July 26, 2009

Follow up on Lily Allen...

Ok, I know I have promised pictures and stories from the trip. I am so hooked on this song and the video (yes, my choice was the second too). At first, it was the melody, then the people in the video touched me, and then I actually listened and paid attention to the words. I hum alot, and these words could get me into trouble at work, but it will be nice to just hum the melody (knowing all the time, the words and directing the humming at the appropriate people)...

Anyway, here is another version of the song with the lyrics...

Enjoy from my little world in Portsmouth, VA

July 23, 2009

F**K You...

Great video and a very catchy melody too... Which do you like better? Thanks to Jim over at Jim's Stuff for the introduction to Lily Allen.

Over and "Out" from Portsmouth VA

July 21, 2009

We're Baaaack....

Had a great trip... Going to post some pictures as soon as I get them reduced and sorted. We ended up with one bag more (coming home) than we originally left with, but it's all good, one can never have too many t-shirts... (My favorite is "I'm so Gay I Shit Rainbows").

The photo above is just a follow up to my last entry, that actually shows Michael, his son, and I at the "Southernmost Point"...

I am off tomorrow and will try to gather up some photos.

Over and most definately "Out" from Portsmouth, VA

July 14, 2009


Why is it when I moved from Florida to Virginia in 1999, I moved 1,000 miles north to be in the capital of the south?

Now here I am in Key west, 1,200 miles away from home at the Southernmost Point....

Just a thought...

Over and "Out" from Key West, FL

July 11, 2009

And.... Away We Go!

I'm sure not all remember the Jackie Gleason Show... That was one of his lines from his variety show, taped in Miami Beach. Another line: "The Miami Beach audiences are the best in the world"...

Off to Melbourne, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Key West!

I will make sure Michael takes pictures.

Over and "Out" from Portsmouth VA

July 8, 2009

Milk... and other tidbits

Okay, I am a bad boy... I missed the opening, complete theatrical run, and closing of "Milk" when it was playing on the big screen...

Michael and I rented it on Monday evening and it was AWESOME. While I still have to "splain" things to Michael sometimes, I think he got the "gist" of what the story being told in this movie, and what the man were all about (I am still answering some of his questions two days later).

As for the 4th happenings in our neck of the woods... We both worked the entire weekend of the 4th. Michael donated his time to volunteer for a Susan G. Komen "for the cure" fundraiser my store had set up, and I dealt with my "intelligence challenged" staff... We did close early on Saturday, so we were going to take the ferry over to Norfolk to watch the fireworks and see all the "tall ships" (in town for the annual "Harborfest" event). We tried to find parking near one of the two ferry stops in downtown Portsmouth to no avail, so decided to find somewhere else to go to have dinner and watch the festivities. We found a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant-bar-marina, right on the river, about 1/2 mile from our house and settled in for some merriment.

Yesterday we were both off. Since we leave this weekend for Florida, there were many little things that needed to be done around here, from laundry to hedge trimming, and errands we got it all done and were both exhausted by the end of the day.

It's back to work for three more days then vacation mode kicks in! I can hardly wait...

Over and "Out" for today, from Portsmouth VA

July 3, 2009

Getting Some Head?

I know, what a tricky intro line... I just thought maybe this weekend we should be focusing more on things like this, rather than Michael Jackson tidbits.

This weekend, the Statue of Liberty, closed above its base since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will reopen to visitors — a relative few, in small groups, specially ticketed, carefully screened and escorted by a park ranger.

If you can't get to New York to see the view for yourself, explore Lady Liberty using USA TODAY's panoramic view.

Fun Facts About The Statue of Liberty

If you have ever visited the Statue of Liberty in person, you already know she's an imposing figure, but consider the following fun facts:

Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886

Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches

Height of the Statue from her heel to the top of her head is 111 feet, 6 inches

The face on the Statue of Liberty measures more than 8 feet tall

There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty

A tablet* held in her left hand measures 23' 7" tall and 13' 7" wide inscribed with the date JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776)

The Statue has a 35-foot waistline

There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds

Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds)

At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny

During the restoration completed in 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold

The exterior copper covering of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 of an inch thick (less than the thickness of two pennies) and the light green color (called a patina) is the result of natural weathering of the copper

*I understand the "tablet" is in fact a "keystone" but what do I know?

Lesson is over, enjoy your 4th! Over and "Out" from mine, here in Portsmouth, VA

July 2, 2009

Tobacco Where? Tobacco What?

One of the reasons I click on Tobacco Avenue (a whimsical Richmond blog) every day:

Informal Survey Finds No Local Celebrities Dead In Past Two Weeks

A quick check of the Richmond-area celebrity population has found that none have died during the past two weeks after the recent outbreak of high-profile celebrity passings, according to an informal survey by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The study – in which researchers browsed through obituaries, attended concerts to make sure local musicians were still breathing, and watched TV news to make sure all reporters and anchors remained cognizant of their surroundings – concluded that no local well-known personalities had been found dead in the past week either by natural causes or foul play.

“When you look at what a horrible two weeks it has been in Hollywood, with Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett and so on, you just have to be thankful that Richmond really came out on top in this one,” said Patricia Sherman, a sociology professor and lead author of the study. “Our city still has all of its talented local musicians, reporters, actors, and even bloggers, if you consider bloggers celebrities.”

“Which I do not,” she added.

Since no celebrities have died, Sherman said, she ruled out several causes of death, including murder, falling headfirst into an active volcano after a skydiving accident gone awry, being torn apart limb-by-limb by a gaggle of geese, or attending a Jonas Brothers concert.

The above was used totally WITHOUT permission from the Tobacco Avenue website.

Over, and most definitely "Out" there... from Portsmouth, VA

Popular Fireworks Banner

I feel a little stupid... Yet again...

I decided to change up my banner for the upcoming holiday. First I "googled" fireworks pictures, found one I liked, added in the shadowed lettering (choosing just the right colors), saved it, and finally posted it to my blog layout. I actually think it turned out ok for the time I spent on it.

Then came the slap!

I started reading through my favorites to catch up on my blogging friends, got to Maddog's site, saw HIS new banner and had one of those "Oh My GAY GOD" moments... It's like going out on a date and having the guy you are meeting wear the same clothes (or color scheme of clothes) you are...

I'm not changing! and to quote a friend of mine "Your hair sure looks nice Maddog"...

Over and "Out" from Portsmouth, VA