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musician/singer, writer, jock, tomboy, bookworm, Green Party liberal, pro-gay marriage, cardshark, and so much more.

My Companies

I've written letters to the following companies.
é   Conair Corporation
é   Petco
é   QVC, Inc.
é   Bernatello's Pizza
é   iontelevision
é   MJSI
é   Pepitos
é   Arby's Inc.
é   Unilever United States Inc
é   Cook's Illustrated

My Shared Letters

é   Flawed curling iron design (Posted 2/21/13)
é   Why did you stop selling real-fur toy mice? (Posted 1/16/13)
é   Who needs cable TV when they have QVC??? (Posted 1/4/13)
é   What happened to what used to be my favorite frozen pizza? (Posted 10/6/12)
é   Ion Television is like an Ostrich, only with its head up an ass not in the ground (Posted 3/25/12)
é   Inadequate package labeling increases sales AND FRUSTRATION (Posted 10/27/11)
é   Refried Beans should be, well, REFRIED BEANS (Posted 5/3/11)
é   Finally! A New Jingle! (Posted 4/21/11)
é   Suave's Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner have converted an Aveda fan (Posted 4/2/11)
é   Cook's Illustrated Goes Over the Top in Selling Out its Subscribers (Posted 1/4/11)

My Comments

é   Re: Prescription Refills (Posted 1/11/14)
é   Re: Missing Package (Posted 1/8/14)
é   Re: Unable to use Advantage Mileage Tickets (Posted 1/4/14)
é   I agree (Posted 1/3/14)
é   Re: Complaint (Posted 1/1/14)
é   Re: Sony Play Station 4 (Posted 12/31/13)
é   Re: lack of quality re cheryy pie filling product (Posted 12/30/13)
é   Re: fraud (Posted 12/28/13)
é   Re: Terrible product and NO customer service (Posted 12/23/13)
é   Re: Thanks for Nothing (Posted 12/23/13)
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My Special Interests

My Blogger

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed October 9, 2013 @ 2:50 AM

I am 45, physically active, healthy, nonsmoker.... And I now have lung
cancer that has spread to my liver. I went to the minute clinic at target
last Wednesday and now I'm in the hospital on oxygen.

In a few hours, I get to hear the official word from the official guy (I've
had so many in just six days), with my boyfriend of fouryears, best friend
of 14 years... And my poor mom. My dad died of lung cancer several years
ago (he smoked for 45 years).

Just sharing the news.



by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 24, 2013 @ 2:51 PM

woooooo hooooo!!!!!!!


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed July 27, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

Why did it get pulled? That's the kind of stuff this site used to thrive
on! Marnie and her ilk were annoying but easy prey, but thanks to the TOS,
they were the only ones (that I saw) calling names and breaking the TOS.

I was on Dana's side all the way.


OP asked to have it pulled by RedheadwGlasses Wed July 27, 2011 @ 1:04 PM

Just saying... by Dana G. Wed July 27, 2011 @ 7:03 PM

I think most people were.. by Harleycat Wed July 27, 2011 @ 1:29 PM

I'm here!! by Dana G. Wed July 27, 2011 @ 3:23 PM

I didn't catch most of what went on last night.. by Harleycat Wed July 27, 2011 @ 5:28 PM

Went ahead and reposted it by Dana G. Wed July 27, 2011 @ 3:38 PM

email greg@planetfeedback.com by RedheadwGlasses Wed July 27, 2011 @ 7:57 PM

Yes I am pretty sure that's the case by Dana G. Wed July 27, 2011 @ 8:56 PM

I'm sorry to say by Dana G. Thu July 28, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

I'm sorry as well.. by Harleycat Thu July 28, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

Update by Dana G. Thu July 28, 2011 @ 1:22 PM

I wonder by LadyMac Thu July 28, 2011 @ 12:55 PM

Seriously pathetic... by Dana G. Thu July 28, 2011 @ 1:23 PM

That's ridiculous by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 28, 2011 @ 1:14 PM

Agree with this 100% by Dana G. Thu July 28, 2011 @ 1:24 PM

My3cents.com by rxgirl Sat July 30, 2011 @ 11:43 AM

Thanks! by Dana G. Mon August 1, 2011 @ 2:43 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue July 19, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

What is wrong with a few of the new letters/letter writers today/this week?
Can you freakin' write in ENGLISH? Are you mentally deficient? One
letter was so difficult to understand it was ridiculous.

How do these people get through their daily lives? They remind me of my
redneck paternal relatives. "I ain't got none." "I seen that movie."



It's all I can do.. by Harleycat Wed July 20, 2011 @ 6:15 PM

It by The Illustrious JJ Fiskins Thu July 21, 2011 @ 8:15 PM

I love by MA Cunningham Fri July 22, 2011 @ 12:31 PM

Hey! by Jenny G. Mon October 17, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat June 6, 2009 @ 6:31 PM

So the Qwest letter writer learned that her lousy attitude with commenters
didn't win her any "Person of the Year" awards, so she got a letter posted
with no commenting allowed?

I suppose she wishes she could do this in her everyday regular life.

I would suppose she needs to.


I suppose you're right by Venice Sat June 6, 2009 @ 7:14 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 8, 2009 @ 1:14 PM

As wildfires rage closer to the outskirts of Santa Barbara, I've heard
"exclusive" several times. I have relatives who've lived in Santa Barbara
for over 40 years. They moved there before it was "exclusive" -- I believe
they paid something like $30K for their large home back then. My mom's
sister, Jeanne, and her husband Bob, raised their two awesome kids, Jeff
and Laurie there.

Laurie lives there still, married with two wonderful daughters. Her
husband is a firefighter in Santa Barbara and the wildfires provide a
much-needed income boost, but at the great cost of homes and occasionally
human lives.

Santa Barbara now is so expensive, Laurie and her husband Dean can't afford
to live in the city in which they work (she's a teacher). The people who
keep the city afloat (landscapers, housekeepers, restaurant workers, hotel
employees) can't afford to live there.

Eight years ago, my last stay in Santa Barbara, a shot of vodka on the
rocks cost me over $11! The bartender was from Minnesota like me, and told
me that he can't afford to drink in Santa Barbara!

So, yeah, I guess it's "exclusive." But there's also a mobile home/trailer
park in the direct line of the wildfires... and that is where many of the
lower wage workers live.

I'm not a pray-er, but I'm a thinker. Whichever one you are, please take a
moment to keep them in your prayers or in your thoughts.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue May 5, 2009 @ 12:50 PM


The story is:

Effective May 15, Target's return policy improves slightly. Customers still
have 90 days from the date of purchase for returns or exchanges with a
receipt. That's not changing. What Target is "relaxing" is the policy for
returns without a receipt.

Previously, customers could make two returns per year for store credit as
long as each item was under $35. Items costing more than $35 were not
returnable without a receipt. (Target customers can also request a receipt
"look-up" in customer service. If the item was paid for with a credit or
debit card, check or gift card and the buyer can provide the checking
account number, credit, debit or gift card, it qualifies as a return with a

The new return policy without a receipt changes the maximum value from $35
per item to $70. Customers are no longer limited to two transactions
without a receipt per 12-month period. The customer can return any number
of items without a receipt, up to $70 in total value. For example, a
shopper could reach the limit by returning one item without a receipt for
$70. Another could return 10 items for $7 each to max out.

Once Target customers reach the $70 limit, they may still exchange new and
unused clothing with tags attached for different sizes, colors or like
items. Food items may also be returned at the historical low price.

The change in policy is in response to customer surveys, said David
Fransen, a Target spokesman.


That's not much by ♫Venice♫ Tue May 5, 2009 @ 6:39 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat April 25, 2009 @ 2:20 PM

Saying "the regulars" doesn't make any sense. We have different opinions
and disagree on letters. It's a ridiculous generalization that just
doesn't make any sense.

It makes as much sense as saying "Americans" or "black people" or
"women"--it's a generalization that just doesn't hold water. We "regulars"
don't have same opinions, attitudes, and responses just because we post at
the site regularly.


But we're a clique.. remember? by ♫Venice♫ Sat April 25, 2009 @ 4:26 PM

Glad you finally admit it by Clete Sat April 25, 2009 @ 8:00 PM

Are you in the habit of stalking women on the internet, Wayne? by ♫Venice♫ Sat April 25, 2009 @ 9:40 PM

LOL by LadyMac Sun April 26, 2009 @ 8:27 AM

You're already in! by ♫Venice♫ Sun April 26, 2009 @ 3:13 PM

Can I Join? by Harley Has A New Cat Mon April 27, 2009 @ 9:51 AM

Well, if someone posts regularly then they are a "regular." by BellaSera Mon April 27, 2009 @ 1:06 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 21, 2009 @ 1:09 PM

From today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune's consumer section.



I find the prices to be very similar by ♫Venice♫ Sat April 25, 2009 @ 9:45 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri April 3, 2009 @ 10:35 PM

Oh, happy day! My home state, moderately conservative farm country Iowa,
legalized gay marriage today! I read much of the Supreme Court's written
arguments in support of their UNANIMOUS decision, along with a legal
analysis and apparently it's iron-clad, bullet-proof, UNTOUCHABLE!

The court ruled that it failed to see how the relationship of a same-sex
couple had any effect on an opposite-sex couple. That if "tradition" means
"discrimination," then it's an argument that would have held water in
equality issues based on race and gender.

This ruling is effective TODAY.

Thank you, Iowa, for becoming the third state in the union to recognize
same-sex unions and to give their FAMILIES legal standing, the same as
every other family.


That's awsome by Vampirefreak Sat April 4, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

Go Iowa! by Miss you daddy Mon April 6, 2009 @ 9:40 PM

I was pleasantly suprised to see this. I had that image of your peeps by Steve-OH Tue April 14, 2009 @ 2:03 AM

Do you think by LadyMac Fri April 24, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

It will be difficult to legislatively nullify the court ruling by RedheadwGlasses Sat April 25, 2009 @ 2:22 PM

Good for Minnesota. by BellaSera Mon April 27, 2009 @ 1:51 PM

Gay marriage by grammy lo Wed January 5, 2011 @ 7:06 PM

gay marriage=devil worshipers by braircrest.cheerleader Wed July 20, 2011 @ 6:25 PM

Youth - and in some cases oxygen - is wasted on the young. by Steve OH (IO) Thu July 21, 2011 @ 1:23 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue March 17, 2009 @ 7:43 PM

I have a few pet peeves about this site.

One is when we have a letter that's a smoker complaining about something
cigarette-related (like we have right now), at least one person will take
the opportunity to comment negatively on smoking as a vice. (Not picking
on sarahsmile, who I like, who commented negatively on the current
letter--it's a predictable thing.) Of course smoking is stupid and bad and
blah blah blah. But I know lots of smokers and they're great people. I
mean, I have never smoked a cig in my life (I do, on rare occasion, like a
really good cigar), but we all have our vices and we all know how annoying
it is, and how irrational and judgmental it sounds in our ears, when
someone is criticizing a vice that *we* happen to practice.

Other pet peeves:

*I read a letter, I respond negatively toward the letter writer. Then I
read all the other responses, and I think, "If I'd read these, I don't
think I would have bothered adding to the pile." D'oh!

*I respond more harshly to an OP than I would if I'd known it was someone
at this site. Like in Casmly's current letter (about the kid shopping cart
at Babies R Us, I think). I like Casmly! She disagrees with the majority
a little more often than most regulars, and I like that -- she stands up
for herself and others, but she's respectful about it. I just like her.
So I felt bad when I realized I was a bit curt and flippant in my response
to her. The anonymity makes it so easy to drop the "do unto others" habit.
I need to work on this.

*Any letters or comments that have anything to do with homosexuality.
Because I will be compelled to respond, and because I often have trouble
keeping my cool with people who don't "agree with" how gay people live
their lives. So I'd rather the issue/topic just not even get introduced
here. It makes for cranky lunch hour for me. ;)

What are your pet peeves? Please keep the comments to things about
letters, letter writers, or responders! This isn't about picking on
management! Thank you! :)


I can't pick on management? by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 5:53 AM

So what you're saying by Clete Thu March 19, 2009 @ 2:58 PM

Yep, that's what I'm saying... good grief by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

Your words by Clete Thu March 19, 2009 @ 6:05 PM

Didn't know you wore lipstick, Wayne by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 6:58 PM

The only lipstick I wear by Clete Thu March 19, 2009 @ 7:32 PM

Please give Mrs.Clete my condolences by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 7:40 PM

Irene by Clete Thu March 19, 2009 @ 9:15 PM

One?!!!!! by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 9:53 PM

Only takes one letter to show your true colors by Clete Fri March 20, 2009 @ 1:14 PM

You just succeeded in proving that you never even read Irene's letter or the comments by ♫Venice♫ Fri March 20, 2009 @ 2:23 PM

Pet Peeves by Just Brenda Thu March 19, 2009 @ 1:00 PM

Ha! I love it! by RedheadwGlasses Thu March 19, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

Add older women to the list of nursing mothers and large people by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 19, 2009 @ 7:14 PM

Mine: by BellaSera Fri March 20, 2009 @ 10:59 AM

No One Told Me! by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Tue March 24, 2009 @ 9:22 AM

"No one told me I had to have my receipt to make a return." by BellaSera Wed March 25, 2009 @ 1:58 PM

I blame myself as well by RedheadwGlasses Fri April 3, 2009 @ 12:53 PM

You'd don't need to install anything by ♫Venice♫ Fri April 3, 2009 @ 5:44 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu February 5, 2009 @ 9:22 PM

I turned 41 today. I made much less of a fuss this year than every
previous year. My mom grew up without birthdays (crazy gramma) so she
overcompensated (yay!) and as a result, my birthday lasts a week!

Had beer and food with Hal (my exbf) tonight -- it was good to see him.

Tomorrow night I have drinks after work with girlfriends. My goal is to be
home and in PJs by 8! Seriously! I have to get to bed early.

Saturday a.m.: Haircut. Noon: "He's Just Not That Into You" with the
girls. After that: Coraline with a guy I've been seeing and then a

Sunday night: A date with a new guy!

I love my birthday weeks. :)


Happy Birthday by LadyMac Sat February 7, 2009 @ 7:54 PM

We have the same birthday! Happy belated. by Steve-OH Mon February 9, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

No way! That's very cool. by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 9, 2009 @ 1:27 PM

I *think* I had a great birthday. I am just waiting for the replay assistant by Steve-OH Tue February 10, 2009 @ 12:39 AM

Sorry I missed your Birthday by ♫Venice♫ Mon February 9, 2009 @ 5:12 PM

Happy Belated Birthday by Harley Crossed Rainbow Bridge Tue February 10, 2009 @ 11:31 AM

Happy belated birthday by Tired of the snow Wed February 11, 2009 @ 12:56 PM

Thanks, everyone! by RedheadwGlasses Wed February 11, 2009 @ 1:32 PM

OMG how did your date go ? by Brian M. Sat February 21, 2009 @ 6:53 PM

go to hell you idiot fucktard by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 23, 2009 @ 1:13 PM

Wow. Why are you flooding your nappy? Is it because Red agreed by Steve-OH Sat March 7, 2009 @ 5:52 PM

Bad news by ♫Venice♫ Wed March 11, 2009 @ 10:46 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed January 21, 2009 @ 12:56 PM

From a friend (white, married to a black woman), who shared this exchange
with his 3-year-old biracial son Kai:

A few months ago on the morning of November 5th I looked at my boys and I
misted up a bit. Hell, I'm still misting up a bit now. The fact of the
matter is that their grandfather lived in the time of segregation and had
to fight tooth and nail to become one of the first black CPAs in this
country. That is a very different world than the one my boys will grow up
in. The first president they will know shares their mixed racial heritage.

At one point that morning I hugged Kai and said "Son - you know you really
can be anything you want to be!" and then asked "What do you want to be
when you grow up?"

His response?

"I want to be... a stop sign!"

And I had to admit, as laughter shook the tears of happiness from my eys,
that telling cars what to do is pretty cool!


When you think about it... by ♫Venice♫ Sat January 24, 2009 @ 10:25 PM

Classic by Tired of the snow Mon January 26, 2009 @ 2:50 PM

Outstanding by Donno Tue January 27, 2009 @ 6:49 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri January 9, 2009 @ 1:30 PM

My dog of 12 years is very sick and likely needs to be put to sleep early
next week. I blogged about her. Just go to the site and look at the
picture, and you can tell how sweet she is from that face.



I'm so sorry.. by Ms. Harleycat Fri January 9, 2009 @ 1:44 PM

I just looked at the picture.. by Ms. Harleycat Fri January 9, 2009 @ 1:51 PM

Bailey was put to sleep tonight, 1/9/09. by RedheadwGlasses Fri January 9, 2009 @ 8:09 PM

How sad by ♫Venice♫ Fri January 9, 2009 @ 11:07 PM

I'm so sorry - that stinks by Michelle O. Sat January 10, 2009 @ 1:32 AM

I'm really sorry.. by Ms. Harleycat Sat January 10, 2009 @ 9:05 AM

Thank you, ladies by RedheadwGlasses Sat January 10, 2009 @ 6:17 PM

I'm sorry :( by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Thu January 15, 2009 @ 1:45 PM

Just saw this.... by mikedthornton Wed January 14, 2009 @ 5:22 AM

Pet memorials by mikedthornton Wed January 14, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

Rainbow Bridge by Clete Sun January 18, 2009 @ 5:03 PM

Thank you, everyone by RedheadwGlasses Sun January 18, 2009 @ 8:12 PM

I'm so sorry by Commander-X-23 Mon January 19, 2009 @ 3:56 PM

I'm sorry to hear by Tired of the snow Tue January 20, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue December 2, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

I posted a letter to VS, but forgot to check the box to share it, so I"ll
vent here:

Why are Victoria's Secret stores HIRING MEN? I refuse to shop for undies,
bras, and other goodies when there's a man hovering about, asking if I'm
finding things okay. I don't know how teenage shoppers feel, but they
can't like it any more than I do.

Ick. Keep the men out of our underwear stores, unless they're shopping.


