Monthly Archives: March 2006

>Pajama Geezer

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Sometimes I go out, in the morning, to throw hay to the horses, in my Pajamas…

And my Rubber Mud Boots.

Good thing I live in the country.

Mrs. Geezer picked them out for me.

I think it’s a Christmas Theme.

UPDATE: Welcome Pajamas Media visitors (and thanks for the link).

Blog Idaho: Pony Love

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Blog Idaho: Pony Love
Peaches, the filly, was standing over him, licking his back and rubbing him with her head.

 

>The Scary Snake

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I’m inside typing on the computer when my cellphone rings, it’s Mrs. Geezer.

“There’s a SNAKE out here in the garden, hurry up”.

I picked up my camera, searched for and found the Grab-it tool and headed out the door.

The Grab-it tool is about 3 feet long , squeeze the handle and suction cups close together. It’s not good for 20 foot Pythons but it’s perfect for picking cans of soup off high shelves, and little garden snakes.

Mrs. Geezer is not amused by my tardiness.
“What did you do, stop to BLOG about it”?

As I suspected, it’s a little garden snake…
a Harmless Snake…
a Friendly Snake…
a Good Snake…
It eats bad bugs…

She doesn’t appear comforted by my explanation.
“Just take it Far-Far-Away” she orders.

I released it in the neighbors 100 acre field.

How about You… Afraid of snakes?
1. Yep
2. Maybe a little
3. Not at all.

>Pony Love

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Mrs. Geezer noticed the little filly and Hunter, the 3 year-old Gelding, acting all lovey dovey this morning.

They are best buddies.

Peaches, the filly, was standing over him, licking his back and rubbing him with her head.

It was making him sleepy.

Then she laid down in front of him and rolled over into his arms, so to speak.

I think he was surprised.

Photos by Mrs. Geezer.

>I Hate That Noise

>It’s not a Loud Noise.

It’s not a real High Pitched Noise.

It’s just an Annoying Noise.

I’m probably in the Minority.

I’m sure I have a Character Flaw.

What is The Noise that drives me Crazy?

It’s that little Deedle Deet” that the Nextel phones make when they are used as Walkie-Talkies.

It’s not bad enough that I get to hear people yelling into their cellphones.
Now I get to hear the other person yelling back.

>Water Wasting ~ Hey it’s the Desert

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My Realtor friend in Las Vegas sent me a flyer today, advertising Public Golf Courses.

Not the Private ones for the High-Rollers.
(You know, so Tiger won’t have to rub elbows with the likes of You.)

There are 56 Public courses listed in the Vegas Valley directory.

~ Fun Facts ~

  • Las Vegas is in a Desert.
  • Golf courses use lots of water.
  • There is a water shortage in Las Vegas.
  • There is a 5000 person Net Population Gain per month.

Questions for Las Vegas residents… (Sobek, Fargo and Enas, I’m talking to you.)

  1. Do you think your water bills are too high?
  2. Does the water company charge *you* more for water than a Golf Course?
  3. Are you on any kind of watering restrictions?

I’m just sayin’

>Idaho Castle Law

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The Idaho Senate just passed the Castle Law.
This will prevent intruders who are injured, while breaking into your home, from suing homeowners.

The sponsor, Senator Mel Richardson of Idaho Falls, says a man’s home is his castle and he should be able to protect it.

The measure would allow someone to use force, including a weapon, against prowlers who enter their home — without the prowler being able to sue for injury-related civil damages.

The bill now goes to the House.

KTVB news

“…Former NRA President Exposes the Lies and Misinformation Aimed at Florida’s “Castle Doctrine” Law

There are some folks who would like us to believe that the Wild, Wild West now starts in the Sunshine State. According to the news media, when Governor Jeb Bush signed the “Castle Doctrine” into law last spring, with an effective date of October 1, 2005, Florida’s new moniker became the “Gun shine State.” The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has perpetuated the nonsense and lies, warning tourists that Florida streets are not safe because citizens can take the law into their own hands…”
Interview with former NRA President Marion Hammer about Florida castle law

UPDATE: Well, not really an update, but I just found it.
In 2006, Mississippi lawmakers will likely be debating the old common law notion that a “man’s home is his castle.”

Ex-convict Marcus Rawls, 23, of Jackson — whose criminal record includes convictions on drug charges, burglary and receiving stolen property charges — was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head in the pre-dawn hours Sunday.

Rawls was released from prison in October.

