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Five years later… January 14, 2010

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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this old blog may wake up. Stay tuned. More will be known following the doctor’s appointment five hours from now.

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How to Exercise by Dancing in Stilettos January 13, 2006

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Health, News.
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Elle's heelsA quick peek into my stats revealed several visits from women searching for information about dancing in high heels. (High heels, Elle on Heels, heh.) It’s only polite to give them something for their time, right?

Even though I am not officially posting to this blog any longer, I came back to address these visitors and welcome them with the following:

How to Dance in High Heels and Stilettos

  1. Shut the fridge door
  2. Turn off the television
  3. Put on some snappy music
  4. Put on some snappy heels
  5. Start dancing

Seriously, how hard can this be? Not to be snarky, but I am curious. Is the Kirsty Alley method of losing one’s ass something that has to be learned or is it just a matter of get up and start moving?

I do have my own routine, it’s not quite the same but similar.

My version

All of the above, plus:

  1. Add a sandy beach
  2. And a couple drinks

My version, while a little unorthodox, works faster and my ass is quarter-bouncing firm.

Ciao.

Heading Back to the Old Blog January 10, 2006

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet, Wordpress.com.
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It’s been a hoot, but I am floundering in a sea of too many blogs so I am placing this one on temporary hold and returning to my old Sparktown.

Not that I’ve been keeping up with that one, either, but it’s been home for a long time. Maybe I’ll even find time to change the header image there; I do miss having access to the backend of these things. In the meantime most of my time is taken up by a sparkling new venture scheduled to go live later this month.

It was fun here in the beginning, just a few invited blogs posting per day (instead of a thousand new blogs created). Last summer’s WordPress.com had a small community ambiance. I miss that. Take a look at my sidebar and you’ll find some of the original wp.com group.

Ciao.

Mandatory Testing for Commenters December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet, Life in the Woods, News, Southern Living.
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.. And why I believe everyone should be required to pass a test before clicking that Submit button:

News story, last paragraph:

The boy remains in the detention center. But his mother is desperately working to get him out. She says even though there are those speaking out against him, many are also realizing this was just an awful teenage mistake and support her son.

First comment:

msteegee
IP: Logged
Posted: 12/16 4:03a

Really I think your child didn’t do nothing wrong the other 2 kids took his gun and went and did some wrong things with the gun and yes they should be lock up for it but u know how the systems work everybody don’t get in trouble for some of there wrong doing everybody know how it is and for d people that threating your son handle that because I got a child to and aint nobody going to threat mines because Im d mother and dad

There are simply not enough [sic]s in the world to explain this one.

Pull ’em Out of Iraq: Troops Needed in Japan December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Health, News.
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Apparently Japanese men have forgotten the basics:

Eiko Yamada, proprietor of Shesta, another adult good shop targeting women, says there’s more good vibrations around than a Beach Boys album, with the number of adult aid users skyrocketing, particularly among women in their late 20s to early 30s.

“Our sales are almost 200 percent what they were last year,” Yamada tells Shukan Post.

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o/~ Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be snoozers o/~

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(sorry, I couldn’t resist)

“Basically, This Word Has Grown Stale.” December 8, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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At some point in time, people–particularly those being interviewed–have joined together to insert the word “basically” into 79% of all opening sentences.

Yes, I did the math.

Two weeks ago, “basically” replaced “ummm” as the most often used filler word on television. No one is immune. From the highest of the educated to the humble bloke swearing the tornado sounded just like a freight train chugging through his mobile home, there exists only a scant few who refrain from the rhythmic maxim. Then again, their own diatribe is usually so bland (think of the professional scholars who spent all of Gran-mama’s money on twenty years of assorted schoolingssszzzzzzzz…) it is difficult to stay awake long enough to really test.

On the bright side, use of the word “disrespect” as a verb (“Don’t your disrespect me, Bobby.”) instead of a transitive verb is finally playing itself out. More over here.

Cheat Sheet: Gateway to a Live Operator December 6, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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“Press 1 for…” “Press 2 for…” Somewhere in the system is a live voice and Paul English knows the fastest way to get there.

http://www.paulenglish.com/ivr/ A list of popular companies, their customer service phone numbers and what to press to talk directly to the live operator.

Soon-to-be Hurricane Gamma Groans Her Way Through the Tropics November 14, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Hurricane, News, Southern Living.
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…which, according to the National Weather Service, is a stong indication coastal residents should prepare for a dual blow since Gampa shouldn’t be far behind.

Washington Responds to Bad Intelligence Reports: “Na Na Na Na Na Naaa!” November 11, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Government, News, Politics.
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In The News:
“Federal investigations revealed lying sources, fragmented information and unwarranted analysis led to the most damaging intelligence failures in U.S. history.”

The responses:

Democrats: “Stupid Republicans; look what you did!”

Republicans: “I know you are but what am I?”

Democrats: “Y’all suck.”

Republicans: “Y’all suck more, donkeybutts.”