Victor's secret by What's all this receipt nonsense? Fri December 5, 2008 @ 1:49 PM

Personally, I wouldn't feel uncomfortable. by Blackrack Sat December 6, 2008 @ 11:28 AM

I'm not sure by Venice Sun December 7, 2008 @ 5:42 PM

ACK!! by SuzieCat Mon December 8, 2008 @ 8:19 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed October 8, 2008 @ 1:28 PM

...Gov. Sarah Palin! I have the hair clip, the business suit (many to
choose from), and a baby doll that I'll have others carry for me all night

Luckily, she has many of her own "Bushisms" so I won't even have to make up
ridiculous quotes--her nonstructured, undiagramable sentences are so
perfect, I'll quote her directly. I'll read them, of course, from my index
cards "talking points."

This will be a hoot!


Hope this helps by WantToPlayAGame? Wed October 15, 2008 @ 5:26 PM

My wife and I are... by Jeffrey/Branding/Alex Tue October 21, 2008 @ 3:28 PM

Me and three of my friends... by Blackrack Fri October 24, 2008 @ 12:54 PM

I wish I could have been there by Enjoying the fall Tue November 4, 2008 @ 10:29 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri September 19, 2008 @ 1:48 PM

This blog started as a joyful announcement of impending parenthood -- the
parents were from Minnesota, living in L.A., and wanted to share pregnancy
and baby news with friends and family who lived far away.

On March 24, after weeks of bedrest, their daughter Madeline was born about
two months premature. THe next day, on her way to see her daughter for the
first time (after an emergency c section), Liz, the mother, passed out as
she was getting into the wheelchair, and never regained consciousness. She
died in minutes from a blood clot. She never got to hold her baby. It's
statistically insignificant -- only about 60 women a year die from
complications resulting from bedrest. But try telling a grieving family
and a motherless newborn that it's "insignificant."

Pretty damn sad, right? It is. I cried. Their story was featured in the
Minneapolis Star Tribune, which is how I found out about the blog.

But he's doing an amazing job raising his beautiful baby girl, and he's so
in love with her, it's just amazing to watch the transformation from lost,
grieving widow (age 30) to smitten dad who is with his daughter every
minute of every day (thanks to donations from many people, he hasn't had to
return to work yet).

He still comments about his wife a lot, and it's so poignant. He has yet
to sleep in their bed since her death. He has yet to cook a meal (he can't
stand to be in the kitchen without her -- they cooked together).

But thanks to the baby, he's moving on as well as can be expected, and it's
just a wonderful story of life, death, and everything else in between.

It's worth checking out. And the pictures of Madeline are out of this
world. He's a gifted writer as well, with a distinct style.


Is this the same family... by ♫Venice♫ Sat September 20, 2008 @ 11:05 PM

Probably! by RedheadwGlasses Mon September 22, 2008 @ 12:41 PM

Thanks for sharing this. by PrettySureI'mMovingOnUp..BellaSera Mon September 22, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu September 4, 2008 @ 9:09 PM

I've never been comfortable around breastfeeding, as I wasn't around it
growing up. The first time I saw it (that I remember) was when my cousin,
same age, was nursing her first baby, around age 22 or 23. I continued to
talk with her, kept my eyes on her eyes, etc. Then in my 30s, as friends
had babies, I got more comfortable with it. I'm still not comfortable with
it in public, but I'm better than I used to be.

But on a message board recently, people used this argument against people
who think nursing belongs at home or in a bathroom or under a blanket:

If you're going to vocally and publicly complain about women exposing part
of their breasts when they're using their breasts for their true, original
function, then you should complain when you see overexposed breasts for the
purpose of titillation (ha!) and showing off.

I loved it. I guess sometimes, people (like me) need to have things put in
perspective when they aren't getting it on their own.


Do you know the joke... by Jeffrey/Branding/Alex Fri September 5, 2008 @ 9:41 PM

breast feeding by brookeanne Sat September 6, 2008 @ 3:50 PM

I agree! by SuzieCat Sat September 6, 2008 @ 10:52 PM

My only two complaints about breastfeeding. by Blackrack Mon September 15, 2008 @ 9:52 AM

I especially like #2. by PrettySureI'mMovingOnUp..BellaSera Fri September 19, 2008 @ 12:15 PM

Good comments! by RedheadwGlasses Fri September 19, 2008 @ 1:43 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu August 14, 2008 @ 11:53 PM

My coworker arrived at work yesterday and started complaining about Michael
Phelps. "What makes him so special? My husband and I think he's a slug.
We saw a thing on him on TV last night and all he does is eat, sleep, and
play video games."

Me: "He also is in the pool something like 30 hours a week, he has other
work-out routines such as weight training."

Her: "He doesn't even have a job."

Me: "Training for the Olympics, and doing world competitions, IS his job
-- he has sponsors, like Speedo."

Her: "What's he doing that's so special? What about academics? We should
be paying more attention to those kids, praise them, make THEM famous."

Me: "Kids who do well academically likely will go far in life, and that's
great, but on Saturday night, I'm not going to sit back and watch math
geeks solve tough equations on a blackboard. I'm going to watch THE

Her: "I still think he's lazy."

Me: "You're the only person who thinks that, and I'm NOT debating this
with you any further."

Extrapolate out from that one conversation in which my coworker is calling
the greatest Olympian of all time A SLUG WHO NEEDS TO GET A JOB, and that
is my 8-5 experience five days a week.


Every time I think about going back to work, by Donno Fri August 15, 2008 @ 7:25 PM

YOU deserve a medal... by ♫Venice♫ Sat August 16, 2008 @ 2:53 AM

olympics by brookeanne Sun August 17, 2008 @ 4:05 PM

Your coworker by LadyMac Tue August 26, 2008 @ 12:29 PM

One friend told me by RedheadwGlasses Fri August 29, 2008 @ 7:17 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu August 14, 2008 @ 11:46 PM

I'm watching NBC--I don't have cable. Right now, gymnastics are on, and
the announcers WILL NOT SHUT UP. My lord, just let us watch some routines
and stop telling me everything that she is doing wrong as she does it. One
guy (obviously a former Olympic gymnast) seems to be the primary culprit.

He's making it less enjoyable.

Maybe one of the gymnasts can kick him in the ankle for me.


I agree... by Eddie M. Fri August 15, 2008 @ 11:42 AM

When Nastia was doing her floor routine last night, by Donno Fri August 15, 2008 @ 9:13 PM

I couldn't even understand Bela 90% of the time by RedheadwGlasses Sat August 16, 2008 @ 3:56 PM

The olympics by Lise Thu August 21, 2008 @ 3:41 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun July 20, 2008 @ 6:55 PM

Did you know that New Orleans had the highest rate of homeownership among
blacks of all major cities in this nation? Some wards had ownership rates
as high as 99%.

Unrelated to that, I do think that how the government prepared for and
reacted to the hurricane was racism, pure and simple.

We've come a long ways in this country, but we have so much further to go.


New Orleans by brookeanne Tue July 22, 2008 @ 11:05 AM

I think I remember hearing that about New Orleans by ♫♫Venice♫♫ Sat July 26, 2008 @ 6:32 AM

I couldn't agree me with your second paragraph. by MovingOnUp..BellaSera Tue August 12, 2008 @ 12:31 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat July 19, 2008 @ 10:06 PM

I just read this today in my local paper's consumer
watchdog column, in a column about overly aggressive debt collectors:

By federal law, if a consumer disputes a debt, it's the collection agency
that must come up with proof that the consumer has been correctly
identified, along with specifics about the bill.


If you get a call or letter from a collection agency about a debt you don't
think you owe, here's what to do:

# Tell the agency in writing that you don't owe the debt and ask for proof.
Write within 30 days and send your letter by certified mail with a return
receipt requested.

# Don't provide personal financial information, such as your Social
Security number, to debt collectors.

# Don't pay any part of the debt that can restart the statute of
limitations on debt more than 4 to 6 years old. Plus, a court could
interpret your payment as your admission that the debt is valid.

# If the debt is really old, be skeptical. This kind of "zombie" debt,
which may have passed through several agencies but refuses to die, could be
something that you in fact did pay long ago.

# Don't let the agency harass you. If you send a letter telling it to stop
calling or writing, it must do so, except to tell you that it is no longer
trying to collect or that it's pursuing a legal remedy.

# Contact your state's attorney general's office if the agency still
presses to collect a debt it can't prove you owe.




by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon June 23, 2008 @ 10:39 PM

Complaint letters about bad pornography, hookers who don't finish the job,
pimps who are rude in their demand for payment, bad batches of drugs, etc.

The mind, it boggles.


I like it by Donno Thu June 26, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

porno by brookeanne Fri June 27, 2008 @ 3:04 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat June 21, 2008 @ 1:56 AM

Leaving the party late, two friends compare notes. "I can never fool my
wife," the first says. "I turn off the car engine, coast into the garage,
sneak upstairs and undress in the bathroom. But she always hears me. And
she wakes up and yells at me for being out late."

"You should do what I do," says his buddy. "I roar into the garage, stomp
upt he steps, throw open the door and start kissing my wife. And she
pretends to be asleep."

(Read it in Reader's Digest.)


joke by brookeanne Sat June 21, 2008 @ 3:09 PM

This reminded me by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Thu July 3, 2008 @ 6:38 PM

readers digest. by brookeanne Sun July 6, 2008 @ 6:07 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri June 13, 2008 @ 8:28 PM

I'm from Iowa. I was born in Cedar Rapids, lived there for five years,
then spent most of the next 20 years on a hobby farm halfway between CR and
Iowa City, which are 30 miles apart.

As of 5:30 tonight, 83 of Iowa's 99 counties have been declared disaster
areas. Iowa City's last two remaining bridges may close this weekend,
dividing the city into two halves (the Iowa River runs through the city,
through the heart of the University of Iowa campus (thank goodness school
is out).

I love Iowa. I love EASTERN Iowa. It's home (Minnesota is home now, too).
I had an amazing childhood and I owe it all to being from rural Iowa.
(I'm sure that's not really true, but that's just the romanticized feelings
I have about a wonderful place.)

Farms have been destroyed. Food prices are going to skyrocket this year
and next year with all the floods in the farming states. I don't even want
to think about the loss of farm animals (my soft spot).

All I could do today when I had slow moments at work was read the local
Iowa papers (www.crgazette.com and www.press-citizen.com) and cry. Even if
I could go down to help this weekend (I can't: two good friends are
getting married tomorrow), the freeway is closed, the bridges are closed.

I made it through the Des Moines flood of '93 (when we went without running
water for three full weeks--water water everywhere and not a drop to drink)
and I never thought I'd be able to say that another flood would affect me
so much. But this time, I'm not even living there, and it feels so much


Very sorry to hear about your state by Teresa B. Sat June 14, 2008 @ 12:38 AM

The loss of animals by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Sat June 14, 2008 @ 4:44 AM

I thought of you.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Mon June 16, 2008 @ 10:59 AM

I didn't even think of the animals. by BellaSera Tue June 17, 2008 @ 3:46 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat June 7, 2008 @ 2:42 PM

A few recent letters on this site in which the OP came back to respond to
everyone had me thinking last night: I need to start composing my negative
comments as if I were expecting the OP to come back and respond to me in a
very mature, classy way. Guido who has issues with his leased car, David
from another letter... I admit I was a little embarrassed by my initial
response once they came back to the site and responded to people in a very
fair fashion in the face of criticism and questions and doubt.


I've been trying to do the same thing. by BellaSera Thu June 12, 2008 @ 8:24 AM

Two more nice responses from letter writers by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Wed June 18, 2008 @ 4:41 AM

Make that three! by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Wed June 18, 2008 @ 4:59 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun June 1, 2008 @ 10:40 AM


A Port St. Lucie, Fla., mother is outraged and considering legal action
after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of

Melissa Barton says Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo had her
son's classmates say what they didn't like about 5-year-old Alex. She says
the teacher then had the students vote, and voted Alex, who is being
evaluated for Asperger's syndrome -- an autism spectrum disorder -- out of
the class by a 14-2 margin.


hard to imagine by Michelle O. Sun June 1, 2008 @ 11:01 AM

It's like she was a mini Hitler by RedheadwGlasses Sun June 1, 2008 @ 1:49 PM

I agree by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sun June 1, 2008 @ 2:07 PM

Alex... by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Sun June 1, 2008 @ 8:12 PM

I found this petition by Michelle O. Mon June 2, 2008 @ 12:56 AM

I kept thinking there was more to the story. by BellaSera Mon June 2, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu May 29, 2008 @ 2:03 PM

Last Friday night, I had an epiphany. I decided/realized that I believe in
an afterlife, whatever that may be!

I was watching "Ghost Whisperer," a show I"ll admit I enjoy a lot. I
started to think about people who are alive and have told their stories of
near-death experiences, such as on the operating table. I have always
believed these people and their accounts of "the light" and what and who
they saw while they were "Out of their body."

Then it hit me: That means there's an afterlife. And that means *I* get
to have one, too! How cool is that? I'll get to see Gramma and Grampa and
Dad and my cat Spookee again! :)

I'm not Christian and never will be, and I don't believe for one moment
that religion necessarily has ANYTHING to do with an afterlife. But it did
renew my interest in Buddhism, so I grabbed my new/unread "Buddhism for
Dummies" book to keep on hand for when I have time to kill (like before a
ball game).

My summation: Death could be less stressful. Look at it this way. You're
on your deathbed, and while you may be sad that you're leaving your loved
ones, there are other loved ones you haven't seen in a long time and you'll
get to see them again! And then later on, you'll be joined by the ones who
died after you.

Rather comforting.


relegion by brookeanne Thu May 29, 2008 @ 8:04 PM

Okay, this may sound crazy, but by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Sun June 1, 2008 @ 2:50 AM

I agree by RedheadwGlasses Sun June 1, 2008 @ 10:31 AM

It's funny by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Sun June 1, 2008 @ 8:04 PM

"Mother" by RedheadwGlasses Sun June 1, 2008 @ 11:18 PM

I remember the movie "Jacob's Ladder" by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Tue June 3, 2008 @ 4:43 AM

When my father died.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Mon June 2, 2008 @ 9:05 AM

what the?! by Mzap Fri June 6, 2008 @ 12:54 PM

Blogs are different.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Mon June 9, 2008 @ 8:14 AM

You're the yawner, Grampa by RedheadwGlasses Thu June 12, 2008 @ 9:44 PM

I completely believe by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sat June 14, 2008 @ 11:26 AM

You Are not a Christain by lordsbaby2008 Thu September 11, 2008 @ 5:22 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon May 26, 2008 @ 11:34 PM

I normally frown on the practice of "sampling" in the produce or bulk foods
departments. But my last batch of almonds (expensive! healthful!
tasty!), my most indulgent regular treat, was so stale that I am going to
use them in stir-fry dishes this week. They are inedible -- just so blah
when they're stale!

So from now on, I am going to take two or three almonds from the bulk bin
and decide whether I want to spend $7-8/pound based on the current quality.
Otherwise, the canned stuff in the snack aisle isn't any more expensive
per pound.


That's by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue May 27, 2008 @ 10:07 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 23, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

I'm home early from work watching Oprah, watching this story talk about how
their family was destroyed by a drunk driver. Oprah stated what MY
thoughts have been on the public's (and juries') attitudes about drunk
driving: We are reluctant to severely punish a drunk driver because we
know that it could be US being punished. Oprah asked how many people had
driven after even just one drink, and of course 90+% of the audience raised
their hands. The mother of a girl killed by a drunk driver said that if
Oprah had instead asked how many people pick their nose, no one (or a rare
few) would raise their hand. She's right.

Americans see more shame in picking their noses than in driving under the

The mother said nothing will change in this country until we dole out
harsher punishments. I disagree, to some extent. That will make a
difference to a certain degree. But to see a real reduction in drunk
driving requires a change in the mindset and attitude in this country.

You know that "don't drink and drive" PSA that says, "'Buzzed' driving IS
drunk driving!"?

I have a DUI conviction from seven years ago. I occasionally drove
"buzzed," convinced that I was fine to drive, in spite of three drinks, or
in spite of many more drinks but thought enough time had passed. I'm glad
I got busted, because I learned a lot, and I share what I learned when an
opportunity presents itself.

I used to be ashamed of my DUI conviction. Now I am not, because I feel
like it was a valuable lesson and I was very lucky that nothing bad ever
happened, and because maybe through being open and honest about it, someone
else's behavior will change, even just one night.


hey Congrats (off topic here) by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Fri May 23, 2008 @ 7:52 PM

heh "most active user" by RedheadwGlasses Sat May 24, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

I'm busy with mom things but by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sat May 24, 2008 @ 12:40 PM

Red by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Tue May 27, 2008 @ 1:07 AM

Turns out I can't play online by RedheadwGlasses Tue May 27, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

linux by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Tue May 27, 2008 @ 4:30 PM

No mp3/ipod here by RedheadwGlasses Tue May 27, 2008 @ 11:21 PM

drunk driving by brookeanne Sun May 25, 2008 @ 3:30 PM

I'm on topic for a change by Donno Tue May 27, 2008 @ 12:39 AM

picking by brookeanne Sat May 31, 2008 @ 7:20 PM

Step Mom killed by Drunk Driver by Teresa B. Thu June 12, 2008 @ 2:47 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 16, 2008 @ 12:46 PM

"Telling ourselves that only great losses are significant in the grand
scheme of things is unfair to the grand scheme of things a scheme whose
grandness depends on our caring about losses great and small."

This made me think of letters that are about "petty" or "small" complaints.
I've been guilty of criticizing these letters sometimes as well. "Just
Brenda" once commented on a letter that we all have different "small"
things that annoy the hell out of us, so we shouldn't criticize a letter
writer whose complaint is over something that doesn't particularly bother
US, because surely each of us has a complaint about something that doesn't
bother others.


I think that's a good point. by BellaSera Sun May 18, 2008 @ 9:27 PM

I agree with that, too by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Mon May 19, 2008 @ 3:00 AM

It helps to consider what others might be going through by justpassin'through Wed May 21, 2008 @ 8:42 PM

Good thoughts and comments, JPT by RedheadwGlasses Thu May 22, 2008 @ 7:49 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun May 11, 2008 @ 3:41 PM

Read this statement this morning. Actor, when asked how his life has
changed since the birth of his daughter 51 months ago:

"I could never have conceived of the relentlessness of the obligation and
the responsibility."


OOPS. that's 15 months. Not 51. by RedheadwGlasses Sun May 11, 2008 @ 10:39 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun May 11, 2008 @ 11:15 AM

I have a wonderful comforter and it keeps me toasty warm, which is good
because I keep my thermostat set low (60-62), especially at night, because
then kitties come to bed to snuggle with me. If I cranked it to 75, they'd
be lounging on the couch.