After a 911 call, Jackson police found Rawls’ body on the porch of a home they believe he was trying to burglarize at the time he was shot by the homeowner, who fired a single shot through the door at about 2 a.m. The homeowner told police he was trying to scare the intruder away and didn’t know anyone had been hit until a few hours later.
DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION?
Rawls was wearing a ski mask and gloves at the time of his death.

He probably needed to borrow a cup of sugar, at 2 a.m., and was too embarassed to let them see his face.

>Modern Propaganda Techniques

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The Main Stream Media has many techniques to transform the News into just about anything it wants it to be:

“…I put together a list of writing techniques I observed, and I assigned them names. My site was able to analyze news articles, reveal any hidden manipulations I detected, and post the source and analysis to the web in just minutes.
The site was pretty cool, but it had no impact whatsoever! The MSM was just too vast. A few years later there was the Blogosphere, sites like FR, Dan Rather was taken down, and my idea was superceded by reality.
Not long ago I took out my old analysis, dusted it off, and read over it. It was still rather interesting, at least to me. So I have posted the techniques I developed here, refreshing a couple of them with more recent information, so that others may have a look if they choose…”

Modern Propaganda Techniques

H/T Hay Zeus.

>Horses as Early Warning Systems

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Horses are Prey Animals.

If you understand that concept, you are well on your way to learning how to train them.

They are also pretty good Watchdogs because they are suspicious of Everything.

If I look out my window and see them all staring at something, I go check it out.
I usually find out that it’s a stranger walking down the road or a Coyote or Pheasant or some other animal.

I was trying unsuccesfully to sneak up on these horses, to get a shot of the 3 year-old Filly (brown) and her Mama (on the right). They saw me and came to the fence to see why I was crawling on my belly, like a reptile.

Why was I sneaking up to get a picture?

Because She is STILL NURSING.

The amazing part is the Mare still lets her.
The neighbor told me that she even lets Baby Calves nurse.

3 years old in Horse Years is about 12 in Human Years.

Funny Commercial

I’m always more willing to buy from a commercial that makes me laugh, rather than an annoying one.

I dedicate this to all the guys with Comb-Overs.

NuTone Online

>Funny Commercial

>I dedicate this to all the guys with Comb-Overs

NuTone Online

>Inside Showbiz ~ Elvis part 2

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My final job in Las Vegas, before I retired, was doing the lighting for the Jubilee Show at Bally’s.
We also had an Elvis Impersonator doing shows, on the same stage, in the afternoon.

This is Steve Connolly and I. Steve was the best Elvis that I ever worked. He is the winner of the “Best Elvis in Las Vegas” award. He had great backup singers and some excellent musicians.
I was very proud of the elaborate lighting that he allowed me to create.

During my final show, Steve stopped during his last song and gave a two-minute tribute to… me. I got a standing ovation from the audience.

I was touched by this classy gesture. I have it on videotape.

It’s one of my best memories of being a Lightman in Vegas.

Well… that and Paul Anka, of course.

Inside Showbiz ~ Elvis

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I was fortunate enough to work the real Elvis Presley show in Vegas… Once.

Imagine you are there in the audience. The excitement is palpable. The houselights dim as the huge chandelier (think Phantom of the Opera), rises up to the ceiling so that it will be out of the way of the spotlight beams.
The overture, American Trilogy, starts quietly in the darkness. As it builds to a climax, I nervously lay on the stage waiting for my cue.
My job?
As the main curtain went up, I was laying on the stage with a CO2 fire extinguisher. The second curtain, (a gold lame’ as I recall), was hanging over my shoulders. When the drummer started pounding his drums like crazy, my cue was to spray the CO2 out toward the audience for a cheap fog effect.
A little Science background is in order here:
1. When you spray CO2 out through the plastic nozzle, Many Electrons are liberated from the friction of the spray on the nozzle.
2. These electrons want to go somewhere.
3. Stage curtains typically have either pipe or metal chain in the bottom, to keep them straight.
4. When I had the curtain hanging over my shoulders, my neck was in real good contact with the chain.
Can you guess what happened when I blasted the Fire Extinguisher?
Fortunately my screams were drowned out by the drums.


The photo is of me and (the late) Golden Joe Baker, a heck of a nice guy. Joe did a (surprise) Comedy Elvis Impression.
Notice that I wore a tie for the picture, a ‘Cacti’.

Would Elvis be proud… or maybe just annoyed at all the people tramping through his house?

