July 29, 2008


I am in the midst of a minor dilemma... A condo, up in the Ocean View area of Norfolk, has become available and would actually be less costly for me (sharing with a housemate) than where I am now... I went to look at it yesterday and really liked the area and the unit itself. There is a wonderful view of the ocean out the bedroom windows and it is about a block away from the Ocean View Pier...

Decisions, decisions...

Over and "Out" from Chesapeake, VA

July 24, 2008

The Fall Floorset

Work has been non-stop... We are nearing the end of the Semi-Annual Clearance event we have to clear out old and discontinued merchandise. With that said, we also start receiving the new product for the Fall... We also receive direction from our corporate office as to how the "flow" of the store should look for the Fall. We had to move about half of the furniture in our store to comply with the new directives... But... It's almost all done... Thank goodness! We have some painting to do to the walls in our American Signature Gallery area, but that should not be a major obstacle to obtain our August 1 completion timeline... As the Operations Manager, things like painting fall into my "bucket"... It will get done, come Hell or high water!
The rest of my life right now is kind of interesting... I have met a really cool guy that I like to spend time with. Not sure exactly how it will play out, and quite frankly, I am comfortable where I/we... am/are... right now. No pressure, but at the same time exclusive to each other... One mistake I will NEVER make again is to allow anything even closely resembling and "open" relationship to happen... It's either My Way... or the Highway!
Don't know what the rest of my friends are watching on TV these days, but I am hooked on "The Deadliest Catch" on the Discovery Channel... That and "Army Wives" are the only two shows that are on my "must see" list right now... The rest is just "filler" and my version of a good sleeping pill...
I did get a call from my daughter this week... She needed information on her dental plan so that she could arrange to have her wisdom teeth pulled... I remember having mine done, it wasn't fun.
Otherwise, the happenings in VA have been quite tame...
Over and "Out" for now, from Chesapeake

July 18, 2008

Does He Love You?

I was channel surfing yesterday and happened upon a CMT tribute to Reba McIntire. This woman has always awed me. "Entertainer of the Year" on numerous occasions, for numerous award shows. A Broadway stint, and an inspiring TV show...

I have always liked this song when she performed it... But to hear and watch Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson re-enact the feeling that was present in the original release, I was more than impressed...

Take a look and listen:

I think I have seen every episode of the TV series at least 7 or 8 times... It was always inspiring to see a blended family like the "Harts" handle the most bizarre situations in a most gentile way and still remain friends...

Over and "Out" from a warm and balmy Chesapeake, VA

July 17, 2008

Thursday Updated Post (see below)

Make sure you watch this to the end, for a special guest appearance!

Time for Some Campaignin'

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July 15, 2008

Just Wrong...

Why on earth would the New Yorker magazine put something like this on their cover?

I just don't get it...

Over and "Out" from Chesapeake, VA

July 7, 2008

Do you really know JACK?

For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt?
We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, 'You don't know Jack Schitt!'
Well, thanks to my friend Wayne's generous genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an intellectual way.
Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc. They had one son, Jack.
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt. The deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt..
Against her parents' objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout.
After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt Sherlock.
Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a son with a rather nervous disposition named Chicken Schitt.
Two of the other six children, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The wedding announcement in the newspaper proclaimed the Schitt-Happens nuptials.
The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.
Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He recently returned from Italy with his new Italian bride, Pisa Schitt.
Now when someone says, 'You don't know Jack Schitt,' you can correct them.
Crock O. Schitt
Thanks Wayne... Over and "Out" from Chesapeake VA

July 6, 2008

Don't Hate us for Who We Are...

I found this today over at LGBT Rainbow Links and thought it definitely summed up and expressed my feelings. I know it's late for a Pride Post, but it's never to late to learn...

Over and "Out" from Chesapeake, VA

July 5, 2008

Gay? or just another Homosexual (Part 2)

The American Family Association obviously didn't foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word "gay" with "homosexual" on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow.
The group's automated system for changing the forbidden word wound up publishing a story about a world-class sprinter named "Tyson Homosexual" who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics.
The problem: Tyson's real last name is Gay. Therefore, OneNewsNow's reliable software changed the Associated Press story about Tyson Gay's amazing Olympic qualifying trial to read this way:
Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has. His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday doesn't count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here's what does matter: Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he's certainly someone to watch in Beijing.
"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Homosexual said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."
You might think it's a joke, until you read the original AP story, which reads this way:
Tyson Gay was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than> anyone ever has. His time of 9.68 seconds at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday doesn't count as a world record, because it was run with the help of a too-strong tailwind. Here's what does matter: Gay qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he's certainly someone to watch in Beijing.
"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Gay said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."
Contacted by the Sleuth for comment on the software mishap, American Family Association spokeswoman Cindy Roberts in Tupelo, Miss., told us, "I think it was just a fluke."
Fred Jackson, news director of OneNewsNow, tells the Sleuth his organization has now fixed the software glitch. "We took the filter out for that word," he said, without uttering the "G" word.
"We don't object to the word 'gay,'" Jackson explained, except "when it refers to people who practice a homosexual lifestyle." And the "G" word, he says, has "been co-opted by a particular group of people." (People who are g-a-y.)
The OneNewsNow story about Gay, which was spotted by blogger Ed Brayton at scienceblogs. com, as well as by gay blogs, including PageOneQ, even included these nice details about Mr. Homosexual's qualifying sprint:
Wearing a royal blue uniform with red and white diagonal stripes across the front, along with matching shoes, all in a tribute to 1936 Olympic star Jesse Owens, Homosexual dominated the competition. He started well and pulled out to a comfortable lead by the 40-meter mark. This time, he kept pumping those legs all the way through the finish line, extending his lead. In Saturday's opening heat, Homosexual pulled way up, way too soon, and nearly was caught by the field, before accelerating again and lunging in for fourth place.
But as Brayton at scienceblogs discovered, OneNewsNow's filter didn't work perfectly; the "G" word did slip through, just once:
Gay's race came with the wind blowing at 4.1 meters per second; anything above 2.0 is not allowed for record purposes.
"I didn't really care what the wind was," Homosexual said.
The gay site, which has long chronicled the AFA's practice of changing AP copy to suit its conservative agenda, looks like it was first to spot the Gay gaffe.
The blog Agitator also found this gem of a story on the AFA's OneNewsNow site, from a June 27 story article about NBA player Rudy Gay:
Memphis Grizzlies backers hit the hay hoping that Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Homosexual in the front court.
Incidentally, Jackson, the OneNewsNow news manager, tells us his organization doesn't mind using the "L" word to refer to women who are homosexual. Asked how he would refer to Vice President Dick Cheney's gay daughter, Mary Cheney, Jackson said, "We would probably refer to her as a lesbian. Or homosexual."
By Mary Ann Akers July 1, 2008; 12:18 PM ET
Over and "Out" from warm and sunny Chesapeake VA

July 4, 2008

Happy 232nd Bithday!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday!
Over and "Out" from Chesapeake, VA