I got up this morning and as soon as I walked down the hallway and past the
kitchen, WOOSH! I had left my kitchen window wide open last night! There
was a morning breeze and COLD air (it was like 20 below last night here in
Minnesota ... kidding! I'm guessing it got down to the mid 30s last night)
and my place was FREEZING!

That was at 7 a.m. It's now 10:15 and it's still cold, even with the heat
cranked as high as it will go.

Time for tea.


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 9, 2008 @ 9:30 PM

During the run-up to the current war in Iraq, all of the big news orgs had
interviews with retired military officers, serving as independent experts
on military aspects of the coming war.

Turns out that all or nearly all of them were secretly paid by the DoD to
talk up the war.

The Times broke the story a couple of weeks ago. Since then there has been
an almost complete news blackout on the story. None of the news networks
will cover it. Because it looks even worse for the news orgs than for the
Pentagon or the retired officers. Worse because they got played by the
Pentagon. Even worse than we already knew.

They referred to the article in The Times, which was about four full
newspaper pages long, with lots of sources and shit.

Since then? Silence. The blogs are still talking about it. And talking
about the silence.

I think those retired military officers should be stripped of their
retirement privileges, their pensions should be greatly reduced (they make
considerably more in retirement than they did while on active duty), and
they should be publicly shamed while standing in just tightie whities.

And whomever was involved in the scheme to pay them should be immediately
fired, banned from all future government jobs, and their pensions reduced
to only what they contributed. No cushy retirement on tax dollars for

I love my country. I loathe my corrupt government.


Wow, I didn't hear anything about this by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Tue May 13, 2008 @ 4:39 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri May 9, 2008 @ 4:11 PM

I listened to an awesome interview on public radio last night:

1980: 40,000 imprisoned on drug charges
2007: 500,000 imprisoned on drug charges

The U.S. has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's
prisoners. China has several times our population, but is a distant second
when it comes to prison population in proportion to the country's
population (and China imprisons political prisoners, something our country
doesn't do, thank goodness).

100 years ago, our prison system was studied by other countries as a model
in rehabilitation. NOw, we're mocked and criticized because there is zero
rehabilitation going on. What minimal rehab there IS is being performed by
nongovernmental organizations (mostly churches and similar social services
outreach programs).

We also penalize prisoners AFTER incarceration as no other country does
(such as taking away voting rights).

Of course, a big part of the U.S. penal system is done (I believe, and many
others do as well) to disenfranchise black voters, but that's another
discussion entirely.


Angela.... by Beeracuda Fri May 9, 2008 @ 4:25 PM

The War on Drugs by RedheadwGlasses Fri May 9, 2008 @ 6:48 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue May 6, 2008 @ 1:50 PM

Mildred Loving died yesterday. It was Loving v. Virginia, taken all the
way to the U.S. Supreme Court, that made it illegal to prohibit a couple
from marrying based on their mixed races.

Read Mildred Loving's beautiful statement from June 2007 regarding her
marriage to a white man (she was black) in 1958, when it was illegal in
most of the south to do so.


The final two paragraphs of her statement:

"I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no
matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.
Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over
others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.

"I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my
name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment,
the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or
old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all.
That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."


Last names really can tell all by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Wed May 7, 2008 @ 4:10 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 29, 2008 @ 1:56 PM

From my local paper:

Like many first-time parents, Matt and Liz Logelin were understandably

Two months before her due date, Liz was put on bed rest in early March to
keep from going into labor prematurely. Twice, she was wheeled into the
delivery room, and twice, the baby changed its mind.

So when baby Madeline finally arrived on March 24, small but healthy, the
entire family breathed a sigh of relief.

Then the unthinkable happened.

Liz, 30, passed out the next day on her way to hold her daughter for the
first time.

Within minutes, the young mother was dead from a blood clot no one knew she
had developed.

Suddenly, Matt Logelin was facing life as a new dad and a 30-year-old
widower all at once.

As his world fell apart, Logelin turned for solace to the Internet, which
has become an unexpected lifeline for many sharing joy or grief. In his
case, both. He told their story in a blog, www.mattlogelin.com, which he
subtitled: "Life and death. All in a 27-hour-period."

The blog is compelling.



Didn't I post something here? by ♪♪Venice♪♪ Wed May 7, 2008 @ 4:05 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 22, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

You support the war in Iraq? You support Bush/Cheney/et al's getting our
country involved in other countries' drama that isn't our business? You
think we belong in Iraq, and that we should invade Iran next?

Then join the military, or have your sons and daughters join. Either the
war is worth fighting, and sacrificing for (YOUR kids, not mine), or it's
not. There's absolutely no way you can say "This war was/is the right
thing to do" and yet not support it with actions.

So either send your loved ones overseas to fight... or shut up about the
war. It's way too easy to be in support of Bush and his war when you don't
have to make a single sacrifice.


Whose "sacrifice" to make? by Keith C. Sat April 26, 2008 @ 12:26 AM

Yep, You're Right by Gino Sat April 26, 2008 @ 3:54 AM

You're right about retention. by Keith C. Sat April 26, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

Bush did all that by RedheadwGlasses Sun April 27, 2008 @ 1:36 PM

Spoiled rich children by Keith C. Wed April 30, 2008 @ 1:13 AM

Two years mandatory service by Donno Sat May 3, 2008 @ 12:31 PM

And for the true conscientious objectors by RedheadwGlasses Sun May 4, 2008 @ 4:37 PM

I like you Red but you say you have all pets. by Underdog Tue April 29, 2008 @ 4:56 PM

Huh? by RedheadwGlasses Tue April 29, 2008 @ 9:20 PM

It has everything to do with it. by Underdog Wed April 30, 2008 @ 12:00 PM

Wow you bought the Administration's story hook, line and sinker by RedheadwGlasses Wed April 30, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

Don't watch the liberal media AT ALL by Underdog Tue May 20, 2008 @ 7:25 AM

You're right about ONE thing. by Keith C. Wed April 30, 2008 @ 1:20 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 22, 2008 @ 8:56 AM

Our local newspaper's consumer/shopping columnist does a great job--usually
writes interesting columns. Recently, she tacked the "Empire Today" (you
know, the commercial that seems to run every single day, touting how
they'll come to your house so you can pick carpet, and they'll install next
day). Well, she looked into carpet companies, and found that Empire Today
doesn't do enough business in the Twin Cities to get an accurate
representation as to the quality of work they provide, their customer
service/satisfaction, etc.

But Chicago, where they're based out of, does. And this company is awful.
Their prices are 50% more expensive at the very least, they use
high-pressure sales tactics (when a sales rep comes to your home, you are
STRONGLY pushed, even bullied, into ordering something that day, and if you
want a day to think about it, they'll add 50% to your total bill just for
not signing something that very first day), the installers they hire for
the job don't do a good job, don't finish the job, etc.

Our local columnist found much better prices AND customer service and
installation satisfaction from the local carpet stores, even on identical
products. And often, you can get carpet installed in a short time-frame in
a pinch, rather than pay the exhorbitant prices for "next day"

Now if they would only stop with the commercials and that jingle!


Right before we decided to tile by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue April 22, 2008 @ 10:51 AM

I called them one time a few years ago... by Chris M Wed April 23, 2008 @ 2:58 PM

The Empire Strikes Back, Too! by Gino Sat April 26, 2008 @ 3:27 AM

I went through that with Empire too by Underdog Tue April 29, 2008 @ 5:24 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun April 13, 2008 @ 12:00 AM

I went to my first movie premier tonight! It was a 1950s-style sci-fi
movie. Now... that is NOT on my list of preferred movie genres. I
expected to go because my awesome friend Dan was the star, and that's what
you do with/for friends. I expected to hate the movie, find it boring and
uninteresting and not funny.

I was completely wrong. It was great -- funny at the right times, in the
right ways. The acting was great -- good job, Dan! I just was so
surprised and very impressed.

I knew several, and dated a couple, of film majors when I was in college.
One of my oldest friends has a film degree. So I am well versed on student
film projects. Friends get dragged into the whole lifestyle, it seems,
because they're needed to help with film projects, and because it's a
pretty interesting field in which to major, in my opinion. I got exposed
to some VERY cool animation movies and shorts, such as Tim Burton's college
short, a stop-motion animation piece about a little boy named Vincent who
has delusions that he's Edgar Allen Poe, seeing death and the macabre at
every turn... narrated by Vincent Price!

Sorry... I was off on a favorite tangent for a moment.

Final product? I always loved watching my friends' projects--I was
impressed! It showed creativity and great follow-through. They were cool!

So to see a friend on the BIG screen, in a sold-out theatre (family from
South Dakota came--everyone they know came!), was the ultimate culmination
of a film project!

And I can't remember the last movie I saw that didn't have a single swear
word in it.


Sometimes it's the "company" that makes or breaks a movie by Gino Thu April 17, 2008 @ 1:33 AM

You got that right.. by Harleycat (aka Usual Suspect #2) Thu April 17, 2008 @ 11:30 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu April 10, 2008 @ 1:26 PM

Recently, I bought two packages of compact fluorescent lightbulbs -- one
package of two, one package of one. When I went over the receipt at home,
I saw that the cashier hadn't paid close attention, and instead of ringing
up both packages individually, she assumed both packages were the same, and
charged me for two double packs -- I was overcharged about $5, give or take
a buck. I set them aside, along with the receipt. When I returned to
Target a couple of weeks later (this past weekend), I stopped at the
customer service desk and explained what had happened.

CSR: "So what do you want to do? Do you want to just return this single
bulb and go get a double pack and call it even, or what?"

Me: "I just want a price adjustment and I'll keep what I originally
bought. Do you need my card to credit my account the difference?"

CSR: "Nope, it's done! Here's your credit, and here's a bag for you to
put them in so you don't accidentally pay for them again when you check

Return within 90 days with a receipt, make a calm request that is
reasonable and fair, and voila! Treated with respect and a smile. Yup, it
was that easy.


You'll see.. by Harleycat Thu April 10, 2008 @ 1:40 PM

I saw that! by RedheadwGlasses Thu April 10, 2008 @ 6:54 PM

You know, when I read this, I couldn't help by Keith C. Sat April 12, 2008 @ 5:39 PM

You're full of it by RedheadwGlasses Sat April 12, 2008 @ 11:21 PM

Of course, I expected a jackass response from you by Keith C. Sun April 13, 2008 @ 1:33 AM

Of course, I expected you to continue to be a stalking asshole by RedheadwGlasses Sun April 13, 2008 @ 9:59 AM

You are such a tool! :) by Keith C. Sun April 13, 2008 @ 1:31 PM

Grow up, LMAO!!!! by Just Brenda Mon April 14, 2008 @ 7:18 PM

This coming from Brenda means... nothing. by Keith C. Sat April 19, 2008 @ 12:45 AM

I've only had one return issue at Target by Gino Thu April 17, 2008 @ 1:17 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue April 1, 2008 @ 10:02 PM

Softball season! So far, I am on three teams -- Monday and Tuesday nights
in Minneapolis and Friday night double headers very near my home. If I
think my schedule can handle it, I'll add at least one more game night
(Sunday nights, maybe) once the summer session starts, but for now, I'll
stick with three teams/four games a week.

And this means that's three fewer nights a week I have to hit the gym.
Thank [insert your favorite deity here].

And now it's been one month that I've been unattached, and a month is
probably the longest I've gone without having a date since my divorce in
2001! It's a nice change to not be doing the online dating--it's so much
work, and it can be time-consuming, not to mention that going out for
dinner and cocktails adds up calorically.

So for now, I'm just going to concentrate on softball and friends and
getting my dog back into good health (long gross story).

I'm so glad it's spring! Happy April!


Arrrggghhhh! Softball! by BellaSera Wed April 2, 2008 @ 1:35 PM

I don't blame you for being frustrated by RedheadwGlasses Wed April 2, 2008 @ 2:01 PM

I haven't played softball by Almost here a little too soon Thu April 3, 2008 @ 9:01 AM

Here's a way to improve your batting.. by Harleycat Wed April 9, 2008 @ 10:12 AM

The other teams don't stand a chance! by RedheadwGlasses Wed April 9, 2008 @ 1:35 PM

Hahahahaha! by ♥Venice♥ Thu April 10, 2008 @ 3:22 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon March 31, 2008 @ 7:25 PM

No, not ADventure, because that would be awesome! I'm talking about a
potential business venture. I did some research this weekend, and I am
thinking of becoming the poor man's garden designer/landscaper! I thought
about the level of labor I could do and what I would charge for it, then
research costs online, and found that I came in below others.

I would do garden design (which takes into account the amount of sun and
shade at different seasons and times of the day during those seasons, and
the ideal flowerbed is one that always has something blooming, so you have
to aim for spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), and
fall (September, October, November) blooming plants. Ideally, you can have
color from March into October or November, even here in gardening zone 4
(southern/central Minnesota). You also want a mix of heights, depending on
the location.

I would do plant selection, flowerbed tilling (at my old house, I
hand-tilled all of the flowerbeds and the vegetable garden -- about 10
total, I think), planting, mulching (my specialty!), and watering... and
then perhaps weed on contract (I like to weed).

But the kick is... I could do all of this with no owner involvement, or
with the owner alongside the whole way, or anything in between.

I have some more research to do, and I'm toying with applying for a weekend
job at nursery instead, just to gain another year of knowledge and make
some contacts for the next gardening season.

I decided that I'd start at $10 for garden design/plant selection, but $20
for any real work spent outside. The cheapest rates I've seen online were
more like $50/hour, even for the lower-end landscaping businesses.

So... we'll see. I have some research to do, talk to some self-employed
friends (most of my friends over age 30 are self-employed), call my master
gardener friend David, and get some more perspective and thoughts from
people who have been there/done that.


Wow that sounds exciting! by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Mon March 31, 2008 @ 7:41 PM

Thanks! by RedheadwGlasses Mon March 31, 2008 @ 9:43 PM

I couldn't do it by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Mon March 31, 2008 @ 10:53 PM

I agree by RedheadwGlasses Mon March 31, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

Now that's something by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue April 1, 2008 @ 3:50 PM

Here are some things to consider by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Mon March 31, 2008 @ 10:30 PM

Whoa nelly! by RedheadwGlasses Mon March 31, 2008 @ 11:33 PM

I'd Hire You! by Harleycat Tue April 1, 2008 @ 8:27 AM

Feel like a visit to Toronto by Getting there Tue April 1, 2008 @ 9:14 AM

I'd love something like this! by Gino Wed April 2, 2008 @ 6:21 PM

Thanks Gino by RedheadwGlasses Fri April 4, 2008 @ 12:47 PM

I'd stick with flowers. Redhead with Iris Eyes ;0) by Gino Sat April 5, 2008 @ 3:30 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu March 27, 2008 @ 6:57 PM


I'm only through the first 10, but I got 7 of them right so far. I'm
loving this quiz! 40 years of music loving and listening are paying off!


Cool by Beeracuda Tue April 1, 2008 @ 10:50 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu March 27, 2008 @ 6:43 PM

I don't want to hear about you southerners and East Coasters who have
blooming plants in your yards, darn it! ;) Here in zone 4, we can't plant
until May 15. No longer having a house has left me with a huge jonesin' to
do some gardening. The south side of our parking garage gets some dappled
sunlight early and mid-day through the evergreen trees that are on
neighboring property, but otherwise is full shade, so I am thinking of
asking the condo association whether we can buy some plants and plant a
woodland shade garden (my favorite). Bleeding hearts, lily of the valley,
hostas (to name the obvious few)... just the thought makes me happy. And
it'd be nice to have plants back there instead of mud. WE also get geese,
so I'd like to give them some "cover" for protection and security --
although I could live without the goose poop in the parking lot.


In my zone by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Thu March 27, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

Amen sister! by BellaSera Thu March 27, 2008 @ 9:30 PM

Red.. by Harleycat Fri March 28, 2008 @ 10:39 AM

I love it! by RedheadwGlasses Fri March 28, 2008 @ 1:21 PM

I love that kind of gardening by Gino Sun March 30, 2008 @ 9:56 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed March 26, 2008 @ 10:46 PM

Steven Sueppel beat his wife and four adopted children (ages 12 and under)
with two baseball bats.

I hope there's a hell so he suffers for all eternity.

I hope all the prayers of his nine Catholic siblings, prayers for mercy and
forgiveness, go unanswered.


*Not meant to be a condemnation of Catholocism by RedheadwGlasses Wed March 26, 2008 @ 11:58 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon March 24, 2008 @ 7:06 PM

This morning, an Iowa City man killed his wife and four children at home,
then killed himself by driving his vehicle into a concrete post near the

He'd recently been indicted on embezzlement charges. He'd stolen over half
a million dollars from the bank at which he was a vice president. Rumors
of gambling debts were swirling around....

While I don't blame his gambling, I think we'll see more stories of
desperation as we get more casinos. Depending on which branch officed out
of, he could have been as little as five minutes away from a casino outside
of Iowa City. I think of gambling addiction as being similar to alcohol
addiction: It controls a person's actions to a degree where common sense
and logical behavior just flies out the window.

I may have gone to high school with this man. I'm waiting to see which
high school he attended. His family name wasn't uncommon in the Iowa City
area, and one branch of the family is quite prominent, owning a flower
shop, a restaurant, and other businesses. The name is well known in town.

Very, very sad.

And not one damn word has been spoken about this on the evening news
tonight, either the national NBC news or the local Minnesota news.


I can't believe this hasn't been on the news by ♥Venice♥ Tue March 25, 2008 @ 2:51 AM

It was in the Boston Metro by Banrion Tue March 25, 2008 @ 7:56 PM

There's no way to make sense of it. by Gino Sun March 30, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri March 21, 2008 @ 7:28 PM

You may remember the horrible news story from last summer. A Twin Cities
little girl sat down on a wading pool drain, and the protective cover was
missing. The suction was so strong, it sucked her intestines out through
her rectum. Her first words upon waking up in the hospital were to ask
whether it was on the news, so other kids wouldn't have this happen to
them. What a special little girl.

Video showed that a when a large beach ball pushed into the water to make
contact with the drain, the suction was so strong that a grown man couldn't
remove the ball from its spot on the drain. Scary.

