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27 October 2006 @ 02:52 pm
Got the following link from one of my buddies at work and I thought it was worth posting here as these are some incredible pictures.


Talk about making one feel very small in a very big world! I especially like the pictures of the world at night ... who knew it was so lit up like that??
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25 October 2006 @ 07:52 pm
My good friends, I hope you read these and take heed. You will have a much better chance of seeing the first of November. With Halloween upon us, it is worthwhile to remember a few simple rules to help keep this season healthy, happy and SAFE!! Please use these helpful hints this and every year.

1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead.

2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.

3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.

4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else's voice.

5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go alone.

6. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.

7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to any other house of the dead as well.

8. If you're searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out that it's just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!

9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just get out.

10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.

11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there's probably a good reason for it. Don't stop and look around.

12. Don't fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you're sure you know what you're doing.

13. If you're running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at east twice, more if you are female. Also note that, despite the fact that you are running and the monster is merely shambling along, it's still moving fast enough to catch up with you.

14. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.

15. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you're in trouble if you recognize this one), anywhere in Texas where chainsaws are sold, the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.

16. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to the nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange you ran out of gas because you thought you had most of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.

17. Beware of strangers bearing tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns,hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.

18. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices.

19. Dress appropriately. When investigating a noise downstairs in an old house, women should not wear a flimsy negligee. And carry a flashlight, not a candle.

20. Do not mention the names of demons around open flames, as these can flare suddenly. Be especially careful of fireplaces in this regard.

21. Do not go looking for witches in the Maryland countryside.

Current Mood: amusedamused
20 October 2006 @ 03:00 am
You Were Actually Born Under:
You are totally loyal, faithful, and honest.
However, you don't trust others to be as ethical as you are!
Straight forward and direct, you really aren't one for small talk.
You are a great listener - and an agreeable companion when you're in a good mood!

You are most compatible with a Tiger or Horse.
You Should Have Been Born Under:

Resourceful and practical, you are a quick thinker.
You are very observant - and it's hard to get anything past you!
A total perfectionist, you are especially picky about looking your best.
You're a big dreamer - such a big dreamer that reality can disappoint you.

You are most compatible with an Ox or Snake.
29 September 2006 @ 02:56 pm

What does your heart desire?

Love- Your heart desires its empty half. It wants to end the drowning world of loneliness and feel a reciprocating soul. It yearns to feel the security of your soul mates arms, the words of commitment, the life for another. Pacify your lonely heart and walk the path of love. But tread it with care, for no one can distinguish the real aspiration of anothers heart. Indulge your soul in Love.A mighty pain to love it is, And 't is a pain that pain to miss; But of all pains, the greatest pain It is to love, but love in vain.Abraham Cowley (1618 - 1667)English poet.
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14 September 2006 @ 11:31 am
I received an email from a co-worker this morning about the death of a San Francisco Police Officer during a pusuit and I thought it would be a great thing to post. This Chief is the type of administrator that ALL Police Departments need ... a man who stands up for his people and who isn't afraid to say what he thinks and feels.

Background: San Francisco Police Officer Nick Birco was killed July 26, 2006 when his police car was struck by a stolen van occupied by suspects who had just comitted an armed robbery and were being pursued by SFPD units. This video was of a press conference given by a member of the SFPD brass. This demonstrates how administrators should act.

Click here for the Press Conference and some great statements"

Norwich, and every city out there, could use a Chief like that who stands up for his people!
There are times that, as a dispatcher, I just want to reach through the phone and strangle the idiot on the other end of the line but that's an urge that I have to squash because, professionally, it just isn't done.

The things that I would like to have said could fill volumes and volumes! But through the grace of God and knowing that every single word I say is recorded, I am able to generally hold my tongue. Not always but most times! Obviously, though, not all dispatchers can control that urge as evidenced here by the winner of the ...

"Duh-What-I-Was-I-Thinking-When-I-Said-That?? Award"

Somehow, I'm thinking that ole' Mike there on the tape is no longer employed as a dispatcher - unless it's of taxi cabs or tractor trailers!
Current Mood: amusedamused
24 August 2006 @ 09:42 am
Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties and local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink from any woman.

Many females use a date rape drug on the market called "Beer."

The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, or from taps and in large "kegs". Beer is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them. A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of Beer and then simply ask him home for no strings attached sex.

Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several beers, men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with horrific looking women whom they would never normally be attracted.

After drinking beer, men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that "something bad" occurred.

At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life's savings, in a familiar scam known as "a relationship."