The U.S. Public: “Who’d y’all get to screw up and why aren’t they gettin’ fried?”

Republicans and Democrats: “Y’all stay out of it. None of your business.”

Senator Kennedy: “Leave the public alone. They should know it was pure, unadulterated fear-mongering, based on a devious strategy to convince the American people that Saddam’s ability to provide nuclear weapons to al Qaeda justified immediate war.”

The U.S. Public: “Oh. Okay.”

Republicans: “Don’t listen to him! He’s lying! He wasn’t even there!”

Cindy Sheehan: “Can I play, too?”

Republicans: “Aw, hell. Who invited HER?”

World Leaders: “$44 billion for lies and blunders? Stupid Americans. We’re upping the rent on your secret clubhouses.”

Republicans and Democrats: “Who asked you? Y’all suck.”

The Media: “Yep. Bullshit ain’t cheap. Try crying and hollering at the cameras, instead. Works for us.”

Republicans: “Y’all suck, too.”

Pat Robertson: “Don’t come praying for my help when y’all get in trouble. I told God you all suck and he believed me.”

All: “Shut UP, Pat.”

Reeling in Jeb – Florida Nixes Plans for Offshore Oil Drilling November 11, 2005

Posted by Leita in Florida, Flotsam/Jetsam, Government, Hurricane, News, Politics, Southern Living.
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Panhandle (aka The Emerald Coast) Floridians guard their beaches to the point dogs are only allowed with permit and even then only for a couple hours in the morning and evenings. Street and home lighting cannot be turned directly onto the beach to allow hatchling turtles a better chance of getting to the water and not in traffic. In Grayton Beach, vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach, but only property owners and only with a permit sticker.

A year ago, a pro-oil drilling politician could not be found in Florida. But increased pressure from Governor Jeb Bush and a group of conservatives led by California Republican Richard Pombo had some lawmakers rethinking the “let’s keep the beaches white and the tourists happy” mentality. It seemed inevitable as pump prices and hurricanes pushed them toward allowing oil and gas drilling off the East Florida pristine coast.

A year ago it wasn’t a republican/democrat issue in Florida. Today, it still is not and, at least for now, the beaches are still sugar white and the water still emerald green and clear.

But it’s not just Florida’s beaches:

The measure would replace the current patchwork of bans on energy exploration that cover the eastern Gulf and much of the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards. Instead, drilling would be allowed along the entire Outer Continental Shelf, but states could vote to block drilling within about 125 miles of their shores. (Source: The Orlando Sentinel)

Not because some GOPs didn’t try, though. The defeated plan was a compromise to keep drilling 125 miles off the coast.

The proposal that was killed Wednesday night would have allowed Florida’s Legislature and governor to oppose drilling within 125 miles off Florida’s coasts, but open up drilling beyond the 125-mile mark, including millions of acres that have been long-sought by the oil and gas industry. (Source: The Miami Herald)

But some stood their ground. Crossing over the Republican/Democrat line, politicians such as Rep. Connie Mack, a Republican from Ft. Myers, drew a line in the snow white sand in Florida yesterday and despite pressure from officials who (erroneously) claim Gulf drilling would decrease the country’s reliance on foreign oil, voted no. Another, Rep. Katherine Harris, a republican from Long Boat Key is actively lobbied to remove the offshore drilling measure before it reached the House floor.

Both Florida senators, Mel Martinez (R) and Bill Nelson (D) oppose drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

So who was pushing the measure so hard it seemed inevitable?

Governor Jeb Bush, who was opposed to any Florida offshore drilling at all when reelected in 2002 and Rep. Tom Feeney, Oviedo. Also voting for the drill was representative Adam Putnam of Bartow, Ander Crenshaw of Jacksonville, and Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, Jeff Miller of Pensacola, all Republican. In all, eight republicans out of the 25-member congressional delegation voted for the compromise.

Jeb’s reaction to the bipartisan vote: “It’s a temporary victory politically, but it’s not an ultimate solution.”

Feeney, who in a nationwide released video created by “a business group,” extolled the virtues of offshore drilling, stated the measure would “…protect our beaches and also allow Americans to have a steady supply of affordable gasoline.” Feeney didn’t explain how coastlines would be protected because no one has a plan yet.

It’ll be okay, I’m sure pro-drillers will come up with something later. Maybe following an accident or after a hurricane sends Valdez-quantities of crude into the Gulf.

Fuel shortages, if they do exist, stem mainly from refineries damaged during this year’s hurricanes and to a larger extent, worldwide demand. Drilling more oil and gas from the Gulf would not alleviate the pump prices and heating oil bills and who says it should be solely the responsibility of the United States if it is indeed a worldwide crisis?

Although not sworn in, oil company moguls at a Senate hearing Wednesday did explain why the price of fuel was going up at the same time their coffers stretched to hold the $25 billion in profits earned last quarter. Actually, they didn’t, but they unblinkingly admitted it was not their fault.

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