Here's an excerpt from tonight's newscast:

The six-year-old had been hospitalized in Omaha since December, where she
received a triple-organ transplant in an attempt to repair the damage from
the accident. She had suffered a series of setbacks, including 16 surgical
procedures. In early March, she began chemotherapy after doctors concluded
that she had likely developed a cancerous condition that is triggered on
rare occasions by organ transplants.

After she was injured, her parents, Scott and Katey Taylor, campaigned for
legislation that could help prevent similar accidents. In December,
Congress approved legislation to ban the manufacture, sale or distribution
of drain covers that don't meet anti-entrapment safety standards.

The legislation, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, is
named for another victim, the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary
of State James Baker. She drowned at a graduation party in 2002, when the
suction from a drain pinned her.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar worked with the Taylors for passage of the bill.
"When you think of what her parents are going through today you can't even
imagine," she said," yet this may be just a little bit of solace to them
that she made a difference."

Minnesota lawmakers are also considering new pool safety regulations.


Scares me for my grandchildren by justpassin'through Sat March 22, 2008 @ 1:48 AM

Wow, I hadn't noticed that it wasn't in the top 25 list, justpassin'! by RedheadwGlasses Sat March 22, 2008 @ 10:45 AM

I don't recall this incident by ♥Venice♥ Sat March 22, 2008 @ 2:56 AM

RIP? by Keith C. Wed March 26, 2008 @ 1:38 PM

Keith I was confused also by Squad 51 KMG 365 (aka rxgirl) Thu March 27, 2008 @ 12:19 AM

Thanks! by Keith C. Thu March 27, 2008 @ 2:17 AM

I wish public safety, especially when innocent children are involved, was taken more seriously by Gino Sun March 30, 2008 @ 9:42 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue March 18, 2008 @ 11:20 PM



by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon March 17, 2008 @ 11:45 PM

Last week, a patient here in the Twin Cities underwent surgery to remove a
cancerous kidney.

They removed the wrong kidney.

Weeks earlier, someone had marked the wrong side of the body on his medical
charts. The hospital has apologized, the patient has chosen to remain at
that hospital (like he can go anywhere -- he just had major surgery, he'll
have to have more, and he'll need dialysis until he gets a new kidney).

The question is... if his relatives are unable or unwilling to donate a
kidney to him, does he get moved to the front of the list? I don't know
that there's a protocol for moving him in front of others who've been on
the list.

If you donate a kidney, then if you ever end up needing one, you DO get
moved to the front of the donation list, but who knows what will happen in
this situation.

My friend/exbf Hal said that when he had his second knee surgery, they had
HIM scrub his knee. Then iodine it. Then they had him write with a marker
on his other knee "NOT THIS KNEE." Then they had him wrap the good knee
and write on the wrap "NOT THIS KNEE."

Sounds like a smart plan.


It's hard to believe by ♥Venice♥ Tue March 18, 2008 @ 4:33 AM

It's suprising.. by Harleycat Tue March 18, 2008 @ 8:29 AM

That's frightening by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue March 18, 2008 @ 11:15 AM

not this... by joelunchbox Wed March 26, 2008 @ 12:40 PM

It's fairly common, believe it or not. by Gino Sun March 30, 2008 @ 9:35 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed March 12, 2008 @ 2:42 PM

Often, letter writers here will proclaim that they will loudly and proudly
voice their displeasure with a company's product or service to anyone and
everyone they know or come into contact with. Hyperbole aside, let's
examine this in a more real-life example:

My coworker E bought airline tickets last summer. She and her spouse got
to the airport, got their boarding pass, but their flight was cancelled.
They and thousands of others were sent away. At the time, Northwest
Airlines was cancelling flights left and right. She says she didn't get
any special paperwork at the time or take care of it at the time because
she was so upset about missing out on her three-day vacation, and that
everyone also just turned and left the airport as well. This was June.

So she came to me on Monday to ask what I know about getting replacement
tickets. I told her that based on what I knew (which isn't the gospel,
that's for sure), she had to call to get her tickets replaced but she had
to fly within one year of the purchase date of the original tickets, and
that for all I knew, they may charger $50 or $100 for changing the tickets,
given that she didn't take care of this problem back in June. (I didn't
really think they'd charge her, but thought it might be good if she braced

She immediately started to complain about how impossible it would be to
take care of this online. I said that I've never had any problems calling
an airline with questions or to get a ticket issue resolved wait times
have never been excessive, the person on the other end has always been
pleasant and knowledgeable, etc. Well, for the last two days, all anyone
at work has heard is how horrible NWA has been, she had to sit on hold for
45 minutes, blah blah blah. Announcing to me and others around her,
stopping people in the hallway at work, etc., complaining about the whole
process. Over and over and over.

Okay, fine, I get it, you're not happy at the inconvenience that was caused
by this company. But now you're just being a whiny little bitch about it.
Leave everyone else alone. Your complaint about a company isn't
necessarily MY complaint about a company. And it's one thing to have a
specific issue and warn specific people about that issue that likely will
pertain to them, and it's wholly another to just vent to people because
you're cranky about it.

So, to all you letter writers who vow to tell the whole world about your
trials and tribulations with Company XYZ, I would like to say this: NO ONE


Exactly! by SiouxFan Thu March 13, 2008 @ 5:16 PM

And Target is big enough by RedheadwGlasses Thu March 13, 2008 @ 7:58 PM

The amount of complaints about Target by ♥Venice♥ Fri March 14, 2008 @ 1:58 AM

I don't agree.. by Harleycat Fri March 14, 2008 @ 11:13 AM

I've become frustrated recently by calm Fri March 14, 2008 @ 4:42 PM

Good points! by RedheadwGlasses Mon March 17, 2008 @ 1:16 PM

"No one cares" by Keith C. Mon March 24, 2008 @ 2:45 AM

You missed the point as usual by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:55 AM

The site was a much better place.. by Harleycat Tue March 25, 2008 @ 9:50 AM

I know! Wasn't it great? by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 12:27 PM

Good lord, woman... you are brutal! Friggin' hilarious, but brutal. by Steve-Oh Tue March 25, 2008 @ 7:14 PM

He needs to stay the FUCK out of my blog by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:50 PM

If you want me out of (ahem) "your" blog, by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:57 PM

When the the trolls could run free... by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:38 PM

But you decided you must read Red's blogs... you must have had a by Steve-Oh Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:48 PM

Yes, I occasionally take time off. What of it? by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:59 PM

Liar by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:52 PM

This unmitigated anger and venom is going to eat you up. by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 9:01 PM

I'm so sorry that you allow yourself to be so alone by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 10:02 PM

Uh.... by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 10:07 PM

You know who he reminds me of.. by Harleycat Wed March 26, 2008 @ 10:28 AM

I think we all know someone like him by RedheadwGlasses Wed March 26, 2008 @ 12:59 PM

LOL by Keith C. Wed March 26, 2008 @ 1:33 PM

Red thinks you have no life, Harley by Keith C. Wed March 26, 2008 @ 1:41 PM

Always the charmer, Red! by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:35 PM

Bullshit by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 8:53 PM

No, the point was that by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 9:03 PM

I'm so sorry that you have no friends by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 25, 2008 @ 10:01 PM

You used that one already. by Keith C. Tue March 25, 2008 @ 10:07 PM

He doesn't realize.. by Harleycat Wed March 26, 2008 @ 3:56 PM

Obtuse and "Obtuser" by Keith C. Wed March 26, 2008 @ 4:07 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue March 11, 2008 @ 9:53 PM

I eschew "reality" television. It's not reality, and it doesn't entertain

But I really like The Biggest Loser -- I'm impressed by the changes these
people make in their lives, to their bodies, to their mindsets. Even more,
I'm truly touched by the openness the contestants have -- they're opening
up their eating problems, the issues that cause them to eat, for cryin' out
loud, they're on national TV in sports bras and shorts, letting the world
see their overweight physiques.

I need to lose 15 more pounds to fit back into my skinny jeans (after
losing 25 last year). Now, granted, 15 pounds is a far cry from 80 or 100
or 150 pounds some of these people have to lose. But it's still the same
struggle: Not eating for the wrong reasons (I eat out of boredom; if I'm
emotional/upset, eating just makes me nauseated, luckily). Making the
right choices when it comes to dining out. Resisting the bad aisles at the
grocery store (I do a very good job--generally, I keep no snacks in my
house, because if it's here, I'll eat it just because it's there).

Dining out isn't such a big deal -- I now eat out so infrequently that I
know it's okay to order whatever I want. In my last serious relationship,
which lasted four years, we ate out 1-3 times a week EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
Not only did that cost a fortune, but it made for a slow-but-sure weight
gain over time.

Take-out can be bad. I had a craving for chocolate shakes recently, so
Sunday night, I drove to McDs and got a large one. Those things are huge!
And I'm lactose intolerant! What's strange is, it had no ill effects on
me. Either, I'm eating so healthfully that the occasional dairy splurge
doesn't affect me, or... um... there is very little real dairy in McDs
shakes. ::fingers in ears::: lalalala I can't hear you!

Today at work, I splurged calorically on pizza after I had my own lunch
(leftover from a meeting) and a cookie (which wasn't even that good).
Reflecting back on what I ate, I regretted both the pizza (two slices) and
the cookie. I just need to look AHEAD before I put that food in my mouth,
and think about whether I really want that food or not.

I've decided that I need to print off monthly calendars at work, then bring
them home, tack them to a wall in my house, and keep track of good days
(food, workouts) and bad days, so I can see an overall picture of how on
track I am (or not).

So while I struggle to lose the last 15, I have so much admiration and
respect for the people on The Biggest Loser, and people everywhere, who
look at 50 of 100 pounds of excess weight and decide that they're not going
to live like that anymore. That's an entire lifestyle change. It can't be
easy. And it's so amazing that people can change their lives so


I'll tell you what I'm NOT impressed by... by ♥Venice♥ Wed March 12, 2008 @ 2:15 AM

I agree! by RedheadwGlasses Wed March 12, 2008 @ 8:58 AM

You should pick up their cookbook! by Bobosgirl Sat March 15, 2008 @ 11:02 PM

I watched an entire season by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sun March 16, 2008 @ 4:09 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu February 28, 2008 @ 9:27 PM

If you HAD to choose between going blind or going deaf, which would you

I would choose going blind, no question. Of course, there are more
"hardships" that go along with that, hardships that would affect one's
income. But to never hear music again... I couldn't stand a life like
that. My entire life, music has been the constant source of ... I don't
know, my vocabulary disappoints me right now. It's been my friend and
companion when I was growing up out in the country with no one else around.
It was there for me through break-ups with boyfriends (Bonnie Raitt's
"Goin' Wild For You, Baby" was a staple for heartache). It was there for
me late at night when I had

I discovered Queen at age 5, in 1973, when I snuck out of bed and watched
Wolfman Jack's Midnight Special on Friday nights, and grew up in love with
Freddie Mercury. I have everything they've ever done (which is more than
you might think). (And they're better than their #1 hits, I promise you.)
I have everything on vinyl and on CD.

By age 10, when my parents would leave for the day to visit my
grandparents, I would disassemble my stereo components (remember those huge
stereos, people?), reassemble in the living room, and play along to the
entire "A Night at the Opera" (the album that gave us "Bohemian Rhapsody").
That was my first album and that song was my second piece of sheet music I
ever bought.

I have permanent hearing loss (slight, but annoying) and tinnitus as a
result of listening to too-loud music on headphones (PARENTS: Don't let
your kids ruin their hearing like I did!). And it was (almost) worth it.

I still have the piano on which I taught myself, and also have a
synthesizer (Yamaha DX7, the gold standard for rock groups in the late '70s
and early '80s) and an electric guitar (named Nancy, after Nancy Wilson).

Music is the soundtrack of my life. I will listen to the same song over
and over, for hours, to learn and memorize every note, every word, every
harmony, every nuance, every syncopation...

And after the love for an ex-boyfriend is long gone, what often remains is
the love of a musician or band whom I discovered through that man... Hoodoo
Gurus, Heart, King's X, Bauhaus, Neko Case....

So which would you choose to lose? Which would you choose to keep?


My Choice by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Thu February 28, 2008 @ 11:23 PM

I think having kids makes a difference by RedheadwGlasses Thu February 28, 2008 @ 11:59 PM

Now that you mention it by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Fri February 29, 2008 @ 11:11 AM

I confess by ♥Venice♥ Fri February 29, 2008 @ 3:53 PM

This is an easy choice for me by ♥Venice♥ Fri February 29, 2008 @ 12:02 AM

Which "soundtrack" is laid down more clearly? by Knuckles Fri March 7, 2008 @ 12:05 AM

For me.. by Harleycat Fri February 29, 2008 @ 8:33 AM

Funny you brought that up by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Fri February 29, 2008 @ 10:15 AM

This may surprise you by RedheadwGlasses Fri February 29, 2008 @ 1:22 PM

I've had the ringing too by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Fri February 29, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

Can I choose another one? by BellaSera Fri February 29, 2008 @ 1:57 PM

I'd probably chose sight by Gino Tue March 4, 2008 @ 1:33 AM

That is fascinating! by RedheadwGlasses Tue March 4, 2008 @ 12:55 PM

Gino and Angela by ♥Venice♥ Tue March 4, 2008 @ 4:38 PM

I take so much for granted when I really should know better by Gino Wed March 5, 2008 @ 12:04 AM

I would rather see by Getting there Tue March 4, 2008 @ 2:03 PM

Red... by Chris M Sat March 8, 2008 @ 11:14 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat February 23, 2008 @ 12:43 AM

Many of you are familiar with Craig Ferguson (the "British" boss
from "The Drew Carey Show"). He's Scottish and he's HILARIOUS!
If you've seen his late (late!) night talk show, you know what I'm talking

But his novel is hilarious and insightful, and it's the human condition
times 10. It's "Under the Bridge and Through the River" and I
loved it. Enough to send him a hand-written letter inviting him to dinner
(sushi, if he's so inclined) anytime he may happen to find his way to
Minnesota). He's simply adorable, and he's intelligent, hilarious, a good
father, and he did an entire respectful monologue after his father died
about how great his dad was. That was very cool. He even refused the
timed commercial break. Gotta respect that.

If you read no other book this year, make it that book.

Or "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson, about building bridges
and schools for girls in the mountains of Pakistan. Easily one of the best
books I've ever read. I finished it at 2 a.m. one night, crying my eyes
out. If the world's governments were run by people with Greg's heart, we'd
have no wars. Of course, that's rather Pollyanna, but... it's worth the
hope. I read it for a second time then passed it on to my mom, who doesn't
seem to believe in *anything* and she immediately sent off a rather
sizeable check to his non-profit organization (yay mom! and that had better
come out of my brother's inheritance, not mine!).

I saw the book lying by the drinking fountain at my gym this week. I
approached one woman in the weight room and asked if the book was hers...
AND IT WAS. After talking about the book, I told her, "You seemed
like the kind of person who would read that," she was definitely

I can't recommend either book highly enough. The former for laughs and the
human condition; the second for the human condition and a little humility
and education to boot.


I love Craig!... by ♥Venice♥ Mon February 25, 2008 @ 11:16 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sat February 23, 2008 @ 12:36 AM

Steve Martin was on Leno last night. He met Martin ("Marty")
Short while filming "Three Amigos" years ago with Chevy Chase.
During down time, the three of them would play very competitive scrabble in
a trailer. Steve Martin told this story, then described how one day,
"Marty" (sounds so strange to me) scribbled something on a scrap
of paper, folded it many times, then passed it to Steve. Steve unfolded it
to read: "I will let you fuck my wife Nancy if you give me an E or a


He said that on the Jay Leno show? by Knuckles Sun February 24, 2008 @ 9:54 PM

That is what he said! They bleeped the Eff word, though. by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 25, 2008 @ 9:25 PM

He said a few things by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Mon February 25, 2008 @ 8:28 PM

Craig Ferguson! Read my most recent blog entry! by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 25, 2008 @ 9:44 PM

Yeah that's him! by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue February 26, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

Where? by Keith C. Thu February 28, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

STAY OUT OF MY BLOG YOU MORON by RedheadwGlasses Fri February 29, 2008 @ 8:28 AM

Hope springs eternal by Keith C. Mon March 24, 2008 @ 2:43 AM

Btw.... by Keith C. Mon March 24, 2008 @ 4:45 PM

This is too funny by ♥Venice♥ Thu February 28, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri February 22, 2008 @ 7:52 PM

I caught "Entertainment Tonight" twice this week. Not on
purpose, mind you (heaven forbid!). I watch the NBC national and local
news when I arrive home from work. When Entertainment Tonight comes on, I
tune out and get on to things I need to do. I caught a glimpse of Delta
Burke, and she is virtually unrecognizable! Gone is the gorgeous southern
belle who uttered the delicious phrase on Designing Women, to a former
pageant friend who had since come out as a lesbian: "Don't worry. If
we can get a man on the moon, we can get a man on you."

Now we have a basic plastic-surgeried-to-death hollywood face on her and
there is nothing special about her looks whatsoever.

It's sad -- no wonder she suffers from severe depression: It seems all her
worth and value (in her mind) stems from her looks, not from what's

This is one reason I prefer European films -- women look REAL: They have
normal bodies (if they're thin, they have small breasts; if they have large
breasts, then tend to be plump). They have normal faces (waddles under the
chin, wrinkles around the eyes from decades of smiling). I find that I get
distracted by women who don't look like they SHOULD look.

Watch American movies from the '70s, and you'll see how far women have gone
(and it ain't progress). It's time to rebel against the man, ladies!


I can't comment on what she looks like now by calm Fri February 22, 2008 @ 7:57 PM

She was gorgeous! by RedheadwGlasses Sat February 23, 2008 @ 12:33 AM

Women today scare me by ♥Venice♥ Fri February 22, 2008 @ 11:01 PM

You want scary? by Harleycat Sat February 23, 2008 @ 8:31 AM

I've seen her by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

I was a big fan of that show and of her standing up to the "standards" they expected of her by Gino Sat February 23, 2008 @ 2:47 AM

The funny thing is... by Keith C. Thu February 28, 2008 @ 7:41 PM

Warning: Bella's going on a rant here. by BellaSera Sat February 23, 2008 @ 8:56 AM

I saw a clip of the upcoming segment while flipping channels by Don-Oh Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:48 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed February 20, 2008 @ 1:54 PM

Having done some writing for commercials and advertisements when I was
married (my ex was in the biz and I'd help him out now and then), bad
commecials really annoy me.

