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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



Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:53 pm

I like T.V. There. I said it.

With that admission out of the way, allow me to extend my kudos to NBC for appearing to have the best line up of the networks this fall. ABC and CBS offer nothing I want to watch. UPN has Everybody Hates Chris which I really want to see but it’s up against Joey. I’m leaning towards Chris and waiting for the repeats of Joey.

I am sorry to say that I missed the season premiere of Fox’s The Simpsons. WTF? Fox, you SO dropped the ball here. For years The Simpsons’ premier was delayed until November, starting with the Halloween episode. Mind you, I always found it ridiculous and annoying to have a Halloween show in November. Nonetheless, I was comfortable blowing off Fox until that time of year. Then they go and pull this September premiere crap and I get gypped out of two of my favorite shows’ openers.

To my surprise, NBC seems to have the most number of shows I want to watch. Return favorites like Law and Order (classic version & the SVU), West Wing, and The Apprentice are already on my list. Newcomers from last year, Joey and The Office are on the list too, minus the little scheduling issue I have with Joey. N00bs E-Ring and My Name is Earl are both quite promising.

As far as the premiers go, Law & Order’s was ok. Jack McCoy was unethical and committed malpractice as usual and I huffed and puffed about how fake it was. My love-hate relationship with that show is at least 10 years old. SVU proved to be on track in its usual creepy crime sort of way.

A weak opening for The Office disappointed me. The show came out strong last year with its painfully uncomfortable humor, but Tuesday night’s show just didn’t have that same shine. I’m not ready to write it off yet, though. West Wing, Joey, & The Apprentice are yet to air their openers.

As for the new kids on the network, I tolerated my way through The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. I’m still not real sure why. Being produced by Trump, the familiarity to format was probably what kept me watching. I don’t think I will go out of my way to tune in, but if I happen to remember I may go back.

Fairing slightly better was E-Ring. This show is part of the NBC Washington ‘ing’ series – West Wing, E-Ring, and the yet to be pitched to anyone of any import – Lobbying (a show about Congressional hustlers and hustled. C’mon wonks, you know you’d watch it). Seriously though, it does show promise. I missed some of it, but it being TV and all I caught up quickly. Benjamin Bratt and the uber-cool Dennis Hopper seemed to work well together. And did I mention Dennis Hopper? Hell yeah, it’s Dennis Hopper.

I am already in love with My Name is Earl. It helps that the star and producer of the show, Jason Lee, has been in a number of Kevin Smith movies, which means he rocks by association. The show itself had a number of good characters who seemed to work well together. I also found it hilarious that Lee has made himself up to look like Jimmy Buffet circa 1973. Please don’t let this show go the way of Whoopi (another I loved and lost). But Lee – either take on a southern accent or don’t. You’re not consistent and it needs work.

My eyes hurt.


Arrgh like a Pirate, Scream like a Little Girl

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:15 pm

While I can’t be certain, I believe this story started early this morning when I was woken up by the incessant mewing of Jerry Garcia. He was rummaging around our bedroom, jumping in and out of the clothesbasket, and making a general nuisance of himself. When I finally dragged myself out of bed to get ready for work I found Jerry stalking something underneath our bathtub (old claw foot type). I dropped to his level and did a quick check for disabled creatures. Not seeing anything, I chalked up his weirdness to the full moon and moved on.

Cut to 14 hours later. I am in the shower, listening to a Coast to Coast repeat and lathering up the locks with my Garnier Fructice (woowoo). I glimpse a dark mass moving up the outside of one of the shower curtains. Squeek. Even with out my glasses, I recognize that evil shape and movement as that of the palmetto bug b/k/a – huge ass roach. As is natural with beings as large as we humans in the face of relatively small, harmless creatures, I became frozen in terror.

Hours could have passed as I stared at the scurrying roach. Three-quarters of the way up, I realized I needed to do something or it may come over the top and join me in the shower. Not having many choices, I opted to smack the shower curtain in hopes to smash it against the wall. Whack! No characteristic crunch which means it dropped either 1) on the floor (hopefully) or 2) into the tub (oh please no).

Freaked out now that the roach may be in the shower with me, I lean out, grab my glasses and start to examine the floor of the tub and the side on which it may or may not have fallen. Within seconds, my glasses are covered in water drops and fogged up rendering them completely useless. I manage to finish the examination of the shower and felt safe in concluding I had at least knocked the beast to the floor.

Before I can return my glasses to the sink counter, the bastard is back and climbing up the wall directly above the showerhead. Eeeeep. It’s still moving and at a good clip. It had become clear I wouldn’t be able to rinse away my shampoo turban until I rid the bathroom of this little fiend once and for all. Leaning out and trying not to drip too much, I reached for the thigh high magazine mountain that grows in our bathroom. Maxim, damn. Outdoor Photography, no. Popular Science, hmm, nah. Hurricane Preparation Guide, perfect.

