At least they're honest about it.
Bits & Pieces: Women
Friday, September 28, 2007
This is a great idea. I hope more cities start doing this. I just hope you don't have to be in violation of a code before you can borrow a tool.
A free “tool borrowing” check out program offered by the City of Grand Prairie is making it as easy as possible for citizens to comply with yard maintenance and litter abatement codes. Through their Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful program, the City provides various yard and home maintenance tools, including lawn mowers, pruners, power washers, rakes, paint brushes/rollers/paint trays, shovels, and even gas-powered chainsaws and pole saws.
A resident may contact the Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful office to borrow whatever equipment they need to comply with city codes. They must sign a waiver of liability form, be trained on the equipment they borrow, and return the tool in good condition within 7 days of checking it out. The equipment must be stored in a secure location while it is in the borrower’s possession.
The Waiver of Liability states that failure to return tools will be investigated by the Police Department for potential prosecution.
In the two years this program has been in operation, Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful reports that it has been a very successful program and has helped many residents avoid code violations. Church groups or community service groups are also allowed to check out the tools for projects that benefit elderly and low-income residents, or for public projects.
For additional information on how the program operates, contact Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful at (972) 237-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I absolutely love this show. This is really freaky.
I've got a funny true story that a neighbor lady told at our family reunion up in Arkansas. She said she was at Walmart checking out the exotic food section - actually in the Mexican food aisle. She picked up a chocolate candy bar. Every word on it was written in Spanish except for four tiny words - Made in the USA.
I think it's almost a given that it's a definite plus if you live in Texas and can speak at least a little Spanish. Well, okay, if you live in the United States and speak a little Spanish. I took Spanish every year from the 4th grade until I was a junior in high school and I really can't remember that much except, Where is the bathroom. Here's a way to learn it for free.
Get Introduced to and Learn a Foreign Language for Free - Dumb Little Man
You know what, Sir Lance-a-Lot or DJ Lance or whatever your name is, you and all your little friends are messing with my head. It's not enough that you have a humongous, red, prickly looking, cyclops dancing around (he's tall and friendly), but during the "Greetings" episode you have to briefly show a crying, condom. He looked just like the tall and friendly one, only he was colorless and had no pleasure bumps on him. That's probably why he was crying.
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FORT WORTH — A man who found out the bone implanted in his neck to relieve back pain was stolen from a corpse is suing a medical technology company and several tissue processing businesses.
James Livingston, 44, of Weatherford, does not seek a specific monetary amount in his suit filed in New York last month against Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. for fraud and negligence.Texas man sues over stolen bone implanted in his neck | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
I'd be suing somebody too.
WACO, Texas (AP) - A federal jury in Waco has awarded six million dollars to a man critically injured when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer.
Jurors found Colonial Freight Systems of Knoxville, Tennessee, and its driver, Julie Renee Collins of Kentucky, at fault for the March 2006 accident.
Fifty-5-year-old Walter Browning of Weatherford was riding on Interstate 35 near Waco.
The lawsuit said Collins changed lanes, with the rig striking Browning and knocking him off his motorcycle.
His attorneys say Browning lost four fingers on his left hand and can no longer walk without assistance because of injuries to his left leg.
Jurors rejected the defendant's version that Browning entered an entrance ramp and drove directly into the big rig.
KGBT 4 - TV Harlingen, TX: Man awarded $6 million for injuries in accident
Has anyone ever seen someone write 55 like that?
WASHINGTON — Toys and children's necklaces made in China were recalled Wednesday, including five more items from the popular Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line, because they contain dangerous levels of lead.
RC2 Corp.'s "Knights of the Sword" series toys and some of its Thomas and Friends items, along with floor puppet theaters and gardening tools and chairs for children, were among the more than 601,000 toys and children's jewelry announced in the recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
More toys recalled due to lead danger | Latest News | WFAA.com
Thursday, September 27, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY - An attorney accused of robbing a pharmacy jumped head first from his fifth-floor hospital room Thursday, landing on the roof of a nearby two-story building.
Okla. attorney leaps from hospital ledge - Yahoo! News
" There's some guy out there walking around with a camera in the back of his throat apparently. I'm afraid to see what the porn industry will do with this technology."