I posted a letter here at PFB some time go about that annoying, obnoxious
Subway commercial that resurrected the "I don't want no burger"
commercial from 20 years ago.

Well, Subway has once again made another commercial that annoys me. The
commercial for the new "chicken Florentine" sandwich depicts a
young man in Italy being wooed by the various food vendors. One says her
product is the best in all of Florence. In Italy, the city is called
Firenze, not Florence! It just annoys me to no end. When my ex was in the
ad business, all of his coworkers had bachelor degrees, were well-read,
threw interesting parties with brainy but fun people, etc. But who is
writing commercials these days? Monkey? People who've never traveled
abroad, let alone picked up a book and read about another country?

I know this is just ONE commercial, but there are good commericals and bad
commercials, and never the 'twain shall meet.

Personally, I go to Subway for the boring turkey sandwich in a pinch. I've
tried a couple of their specialty sandwiches, and they were nasty
(especially the meatball sub). I'd rather pay three times that price and
get a REALLY good sandwich at a decent restaurant.

* * *

On a completely different note, I watched Law & Order last night and
one guy's "code" name for some underground group was something
like "Captain Mayhem." I loved that. I am trying come up with a
title for my new blog (not at PFB), and while I don't want to be Mistress
Mayhem.... wait... that has a nice ring to it....


Monkey by inanna68 Thu February 21, 2008 @ 9:50 AM

of Mokeies by inanna68 Thu February 21, 2008 @ 9:51 AM

Florence by Keith C Fri February 22, 2008 @ 10:37 PM

So I'm wondering by ♥Venice♥ Fri February 22, 2008 @ 11:07 PM

Make up your mind, already! by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:53 AM

Do I have to explain **everything** to you? by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:43 AM

What's the difference? by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:49 AM

It's not about obsession, it's about doing the right thing by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:03 AM

This is PUBLIC blog, open for PUBLIC responses... by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:10 AM

You're a coward, plain and simple by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:18 AM

Have you not gotten the message yet... by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:22 AM

Decency by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:28 AM

Apparently you're not by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:32 AM

You fucking idiot by RedheadwGlasses Sat February 23, 2008 @ 12:06 AM

your' a weird-o by Dwight S. Sat February 23, 2008 @ 11:47 AM

Grandmother by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:34 AM

You're a slimy fucking dirtball, Keith by Don-Oh Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:04 AM

And another showing their true colors by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:19 AM

You're such a pussy! by RedheadwGlasses Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:10 PM

"ignored you, since I was published in the poetry and Sci Fi Genres" by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:58 AM

and by RedheadwGlasses Sat February 23, 2008 @ 12:14 AM

Wow! by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:41 AM

Poor, lonely Keith, trying to make friends by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:54 AM

LOL by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:57 AM

Oh, I think it's working just fine by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:08 AM

ROFL by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 2:14 AM

Venice is something else. You're just a pussy. by RedheadwGlasses Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:17 PM

You're lying by RedheadwGlasses Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:16 PM

That's YOUR opinion by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 1:04 PM

Keith.. by Harleycat Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:40 PM

Why don't YOU mind your own business by Keith C Sun February 24, 2008 @ 12:57 PM

It is my business... by Harleycat Mon February 25, 2008 @ 8:42 AM

Just pity the cockroaches that live with him in his mommy's basement by RedheadwGlasses Mon February 25, 2008 @ 1:02 PM

What is TRULY pathetic by Keith C Mon February 25, 2008 @ 4:16 PM

Other than by Keith C Mon February 25, 2008 @ 5:23 PM

Sure we do by LadyMac Mon February 25, 2008 @ 7:52 PM

Uh.... by Keith C Mon February 25, 2008 @ 10:11 PM

You are welcome by LadyMac Tue February 26, 2008 @ 6:25 AM

Looks like you charmed him (nearly) speechless, Deb! Good job! n/t by RedheadwGlasses Tue February 26, 2008 @ 12:50 PM

Charm? by Keith C Tue February 26, 2008 @ 4:32 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue February 12, 2008 @ 11:43 PM

I am neither old nor overweight. Eventually, I'll probably be both. But
something you do that I first noticed back when Bob Dole was running for
president really offends me, simply as a human being.

You make jokes about people's age (advanced years) and their weight. You
made fun of Bob Dole's age and now I notice that you make age jokes quite
often. You frequently make jokes making fun of people's weight. You've
made fun of overweight people (everyday people, not celebrities) caught on
camera. You make fun of the superskinny celebrities such as Nicole

I find these jokes to be the vestiges of a man who isn't funny. I find
these jokes to be mean, lacking in intellect, and simply unnecessary.

Hey, I'm all for making fun of people and I know it's a key part of comedy:
I've been told I should do stand-up, and believe me, part of my schtick is
to flip people some shit now and then. (True story!)

So for the sake of the art of comedy, and for your own soul, just stop with
this nonsense. What's next? Making fun of handicapped people? Blacks?
Jews? Short people? BMW drivers?

Signed, someone who wishes she had a TV remote and that she weren't too
overcome by inertia to get up and turn the channel to Letterman.


I think at some point by ♥Venice♥ Wed February 13, 2008 @ 2:05 AM

Mr Chin lost me a long time ago. by Gino Sat February 16, 2008 @ 5:50 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Fri February 1, 2008 @ 2:57 PM

Today, February 1, is my "I'm not 40 YET" party. Friends are
hosting, and providing all the beer, liquor and wine. A few close
girlfriends are bringing food to help out. My boyfriend is bringing jello
shots. (He's only 29, so forgive him.) ;) I turn 40 on Tuesday, February
5. My birthday has always been a HUGE, week-long deal. I love my

That I have such thoughtful, generous, wonderful friends is very touching.
Tonight, in attendance there will be friends I've had for only 18 months as
well as 20 years, from my hometown of Iowa City. I'm planning on about 30
people--it pained me to exclude an entire softball team (I have two) and
that I couldn't invite everyone I know and like!

I can't wait and am planning on having a blast. My goal: TO NOT PUKE

Normally, I buy/eat almost exclusively organic foods. But for a party, I
buy conventional food in order to keep the costs down and yet provide
enough food and variety. Still, food cost me about $200 and I'm preparing
it all myself (oh, how tempting it'd be to buy meat/cheese/veggie trays,
but that would cost a fortune, so I'm doing it myself). I sort of feel
like I'm copping out -- I feed myself organic, but I feed my friends
conventional. Then I checked my mail just now and got a birthday card from
my aunt Kay. She's a former nun-turned-lesbian from the '70s who is

From her card: She volunteers at a local food bank, and one woman came in
wanting kosher, vegan, low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar food. The bank could
accommodate everything except the kosher. From my aunt: "I thought
to myself: This woman is hungry, but she believes she can only eat foot
that is prepared a certain way. It made me conclude that hte only really
free people int he world are those who have escaped the indoctrination of
one religion or another. Fortunately, that includes you and me!"

(From a former Catholic nun!) What a cool aunt, eh?

And for my Republican friends here, one more tidbit from her card: "I
think Hillary needs to send Bill on a 'round-the-world' trip."

Happy birthday to me. And thanks to yet another year of YOU, online
friends, because I get a lot out of knowing so many really cool, different
people that I otherwise wouldn't have met. Thanks for being my friend.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Dab a little extra wrinkle cream around
your eyes in my honor tonight. ;)



Happy Birthday! by Michelle O Fri February 1, 2008 @ 6:40 PM

Happy Birthday! by Harleycat Sat February 2, 2008 @ 8:56 AM

Have a blast by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Sat February 2, 2008 @ 7:51 PM

Happy B-Day!! by Beeracuda Sat February 2, 2008 @ 11:47 PM

♥Happy Birthday♥ by ♥Venice♥ Sun February 3, 2008 @ 3:21 AM

Happy Birthday by 13 weeks... Mon February 4, 2008 @ 10:16 AM

Happy OFFICIAL Birthday!! by Beeracuda Tue February 5, 2008 @ 9:55 PM

Happy Birthday, Angela by Gino Sun February 10, 2008 @ 3:09 AM

Thank you, everybody!!! by RedheadwGlasses Tue February 12, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

Oh sorry im late by Melissa Savelloni Fri February 15, 2008 @ 1:15 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon January 7, 2008 @ 11:03 PM

My awesome aunt Thelma died several years ago of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. On Saturday, I'm in a
Texas Hold 'Em tournament as a fundraiser for a woman who's recently been
diagnosed with this disease. It's always fatal (except, for some reason,
with scientist Stephen Hawking), usually within three years of diagnosis.

The woman for whom the fundraiser is being held is about 40 years old and
has three young children, one of whom is a quadriplegic.

It's a horrible, horrible death. It's too bad that Lou Gehrig, who by all
accounts was a wonderful, generous, gracious man (if you don't know, he was
one of baseball's finest), has his name forever linked to the disease that
killed him, but perhaps that helps keep the name of the disease more
well-known, and more attention can be paid to it. Following is Lou
Gehrig's farewell speech. I've read interviews -- he knew it was time to
retire when his game was deteriorating, but no one said anything to him
about his poor playing.

I can't write or read about him or this illness without getting tears in my
eyes. Here's his farewell speech.

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I
got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this
earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received
anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight
of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm
lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also,
the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six
years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent
the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of
psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm

"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat,
and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to
the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies
- that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides
with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you
have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an
education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who
has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed
existed - that's the finest I know.

"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an
awful lot to live for."


Thanks! by thinkingitthrough Tue January 15, 2008 @ 3:27 PM

You're very welcome by RedheadwGlasses Fri January 18, 2008 @ 12:06 AM

I wrote a comment here yesterday by ♥Venice♥ Fri January 18, 2008 @ 2:19 AM

Heroes by Gino Sun January 20, 2008 @ 3:46 AM

Kudos to You by Karen B Mon January 21, 2008 @ 9:53 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Sun January 6, 2008 @ 10:58 PM

One of the gifts my boyfriend gave me is an appetizer cookbook. When I
opened it, I thought, "Oh, great, I have TONS of cookbooks already," but
slapped a smile on my face and thanked him. Then he said, "I think we
should start making things in the next couple of weeks, for the two of us,
so we can cook together, and find some good appetizers to serve at a
party." Aw! How sweet! So last night, we made two of the dishes for our
supper. One was sticky, spicy pork ribs and the other was a pesto
bruschetta (mmmmm pesto). It was fun to go get groceries together
(something I haven't done much--my ex-spouse refused to do that, and the
exbf and I cooked maybe twice in four years)!

Cooking together was GREAT! I opened a good bottle of zin and he went to
work making the sauce for the ribs and I got some shrimp cocktail going (I
was starving and we needed to nosh while we fixed supper) before starting
the bruschetta.

The ribs were good, but the recipe called for "Chinese Five Spice" powder,
which turns out has three things in it that I can't stand (nutmeg, ginger,
and anise, and it also has cinnamon in it). Too bad that spice cost us $5,
as I'm giving it away.

As we ate, we talked about what we'd do differently next time to make them
better, and more appropriate for a party guest, meaning, eating with one
hand while holding a drink in the other. So next time, we'll make the ribs
with a homemade barbeque sauce (because jar sauce seems too easy, and it'd
be fun to make sauce together) and cut the meat smaller and put them on
skewers. The bruschetta was DELICIOUS, except we over-toasted the slices
of baguette. I'm glad we tested them on ourselves first.

Unfortunately, he's out of town this week for work and then our weekend is
spoken for, but I can't WAIT to cook some more together. All you
married/committed people, I hope you don't take stuff like this for
granted. We had such a good time drinking, laughing, kissing while we
fixed supper, I could get used to that very quickly.


Sounds like you had a great time by 16 weeks... Mon January 7, 2008 @ 10:31 AM

That does by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Mon January 7, 2008 @ 12:37 PM

As Good As It Gets by Gino Sun January 20, 2008 @ 3:25 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Mon December 3, 2007 @ 11:09 PM

Gillette Children's Hospital has been running some awesome TV spots. Check
them out here:


I don't know whether they are nationwide or just local, since it's a local
hospital, but they should be seen by everyone, young and old. One spot
shows a young girl walking with leg braces, walking toward the camera, with
a huge grin on her face. Her awkward gait is overwhelmed by her happy,
smiling face.

Another spot shows a girl with hands that don't work "normally," making
some craft object (something like macrame it seems).

Both spots end with the word "pity" appearing on the screen.

A moment later, "pity" is followed by "It's 100% curable."


Alright, everyone, on three. by Blackrack Tue December 4, 2007 @ 2:09 PM

Thanks for Sharing this! by Gino Thu December 6, 2007 @ 12:14 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue November 27, 2007 @ 12:25 PM

A LOT of OPs could learn a lot from a recent column:

Dear Miss Manners,

What is the best way to deal with inattentive or rude salespeople and
cashiers at retail stores? As someone who worked in her share of fast food
restaurants and retail stores to earn extra money in high school and
college, I understand that the job is not necessarily the most fun or
enjoyable, but I have little patience for those who ignore you while you
are waiting to be helped or checked out, or use an impatient tone when you
ask a question or need something.

People in sales are supposed to provide good customer service, are they
not? I have often been tempted to ask to speak to a manager about an
employee's attitude, or say something directly, but I wasn't sure if that
was out of line. What to do?

Gentle Reader,

Talk to the manager. Or shop elsewhere.

Miss Manners does not know if your hesitation to complain comes from the
fear that it will do no good or from a reluctance to get employees into
exaggerated trouble. But either danger will be minimized if you keep your
complaint specific and state it calmly.

For example, you should not complain about anyone's "attitude," which can
be interpreted as generalizing the matter beyond your competence to judge.
The boss may know that this is a good worker having a bad day. But if you
say "There are three clerks standing over there talking and no one will
check me out" or "I asked if this came in a smaller size, and the salesman
said 'How would I know? Go look,' " you are likely to be taken seriously.


Dear Miss Manners,

I have been working/managing at Cold Stone Creamery for four years now, and
I have yet to figure out how to handle exceptionally obnoxious customers. I
understand being picky and that the customer is always right, but when I
was cursed at a few months ago by a customer because she thought her ice
cream was too expensive (even though she was charged for what she ordered),
I started to wonder, when do I get to stand up for myself?

I would never curse back, but what is the protocol for handling people like
this? I know it's a difficult situation, but I was hoping you could help.

Gentle Reader,

As you well know, the customer is not always right; and that slogan has
done a lot of damage. Miss Manners would think it more reasonable now to
change this to "We don't stoop to the behavior of our customers." It is not
a matter of standing up for yourself, but of maintaining the tone of the
company you represent.

Customers who yell or threaten should be asked to leave the store, which
you, as a manager, should empower your employees to do. Those who are
merely difficult should be met with icy politeness: "That is the clearly
stated price, madam. I'm sure that in the future you will want to buy your
ice cream elsewhere."


Great article by ~Fiナ-la-ネea~ Tue November 27, 2007 @ 2:17 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed November 21, 2007 @ 2:48 PM

Watch the video and read the full story here:


Synopsis: 9-year-old Nicklas Nelson was born with the back of each leg
being sort of "webbed" -- if you watch the video, they'll show it. Words
can't really describe how it looks. But this condition keeps him from
straightening his legs, so he can't walk upright like other kids, he can't
run, etc. He gets around in a wheelchair. He's endured 15 surgeries to
correct this problem. His left leg is doing well, his right leg is not.
They can't simply cut this excess skin, as it's full of nerve endings.

So about a month ago, Nicklas underwent surgery to get his right leg
amputated above the knee. He's going to give an interview today on this
same news station -- he'll get his prosthetic in a few weeks. He's a pretty
amazing kid, but it's been my experience that kids are much less likely to
be "why me?" and more "I want to be normal, let's make that happen, and
I'll get on with my life."

* * *

I blogged about this story in a private website to which I belong, but I
decided to post it here, since it was featured on the national NBC TV news
last night and this morning on the Today show. Pretty amazing kid. I
think the moms here would agree that kids are resilient, tough, and have
nothing more than a desire to be "normal."


by RedAppleswRazors Posted Mon October 29, 2007 @ 7:03 PM

This just happened this past weekend here in the Twin Cities. Subsequent
news coverage revealed that COUNTLESS young women were meeting people for
employment via ads on Craigslist in nonpublic areas! These young women
never considered that someone may be LYING to them! WTF? They also didn't
tell people who they were meeting, where they were meeting, etc.

Here's the link to the article. For those who'd rather not click on the
link, the text follows.


A 19-year-old resident of Savage is being held in the murder of a woman
discovered in a Burnsville park Friday night. The suspect's name is being
withheld pending formal charges by the Scott County Attorney's Office,
which are expected to be made as early as Monday, Oct. 28.

The man is suspected of being involved in the death of 24-year-old
Katherine Ann Olson. Olson's body was found in the trunk of her car at
Burnsville's Kraemer Nature Preserve around 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter discovered Olson's abandoned car after
being notified by the Savage Police Department that she was missing.
Earlier that day, Olson's purse had been found in a trash can at Pacer Park
in Savage. Police telephoned Olson's home and left a voice message
regarding her purse. The woman's roommate returned the call later in the
day, informing Savage Police that she had last seen
Olson Thursday morning. Upon further examination of the trash can where the
purse was located, officers found a blood-soaked towel enclosed in a
garbage bag.

The police investigation has revealed that Olson came to Savage for a
babysitting job she had applied for through Craig's List. The 19-year-old
suspected of being involved in the homicide was arrested at the
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he works, shortly after
Olson's body was found.

"This is a very unusual homicide," said Capt. Dave Muelken. "I don't have a
word to describe the situation; it's very tragic."

A cause of death has not been released; an autopsy is being conducted by
the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Hastings.Muelken said
Olson's parents, who live in Cottage Grove, described their daughter as
extremely brightand very popular. She was at the top of her high school
class, and had traveled the world - at one time being a juggler for a
circus in Argentina.

She previously had been a nanny for more than a year - a position she had
also found through Craig's List.

The last time the Savage Police Department investigated a homicide was in
2000 when a man killed his wife and then killed himself. Prior to that,
there hasn't been a murder here for nearly 25 years.

"This is extremely upsetting," Capt. Muelken said. "Savage is generally a
very safe area."

