, as well as they wrote about his father.

Prayers for my pal Jim Queen III, and his family.

James Edward Queen Sr., away on March 17, 2004, after a lengthy illness. He was born July 28, 1929 in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Jim enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country in Korea. At the time of his honorable discharge, Jim ranked as a Lieutenant and had earned several medals of valor including the Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Predeceased by his wife Edmonia, "Eddie", in 1990, Jim leaves three children to carry on his legacy, Sheree (Kevin) Bryant, James E. Queen, III (Needha), and Derek A. Queen. Also grieving his passing are his five grandchildren: Haley, Mackenzie, and Tucker Bryant, Nichole Boutté-Heinilouma (Roger), and James David Queen; as well as his dear sister Dr. Beatrice B. Johnson, and niece Ms. Staci Johnson.

Interment at Houston National Cemetery Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 2:00pm.

Friday, March 19, 2004

the hot tub turned funky, it got all cloudy and poop looking. I thought someone may have left a turd in it. But it turns out the PH was way too high, and we put some stuff in it, now it is clear again, whew.

But, Paul suggested a great product that will enzymatically keep it clean, and I ordered that. cause less chemicals is better

I want to go for a MC ride Sunday

OH, and I found out I am a sinner, and gonna burn, cause Sister Rosetta told me so.

according to her:

Skateboarding is a sin
You should only wear bible approved underpants
and Sister Taffy is the devil

but it is okay to buy shirts with pickles wearing halos.

It is a good website I suggest you go there.

Charles, where does this all come from?

Well, I was looking up someone at work, and their directory entry had a personal website, which was all about being saved, and are you a sinner? and I thought, OH, I need to be saved!

then, being me, my brain totally reverted, and I thought about strippers. WOO HOO!

and then about my pal Elaine's story about the guy who wanted strippers, or church goers for a girlfriend

and I remembered there is some stripper for god

and her name had something to do with rocks?


the rosetta stone!

from stripper to bride of christ

cause Jesus was Jewish, you know, like ME!

so he wants all his brides to have a great rack, and some go-go boots

then I started laughing maniacally

sister Rosetta may be off her rock, but at least she has faith, and that is what is important.

now I forgot what the heck I was doing at work.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

ninjas and pirates with lasers

the word of the day is Magma. please use it as often as possible

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

St. Paddy's Day Jokes, in honor of my dear friend Jack


An Irish guy was walking down the road and he sees a bottle. He picks it up and rubs it. An Irish genie appears and says "I'll be grantin' ye three wishes."

The Irishman replies "I want an endless bottle of Murphy's"

Genie says? "Your wish is my command"

The Irishman takes the bottle of drinks it down and it magically is filled up again with the sweet sweet Murphy's Ale.

The Irishman then says "That was grand. I'll be takin two more of those"


A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkin' mothers. I'll give $500 to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Murphy's back-to-back."

The room is quiet and no one takes of the Texan's offer. One man even leaves.

Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left reappears and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?", asks the Irishman.

The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.

The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin' where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?".

The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first".

Monday, March 15, 2004

Sara posted some photos of our lovely garden

news of the weekend?

Hot Tub was delivered, installed and powered up. $750 to get wiring and electrical all up to 'code'. eeek, however, sitting in a big tub of water, over some shoddy electrical wiring I did is just a bad idea. So I do not feel so bad about it

went for dinner with pals Eric & Lissa on Friday night, at a schmancy restaurant in San Jose, Eulipia

got home, slept, next morning Sara stayed for Willow Glen Electric to hook up hot tub, while Eric, Lissa and I went shooting at the santa clara county "field sports' park Cool how they call a shooting range a field sports park? all nice & freindly. My pals Larissa and Rebecca came with us. Larissa has shot before, it was Rebecca's first time.

we shot lots of guns, I will try to list, the links are close, but most of our guns are special issue, and not commonly listed, for example, i show the S&W 6" 357, but mine is actually an 8" and neither K or J framed.

handguns: Ruger .22, S&W .38 special, .357 S&W Magnum, .357 Colt Python, .454 Black Powder

rifles: .30-.30 lever action model 94 winchester, .22 carbine, Ruger 10-22, 1917 .30 cal Army Issue

On the way home, some guy in a BMW car tried to shag us at a stoplight. He was gonna go straight from the 'turn only' lane. the green light hit. Eric punched the gas on the Beast, their gigantic black ford extended van. the front end lifted, the motor growled, and we rocketed off the line, leaving BMW boy in a pool of tears.

then a look of incredible calm came over Eric. He knew, if BMW boy had anything to say, we were in a van CHOCK FULL OF GUNS!