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Tennessee, mansion Graceland is set to be designated a US National Historic Landmark.

Elvis’ Memphis mansion

>Book Review ~ It Came From Within

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I liked this book a lot. The author cleverly ties in Monster Movies and Wrong Thinking.

This is from the back jacket:

“More frightening than Frankenstein. More destructive than alien invaders. They will numb your soul, steal your life, and threaten your most treasured relationships.
Who are these creatures? Where do they come from?
At the fall of mankind they were unleashed on the world, wreaking havoc and sending thousands fleeing from their homes. And their lair is found in the last place anyone wants to look – the mysterious depths of their own hearts!
But be encouraged, these monsters have a weakness. They can be defeated. You can escape their clutches and be free of their influence.
Learn the truth – before it’s too late!

I especially like the way he starts each chapter with a couple of quotes from movies… like this:
Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones. But there are, aren’t there?
Ripley: Yes, there are.
Newt: why do they tell little kids that?
Ripley: Most of the time it’s true…
Newt: We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night…mostly.
Aliens (1986)

and this one:

Klaatu: Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer.
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Gee, that one sounds pretty relevant for today.
Full Disclosure:
I got it from the Library but it’s probably some kind of Religious Book.

>Can Bloggers Be SLAPPed?

>Bill McCrory, is my new-best-blogger-friend in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. He’s got some good links that all Bloggers should be aware of:

“Can Bloggers Be SLAPPed?

SLAPP is an acronym for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.
It refers to lawsuits, often by corporations, developers, and governmental officials to stifle public policy debate and public criticism by suing those who would debate or criticize.

To better understand what a SLAPP is, how to reduce your chances of being SLAPPed, and how to deal with a SLAPP if you are SLAPPed, see the California Anti-SLAPP Project’s Survival Guide for SLAPP Victims…”

Whitecaps: Can Bloggers Be SLAPPed?:

>Cardboard Cows and … Love

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Mrs. Geezer thinks I’m silly but this little video really appeals to me.

Am I silly?

You Be the Judge.

The Shins:
“A sad cardboard cow sings a poignant song of loss in this offbeat Albuquerque combo’s latest vid. Singer-songwriter James Mercer gave a fan from the Israeli army a half-hearted go-ahead to make the band a video and then he forgot about it. A year later, the video showed up and here it is…”

I used a photo of Mrs. Geezer and a cow… cause that’s just how I roll.

IFILM – Music Videos: The Shins: Pink Bullets

>Convert to Christianity? Execution Awaits.

>Mark Steyn, excellent as usual.

“The impending execution of Abdul Rahman for embracing Christianity is, of course, offensive to Westerners, and so around the world we reacted equally violently by issuing blood-curdling threats like that made by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack: ‘Freedom of worship is an important element of any democracy,’ he said. ‘And these are issues as Afghan democracy matures that they are going to have to deal with increasingly.’

You cannot ask Americans or Britons to expend blood and treasure to build a society in which a man can be executed for his choice of religion. You cannot tell a Canadian soldier serving in Kandahar that he, as a Christian, must sacrifice his life to create a Muslim state in which his faith is a capital offense…

Will we stick our necks out for his faith?:

>How I Know You’re Gay

>Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The Mayor of Mitchieville has a dozen reasons to think you’re gay.
Samples:

You’ve seen Rent. Three times.

Because you told me you saved ten dollars on a pair of shoes.

You vote Liberal.

You tell everyone to *shush* when Barry Manilow comes on the radio.

Mitchieville: Do You Know How I Know You’re Gay?

>Kansas Concealed Carry Passes

>Clayton Cramer’s blog is back online just in time for this great post:

“Kansas Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Concealed Carry Law

… This is the first override of the governor’s veto in Kansas in 12 years!

The vote was 91-33, giving supporters seven votes more than the required two-thirds majority. The Senate voted 30-10 for the override Wednesday night, three votes more than needed.

Guess what party the Governor belongs to? Surprised?
Content Warning: When I Googled for Kathleen Sebelius, I found this webpage about Dr. Tiller, one of her supporters.

Clayton’s Link

>A Pheasant Visits the Horses

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Occasionally I hear Pheasants crowing out in the big field.

They sound like Roosters on Helium… with laryngitis.

Think Joe Cocker crowing with a scratchy throat.

Think Fran Drescher… No, cancel that.

Apparently this beautiful male pheasant wandered into the horse area.

Peaches walked over to look and he ran away.