YesButNoButYes: Throat Cam
This is weird - especially brushing his nappy teeth with a dead spider.
About 425,000 infant play yards distributed by Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. of Chicago have been voluntarily recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received a report of the strangulation death of a 10-month-old boy.
The recalled play yards have raised changing tables with a restraint strap that forms a loop under the changing table, which poses a strangulation hazard, the CPSC announced. There are 12 different models included in the recall. One model, the Contours 3-in-1 Play Yard, poses a possible suffocation risk.
The play yards were made in China and sold at retail stores nationwide from January 2001 through September 2007 for between $50 and $130. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Recalled models are listed below. The mode number can be found on a white sticker located on the feet of the play yard.
Consumers should immediately contact Kolcraft online at www.kolcraft.com or by phone at (888) 655-8484 anytime for a free non-looped changing table replacement strap and a separate, free cradle repair kit.
Meanwhile, consumers should cut off and remove the existing changing table restraint strap and always remove the raised changing table and cradle or bassinet before putting their child in the play yard.
More Here: cbs11tv.com - Play Yards Recalled For Strangulation Hazard
Before you get a speeding ticket, someone has to set a speed limit. That's the government's job and it's required to follow stringent standards when setting speed limits. But News 8 Investigates has learned those standards are not followed on large stretches of the Dallas North Tollway and the Bush Turnpike. Experts say that calls into question the validity of speeding tickets. Someone is clocking your speeds out there and it's not the police. It's an engineer, in this case, a consultant working for the Texas Department of Transportation. He's doing a speed study. It's a test calculating the actual speeds people travel when traffic is light and it's required by state law. And the law says you have to do one before you set a speed limit. Why? "Statistics show that 85 percent of the people drive at a prudent and reasonable speed. If you set a speed limit lower than that, you're actually punishing prudent and reasonable drivers," said Kelly Selman, TxDOT director of transportation. TxDOT controls most of our highways like 35 and 75. How about the North Texas Tollway Authority? The NTTA operates the North Dallas Tollway and the Bush Turnpike. It turns out the agency has rejected some speed study results that show speeds could actually be increased in some places. And News 8 has learned on some stretches of the tollway there are no speed studies at all. From downtown to 635, on the tollway, the speed limit is 55 mph. In the most recent speed study, a consultant concluded traffic naturally flows at around 72 mph, not 55.
Before you get a speeding ticket, someone has to set a speed limit.
That's the government's job and it's required to follow stringent standards when setting speed limits.
But News 8 Investigates has learned those standards are not followed on large stretches of the Dallas North Tollway and the Bush Turnpike.
Experts say that calls into question the validity of speeding tickets.
Someone is clocking your speeds out there and it's not the police.
It's an engineer, in this case, a consultant working for the Texas Department of Transportation.
He's doing a speed study.
It's a test calculating the actual speeds people travel when traffic is light and it's required by state law.
And the law says you have to do one before you set a speed limit. Why?
"Statistics show that 85 percent of the people drive at a prudent and reasonable speed. If you set a speed limit lower than that, you're actually punishing prudent and reasonable drivers," said Kelly Selman, TxDOT director of transportation.
TxDOT controls most of our highways like 35 and 75.
How about the North Texas Tollway Authority?
The NTTA operates the North Dallas Tollway and the Bush Turnpike.
It turns out the agency has rejected some speed study results that show speeds could actually be increased in some places.
And News 8 has learned on some stretches of the tollway there are no speed studies at all.
From downtown to 635, on the tollway, the speed limit is 55 mph.
In the most recent speed study, a consultant concluded traffic naturally flows at around 72 mph, not 55.More Here: Standards on setting speed limits not followed | News 8 Investigates | WFAA.com
The Police Department plans to move its crime lab and evidence room to a new east Fort Worth location that would nearly triple the space available for those operations.
On Aug. 6, the city bought the 40,232-square-foot Stripling & Cox department store building on East Lancaster Avenue, according to county deed records. The building has been vacant since the store closed in early 2005.
The location will give the Police Department much-needed space to expand its crime lab operations and the space needed to properly house evidence and other property, said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a police spokesman. Those operations now occupy about 15,000 square feet at police headquarters on Weatherford Street downtown, he said.Star-Telegram.com | 09/26/2007 | Former Stripling & Cox store will be police crime lab
I went to Dillard's last night - ALONE - which is a miracle. Anyway, I found a dress to wear to my niece's wedding.
