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I'm Full!

How about this: $8.99 for Wild Alaskan Salmon with rice, coupled with two sides? What a bargain! I don't know how Cheddar's Casual Cafe manages to pull off these kind of prices. They seem to have the right formula down: good (some healthy) food + low prices + nice restaurant = more customers (more revenue). The only downside is that they are sometimes too crowded. As we may or may not know, this America-hating liberal doesn't wait in line for a table; he goes to another restaurant.

Say hello to friends you know, and everyone you meet

It's not yet a month before Christmas, yet I found myself in the shower singing the well-known Burl Ives Christmas tune A Holly, Jolly Christmas . I'm not quite sure why I belt out Christmas tunes when this time of year comes around, or why I choose to sing in the shower. I'm not a big fan of all the hype that goes with Christmas (I'll avoid the trite "it's too commercialized" argument), I'm not religious, and the stress of getting presents for Kandis raises my blood pressure by about twenty points, even though she has a very extensive Amazon.com wish list. Maybe I'm still able to get into the Christmas spirit because it's a time for family, some time off from work, and some junk food indulgence. I'm thirty now, but there's still a magical feeling that seems to fill the air during the holiday season. In many ways, it's the same feeling that affected me when I was a young child and still believed in Santa Clause. Christmas means di
Today, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt from Ohio made some inflammatory remarks on the House floor. She indirectly implied that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) was a coward for saying that it's time for our troops to pull out of Iraq. "Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bop, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through." She almost immediately withdrew her statement: "Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed at any member of the House and I did

Wait in the Line

Once I got past waiting in line with all the Harry Potter freaks, and got over the fact that I had to sit next to strangers in the theater last night, I was able to focus on watching the movie Walk the Line . Wow! Both actors did a fantastic job of portraying June and Johnny, and both did a wonderful job singing and playing their own instruments. The movie had the perfect balance of music and life story. It was moving, humorous, sad, happy, exciting, and engaging; I didn't find myself bored once during the course of the film. Kandis and I both liked this one equally, which is a bit unusual for us, and it is one of those movies that I could watch multiple times without growing tired of it. In a related story, later that night, I awoke at about 2am with a fragment of a popcorn particle in my throat. It had even worked itself into my dream as a vicious cough and general throat discomfort. I got up for a while to figure out ways to expel the particle, but gave up after an hour or so.

I hate America

According to neo-conservative ideology, I, a Liberal, hate America. I don't believe in God, I do not support , nor did I ever, support the Iraq war, and I believe in the separation of church and state. Oh, yeah, gun control - good idea! These are only a few characteristcs that neo-conservative freaks use to characterize people like me as anti-American. I thought about this for a bit, and came up with a list of reasons that I hate America. Without further ado, I present the list to you: The end. Have a nice weekend!

What's the mission,George?

I just caught a news clip of George Bush in a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister. In it, Bush responded to the senate's rejection of an amendment proposed by Democrats. The amendment was tacked on to the end of a defense bill which, in a nutshell, sets guidelines for treatment of enemy combatants. I can't remember his exact words, but the President said he was encouraged by the Senate's rejection of the amendment, which would pull troops out of Iraq before the mission was complete. I'm a little confused by all these missions. Remember, Mr. President, when you landed on an aircraft carrier, dressed in a flight suit, and there was that big banner above you that said "Mission Accomplished"? I do. I remember thinking, "Neat, we toppled Saddam, now what?" Let me see if I get this straight. First, the mission was to rid Iraq of nukes. There weren't any, so I suppose, in a way, the mission was accomplished, just not by the U.S. Nex

Arrows and Walls

Do some people have trouble following parking lot arrows that are clearly painted on the pavement, directing you which way you should go down a parking lane? Are they stupid, defiant, both, or just not paying attention? I'm sure the answer is any or all of the above. The best part: the driver looks at you like you're at fault for going the right way. Nothing like blaming someone else to make yourself feel better about your own stupidity. Maybe it's similar to the way I blame inanimate objects when I collide with them. Rob: "You god damned wall, what the hell were you doing in my way? Clearly, you have no respect for my personal space! Fucking wall!!" Wall: [silence]

My Liver Hates Me

Ah, Wurstfest 2005. Kandis and I have made this a tradition since I moved to this fine state in 1999. Wurstfest for me is all about stupid hats, eating giant turkey legs, and drinking my weight in beer. This year was no exception, and we had a blast. We spent about five hours at the festivities, talking, dancing, and having a lot of fun. I think I finally figured out how to do the chicken dance, which I've always avoided at weddings and other festivities. No more, though! I will be a chicken-dancing fool from now on. Other highlights: Our friend ended up dancing on one of the flimsy tables that was set up in the dance hall The turkey leg I purchased was so hot that it almost burned my hand off In keeping with tradition, I purchased a goofy wizard hat that I walked around with all night, and one person actually asked if he could get his picture taken with me We're not sure about this, but there may have been a bad batch of sausage. Kandis had some food poisoning yesterday, an

My Marriage is Over

That's right, folks, according to the ballot language for Prop 2 here in Texas, Kandis and I are no longer married (ballot language follows, but the language of the resolution itself is quite similar): "The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage. " Notice the bold part. Since we're married, and, well, nothing is more identical to marriage than marriage, it would appear we're no longer recognized as being married. I'm not a lawmaker, but reading this as a layperson, I would say the raging homophobes have screwed all couples in Texas, not just gay couples. This is what happens when ignorant people are elected to office. Nice job! Thankfully, section two of the resolution does offer some protection for couples: "SECTION 2. This state

It's the middle of November, for Christ's sake!

Why the hell is it ninety degrees out on November 8th? Where the hell am I? Is this some kind of sick joke? In other news, 77% of Texas voters that came out tonight to vote on Proposition 2 are bigots . That's as of this evening, with 35% of precints reporting. I suspect the number will go up. Me? I'm just a loser who stayed home and didn't vote. I don't know if that makes me worse than a bigot. Probably.

Anyone can run a country these days...

...including me! My nation is called The People's Republic of Hoipolloi (hoipolloi is Greek for "the many" or "the masses"). The name wasn't my first choice, but I will stick with it for now. I'm doing well, so far. I've had to address one issue, that of compulsory voting. Of course I don't believe in compulsory voting. Despite what some might say, it is an oxymoron. Our country's motto is "Compassion, Wisdom, and Dignity", whereby we govern by a balance of compassion and wisdom, and believe in treating one other with dignity. Create your own nation , and have fun with it!