June 2005

Personal24 Jun 2005 10:56 pm

Thanks for all the kind words and comments, people. What a hectic day. But we survived, I think.

Actually, I don’t know. I still have stuff to do!

And guess who I met in person for the first time ever. None other than my favorite commenter of all time, Ag!!

Personal24 Jun 2005 01:33 am
Personal21 Jun 2005 05:57 pm

So we went in to the courthouse yesterday to get our marriage license. Yes, five days before the wedding. I didn’t know they interrogated you so fiercely. Lotso questions. Where was my Dad born ! How should I know!

So I made an excellent guess. Confidently. I didn’t figure they needed to know that I was just making an intelligent surmisation.

But the question that cracked me up was something else. It was along the lines of “Are you now under the influence of drugs or alcohol?”

Ha ha! I could hardly keep a straight face. No, I wasn’t, thanks for asking.

So anyway, obviously ITF has slowed the pace in recent days. And it shall continue to be so for awhile yet. I’m sorry about that, I know how upset it makes you, but that’s just the way it is. There have been a number of blogworthy occurrences lately, there just hasn’t been the time to give you the benefit of them. But ITF will be back in full swing before you know it.

And just think of the overhaul and upgrades occurring at ITF headquarters. After this weekend, ITF Editor will be a married man! ITF will have gained an Executive Director!

Family15 Jun 2005 04:18 pm

Mom and Dad flew into Hoosierville yesterday. Jewel was at work, so we went out for supper then I took them to the hospital to see her.

While we were there by the nurses’ station, I asked her if she could get the finger thing. Then I made us all check our pulse and blood oxygen level. We’re all good. All is well according to the finger thing.

Philosophy14 Jun 2005 10:15 pm

I started to reply to a recent comment, but it turned into a post. So here it is.

My whole life I’ve shunned forks and embraced spoons, much to my Mom’s chagrin. I’ve made somewhat of a name for myself in that department, hence my sister and the baritone flipping out at my mention of a fork.

Indeed, my good buddy Coby still loves to bring up the subject. Coby gave me my first opportunity to sing barbershop, we ended up singing in several barbershop quartets together (he’s on the right in the Razorburn pics here and here). One time we were at district convention and we went to a restaurant to have supper. I ordered a monster salad of some kind and ate the whole thing with a spoon. Evidently he had never seen anything like that before, he loves to keep bringing it up! “Hey, do you know Tom eats salad with a spoon?!!!”

Forks are just so unhandy and awkward. Sure, they work good for stabbing things, but most things don’t need to be stabbed.

Spoons are friendly, versatile, easy to use, intuitive, and much better suited than forks for transportation of most foods. Spoons fit the mouth better, they’re much more natural. They even cut stuff better than forks. Don’t get me wrong, forks have their place, it’s just a very small one.

Music&The Den of Iniquity10 Jun 2005 09:00 pm

So I’ve went on and on about how I hate the radio in at the Den of Iniquity. And I do, it’s only gotten worse since I first vented about it. I’m losing my patient tolerance, slowly but surely.

There is one song that I like though. It’s by the frightful-looking blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. The guy can’t sing to save his life, but I like the song Crossfire because of one line in it:

“Whatever happened to the Golden Rule?”

Yeah! I’ll shout to my buddy Mark, “Hey Mark, whatever happened to the Golden Rule !!!!” And he’ll say, “It got caught in the Crossfire.”

Then there was this other song, “Thundercheese.” This is by hard rockers AC DC. What three words come to mind when I think of AC DC? Oh, maybe grating, vile and abominable.

But I thought, ha ha! THUN-DER-CHEESE! That’s really kind of neat! I said to my buddy Mark, “Hey Mark, that’s really unusual, a song about Thundercheese! What is Thundercheese anyway?”

He said, “Uh, that’s not thundercheese. It’s ‘Dirty deeds, DONE DIRT CHEAP.'”

“Oh!” I said in shock. “I think I liked Thundercheese better.”

Food/Recipes09 Jun 2005 12:22 am

It’s long past time for another ITF culinary masterpiece! And ITF constituents everywhere start banging their silverware on the table in raging impatience!

Ok, so these aren’t quite just like Mom’s. But there the closest I can come, and they’re easy to do.

You need two 16oz cans of sweet potatoes, one 20oz can of pineapple chunks, and a bunch of marshmallows.

Dump the two cans of sweet potatoes (and juice) in a baking dish. These chunks were really big, so I cut them up some more.

Open the can of pineapple chunks. Drain (or drink) the juice, then put most of them in the dish with the sweet potatoes. Mix it up. Eat the remaining pineapple chunks with a fork.

I like this dish really juicy, so I tried putting a little of the pineapple juice in. It’s a little bit much then, I wouldn’t do it next time.

Dump in a bunch of miniature marshmallows until the top is covered.

I’m quite upset, I didn’t have enough marshmallows. Don’t let this happen to you.

Slide it in the oven, bake it at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of blackberry iced tea!

Serves one.

Medical08 Jun 2005 05:19 pm

A few nights ago I went in to the hospital to visit Jewel while she was working night shift. One of the nurses had left this finger pulse-and-oxygen-level checker sitting on the counter, so I started playing with it.

It was really cool, I told Jewel I want one for my birthday. I was seeing how much I could get my numbers to fluctuate. I spanned 9 points I think on the blood oxygen level. Normal I was at 95, I breathed and breathed and got it up to 98, if I remember right. Then I didn’t breathe and didn’t breathe and held my breath and breathed into my fist because I didn’t have a paper bag and got it to drop to 89! I was proud. Jewel was not.

I forget exactly how much I got my pulse to fluctuate, but it was a little ways. It was fun. It was a wonder they didn’t take it away from me.

ITF Business07 Jun 2005 11:11 pm

I’m pretty disappointed in anon dude. I thought surely he’d be good for another round of laying into me, but apparently not. I’ve about got my patience stocked up again, I think I would be ready.

And I had such high hopes for my “you’re the worst” anon! He’s letting me down too. Come on guys, are you only one-hit wonders?!

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