Guess what I paid for this? Total, including tax, $26.42 - yes, I'm bragging. They have some awesome, awesome deals.
I got Papa Rooster a Ralph Lauren knit polo and another knit shirt for $22.00. You can't beat these deals. Go, go, go to Dillard's before they sell out of everything. The sale ends Sunday.
"sale" at Dillards.com
Amarc/The Boneyard, Tuscon, Arizona
Home to over 4000 aircraft, amarc (aerospace maintenance and regeneration center) is managed by the us airforce material command who claim to carry out ‘a continual process of anti-corrosion and re-preservation work’ in order to stop the unused aircraft damaging the surrounding environment. Whether that’s the case or not, I don’t know.
Either way, it’s an immense amount of aircraft in such a relatively small area."
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Jane and Arlene are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain. Jane pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts i t over her cigarette, and continues smoking.
Arlene: What in the hell is that?
Jane: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.
Arlene: Where did you get it?
Jane: You can get them at any drugstore.
The next day, Arlene hobbles herself into the local drugstore and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.
The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what brand of condom she prefers.
"Doesn't matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel."
The pharmacist fainted.
A new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day 5, 10, 15 minutes late, but he was a good worker, real sharp, so the boss was in a quandary about how to deal with it.
Finally, one day he called him into the office for a talk.
"Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang up job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome."
"Yes, I know Boss, and I am working on it."
"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear. It's odd though, your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Air Force. What did they say if you came in late there?"
"They said, 'Good morning, General.'"
I went to Sam's last night to fill up with gas and to get some of those deli roll sandwich things. What a combo. Anyway, I cannot go to Sam's without spending at least $50 or more. Last night I spent $118, but I got Maddie an adorable outfit, an Osh-Kosh windbreaker, the sandwich roll things, that bacon that's already cooked (you just microwave it for a minute or whatever), a case of Miller Chill, Burberry for Men cologne, and this adorable ride-able elephant. He cost $24.66 or something like that.
I'm talking about the elephant on the right, the one with the gorilla on his back, not the fat cat who seems to be in every single picture I take. Daddy Rooster sometimes surprises Shorty Rooster by lining up her stuffed animals or doing stuff like this - putting the gorilla on Floppy's back. If you notice in the background, the Cabbage Patch doll is riding the white tiger who's sitting on the couch. (Please don't notice the avocado green carpet that I swear is older than me or the 1970 cabinet stereo to the left or the vacuum or the 13-year-old couch - yes, I admit, it's hard for me to part with things.)
Anyway, Sam's had this elephant, a lion, a giraffe, and tigers that were all ride-able. The weight limit says 140 pounds - damnit! I missed it by about 200 or so!!
Hint for Sam's shopping: Any prices you see that end in 1 (a penny - i.e., 4.81, 19.51, et cetera) that's Sam's lowest price ever and it won't go any lower than that and whatever the item is, you're getting it at one hell of a price, so buy it!
September 25, 2007
Could real-time transcripts be far behind?
Tired of not knowing whether to believe those second- and third-hand accounts of courtroom gaffes? Don't worry, now lawyers can turn to old reliable PACER (the Public Access to Court Electronic Records database, for those still practicing law with fountain pen in hand) to get a transcript of proceedings. On Sept. 18, the Judicial Conference of the United States voted to make transcripts of federal district and bankruptcy court proceedings available online through PACER. Not surprisingly, there will be a time lag. Only after three months, or 90 days from when the court reporter delivers the transcripts to the clerk, will the documents will be available online. But for the right courthouse fireworks, such an accurate recounting will be worth the wait.
-- Miriam Rozen
After posting this this morning, I've been thinking about it a lot. This cannot be good for court reporters. PACER charges you 8 cents a page to look at documents in their system. Anybody and everybody can get an account with PACER. That means anybody and everybody will be able to view transcripts online and print them out for a mere 8 cents page and the court reporter will collect nothing. This is just not right. What can we do to change this? Send your ideas or comments to me, please.