Got home, electrician was installing hot tub, we helped move it, Larissa split to go do fun stuff, Erci, Lissa, Rebecca & Sara went for for lunch at a local mexican restaurant, I waited for4 hot tub boy to finish.

They got back, we drove out to Rebecca's folks house to deliver some tires she had, and some train parts I found, and visit her folks.

We then went home and watched the movie "Boat Trip" with Horatio Sanz, one of the funiest guys on SNL.

Kevin came over and we went to the local chinese place for dinner, then back and into the hot tub. We were getting out, and Mark and Julia came over, so I stayed and soaked most of saturday night.

Sunday morning we met up with kevin at a coffee house in Saratoga, rode motorcycles all over the SC mountians, out to the coast , had lunch at Whale City Bakery, and came back home.

Cleaned some house Sunday afternoon, sat in hot tub some more, had dinner at FLAMES sunday night. MMMM Flames on Winchester is the best. MMMMM

and hopped in bed early, to continue reading Ricardo Semler's book Maverick.
a great book about a crazed Brazilian, running a company as a democracy, caring for his people! woot.

My uncle told me a great joke this morning.

Older man is out fishing, and a frog jumps in his boat. The frog says "if you kiss me, I will turn in to a beautiful princess, and be your love slave forever"

The man picks up the frog and puts it in his pocket.

The frog says "hey, didn't you hear me, kiss, beautiful princess, LOVE SLAVE forever"

the man thought for a while, then replied "at my age, love slaves I can get, but a talking frog, now THAT is exciting."

and ths just in from my pal Andrea in Alaska.... NINJAS!


Friday, March 12, 2004

wwsta do?

and by STA, I mean, Spiro T Agnew

he had a way with words

but, he ran afoul of the IRS

and sadly, dies in 96, proving we are all mortal.

what would he do? He'd smack us all, and call us "nattering nabob's of negativism"

get with it people! look to the positive side of life! Do it. Do it NOW! (click the last trailer listed, Do it, Do It NOW!)

old but good, my pal OMJ sent me this article about a texas chili contest. We know it is not real, cause they ask for beans. REAL Texans do not allow beans in chili.

REAL news about us, the hot tub was delivered today, I am trying to find an electrician to hook it up. Going shooting tomorrow morning, and trying to arrange a ride for sunday

and, Jack is using IM, so I have been able to chaqt with him when he logs on

http://www.heavy.com/martha/ Martha's Milkshakes. High Bandwidth, not work safe, very hilarious

now, TX chili Story>>>>>

Friends-these are comments from 2 judges and a "sissy Yankee" who was asked to be a judge of a Texas chili cookoff

Subject: Killer Chili

The notes are from an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast:

Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a Chili cook-off. The Judge #3 called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the Budweiser truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and,besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted."

Here are the scorecards from the event:

Chili # 1 (Mike Falconer's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili)

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.

Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

Judge # 3 -- (Frank) Holy shit, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the Flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

Chili # 2 (Arthur's Afterburner Chili)

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.

Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chili # 3 (Fred's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili)

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans.

Judge # 2 -- A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers.

Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting shit-faced from all of the beer.

Chili # 4 (Bubba's Black Magic)

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.

Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.

Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. bitch is starting to look HOT... just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Chili # 5 (Linda's Legal Lip Remover)

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.

Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw those rednecks.

Chili # 6 (Vera's Very Vegetarian Variety)

Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.

Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and garlic. Superb.

Judge #3-- I shit myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except Sally. She must be kinder than I thought. Can't feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone.

Chili # 7 (Susan's Screaming Sensation Chili)

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. I should take note that I am worried about Judge #3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.

Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava-like shit to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Chili # 8 (Mike Falconer’s Demolition Chili)

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.

Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge # 3 passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it. Poor dude, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

www.tristatecamera.com has the Canon Powershot S400 for $318. I am getting closer

so you know how on tea bags, there is the tea, then a string, then a paper square with the name of the tea?

well, if you were at work, and busy, you may have let the teabag stay IN the cup and steep while you were drinking

now, I am telling you, you might be on the telephone, and preoccupied and all , and not noticed,

when you swallowed the little paper thing!

in the middle of a converasation

then, to make it worse, there is this string and you are all stunned, and you yank the cup away from your mouth and it pulls that stupid little paper thing right out your throat

while you make the loud sound of: GAK! but you don't want to look like a total dumbass, so you don't tell anyone on the phone call that you just did a stupid thing

WELL, that, today, is how I learned to NOT leave the gosh darn teabag in the cup of hot water.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Sara and I had columbian for dinner, at El Rinconcito yummy

before that, we were at Coast Spas, where we bought a hot tub, it will deliver next week.

Going for a MC ride tomorrow, meeting at 10 am at some bakery in Woodside


Friday, March 05, 2004

Okay, now I am just bitching.

For the past few years, I have had an account with Texas.Net, they hosted my web page and email. When I moved to CA, we changed the account to be web based, with no dialup. They still charged me $80/year. No problemo, I like the Texas.Net suffix. However, I kept running out of bandwidth on the web page. It would lock up every month, mid-month.

So I transferred all my photos to Yahoo.com, and started using Blogger, and moved most of my stories, etc, to ComCast. and evenutally just stopped using the Texas.Net web site.

I've changed my email to the cstatman@yahoo.com, because Texas.net is full of spam, I cannot keep up with it.

So I tohught, next tiume it comes for renewal, I will cancel, and reopen the account if I move home to Texas. Great idea. March 1st, they auto-charge my credit card. No, they don't, cause that card has expired.

I call, there are some emails, more calls, all i want to do is close this account.

They want THIRTY DOLLARS to close an account?

ya know what? I sent them a check. $30 in the mail yesterday.

What have they done? They made $30, and lost my endorsement forever. Please use any ISP other than Texas.net. And feel free to email them telling them what rat-weasels they are. I can never recommend them again.

Just another example of corporate stupidity ruining a relationship.

From: "Account Info"
To: "Charles Statman"
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 10:08:40 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Cancellation Request -- cstatman

Cancellation request submitted

This is to confirm that the cancellation request for
login cstatman has been processed on 03/04/2004.
The account will remain active until 04/01/2004
at which time service will be cut off.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Googala Moogala

There was recent conversation in my family about the famous Googala Moogala. This is a drink my Maternal Grandmother Sylvia (may she rest in peace) used to feed us when we were sick, it would make us better.

My mom disagrees with the recipe, but she is known to disagree for the hell of it.

What is a Googala Moogala?

It is served in a small juice glass, with the hope of pushing a kid to be over a cold.

1 raw egg
1 shot whiskey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp honey
1 dollop whipped cream

Break egg into glass, squeeze lemon into glass, make sure no seeds, dollop honey into glass, pour whiskey over the whole shebang, stir gently 2 or 3 stirs, put whipped cream on top.

Advise child to drink quickly.

A ccording to Sherry: "I had one at the Bandera apartment and willed myself to get better or just stop coughing so I didn't have to have another. "

She also suggests using a shot of dark rum, not whiskey. but I object, it should be whiskey.

yes, I have had these, yes, even as an adult. I do not know if it really makes you better, but you damn sure sleep for a few hours.

I should have had one of these when I had cancer, I bet a Googala Moogala and a hard candy could cure anything.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

and now, this craziness from my pal Vipul:


Rode motorcycle to Alice's today for lunch, thoroughly enjoyable time.

My pal Mr. Miller has recommended a book to me, "Whale Done" on management technique, much like "who moved my cheese" it is simple, yet brilliant.

Had dinner with Israel from Israel tonight at Albertos

I need to write more, and better

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

My close and dear pal Julz sent me this, I am certain you can divine the correct neighborhoods for your region of the country