The case remains under investigation by the Savage Police Department.
Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer extends his appreciation to agencies
assisting in the case, including the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Scott
County Sheriff's Department, Burnsville Police Department, Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Airport Police Department and the Minnesota State


These are the things that keep me awake at night by ♥Venice♥ Mon October 29, 2007 @ 9:57 PM

Is that... by ♥B00!♥ Wed October 31, 2007 @ 7:29 PM

by RedAppleswRazors Posted Tue October 23, 2007 @ 1:14 PM

I'm already sick of these letters. I responded to one, then copied my
response into a few other Nick Hogan-related letters, then I saw how the
site was being inundated with these letters.

I give up. But here's my thoughts on the entire issue:

Other sponsors of Nick Hogan:

Mac Tools, BF Goodrich and Sparco

Also, Nick's friend John Graziano made the choice to (1) ride with a
reckless, young, race-car-driver-wannabe (2) without a seatbelt on.

Nick and John didn't do much more than many young people do -- that sense
of immortality and a lack of awareness of the true dangers of reckless
driving is something that kills countless young people every year.


I agree.. by Harleycat Tue October 23, 2007 @ 3:42 PM

While I don't care about by calm Wed October 24, 2007 @ 7:47 AM

I agree with you, calm by RedAppleswRazors Wed October 24, 2007 @ 8:47 AM

I saw that too by SiouxFan Tue October 23, 2007 @ 10:35 PM

Thanks! IT's just for halloween! :) by RedAppleswRazors Wed October 24, 2007 @ 8:45 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sat August 11, 2007 @ 7:56 PM

The exbf, Hal, lost a former colleague in the bridge tragedy. He worked
with this man about 20 years ago, along with two friends, John and Dan.
They knew this long-ago friend was "missing" (meaning, dead, but no remains
discovered as of yet) in the bridge collapse after several days, once those
names had been released.

This week, his remains were discovered. And then the stories came out: He
survived the bridge collapse, LEFT HIS CAR AND JUMPED IN THE RIVER and
saved several other people before drowning. The people he saved have come
forward, as have witnesses to his heroism, to tell the public about the
circumstances of his death.

I asked Hal, "Would you have expected him to do this?" Hal: "I didn't
know him REAL well, but what I knew of him, and based on my dealings with
him at work, it doesn't surprise me one bit."

He leaves behind a wife and four children.


Reds, by Gino Sun August 12, 2007 @ 1:32 AM

OMG by - Leanne- Sun August 12, 2007 @ 8:32 AM

Wow. by BellaSera Tue August 14, 2007 @ 2:04 PM

How utterly selfless by rebekahsue Thu September 13, 2007 @ 8:47 PM

It's back! by Its baaaaack! (Compliment Week September 23-29!) SiouxFan Sat September 15, 2007 @ 9:28 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Wed August 1, 2007 @ 9:13 PM

I've had the TV on since neighbors told me what happened. I-35 collapsed
at 6 p.m., the height of our rush hour here in the Twin Cities, over the
Mississippi River. The river is low due to a drought, so the bridge
collapsed about 65 feet to the river below, possibly onto a barge.

One guy they just has on the news said he was talking to his friend via
cellphone as she walked on the bridge, and she said to him, "I have to go,
the bridge is collapsing," and he hasn't heard from her since.

There were workers on the bridge doing a resurfacing project -- no word on
how they've fared.

Cell tower signals are jammed, so people can't get through. Rescue crews
have to move slowly in case more sections collapse further. The bridge is
toast from shore to shore. There's a school bus on the edge, it was full
of kids going home from a day of swimming (as many as 60 plus chaperones).
So many cars smashed, teetering on the edges of the bridge, or in the
water. It's horrifying.

Hal, my boyfriend of four years (until last week), called to tell me he was
okay. He doesn't have a car and should have been at home or on campus, so
I hadn't been worried. But I should have been. He was with his daughter
in her car on their way to the Twins game, and had just crossed over that
bridge when it collapsed, so he was freaked out. Then *I* was freaked out,
thinking how close they had come to being involved in the tragedy.

The news reports talk of tons of bystanders -- people who survived the
collapse, nearby bicyclists and pedestrians and drivers ran to the scene
and risked their lives to get people out of their vehicles.

And that's what we need to take away from tragedies such as bridge
collapses and natural disasters -- that human nature kicks in and people
drop what they're doing to help total strangers as they'd want someone to
help their own loved ones.


I'm watching it on the news by Venice Wed August 1, 2007 @ 9:37 PM

Scary by SiouxFan Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:01 PM

I am glad that you are ok! by rxgirl --open your profile or I'm not listening :) Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:46 PM

We by RedheadWGlasses Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:57 PM

We're at seven confirmed deaths so far by RedheadWGlasses Wed August 1, 2007 @ 11:07 PM

OMG Angela by - Leanne- Wed August 1, 2007 @ 11:08 PM

I thought of you immediately.. by Harleycat Thu August 2, 2007 @ 8:20 AM

Glad to hear from you by LadyMac Thu August 2, 2007 @ 9:41 AM

So glad you're okay! by PaintedLady Thu August 2, 2007 @ 11:18 AM

I'm sorry to see this happen and glad you and yours are o.k. by Gino Fri August 3, 2007 @ 1:32 AM

Sorry, I'm coming in late. by BellaSera Tue August 7, 2007 @ 9:29 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun July 22, 2007 @ 9:42 PM

I haven't been in a band for seven years, and I'm SO JONESIN' to be in one

I decided it was time to relearn (and better this time) the guitar. I
picked this book up a long time ago, and it has sat on my bookcase for a
long time.

This this weekend, I got an offer to jam. I had plans for most of the
weekend, so I had to (and got to) say "no, thanks," but the pressure was
on: Learn the damn guitar or be forever destined to being the keyboardist
(which I'm tired of playing).

So I got out my electric guitar tonight (bought at least seven years ago),
and the "Guitar for Dummies" book, and after spending a couple of minutes
tuning the guitar, I was all set. In a matter of minutes, I was playing A,
D, E, and back to A again. I can play any chord (some easily, some not so
easily), but the tough part is moving the fingers fast enough into the NEXT
chord so I can play something that's actually A SONG.

My goal songs: Nick Kershaw's "Wouldn't it be Good" and Queen's "It's
Late." I just want to play solid rhythm guitar in a band -- my aspirations
stop there (how anyone can play lead guitar and sing at the same time is
beyond me -- Brian May, Mark Knopfler, to name two I respect and admire).

"Hysterical Hillbillies" will definitely be on the list of potential band
names! :)


LOL I love it! by - Leanne- Tue July 24, 2007 @ 7:30 AM

My husband plays guitar. by BellaSera Wed July 25, 2007 @ 5:04 PM

That's so funny, Bella! by RedheadWGlasses Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:31 PM

Red.... drop me an email. by GryphonsKeeper Thu July 26, 2007 @ 9:30 PM

Done. by RedheadWGlasses Fri July 27, 2007 @ 5:16 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon June 25, 2007 @ 10:44 PM

6 Warning Signs of a Financial Problem:

1. Over 20% of your monthly net income used to pay back credit cards and
other loans.

2. Instead of paying off loans, you're borrowing money to make payments on

3. Your credit card limits are frequently at, near, or over your limit.

4. You're paying only the minimum required on your credit card bill.

5. You don't think you have enough money so you are paying bills late or
putting off visits to the doctor.

6. You have started working overtime or at a second job just to cover food,
housing, and other basic living expenses.


Addendum by Beeracuda Sat June 30, 2007 @ 10:04 AM

We experienced most of those things by Venice Sun July 8, 2007 @ 9:13 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri June 15, 2007 @ 5:14 PM

Years ago, before "invisible" money (no debit cards, credit cards things
were cash or check), people managed their money with envelopes. They
cashed their paycheck then put the cash into envelopes earmarked for
various bills. You couldn't overspend on clothes because the only money
you brought with you was earmarked for clothes--no spending the grocery
money by writing too big of a check!

A financial advisor I like to read highly recommended this site and she's a
VERY frugal person, so I figured it must be worth checking out.

There is a lot of info at the site, a good ebook on money management, etc.

I'm going to do with with some girlfriends soon (we're in the process of
forming a group, seeing what we need to do, etc.), and thought I'd pass
along the website so others can check it out and perhaps find it useful
enough that they join as well.


Thanks for this link! by Gino Fri June 15, 2007 @ 11:28 PM

I agree, Gino! by RedheadWGlasses Sat June 16, 2007 @ 10:39 PM

My theory has always been... by Venice Sat June 16, 2007 @ 3:28 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri June 1, 2007 @ 7:23 PM


Kevin Drum is a Democrat and blogger for the Washington Monthly. He posts
several commentaries a day and there are comments for each post. The
comments often are the most interesting! Most of his readers and
responders are liberal, some are conservative, some are in between. There
often is some interesting, intelligent, even debate, which I love. While of
course he's mostly critical of policies and actions and words of
Republicans, he saves room for chastizing Democrats as well. He's
intelligent and an excellent writer. I don't read him much -- he's prolific
and I don't have the time or the interest to follow it all.

Most of his blogs are politics-related, but he also focuses on education
issues as well.

He does his best to present counterarguments to his own beliefs, and
generally makes an attempt to play fair. He wears his politics on his
sleeve and is honest about any bias, which I think lend more credibility to
him. IMHO.

But libs and cons all over have one thing to thank him for:

Friday Cat Blogging

He's been blogging for a long time, and every Friday, posts a blog about
his kitty(ies). He recently added a second cat (Domino--mostly black) to
his one-cat (Inkblot) household, and captures pictures of them separate and
together as he patiently waits to see if they're going to be BFF.

From Wikipedia's glossary of terms:


(traditionally "Friday catblogging") is the practice of posting pictures of
cats, in typical cat postures and expressions, on a blog. Sometimes a
comment on the cat or the situation shown is provided. Cats had been on web
pages already, but "catblogging" as a distinct and defined practice
originated on Calpundit by Kevin Drum. He also established Friday as the
canonical catblogging day.


It's taken over the world of blogging over the years, so now bloggers all
over the world do their own "Friday Cat Blogging."

Sometimes he doesn't post a cat blog until later in the day. I've nudged
him a few times. Usually, all I want to see is the Friday cat blog, not all
the other more serious stuff! His cat blogging led a whole community of
readers to buy $10 fleece pet beds from Petsmart. I went out and bought
three, and my cats refused to come to bed with me for a couple of weeks,
they loved their new beds so much. Stupid cats.

I think most kitty lovers (myself included) prefer our cat entertainment to
be a little more low-brow and more numerous. I prefer guffawing over some
"kitteh" pic to reading four paragraphs on how the cats are blending
together in the household. I guess I just feel like I have plenty of my own
real-life cat drama/stories and would prefer pure entertainment.


Is that anything like cat juggling? lol by - Leanne- Sat June 2, 2007 @ 10:14 AM

There's nothing like cat (pet) stories by BellaSera Tue June 5, 2007 @ 12:34 PM

I finally got a chance to by - Leanne- Mon June 11, 2007 @ 12:03 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri May 25, 2007 @ 3:26 PM

Well, we hit Barcelona yesterday and visited a gorgeous old monastery
(sp?). If I had any idea what the ride would be like (a top-heavy bus
going up steep roads precariously carved into the side of a mountain), I
would have passed. Plus, I was hungover. NOT GOOD.

Most of the tour was spent on the bus, as we had to rush into the monastery
before the monks closed it for morning prayers, but our guide was
wonderful--the best we've had the whole trip. And a hottie. Yum...
Spaniards! :)

Today we toured caves on the eastern side of the Spanish island of
Mallorca. Very cool! There's a huge underground lake and they had people
sit on bleachers and three boats came out, subtly lit up (no other lights
were on), and one of them had an organist and three musicians playing
stringed instrumetns (couldn't really see them). It was sometimes eerie,
sometimes magical, always very cool. Then we got the heck out of there and
headed to a short (45 minutes) shopping stop where I bought two black
leather purses and a wooden bowl made of olive wood. The bowl will be
perfect for holding room-temp produce, or cheese/bread for parties.

Again, the ride there and back was the longest part of the tour. But we
got a decent tour guide who talked a lot about the country side and the
history of the island. I slept on and off through it. Had thoughts of Tim
Daly in my head. Go figger.

We'll be at sea all day tomorrow, and Sunday we'll wake up in Tunis,
Africa! I think we'll be doing an 8-hour tour that day.

I miss my cats and my dog and my boyfriend (not in that order... okay,
maybe!), and next Thursday, we'll go to UPS, pick up my new high-speed
internet modem, and hopefully by the weekend, I'll be rid of dial-up
internet service!


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue May 22, 2007 @ 9:52 AM

Tomorrow we'll be at sea all day and will pass between Corse (Corsica,
owned by France) and Sardigna (Sardinia, owned by Italy), on our way to
Barcelona. The captain said he'd go slowly so we'd have lots of photo

Rome was great. Did you know that France surrendered (well, capitulated
was more like it) so that Paris would be spared the bombings? In
hindsight, it may have been worth it--Paris certainly has so much history
left in it. Rome was not so lucky, but still there is much left.

Monaco -- lovely, lovely country, Monte Carlo is a lovely city. It's
essentially a French enclave, but it's its own country founded by the
Grimaldi family (sound familiar, any As the World Turn watchers?)--only on
ATWT, they combined the Grimaldi family with the island of Malta. I didn't
go to the casino--wasn't interested (it doesn't open utnil 2 p.m. and
there's a cover charge), but it's a lovely old building, looks nothing like
a casino. Bought more postcards and a cig lighter for my mom. THe Grand
Prix is happening this week, so it was crazy in town. It's amazing how
much can be built on the side of hills and mountains! (And be done better
than is being done in San Bernardino County, CA.)

Livorno was, well, disappointing because we were looking forward to
shopping (leather!) but most stores were closed due to a Catholic holiday.
Oh well. I'm in my swimsuit and ready to go swimming--we don't set sail
(metaphorically) until 10 p.m. tonight.

Tomorrow we're at sea all day, then we arrive in Barcelona early Thursday
morning. We're touring a monastery and have to be off the boat at 7:50
a.m. Ugh! Oh well, fewer cocktails for me the night before and I'll be
fine. ;)

Most of the ship employees are Filipino/a -- very nice people, leaving
their families behind for a year so they can earn money to send back home.
I hope it's all worth it for them.


Sounds like you are having fun!! by rxgirl --open your profile or I'm not listening :) Tue May 22, 2007 @ 3:51 PM

You are really taking in a lot by - Leanne- Tue May 22, 2007 @ 6:57 PM

Buon Giorno Testarossa con le lente!!! by Gino Wed May 23, 2007 @ 1:32 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun May 13, 2007 @ 5:11 PM

I leave Wednesday around 11 or noon and I don't get back for two weeks. 17
days off of work -- I've never done that in my life.

I spent a frickin' FORTUNE this weekend. I went to REI and got three pairs
of "camping" pants and a skirt (shorts underneath). REI is expensive, but
the quality is great and they have a "100% satisfaction guaranteed" return
policy. I couldn't bring myself to buy any tops there -- overpriced
workout gear and lots of ugly (and unnecessary) designs on everything, it

So I had decent travel bottom, but I wasn't thrilled. I don't want to look
like some sloppy American tourist with cargo pants and tennies, you know?

So I hit J. Jill at the mall.

WOW. Just... WOW. I have to post a letter to them via this website today.
I already had two J. Jill items -- a blue tshirt and a pair of capris --
and both were second hand and have held up amazingly well, so I knew I
could expect good quality. So much linen items to choose from, and the
colors of this season (at least in J. Jill) are *my* colors -- blues and
earth tones. The saleslady helping me was French, so she was very helpful
as far as the climate I'll be in, and how women must wear skirts to
churches in greece (no pants allowed), etc. She was marvelous. I spent
$470, and got a J. Jill credit card in order to get 10% off. But I got a
lot of stuff (it isn't cheap--and the $100 top I wanted was soooo tempting,
but I couldn't justify that at all) and I can wear all of it to work, my
cousin's late-June wedding in Kentucky, etc. I'm just thrilled. It was
all worth every penny. It's all gorgeous, the sizes are true (REI's stuff
ran very small, like two sizes too small, and the "petites" STILL were way
too long), the cuts are great. If you have a J. Jill near you, I suggest
you check it out.

Today I got a new pair of Birkenstocks ;) and spent a small fortune at
Target on various sundries (sunblock, two new bags for touring and flying,
a hat, sunglasses, a watch (I don't own a watch), etc.).

Including my spa day yesterday (highlights, pedicure, bikini and underarm
waxing), I spent about $1K this weekend. That doesn't include the new
Canon digital camera I bought (my first!).

Holy mother of all that is unholy. Thank god my only expenses on vacation
will be any souvenirs I want, because I went over the top. But I feel like
the clothes were a great value, and I needed new Birkenstocks (last pair I
bought was about 15 years ago). I'm also going to be washing my clothes
and hanging them up to dry every day. I'm glad everything I bought will
mix and match!

Mom booked us for the 7:15 a.m. (!) Vatican tour "to avoid the crowds."
Sorry, but getting up at like 5 a.m. (or whatever) is NOT my idea of how to
do things when on vacation! :)

I'm regretting now that I didn't do any preparation as far as things to do
and see in the various cities and countries. I just told myself I didn't
really care, but now I do! I would rather go on a tour of something cool
than wander around touristy-shops full of touristy-trinkets. I figure the
cruise ship will have things set up that I can do in each port city.

My place is a total pit and I need to finish laundry, clean, clean out the
frig, make dogfood, AND pack tonight (so I make sure I have everything,
have room for everything, etc.).

If you're planning a vacation in Europe, I recommend www.ricksteves.com.
He has great message boards on things like packing light, etc. You can
catch his travel shows on PBS and he sells top-quality, affordable ($40 for
a VERY durable, roomy, comfy backpack) travel gear on his website.


Wow even I am getting excited about this trip by - Leanne- Sun May 13, 2007 @ 7:26 PM

Bon Voyage!!!!!!!!!! by Harleycat Tue May 15, 2007 @ 10:31 AM

We'll be right here when you get back n/t by Venice Fri May 18, 2007 @ 4:19 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue May 8, 2007 @ 3:08 PM

I leave Minneapolis on Wednesday, 5/16 at noon, and arrive in Rome at 8
a.m. (local time) the next day. Any tips for dealing with jet lag? This
also will be my first cruise ever!

