The Gull Reef Club

Recent Comments:

9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 1:30 pm· Jaime · Good Bye Blue Sky
It's summer. We don't adventure much in the summer. It's too hot & buggy. We hibernate and wait... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 2:25 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
So how goes the summer of adventure? Inquiring minds want to know.... | Read More

6/6/2018 · 12:46 am· Michael (Net2007) · My friend, my friend, (s)he’s got a knife
I've often felt this way, it's strange and divisive times in many ways. As far as this goes, I... | Read More

7/12/2017 · 4:22 pm· Trouble · Half of Us Are Wrong or in the Alternative, Half of Us Are Right
I've been following the saga and cataloging links of interest that contain more than mere rhetoric.... | Read More


More Books

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:46 pm

My creative slump has been made up for with lots of leisure reading, including…

Beasts and Superbeasts – Saki
Fantastic. I really got into this collection of short stories. Dark, Edwardian views into the human psyche. I was a bit disappointed with the occasional off-hard remark against Jews, but no one is really safe by Saki’s pen. Par for the course, I suppose. Overall, I was impressed and I intend on reading more Saki in the future.

The Four Million – O. Henry
Another collection of short stories, this time about people living in NYC at the turn of the 20th century. The most famous of these was ‘The Gift of the Maji’ – a now renown and well-loved Christmas story. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much else that stood out. I felt like the stories were dumbed-down and cut short. If O. Henry had taken a bit more time to be a little more descriptive and add more realistic dialogue, I may have liked this better.

Inside the Kingdom – Carmen Bin Ladin
Aha! So I am capable of I reading books published in the 21st century. I had only intended to read this book to be nice because Mike’s sister pushed it on me. I am SO glad I did and can’t wait to thank her. Ms. Bin Ladin tells her compelling life story as the wife, and then ex-wife, of one of Osama Bin Laden’s brothers. She offers a glimpse of life as a woman inside Saudi Arabia as one of the country’s most influential families. My heart just breaks thinking about the way my gender is treated in Saudi Arabia. This is very easy read, probably even a bit fluffy, but fascinating nevertheless.

Next up is Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City. Thanks bunches to Wertz for bringing Mike and I this book during his last visit here. It’s been too long since I’ve sunk my teeth, er eyes, into a well-researched history book. And this one is centered in Chicago, so it should help increase my growing excitement about going up there next month. Squee!

On New Orleans

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:49 am

Ok, so am I the only with ‘When the Levee Breaks’ stuck in their head? Didn’t think so.

It’s not looking good for the Crescent City today. MSNBC is running live coverage online, if you feel so compelled.

All the best to you guys down there.



Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:05 am

Berhe said she‘s looking forward to lower prices, but in the meantime people at the gas station say they‘ll just have to put up with some abuse.

Gas Station Workers Face Angry Customers

“As long as the gas is up, people don’t want to come into the store. Our business has slowed down,” said Lindsey Liggett, an attendant there who said she’d like to see gas prices lower.

Gas stations are hurting, too

He hopes that prices will start to come down and stabilize soon but admits that the city will do what’s needed to stay in its budget, including making cuts.”

Record-high gas prices taking toll on drivers

“But Mancuso said he is keeping his fingers crossed that fuel prices will drop later in the budget year.”

City rolls on despite ballooning fuel bill

Modern American visionaries.

Hope springs eternal. Oil doesn’t.

Head. Sand. Get it out people. The prices are not going down. Not now. Not ever.


If you sprinkle when you tinkle…

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:01 pm

…wipe the seat or me and my can of Lysol are coming after you.

We are experiencing a bit of difficulty with our bathroom situation at work. Our firm rents an office in a building and we share the floor with another office. There is one community bathroom for each gender on the floor. In total, there are five women regularly who use our bathroom.

As of late, however, it seems as if people had been making their way off the street and finding their way to our bathroom. Countless, disgusting, personal, feminine messes have been left. I armed myself with a can of Lysol every time I entered.

Just last week there was a strange woman in the bathroom when I chanced to be in there. As I came out of the stall, she was at the sink counter obsessively placing her plastic bag down, picking up again, and replacing back down. More bothered by germs than weirdos, I proceed to the sink adjacent to hers to wash my hands. She looks at me and exclaims with childlike wonder, “You look like a teenager!” “Uh, thanks” was my flat reply. “No, really! You REALLY look like a teenager!” Before the conversation went beyond creepy, I gave her a fast, “have a nice day!” and got the hell out of there.

Well, the ladies in the other office get this brilliant idea today to start locking the bathroom door. They have a key, we have a key, a key to pee. Sounds like a good plan to prevent any further excreted mysteries, right? Wrong! I go in there late in the day. In the small stall is a bowl of disgusting darkness. In the large stall, the seat is covered with piss. WTF!?!?!?