In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer term form of servitude and punishment referred to as "marriage." Men are much more susceptible to this scam after beer is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females.

Please! Forward this warning to every male you know.

If you fall victim to this "Beer" scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up Golf Courses" in the phone book.

For a video to see how beer works click here:

Beer Demo
Current Mood: amusedamused
17 August 2006 @ 10:06 am
An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other. He says to the waiter, "Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Sure, Chief, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere, then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand pulling another male buffalo with the other. He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto! We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says, "Training for position in United States Congress: Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."
Current Mood: amusedamused
16 August 2006 @ 10:43 am

A lot is being written in the local papers about a new plan to renovate Norwich's ailing downtown but I'm not sure it's really a feasible plan. Joseph Gentile, the guy who is trying to turn the old Norwich State Hospital grounds in Preston into a movie studio - theme park combo called "Utopia" has now set his sites on the Norwich harbor. Plans to build twin 37-story towers at the place where American Wharf now sits were unveiled and presented to the Norwich Planning and Economics Commission last night. Needless to say, there are skeptics galore.

Whereas I wholeheartedly agree that someting needs to be done with Norwich, these sort of grandiose plans don't seem to fit. Maybe because I've lived and worked here for so long it's hard for me to see Norwich becoming THE destination for anyone to come to, particularly anyone of a Hollywood caliber. It doesn't matter that we're smack in the middle of the world's two largest casinos - there is nothing of note in Norwich that anyone would want to come here for. Nothing!

I guess part of the reason I'm so skeptical about this whole "pie in the sky" plan is because I remember what a great thing the Mashantucket Tribal Mercantile Exchange was originally supposed to be. There were plans for a fancy hotel, retail shops, restaurants, etc., etc. and even though the empty hole in the ground now has a building on it, it was scaled down so much that it's simply another partially vacant office building with a hideous parking garage in front of it. I guess I'm rather afraid that this new venture is going to end up being the same thing.

Besides, the good citizens of Norwich didn't even want a Home Depot built around here so what makes anyone think that they're going to want anyone to build "37-story twin towers at the marina, an upscale theme park on Hollyhock Island, a retail plaza above Chelsea Harbor Drive and 100 high-end housing units where the Norwich Police Department sits."?? Oh no, the naysayers and NIMBYs (not in my backyard) will be out in full force and this project is going to have the proverbial snowball's chance in Hell.

Then again I could be wrong ... but I doubt it! New Englanders don't exactly like change - especially not progressive change.
Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
10 August 2006 @ 12:59 pm
As probably the vast majority of the country now knows, Connecticut's veteran senator Joe Lieberman lost this past Tuesday's Democratic primary to Greenwich millionaire Ned Lamont. Lamont was able to ride the waves of discontent with the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq and even though it wasn't an overwhelming victory, it was a victory nonetheless.

I have to admit that I voted for Joe despite "the kiss" and my personal feelings that we really should be out of Iraq. It seems to me that Lieberman has always gone with his own feelings and conscience and not toed the party line as so many others do. He obviously went against the Democratic Party the past few years but this was THE MAN that they put up as a running mate with Al Gore when he made his unsuccessful bid for the Presidency. Have things changed that much in Washington that he has fallen so far from grace?

It's no secret that I think partisan politics blow and really need to go the way of the horse and buggy (with my apologies to the Quakers). We need politicians who can stand up for what they believe in, who can back something not just because their party says they should but because their own conscience says that they should, and who have some sort of backbone that doesn't twist and turn in the winds of politics.

As Vice President Dick Cheney put it "It's an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy."

Lieberman is now going to run as an Independent this November because he feels that there is still a majority of people in Connecticut who trust him, who like him for the senator that he is, and who recognize that he has a fantastic record for fighting for the State of Connecticut with its defense-based industries. And chances are really good that most of those people aren't registered Democrats but Republicans and Independents who didn't get the chance to vote in this past election.

I'll vote for him again in November not only for the reasons above but because Hillary Rodham Clinton DOESN'T support him. She has urged Lieberman to "search his conscience and decide what is best for Connecticut and for the Democratic party" before going forward with an independent bid. And because she's definitely a "party" girl she's quoted as saying, "more than a month ago I said I would support the winner of the Democratic primary and that's what I intend to do in every way that I'm requested." Of course she will because the Democratic Party has deep pockets and it's good to be able to reach into those pockets when you're funding your campaign.

But if Hillary won't back him then you can by golly bet that I will because I think that woman is a troll and that right there, ladies and gentlemen, is why I'll vote for Joe! I hope there are others who will, too.

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