We'll spend a few days in Rome, then bounce around the Mediterranean (Rome,
Palermo, Tunisia, Greek islands, Barcelona, Valencia). We're touring the
Vatican (not my thing, being fervently anti-Catholic AND not thrilled with
how the churches of Europe got their gold and silver by stripping the lands
of South and Central America) and Pompeii (very interested in that!). I'm
planning to eat A LOT. I didn't hit the gym 5 days a week for the past six
months so I could eat vegetables on vacation. ;)

If you've been to any of the aforementioned cities, feel free to point out
something nontouristy (or something touristy but worth seeing) you think I
should investigate. I'm more interested in "off the beaten path" things,
such as the REAL local markets rather than the "close to the cruise ship
port" stuff.

Also, I'm looking to purchase just one awesome thing for myself. I love
yellow but can't wear it, so I'm thinking of a gorgeous yellow Italian
leather bag, or great shoes, or something! Earrings for my coworker,
something cool for the friend who's taking care of my dog for 2.5 weeks,
and something good for the boyfriend. Otherwise, I plan to spend very
little money, nothing on trinkets or stuff like that. Food and booze,
that's what I'm after!

I'm finally get excited. This week I'll finalize my list, do some
shopping: sunblock! black yoga pants! sunglasses! synthetic fiber undies
so I can do laundry! comfy shoes (not tennis shoes)!

Saturday morning, I get a pedicure, a bikini wax ;) and full highlights.
(At least the IMPORTANT stuff is taken care of.)

Any helpful hints as far as unusual things to pack, things to see, etc. are


You suck - by Firebrat Tracy Tue May 8, 2007 @ 4:35 PM

You must get her "Early REcordings" CD by RedheadWGlasses Wed May 9, 2007 @ 12:33 PM

Love it! by Firebrat Tracy Wed May 9, 2007 @ 3:35 PM

"Righteous Love" is the CD by RedheadWGlasses Thu May 10, 2007 @ 11:30 PM

It already sounds absolutely wonderful! by >Leanne< Tue May 8, 2007 @ 4:44 PM

You're setting on a great vacation!!! by Gino Wed May 9, 2007 @ 1:34 AM

Wave at me as you fly by :P by Bored With It . Wed May 9, 2007 @ 9:26 AM

Please tell Marc... by RedheadWGlasses Wed May 9, 2007 @ 12:39 PM

Ok, talked to Marc by Bored With It . Wed May 9, 2007 @ 3:05 PM

But but but by TwinkleToes Thu May 10, 2007 @ 12:53 PM

I'm Jealous! by Harleycat Wed May 9, 2007 @ 9:51 AM

We're cruising on Holland American by RedheadWGlasses Wed May 9, 2007 @ 12:42 PM

Holland American.. by Harleycat Wed May 9, 2007 @ 1:15 PM

My best friend by LadyMac Mon May 14, 2007 @ 9:17 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Wed May 2, 2007 @ 3:33 PM



Cute ;) hehe by >Leanne< Thu May 3, 2007 @ 11:57 AM

Excellent. :) by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Fri May 4, 2007 @ 6:43 PM

Cute and funny....thanks for the chuckle!!N/T by Gino Mon May 7, 2007 @ 1:52 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun April 29, 2007 @ 9:14 AM

Well, not really, but it's the dream that woke me up this morning! Years
ago, I was at a McDs with my then-husband and a good friend. Long story
short, the manager assaulted me unprovoked (seriously, she was NUTS) and
left me with a three-inch scratch (bleeding) across my face, barely missing
my eye (she hit me with the edge of a serving tray). I sued and won (not
easy, as those of us in the legal field will attest to), mainly because it
turns out she had a history of this sort of behavior.

So here's the dream:

I was at McDs ordering an egg biscuit and a plain biscuit. The cashier
didn't know how to ring it up so she used the "extra" button a bunch of
times and it came to over double what it should be -- it was over $3, and
that order should be $1.28 (at least in my dream). I told her that that
wasn't right, and I was frustrated because she was clueless, so I just
reached across the counter and slapped her lightly. Then I grabbed my
stuff (for some reason, I had brought my motorcycle helmet in with me, even
though I'd driven my truck) and left. When I got to the door to leave, it
was sort of cordoned (sp?) off, so I had to move the cord to open the front
door. I suspected that the manager had called the police, so I wanted to
get the heck out of there.

I got in my truck and started to drive down the road, looking for a
discreet place/parking lot to pull into, since I figured the cops were on
their way.

Then I woke up.

I think I'll go to McDs now -- haven't been there in a while! :)


Do let us know how your trip turns out :P by >Leanne< Sun April 29, 2007 @ 12:31 PM

We ended up at Baker's Square by RedheadWGlasses Sun April 29, 2007 @ 3:25 PM

No I haven't , by >Leanne< Sun April 29, 2007 @ 4:56 PM

I hope you got compensated for PTBD by Gino Mon May 7, 2007 @ 1:58 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sat April 21, 2007 @ 1:34 PM

I attended a fabulous wedding and reception last night. It's now 12:30 and
my head still hurts, although it looks as if I won't become ill as a result
of overdrinking (open bar) and undereating.

It's so FUN watching two close friends get married -- I love being able to
say "BOTH!" when asked by other guests, "So are you a friend of the bride
or the groom?"

We had supper last week with the bride, Taya. I asked her whether Len
proposed or did they just talk about getting married and it happened that
way? She told this sweet story that I had the pleasure of sharing with
several wedding guests last night (it made me verklempt):

They were at a tavern near Len's place and he asked her what she thought of
moving in together (they hadn't been dating long, but they grew up
together--they're in their late 30s now). Taya, being the delightful
combination of politically liberal but still quite traditional, replied
that that was fine, so long as it was understood that living together leads
to marriage.

Len: "Oh, thank GOD! I am so relieved! I knew I wanted to marry you but
I didn't know how you felt or if you wanted to get married at all, I'm so
glad you want to get married!"

Not a bended-knee type of thing, but so sweet and charming (just like Len).


That's really funny by >Leanne< Sat April 21, 2007 @ 1:48 PM

I swear, I've been to only two weddings in the past four years. by Blackrack Sat April 21, 2007 @ 6:18 PM

No kids for them! by RedheadWGlasses Sat April 21, 2007 @ 8:42 PM

Then they will be ok by >Leanne< Sun April 22, 2007 @ 4:19 PM

Oh yeah, no kids for me by RedheadWGlasses Sun April 22, 2007 @ 7:16 PM

I was that way once, I really was! by >Leanne< Sun April 22, 2007 @ 8:01 PM

OH btw by >Leanne< Sun April 22, 2007 @ 8:52 PM

Taya is one lucky gal by Venice Sat April 21, 2007 @ 10:12 PM

I have to thank you for this one... by Gino Sat April 21, 2007 @ 10:54 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu April 19, 2007 @ 3:03 PM

There's this guy at work, he's a private contractor, works on another
floor, I hardly ever see him. When we do see each other, we talk and enjoy
each other's company for whatever few minutes we're together in the kitchen
or hallway, etc. He's 20 years older (57!) but so good looking and very
fit, and this week we're working on the same project (which is extremely
rare), and we've been joking and talking, no biggie.

Then today, he asks me what my name is.


And then?? by >Leanne< Thu April 19, 2007 @ 8:55 PM

.......ok by >Leanne< Thu April 19, 2007 @ 9:40 PM

That was it! by RedheadWGlasses Thu April 19, 2007 @ 10:08 PM

I wouldn't take that personally by >Leanne< Thu April 19, 2007 @ 11:32 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sat April 14, 2007 @ 3:50 PM

I got my motorcycle out of storage this morning and it felt GREAT to be
back on it! Hands were chilly (so I need cold-weather gloves--summer
weight won't cut it for a while), but the ride was pretty short to my

Just... wow. I loved being back on the bike.

If you've always wanted to own and ride a motorcycle, I suggest you sign up
for a riding/safety course (which I took last year). Here, the riding
course is limited to motorcycles size 250 or smaller (they are provided for
you), so it's not like you'd have "too much bike" under you. It's a good
way to gauge your own level of comfort and interest, without a huge
investment of time and money. Here in the Twin Cities, the course is 15
hours: one weeknight evening of classroom work, and two half-day weekend
days of riding instruction, which was excellent. The instructors are
great. The whole thing costs a little over $100, I think. I plan to
retake it this spring, as my weakness is curves (especially tight ones), as
my crash last August attested to.

The only thing the course requires is a helmet, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
(must go to the wrist), gloves, and boots that cover your ankle. You can
usually borrow a helmet from someone.

My course was last July on the hottest weekend of the year (100 degrees
with a helmet, gloves, long-sleeve shirt and boots was pretty awful), and
it was worth it.

Harleycat here on this site is more knowledgeable about motorcycles than I
am, and I'm sure she'd answer any questions you may have. ;) (She also
knows way more about cell phones!)

Have a great summer!


Oops almost forgot by RedheadWGlasses Sat April 14, 2007 @ 3:53 PM

That's Great! by Harleycat Mon April 16, 2007 @ 11:52 AM

Fun! by SiouxFan Tue April 17, 2007 @ 8:14 PM

I don't even know any Winnipegians! by RedheadWGlasses Tue April 17, 2007 @ 9:13 PM

What about Winnie the Pooh? by Blackrack Wed April 18, 2007 @ 9:43 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu April 5, 2007 @ 1:43 PM

Stands for "Annoying Coworker." I assume we all have one of those. Mine
is driving us (L. and I) nuts. She's "secretly" job hunting, but there's
no way she'll find something for the money she wants, location (commute
from her home), etc.

But because she's so pissed at the world over this, she isn't speaking to
us. Even though we both said a polite and happy "Good morning!" when she
arrived (at 11 a.m. -- she has flexible hours and can work when she wants
with no supervision--she's been here 16 years), she ignored us. (How

Now she's behind closed doors with our boss, likely demanding more money
since her job hunt didn't pan out the way she wanted. Mind you, she's been
here for 16 years, but she didn't have to interview for the job -- she got
it because she'd worked with my boss previously.

All I know is, she's not that great (calls herself a "word processing
specialist" but doesn't know how to use styles, tables, or macros), AND she
had the gall to try to teach me how to use GOOGLE. Um, thanks, but I'm
pretty much an expert at online searches, having done that a lot at my
previous job.

Let's hope she found something. It'd be nice to find someone with a
"teamwork" mentality (although, I'd hate for the two-week rotation of early
hours change to a three-week rotation with a new employee, but I can be
open-minded). :)


Can she change the font? by Blackrack Mon April 9, 2007 @ 4:56 PM

ugh by SueMagoo Mon April 9, 2007 @ 6:49 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon April 2, 2007 @ 7:42 PM

44 days until I leave for two weeks in the Mediterranean. I am doing zero
shopping until the week prior (I'm planning to lose 10 pounds between now
and then--so I want to wait until the last minute to shop!).

Rome, Greece, Sicily, Tunisia, Barcelona: All I know is I am going to eat
sooooo much yummy Mediterranean food and drink so much wine!

I can't wear yellow but it's my favorite color, so I plan to buy a yellow
leather bag or purse in Italy as my only memento.

I'd love to smooch some swarthy Mediterrean men, but I think that would be
frowned upon by someone. ;) (He's not going.)

I'm just giddy. Two weeks of NO pet duties! So much of my time is spent
with pet care (petting, playing, walking, feeding, cleaning up after, doing
laundry, etc.), that to be free of those chores AND to get to go on a
vacation is a dream come true. Two weeks of no internet! Ack! Maybe I'll
log onto the internet on the cruise ship and then write a letter via PFB
upon my return, complaining about the slow internet service. ;)


This girl is jealous! by TwinkleToes Mon April 2, 2007 @ 8:42 PM

This sounds wonderful! by >Leanne< Tue April 3, 2007 @ 1:29 PM

How Exciting! by AuPair Courtney ! Wed April 4, 2007 @ 5:38 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Wed March 21, 2007 @ 11:22 PM

I found this in a drawer after my mom's dad died. I typed it up in a nice
font and had it framed for her.

Not until the loom is silent

and the shuttles cease to fly

shall God unfold the canvas

and reveal the reasons why

the dark threads are as needful

in the weaver's skillful hand

as the threads of gold and silver

in the pattern He has planned.


Do you know who wrote it? by Venice Fri March 23, 2007 @ 2:55 AM

I have no idea by RedheadWGlasses Fri March 23, 2007 @ 3:44 PM

What a beautiful gift!! I'm sure it's one of her cherished possessions N/T by Gino Sat March 24, 2007 @ 12:47 AM

That has a really nice message in it :) n/t by >Leanne< Tue March 27, 2007 @ 8:29 AM

Hi ! by rxgirl Sat March 31, 2007 @ 11:49 PM

Hi, rxgirl! : ) by RedheadWGlasses Mon April 2, 2007 @ 2:46 PM

Author Unknown... by TwinkleToes Mon April 2, 2007 @ 5:31 PM

Titled "The Weaving" by stonewolf Sun July 22, 2007 @ 12:13 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri March 16, 2007 @ 9:17 PM

At the end of this post is a link to the newspaper article. The newspaper
requires registration for unlimited access, but leaves some stories open to
nonregistered readers. I suspect the article is available because it's the
most-emailed story right now (or it was yesterday). My post is a summary
of the article. So go straight to the article if you want, then come back
here and share your thoughts.

Keep in mind that Target is allowing its orthodox Muslim clerks to refuse
to handle pork products -- this is the headquarters for Target Corporation,
so Target is watching this very closely and choosing their words wisely.

The Twin Cities has (I think) the largest Somali population in the country
(16,000 at last count, I believe). They are primarily Muslim, and they are
divided into two camps: those who practice halal (sort of a Muslim version
of Kosher) and those who believe that prohibition extends to touching it or
assisting others in doing so (they would be "adding to your sin"). Last
year, a group of Somali cab drivers at the airport (in my experience, they
are the majority among cab drivers) began refusing to give rides to people
carrying alcohol or people with guide dogs. Our airport commission, MAC,
recently ordered them to give rides to everyone or lose their licenses that
allow them to work at the airport.

Now some Somali clerks are refusing to touch pork products when they're
ringing up purchases (like groceries) at Target and area grocery stores.
Some ask the customer to do it, others call another employee over to do it
for them. Some don't even know what may or may not contain pork (one guy
had to point out that turkey bacon wasn't actually a pork product, so she
agreed to ring it up).

Adding fuel to the fire is that last year, six Muslim clerics made some
sort of scene (they started prayers, I believe, and if someone has never
seen how Muslim men pray, it could freak them out) at the airport gate and
were detained while the flight took off. They then publicly demanded a
special prayer room at the airport. The airport refused, and now they are

A spokesman for a local Muslim organization says we should show them
compassion, because many of them are refugees and have endured many
hardships, including war, torture, rape, and the loss of their families and
their homeland. "They're already adapting to our society. We need to adapt
to them, too."

It seems pretty easy to come down hard on the Somalis. I have to admit, my
attitude was, "WTF? Do the damn job or let someone else have that job."
There are nearly daily letters to the editor about this lately.

But a recent article on this new development (the clerks refusing to touch
pork products) mentioned other non-Somali groups that have had similar
accommodations made for them for a while now. One is people who refuse to
touch/handle/sell lottery tickets (I have a former coworker, a devout
Jehova's Witness, who would require an accommodation for that). Another is
people who don't want to work on Saturdays (this includes some Christian
groups, not just Jews).

This made me relent a little.

Then the article compared it to pharmacists who refuse to fill
prescriptions for the morning after pill, for birth control pills, refuse
to ring up condoms, etc. I was right back to, "What? Then quit!" As a law
professor said, "It gets a little more difficult in the pharmacy world if
you're dealing with a 24-hour pharmacy and the only pharmacist on duty is
refusing to fill prescriptions."

How far do we go in accommodating extreme religious beliefs? Where do we




I have asked you nicely by pinksnake Wed March 21, 2007 @ 2:30 PM

So you want to read your OWN lies? by RedheadWGlasses Wed March 21, 2007 @ 2:34 PM

Well if I was telling any lies by pinksnake Wed March 21, 2007 @ 2:38 PM

I really don't know what the answer is... by Gino Sat March 24, 2007 @ 12:45 AM

Rude Immigrants by Brad F Fri June 1, 2007 @ 6:13 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue February 13, 2007 @ 8:42 AM

A story on the news last night reiterated what I've said here in response
to flower orders gone bad: NEVER order from a nonlocal floral shop.

The problem is, in violation of Minnesota state law, some 1-800 flowers
places (i.e., flower brokers) create names very similar to local florist
shops, then even use the exact same address in their online listing or in
the actual yellow pages. It's a total scam. The flower broker then gets a
30% cut of your order, and the floral shop they contact to fill your order
gets their cut as well. The end result: the floral arrangement gets
shortchanged and you get ripped off.


I was reading by >Leanne< Tue February 13, 2007 @ 4:15 PM

I agree by RedheadWGlasses Tue February 13, 2007 @ 10:50 PM

That sounds wonderful! by >Leanne< Wed February 14, 2007 @ 9:52 AM

Be careful.. by PaintedLady Thu February 15, 2007 @ 1:07 PM

Compliment Week! March 4-10! by SiouxFan Thu February 15, 2007 @ 12:39 PM

I agree... by PaintedLady Thu February 15, 2007 @ 12:58 PM

Painted lady by >Leanne< Thu February 15, 2007 @ 1:31 PM

We had the same story on our local news... by Gino Thu February 22, 2007 @ 11:06 PM

Considering all the complaints... by Venice Fri February 23, 2007 @ 2:00 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon February 5, 2007 @ 1:15 PM

I'm singing at work, to the tune of "It's my party and I'll cry if I want

It's my birthday and I'll work if I want to!


Had an awesome birthday. The bf took me out to dinner to my favorite Greek
restaurant Saturday night. Then we stopped at a happenin' night spot
(although it was actually dead there because of the extreme cold AND our
winter carnival was going on) for warm cocktails and dessert. Then we
headed back to my place where we watched two more episodes of Battlestar
Galactica (Boomer/Sharon is pregnant!) and I opened my gift: A Sony
portable DVD player, just as I wanted! :) And another gift: we're going
to see Margaret Cho in two weeks. I love her. She's irreverent,
dirty-minded, horny, and pro-gay. What's not to like?