We were at Harbor Freight about a month ago, and I found this black tool box drawer liner that you're supposed to lay in the drawer of one of those fancy, smancy tool boxes to keep your screwdrivers and wrenches and stuff from sliding around.
I got the bright idea to buy a piece of it for $2.99, or something like that, and I cut a piece of it off and laid it on the dash of my car. I cut a piece for my armrest too. This thing works great. My cell phone never moves, even when I make a turn on two wheels! It's also a good spot for Shorty Rooster's pa-pa (pacifier) or anything else you can think of. I cut a piece of it out for Papa Rooster's truck and it works great for him too. Plus I have quite a bit left over. You could even cut a design like a heart or a star or cut out a hand with the middle finger extended - the possibilities are endless!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The Etui' Box is based on the Chinese concept of a "box within a box" This Etui' is a small self-contained sewing/ needlework box.
This Etui' Box is HandCrafted, each of the 23 pieces used to make this box are hand cut to make this unique. When the box is closed is measures 4 1/2" x 4". Take the lid off to reveal 8 inner sides to hold your sewing/needlework supplies. Both useful and decorative when you remove the lid, the sides fall to display the contents. Padded sides for your needles are large enough to store your needlework scissors. With a small little pincushion in the middle.
This Etui' Box is HandCrafted, each of the 23 pieces used to make this box are hand cut to make this unique. When the box is closed is measures 4 1/2" x 4". Take the lid off to reveal 8 inner sides to hold your manicure implement supplies. Both useful and decorative when you remove the lid, the sides fall to display the contents. The center can be used for Q-tips or will hold small nail polish.
This Etui' Box is HandCrafted, each of the 23 pieces used to make this box are hand cut to make this unique. When the box is closed is measures 4 1/2" x 4". Take the lid off to reveal 8 inner sides to hold your fist aid supplies. Both useful and decorative when you remove the lid, the sides fall to display the contents.
These are all hand made and they are only $16.50 each.
Etsy :: Sparetime Crafts
THE OLD MAN WAS GROCERY SHOPPING WITH HIS GRANDSON, A TODDLER, WHO WAS CRYING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS. AS THE OLD GENTLEMAN WALKED UP AND DOWN THE AISLES, PEOPLE COULD HEAR HIM SOFTLY SAYING, "WE ARE ALMOST DONE, ALBERT, TRY NOT TO CRY, ALBERT. LIFE WILL GET BETTER, ALBERT."
AS HE APPROACHED THE CHECKOUT STAND, HE CAREFULLY BRUSHED TEARS FROM THE TODDLER'S EYES AND SAID AGAIN, "TRY NOT TO CRY, ALBERT, WE WILL BE HOME SOON, ALBERT."
AS HE WAS PAYING, THE TODDLER CONTINUED TO CARRY ON AND A YOUNG WOMAN IN LINE SAID, "IT'S WONDERFUL HOW SWEET YOU ARE TO POOR LITTLE ALBERT."
THE OLD GENTLEMAN BLINKED HIS EYES A COUPLE OF TIMES AND SAID, "MY GRANDSON'S NAME IS JOHN. I AM ALBERT."
(I was repeating "try not to cry, Shelley" at Walmart just a few minutes ago.)
Wow! I am amazed at the number emails I've been receiving. There are some beautiful single girls here in the Fort Worth area and y'all are very witty - I love that. Please keep 'em coming!!
Shelley's Snippets: Would Someone Please Date My Brother
I have to say I was a little skeptic when I ordered Shorty Rooster a "special occasion" dress and an outfit from this place because, frankly, their website is not the greatest. I ordered this dress off their website for $24.95.
Here's how it's pictured on their website:
This picture does not do this dress justice.
I also ordered an outfit for $2.88 - pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The brand is Simply Basic which I think is like K-Mart or Wal-Mart or something, but for $2.88, it's more than worth it.
I received a phone call from Magic Kids USA the day after I made my order. It seems I forgot to put the size I wanted to order in the outfit.
So for cheap, good-quality clothes, and great customer service and fast shipping, visit Magic Kids USA.
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Girls Fall Fashion at Sophias Style Baby Girl's Clothing Store
I ordered Maddie's First Birthday dress from these people last year, and it was absolutely gorgeous - quality, quality, quality. I paid something like $30 for it too and it was well worth it.