Mattel recently announced the release of Limited-Edition Barbie dolls for the Silicon Valley market (Which do you want to purchase; they all sound so WONDERFUL!)
Santana Row Barbie
This princess Barbie is only sold at brand new Santana Row. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade handbags, a Lexus SUV, a long-haired dog named Honey, and a cookie- cutter house. Available with or without tummy tuck and face lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with "augmented" version.
Blossom Hill Barbie
This modern-day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Windstar minivan and matching gym outfit. She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation or secondary education. Traffic-jamming cell phone included. Headset sold separately.
Story & King Barbie
This recently paroled, tattooed & nose pierced Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a desert/river ready lifted Chevy truck with dark tinted windows, and a methlab kit. This model is only available after dark and can only be paid for in cash, preferably in small, untraceable bills. If you are a cop, we don't know what you're talking about!
Silver Creek Valley Barbie
This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup, credit card, and country club membership. Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper. You won't be able to afford any of them.
Morgan Hill Barbie
This pale model comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans, two sizes too small, a NASCAR shirt, and Tweety Bird ta ttoo on her shoulder. She has a six-pack of Coors Light and a Hank Williams, Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and kick mullet-haired Ken's ass when she is drunk. Purchase her pickup truck separately and get a confederate flag bumper sticker absolutely free.
Aptos Barbie
This collagen injected, rhinoplastic Barbie wears a leopard-print bikini outfit and drinks cosmopolitans while entertaining friends at the beach house. Percocet prescription available.
Alviso Barbie
This tobacco-chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased Beer-Gut Ken out of Gilroy Barbie's house. Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, and a see-through halter top. Also available with a mobile home.
Santa Cruz Mountains Barbie
This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long, straight, brown hair, archless feet, hairy armpits, no makeup, and Birkenstocks with white socks. She prefers that you call her "Willow". She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Leucadia Barbie's and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a coupon for a free wheat-grass smoothie at any Whole Food's Market.
East Palo Alto Barbie
This Barbie now comes with a stroller and infant doll. Optional accessories include a GED and bus or trolley pass. Gangsta Ken and his '79 Caddy were available, but are now very difficult to find since the addition of the infant.
Almaden Valley Barbie
She's perfect in every way. We don't know who Ken is because he's always away working.
Salinas Barbie
This Spanish-speaking-only Barbie comes with a 1984 Toyota with expired temporary plates and three baby Barbies in the back seat, but no car seats. The optional Ken doll comes with a pick up truck loaded 10 feet high with mattresses. Green cards are not available.
Santa Cruz Barbie/Ken
This versatile doll can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by simply adding or subtracting the multiple "snap-on" parts. Bonus: free rainbow flag with proof of purchase sticker along with valuable discount coupons to all Soquel Ave. bookstores.

Monday, March 01, 2004

stupid 80s videogames http://www.80smusiclyrics.com/games.html#null

So I am crazily busy at work, and oddly unable to catch up on my sleep. I go to bed at 10, wake up at 6, and am tired all day. Fortunately, I have enough projects to consume my time.

My pal Darrell decided he was not racing motorcycles this year, and it was time to unload his trailer. I now own a folding trailer to carry 2 motorcycles.

California has all sorts of wierd rules about trailers. Like, you cannot pass anyone if you are towing a trailer, and you cannot go faster than 55mph if you have a trailer. So for going to the races, I still have my bumper hitch mounted Moto Tote. It will carry one bike, and allow me to keep the camper shell on the LLROL for gear and sleeping. and go fast.

Well, if I want to take Sara somewhere, we have TWO bikes, so the moto-tote won't cut the mustard. A foldable trailer will, so I got a smoking deal, am re-fitting it with Pingel removeable wheel chocks, so it will fold up easily, and can carry bigger bikes. It cost me more for the wheel chocks than the trailer, but once properly outfitted, I will be happy.

Now, the LLROL is getting kinda crotchety. Understandable, she's a '91 model, and has been pretty abused. Still works, but abused. I have been considering a replacement, maybe even a sporty utey kind of thing. But have been tied to the truck idea, because of bikes. Now I have a trailer, and can look at anything.

Unfortunately, I am a cheap bastard, and will not spend a lot of money. I want new-er, good mileage, sporty looks, and cheap. yes, most of all, cheap. The trailer will give me this flexibility.

Guess what I want to get? that's right, nothing. I cannot find anything that appeals to me, is newer, resonably priced and CHEAP. My pals Eric and Lissa have a truck for sale, but it is as old as my truck, smells like dog, and is the Mazda/Ranger bodystyle, which I did not like when I had one. Damnit, what to get?

Answer? wait till the LLROL gives up the ghost fully, then worry about it.

So, Other projects? The Bullet passed customs last night, and is on it's way to the US. I will figure out how to register it when it arrives.

The tires on the Super Motard are shot, I need to buy new tires

The Harley still leaks oil, I need to fix that

My house is full of junk, I need to get rid of a lot of it

Okay, watched Buckaroo Banzai Saturday night, good fun movie. And Jack came over, whee.

my brain is scattered, sorry

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