I roll up the guide and return to the shower. Roachie is a little too high for me to reach it. I try and splash a little water at it. Antennae twitch. More water, more twitching of the antennae. This succeeds only in getting my bathroom wall wet. The bold monster is intrigued by the water and moves onto the showerhead. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! WHACK! It hit that bastard straight on and it had the nerve to fly over the shower and land on the floor by the door. As it scuttles out under the door crack, Mike walks in to make sure I haven’t fallen and broken something in the tub. “No, honey. Just a roach and it went where you’re standing now.”

I cautiously complete my shower and subsequent dry off rituals. So far so good, no roach. I leave the bathroom and am relieved to see the troops have rallied. Sugaree is guarding the door. Jerry has the west end of the hall guarding the closet. Stella’s got the east end of the hall, covering both the office and the stairs. I’m certain the roach made it out of the bathroom ok, but I don’t think it got much farther. At least that is what I’m telling myself in order to sleep tonight.

Ahoy beachcombers!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:05 pm

Fellow ADer, Dontreadonme has brought to my attention that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

Today you can call me Smarmy Eve Dawkins. And if you’re sick of reading The Gull Reef Club in boring King’s english try it in Pirate English.

Yarrr, more grog, wench!


Join the Team!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:15 pm

When you miss chats at America’s Debate, you miss things like this:

Naked Surfball Association

Thanks to coach Joe for creating the North American League and to Mike for the promotional work. We’ll take the world cup this year! :D


The Devil in the White City

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:40 pm

Much thanks to Wertz for The Devil in the White City. It wasn’t a bad read overall. I learned quite a bit about the 1893 Columbian Exposition. There were times the book became a bit tedious, though. Larson’s fixation on people’s eyes was a bit creepy and seemingly over-fictionalized. Still, it has kept me jazzed about going to Chicago.

I’ve got Winesburg, Ohio (from Gutenburg, of course) to read now but I’m not in a reading rut so I don’t expect to get far fast. I am hoping to maybe actually get my library card before vacation, which would give me access to more modern books. If any of you have any suggestions for vacation reading, I would be much obliged.


Everyone is welcome at the Gull Reef Club

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:52 pm

…including Bangladeshis with diarrhea and those that study them. Such an impressive addition to the club’s guest list.


Love Speech

Filed under: — Jaime @ 5:53 pm

My cousin is getting married in early October. He has asked me to do a reading at the wedding and has left it open as to what it is I read. He says he could pick something but I know he’s got a lot of other stresses in preparing for his big day, which is why he threw the ball in my court. I would really like to pick something nice but I am one of the least romantic chics you’ll ever meet. I really don’t want to be reading the lyrics to love songs, so I appeal to the greater genius of you beachcombers. If you have any suggestions please post them! In the meantime, I will be breaking out my American Anthology of Poetry that I ‘liberated’ from a box of books back in high school. C’mon folks & help a sister out.


Nothing to see here

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:11 pm

So I bet all you sickos who googled or yahooed your way into my blog searching on various forms of ‘voyeur blog’ and ‘voyeur vacation’ were sorely disappointed. Hell, you have to dig pretty deep to find me anyway. Get a freakin’ life, losers.

illustrious punks of Progress shriek

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:01 pm

I ate my oversized, bbq’d ribeye this evening with slight pangs of guilt knowing some of my fellow countryfolk suffer tonight. Pathetic really, since it is every night that some of my fellow countryfolk suffer; the suffering just happens to be on a much grander scale as of late. The news annoys me now. All are biased, so I choose only America’s Debate because at least I understand the bias.

My dreams have been haunted with post-apocalyptic images, floods, droughts, fear, oppressive authority. I take comfort in knowing good folks like my AD friends, Dontreadonme, Suzy Steamboat & Overlandsailor. Hearts bigger and more capable than mine. I take comfort in reading ee cummings and H.L. Mencken, sarcastic fellow Americans. I take comfort in my warm bed in my air conditioned house. I take comfort in my back up plans. I take comfort on labor day for all those who labor harder than I ever will. I take comfort because I can.

I will now rapidly drink a glass of water.


Department of FEMA

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:07 am

Forgive my growing cynicism, but I have this sinking feeling Bush’s long term solution to the unorganized response to the Gulf hurricane disaster will be to propose the creation of a cabinet level department for FEMA. I hope I’m wrong and I hope by putting this out there it means it won’t come true (my out-loud predictions tend to be way off). The last thing we need in this country is more top-heavy bureaucracy.

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