Undocumented Workers, Illegal Immigrants Now Eligible For ID(CBS) NEW YORK People were celebrating outside the governor's office Friday as Eliot Spitzer handed a landmark victory to a half-million illegal immigrants.
The state will no longer require proof of citizenship for driver's licenses.
cbs11tv.com - New York To Issue Driver's Licenses To All
What in the wide, wide world of sports is a'goin' on here? Next up - Toddlers To Drive Barbie Jeeps On Freeway - no ID required.
Did you know that in Texas if you get into a wreck with an unlicensed illegal alien and it was their fault, you cannot bring up the fact that they did not have a driver's license and are in this country illegally when you sue them in court. Why? Because it violates their civil rights. What the hell is wrong with people?
Also, if the wreck is the other way around and the wreck is your fault, meaning you hit the unlicensed illegal alien, and you are sued by them (how is it possible that they can sue you when they're not even in this country legally - I have no idea, but it happens every day), then you also cannot bring up the fact that they do not have a driver's license and they are in this country illegally.
My advice - get a green card or go home - no ifs ands or buts - period, dot, end of story. Our ancestors did it, why can't you?
The Turner lock form Safety by Design ($45) allows you to secure the dead bolt from the outside by twisting the collar, so you don't have to fumble for your keys. You do need a key to get back in.
Scared you'll lock yourself out, try one of these:
Designed like a lockbox, the GE KeySafe Original Slimline ($36) attaches to the side of your house (or any flat surface) and opens only with a code.
Unscrew the top of the Sprinkler Key Hider ($7) and put your key inside. Then plant the phony sprinkler in your garden or on your lawn - it'll look like the real thing.
If you have plantar fasciitis - inflammation in the band of tissue connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes - a simple exercise can relieve your pain. Sit with your legs crossed so that the ankle of your injured foot rests on the opposite knee. With your hand, stretch the arch of the foot by pulling your toes (all five at once) back toward your knee, using your other hand to make sure that the arch is stretched tight. Hold 10 seconds, then release, repeat 5 to 10 times. Do the exercise at least three times a day. In a study, 75% of patients who tried the exercise for a few months needed no other treatment.
Steel nails were so valuable at one time that when a house burned down, people would scavenge the site and reclaim the nails. Since door nails were bent over after being driven through the door, they could not be used; hence, they were dead.
These are helpful hints taken out of my "Genuine Hillbilly Calendar" we purchased at the Lum & Abner Jot'Em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas.
1. Kissin a mule will cure a cold.
2. To cure chapped lips - kiss the middle bar of a five-rail fence.
3. The one who goes to sleep first after you git married will probably die first.
4. Shootin' a barn swallow is always bad luck.
5. It's bad luck to bring a hoe into the house. (In more ways than one.)
6. Put grease from a church bell in your ears and you'll hear better.
7. It's good luck for a bride to cook her own wedding dinner.
8. Don't never start a job on a Saturday that can't be finished before dark.
9. If you shoot one water moccison - you'll see plenty more before you can git home.
10. Wild cherry bark will make yore hair grow back.
11. To sleep better - put your shoes under the bed with the toes pointed to the nearest wall.
12. Always make cider in clear weather with a west wind.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter. 10 men and 1 woman.
The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that 1 had to leave, because otherwise they were all going to fall.
They weren't able to choose that person until the woman gave a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.
As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping....
Ooooh, I just noticed there’s some great stuff over in the clearance section over at Red Envelope. Peasants like me can’t afford to shop there at regular price, of course, but the sales often yield some very nice deals.
Coupon code for 15% off here: Want Not » Clearance is one of my favorite words
Ashley Force Named Hottest Athlete - Her Father, John Force, Named Luckiest Athlete To Be Alive After Wreck In Ennis
She almost lost her father yesterday down in Ennis, Texas. John Force is Big Rooster's Idol.
"Ashley Force, who cheered loudly after advancing to the semifinals, withdrew from the competition to go with her mother, Laurie, to the hospital. For the Force family, Sunday was another tough day in a season full of them."
Link to hottie Force: Ashley Force named hottest athlete | Attuworld
Link to story about her father: The Associated Press: John Force Seriously Hurt at NHRA Event