Safely assured this afternoon’s misuse of the facilities was not caused by me, leaves 4 others, two of whom are my coworkers. I simply don’t want to believe the dootie is being done by either of my dear girls. The other ladies aren’t all that bad either, so it’s hard to have such thoughts about any of them. It’s Savannah, so I suppose I could blame a ghost.

Now the question is, do we opt for the cutesy sign stating ‘if you sprinkle…’ or the one reminding everyone ‘your mother doesn’t work here’?

All gods bless our cleaning people. They don’t get paid nearly enough.


Doldrums of Summer

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:50 pm

I’ve not had anything of interest to write as of late. I post to simply let you know I’m still afloat, just sort of stuck, no wind in my sails. Seems most of the news and the blogs I read are in a similar state of narcosis. This is fine, though. There’s a reason ‘no news is good news’ is still a useful cliche. I’ve gotten a lot of leisure reading done and knocked out a few rounds of Jewel Quest and WordUp. The full moon is making its turn now and summer is in the final stretch. Enjoy these dazy days they don’t last long enough.


For Doc

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:09 pm

A dream I had from last night involved my friend Doc, so I feel compelled to share. While short, it was ridiculously detailed.

Doc had come to me saying he needed to find a Georgia lawyer to represent him. He apparently had opened a chain of for-profit hospitals called Doclotus Centers. To advertise his new hospitals he wanted to rent billboard space from Lamar Advertising.*

Lamar was refusing to do business with him because the ads stated the Doclotus Centers were ‘the best.’ Lamar claimed that a for-profit hospital could not make such a claim under STARK II** I recall telling Doc that he was in luck in finding a lawyer because our firm represented every company in the state of Georgia that began with the letters ‘D-O-C’. I also advised Doc that Lamar didn’t have authority to enforce STARK II. And that’s all I got.

Sorry to have dragged you into my subconscious like this, Doc.

*This company made the news recently for their self-righteous refusal to display pro-gay billboards, See: 7.30.2005

**Obscure federal regulations I sometimes deal with in real life


Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:52 pm

Our first wave of houseguests has ebbed and I’m honestly sorry to see them go. We had a lovely time together and had the great fortune of spending much of it at the beach.

Yesterday proved to be an interesting day at the ocean. Tropical Storm Irene was nearly due east of us. This lent to beautiful weather but extremely choppy water. The tide is something to behold on days like yesterday. Imagine standing waist deep in water, having the water suck away from the shore so fast it nearly pulls you backwards leaving you shin deep in water for a brief second before a wave a few feet higher than your head comes crashing over dragging you tumbling to shore. I really couldn’t handle it for very long. Not only my nerdy fear of losing my glasses, but my muscles just couldn’t endure for all that long. The ocean commands respect and it certainly has mine.


No Vacancy at The Gull Reef Club

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:08 pm

My time online will be reduced a bit this month. This week we have Mike‘s brother and his girlfriend in town. Later in the week, we have the pleasure of visiting with Wertz and Sean while they are in town for their anniversary (congrats!). Later in the month, Mike’s dad arrives for three weeks. We also have two family birthdays to celebrate this month. Busy, busy.

I thought you beachcombers would appreciate a few assorted links to keep yourselves occupied during my sporadic blogging month.

First we have Ghillie Suits. I suddenly have a new understanding of those Bigfoot stories on Coast to Coast AM.

Thanks to Joe for the following: Bullsh!t Generator. Wonder if this explains his posts any. Woot

This link is probably more funny to me than any of you because it took me back to my wannabe punk/goth/black clothing wearing days: Einstürzende Neueküchen. I actually asked my German teacher in high school what Einstürzende Neubauten meant. He looked at me strangely. I attributed that to the plate that was rumored to be in his head. Maybe that wasn’t it after all.

Mitch Fincher’s Penny Structures, link courtesy of Mike by way of Joe.

I don’t recall how I stumbled upon this site but it’s one of those endless click & stare jobs: Signs of Life. I even got Mike interested in it & he sent them this Sign #161, Do Not Disturb.

Canadians are smarter and classier than Americans. It’s true. There’s proof on teh internets: People Opposed to Outfall Pollution. Now confess, how many of you clicked on the photo gallery expecting something totally different? Me too.

One More Level. This game couldn’t be more appropriately named…er, translated.

New England Sucks – we happen to share server space with this guy. He also owns .net & .org – I wonder how he really feels about New England. Of course, if I still lived up north, I could see me starting a similar page for similar reasons.

And finally, a little something I shared with some of you already Black People Love Us!. Yes, this one’s been around forever, but it’s always fresh to someone and still funny enough to keep passing on.

Until next time, beachcombers…


How to look local

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:05 am

Time for a little lesson in pronunciation.

Re: Chicago

Incorrect: CHICK-a-go

Correct: shi-CAW-go

Are you trying to say ‘capice’? Well don’t do it, because it hurts my ears when you do it.

The Gull Reef Club