Happy Birthday! by Courtney C Mon February 5, 2007 @ 2:16 PM

Happy birthday! by Starlight22203 Mon February 5, 2007 @ 2:38 PM

Happy birthday!!! by >Leanne< Mon February 5, 2007 @ 6:17 PM

OOPS I meant Starlight! n/t by >Leanne< Mon February 5, 2007 @ 6:18 PM

Happy birthday! n/t by calm Mon February 5, 2007 @ 10:26 PM

Happy birthday, Redhead! n/t by Blue Fox of Shemya Tue February 6, 2007 @ 10:31 AM

Thanks for the kind words, all. n/t by RedheadWGlasses Tue February 6, 2007 @ 8:51 PM

Happy Birthday to the Little Red Haired Girl... w/Glasses! by Venice Wed February 7, 2007 @ 3:24 AM

You really are missing something by RedheadWGlasses Wed February 7, 2007 @ 12:28 PM

The t;hing is I'm afraid I'll like it by Venice Wed February 7, 2007 @ 10:54 PM

Happy happy! :) by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Wed February 7, 2007 @ 9:08 PM

pro gay? by Naive Amanda Thu February 8, 2007 @ 9:49 AM

I see I missed the party!! LOL by rxgirl Sat February 10, 2007 @ 10:24 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue January 23, 2007 @ 12:32 PM

Warning: Not for the faint of heart. Bad language and subject material.
But they're hilarious. The topic is "things overheard in NYC or at the




by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu January 18, 2007 @ 9:16 PM


Follow the directions. Each little square is a piece of an album cover.


Shame on me I only knew 3!! nt by >Leanne< Fri January 19, 2007 @ 5:16 AM

Sigh by Courtney C Fri January 19, 2007 @ 5:48 AM

I can't lie. by vc Fri January 19, 2007 @ 7:06 AM

I can't lie either by RedheadWGlasses Fri January 19, 2007 @ 8:24 AM

WHAT?? by Courtney C Fri January 19, 2007 @ 8:36 AM

I saw Bruce by >Leanne< Fri January 19, 2007 @ 9:19 AM

yeah, that's right, don't make me get all defensive! by RedheadWGlasses Fri January 19, 2007 @ 12:59 PM

Dark Side of the Moon by vc Sat January 20, 2007 @ 2:29 AM

Excuse me by RedheadWGlasses Sat January 20, 2007 @ 12:49 PM

Don't get down on yourself, by vc Sat January 20, 2007 @ 1:10 PM

Oh I recognized the Springstein cover. by >Leanne< Sat January 20, 2007 @ 6:11 PM

HA! by donno Mon January 22, 2007 @ 8:45 PM

I took the quiz by PlanetFeedback's Mr. Helpful Sat January 20, 2007 @ 8:48 PM

Figures.... by Courtney C Mon January 22, 2007 @ 9:45 AM

Get used to it Courtney by LadyMac Mon January 22, 2007 @ 12:09 PM

Well I scored a 6, and two others I should have gotten by donno Mon January 22, 2007 @ 8:37 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri January 12, 2007 @ 5:11 PM

I'm annoyed by the insertion of ads into the comments posting areas of
letters. I don't BLAME PFB for doing what it can to increase its ad
income, and if this works, then great. But it doesn't mean it can't annoy


I agree with you on that one! by >Leanne< Sun January 14, 2007 @ 6:55 PM

I hate it by DeterminedStarlight22203 Mon January 15, 2007 @ 7:25 PM

I have dial-up by RedheadWGlasses Tue January 16, 2007 @ 1:20 PM

True true by DeterminedStarlight22203 Tue January 16, 2007 @ 6:23 PM

I have a cable connection... by Tina N Fri January 19, 2007 @ 10:00 AM

Font color by papaspot Tue January 16, 2007 @ 7:04 PM

That's it! by Venice Tue January 23, 2007 @ 3:21 AM

Argh by tickytack Wed January 17, 2007 @ 9:03 AM

I have this add on the far right of my screen by Refreshed Amanda Fri January 19, 2007 @ 8:32 AM

Google Ads by papaspot Fri January 19, 2007 @ 4:17 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 9:26 AM

You must watch this! I don't have cable and my boyfriend doesn't even have
a television. We watched the series premier (they're on the 3rd season
now, I believe) of the Sci Fi channel's "Battlestar Gallactica," and it
BLEW ME AWAY. It was great. And that Starbuck is now female? Awesome!

It ISN'T a geek show. Well it is. But it's so good, if you're not a geek,
you'll love it anyway.


I bet my boys would love it! n/t by >Leanne< Tue January 2, 2007 @ 2:56 PM

It's a GREAT show. by Tina N Wed January 3, 2007 @ 9:49 AM

Hey you. Yeah you. by vc Mon January 8, 2007 @ 10:52 PM

Hey VC, where is this fight you are promising? n/t by >Leanne< Tue January 9, 2007 @ 12:15 AM

I fired the first salvo. by vc Tue January 9, 2007 @ 7:29 AM

Interesting how she's ignoring you.. by Firebrat Tracy Tue January 9, 2007 @ 10:59 AM

She's just ascared. n/t by vc Tue January 9, 2007 @ 11:07 AM

I can smell your fear, vc by RedheadWGlasses Tue January 9, 2007 @ 12:56 PM

That's not fear. by vc Tue January 9, 2007 @ 5:57 PM

Wow!! by Firebrat Tracy Tue January 9, 2007 @ 8:49 PM

That's interesting... by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Tue January 9, 2007 @ 12:17 AM

Holy crap. by vc Tue January 16, 2007 @ 10:48 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun December 31, 2006 @ 1:10 AM

Wow. Okay, I knew he was "big." But really thought, "whatever, some weird
black guy with coiffed hair, I don't get it."

But this morning (Saturday, 12/30), I got up at 8 a.m. and turned on the
radio. My local EFFING FANTASTIC radio station is a public one, 89.3, THe


then click on "the current"

It's just fantastic. anyway...

I got up early this morning and turned on The Current, intending to listen
to a cool Saturday morning (syndicated) music review radio show out of
Chicago, "Sounds Eclectic." Much to my delight, the first part of the show
was about James Brown and his influence on music in the last 4 decades.
These pasty white guys out of Chicago were in emphatic agreement that James
Brown influences are found in more of today's music, all genres, than the
Beatles and Elvis.

I take this seriously. I really enjoy this radio show and they offer
intelligent, well-founded, if often in disagreement,

They talked about how James Brown was, at heart, a drummer, and played
snippets of his songs that showed how everything was percussion -- even his
voice and the lead guitar were performing in percussion-like ways. It was
interesting in a technical way (I'm a musician -- it may bore others).
They gave examples of his influence on popular music over the decades,
talked about his huge number of billboard-appearing songs (well over 100),

Now tonight, the DJ is playing old James Brown stuff and other old "soul"
music and it's WONDERFUL. When do you get to hear this? Never! I'm not
into typical '50s and '60s music -- but this stuff is a pure treat to get
to listen to!

James Brown, thanks, man.


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri December 29, 2006 @ 12:48 PM

Maybe it's much too early in the game;
Ah, but I thought I'd ask you just the same --
What are you doing New Year's, New Year's Eve?
Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night,
Welcoming in the New Year's, New Year's Eve.

Maybe I'm crazy to suppose
I'd ever be the one you chose
Out of the thousand invitations you'll receive.
Ah, but in case I stand one little chance,
Here comes the jackpot question in advance:

What are you doing New Year's,
New Year's Eve?


A wonderful old song made famous by Elle Fitzgerald, but when I hear it in
my head, it's Rufus Wainwright's version.

This year, we have at least three parties to attend. The one hosted by
friends with kid starts at 4 p.m. We'll leave that one to head to a party
where the hostess will be drunk and wearing pajamas. That's my kind of
party! (I'll probably see vc there!) ;)

We'll pay games (Illuminati, Munchkin, others), drink, laugh, eat.

Then another party is the next day, more game-playing.

I love New Year's Eve! Getting kissed at midnight (frenched if you're
lucky!), the whole new year full of potential lies in front of each of


The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley. by RedheadWGlasses Sat December 30, 2006 @ 3:00 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri December 22, 2006 @ 4:52 PM

My head my implode! I think my boyfriend may suffer as well. The longest
we've gone without being online is our Jamaican vacation last January.
We'll be at my mom's this weekend, in Iowa City. We should arrive around
midnight (!) tonight, we'll get up early tomorrow, go shopping at the mall
for gifts (my mom has done zero shopping so far), won't even wrap stuff.

Then we head to my aunt's house for her family's Christmas celebration
(thanks Mom, for not bugging me about grandkids).

20 more minutes and I. Am. Out. Of. Here.

To those of you who will be here this weekend, have a great weekend,
Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or just enjoy your long pagan


Have a great wonderful Holiday by ~Leanne~ Fri December 22, 2006 @ 10:19 PM

Fun plans by Venice Sat December 23, 2006 @ 4:33 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon December 18, 2006 @ 10:49 PM

Have you heard the news?

"Last year, profits from warranties accounted for all of Circuit City's
operating income and almost half of Best Buy's" (Business Week)

"Profit margins on contracts are between 50% and 60%. That's nearly 18
times the margin on the goods themselves. For example, a four-year contract
on a $3,000 flat-panel TV costs about $400. Best Buy gives its insurers
$160 and keeps $240 for itself." (Business Week)

Full-page ad taken out in USA Today:

"Dear Shopper, Despite what the salesperson says, you don't need an
Extended Warranty. Yours truly, Consumer Reports" (Consumer Reports)


Oh, that's great! by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Thu December 21, 2006 @ 2:07 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon December 18, 2006 @ 9:03 AM


Hilarity ensued.


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri December 15, 2006 @ 8:51 AM


Hilarious. Especially if you're old enough to remember most of these!


I LOVED my SkyDancers! by Courtney C Fri December 15, 2006 @ 9:49 AM

I got hit in the head by jennyluvsgames Fri December 15, 2006 @ 10:49 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri November 24, 2006 @ 9:57 PM

I just saw the three LOTR movies this week.

Oh. My. God.

What took me so long? I am blown away -- the cinematography, the acting,
the story... Peter Jackson is a movie making god. His vision, actually,
Tolkien's vision as interpreted through Jackson... amazing.

I'm not much of a geek, so the trilogy didn't interest me (tried reading
the books around age 10, was bored).

But man, I have to tell anyone and everyone, if you think you won't like
the movie, you're wrong. Watch it. All three. As close together as
possible. Don't necessarily watch every bit of the battle scenes (or the
spider web stuff -- yuk) but it's an amazing story. Orlando Bloom really
transcended his role, as quiet as it was. Viggo -- yum, he makes my mouth
water. But the four actors who played hobbits were just great.

The whole thing was a great experience and I highly recommend all three


AAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by mary jo Sun November 26, 2006 @ 1:10 AM

I wish there were two Viggos by RedheadWGlasses Sun November 26, 2006 @ 12:12 PM

I'm a nut?! Hey! I resemble that remark! LOL! by mary jo Mon November 27, 2006 @ 8:07 PM

One of my favorite quotes/speeches. And no..I dont have it memorized. by mary jo Mon November 27, 2006 @ 8:20 PM

I love LOTR by Little Trooper Sun November 26, 2006 @ 5:47 PM

I need to read them by mary jo Mon November 27, 2006 @ 8:11 PM

What took so long? by vc Mon November 27, 2006 @ 6:23 PM

I never saw the first two until the third was about to come out by mary jo Mon November 27, 2006 @ 8:14 PM

Find a friend with a big tv. by vc Mon November 27, 2006 @ 9:01 PM

Good idea! by mary jo Wed November 29, 2006 @ 9:00 PM

Just figured they were "geek" movies by RedheadWGlasses Tue November 28, 2006 @ 11:59 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun November 12, 2006 @ 12:27 AM

So far, I've posted quite a few times on this website today. With the help
of the PFB blogfeed, I can see every single letter that gets posted to this
site, as well as new blogs being created. I skim through the list and open
those that interest me, or, admittedly, those that look like they may have
attracted some entertaining responses.

Once or twice, my name has been mentioned in a negative way by posters who
are deluded, and claim that "every letter gets trashed," or "redhead is
always negative," or something similar insipid. Today was a typical day
(it isn't every day that we get an inflammatory letter posted--most days
are rather boring!). Here is the breakdown of my posts (somewhat in order
of posting):

1. I thanked Brenda for posting a comment on the Walmart/boots letter that
made me change my mind (I'd previously commented that I thought "incredibly
upset" (or whatever words the OP used) was over the top, but her
contribution made me rethink my position.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - posted conversation-type comments in people's blogs here.

7. "Rude Service" letter: I was in total support of the OP.

8. "The Worst Experience Ever" letter: I commiserated with the OP, and
offered possible reasons why her service wasn't as good as it could/should
have been.

9. "Gender Neutral Advertising in Target Ad" -- I told the OP it was great
that she took time to give Target positive feedback on this issue.

10. "Terrible Service, Terrible Food" -- I told the OP she should have
spoken with the manager, rather than email company HQ to ask for her money

11, 12: Security Sensor tag letter: Offered my own experience from
working at a dept. store, and responded to someone else's post to explain
that not all tags will set off the security alarm.

13. "Failure to deliver book order" -- I suggested to the OP that he
contact his credit card company to help in dealing with a company that was
giving him the run around.

14. "Dunkin Donuts not honoring coupon" letter -- I asked a question about
"entertainment books," something the OP referenced.

15. "Unresolved complaint" -- I offered general support to the OP.

16. "PFB works for you" -- I responded by suggesting that I'd like to see a
permanent link on the PFB homepage where people could post the responses
they got back from companies.

17. SSN letter -- agreed with the OP and offered a suggestion as a way
around his problem.

18. "Consumers need more information" -- I posted a complaint/suggestion
letter to Dirt Devil.

19, 20. PFB's new holiday shopping tips -- I posted an additional
suggestion, which was praised by PFB personnel, and I posted a response to
another person's good suggestion.

21. "PFB has gone too far" -- I posted what I thought was a
well-thought-out, factual response to an unfair letter that was full of
exaggeration and hyperbole, in support of the great group of people we have
on this site.

22. "Automotive dept. at Sears" -- I disagreed politely with Sava, someone
I like and respect here, and offered how *I* would have handled things, as
I thought the OPs actions were... I don't know... lacking.

So 22 posts... Almost every one of them either in agreement with the OP, or
offering suggestions/help to the OP.

In the beginning of my time at this site, I'm sure I was hard on people for
the grammar, spelling, etc., but I dropped that as a regular thing a long
time ago (it got old and tiresome for me). And while I still occasionally
get bitchy with an OP, you can bet that the majority of responses are in
the same vein as my response, so it's not like I'm the lone voice of

I stand by my record. And I bet most of you can stand by yours.


Yikes!... by Venice Sun November 12, 2006 @ 1:26 AM

Amen, sister!!! by Firebrat Tracy Sun November 12, 2006 @ 4:39 PM

I'm also tired of two other aspects by RedheadWGlasses Sun November 12, 2006 @ 6:16 PM

Exactly by Firebrat Tracy Sun November 12, 2006 @ 6:27 PM

This is a perfect example by Firebrat Tracy Sun November 12, 2006 @ 6:29 PM

Check out Andrew's good response to that conversation between you and Newfie n/t by RedheadWGlasses Sun November 12, 2006 @ 8:22 PM

Yup - I saw it. by Firebrat Tracy Sun November 12, 2006 @ 8:26 PM

Red by Venice Sun November 12, 2006 @ 7:01 PM

Amen to that. by Firebrat Tracy Sun November 12, 2006 @ 7:03 PM

prisoner6. by Homie Erik Mon November 13, 2006 @ 11:49 AM

It had nothing to do with people being "so mean" -- learn to read by prisoner6 Sun December 3, 2006 @ 11:36 AM

I hate that too Venice by mary jo Sun November 12, 2006 @ 11:02 PM

I figure by RedheadWGlasses Sun November 12, 2006 @ 11:33 PM

mmmm red by Poor Victim Amanda Wed November 22, 2006 @ 10:45 AM

Yeah, I was bored that night, that's for sure by RedheadWGlasses Wed November 22, 2006 @ 12:54 PM

not really by Poor Victim Amanda Wed November 22, 2006 @ 1:03 PM

The person that will call you "negative" is probably by Tina N Fri November 24, 2006 @ 8:34 AM

Thanks, Tina by RedheadWGlasses Fri November 24, 2006 @ 9:51 PM

Oh, remember though... by Tina N Fri November 24, 2006 @ 11:10 PM

But is fiesty-ness necessary? by Sleeperhold Sat December 2, 2006 @ 9:28 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:33 PM

I saw five ads, the first three were for organic food products.

Now I'll have to pay attention when I'm in other people's blogs here --
interesting that the ads are tailored to the blog content, or the letters
that person has posted.


Hmmmm by Brennie Sun November 12, 2006 @ 1:41 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu November 9, 2006 @ 11:27 PM

Post one obviously crazy letter, or one obviously inappropriate letter,
both undeserving of response, and all of us -- intelligent, thoughtful,
worldly, wise people -- flock to it.

If we're fodder for Mr. Helpful's PhD dissertation, I want my name
mentioned in the credits! Maybe even the bibliography!


That's an interesting thought. by Little Trooper Fri November 10, 2006 @ 12:50 AM

here's another interesting thought by SandyPeabody Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:59 AM

Hey, Red. by Homie Erik Fri November 10, 2006 @ 9:51 AM

I'm coming to the rescue, Red! by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 10:20 AM

What happened to the rest of my post? by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 10:22 AM

The trolls ate it. by Homie Erik Fri November 10, 2006 @ 2:08 PM

I hope they get constipated from it! by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 4:42 PM

Well, it beats the crabs that Sandy has. by RedheadWGlasses Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:01 PM

Obviously, Sandy by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 10:24 AM

Here's a word that isn't 'worldly': by Firebrat Tracy Fri November 10, 2006 @ 10:57 AM

Sigh. Where to start? by RedheadWGlasses Fri November 10, 2006 @ 12:59 PM

Why'd she go after you in the first place? by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:22 PM

Do you realize who she is? by RedheadWGlasses Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:27 PM

Yes, I knew that was her by tickytack Fri November 10, 2006 @ 4:25 PM

Wow Sandy!! by rxgirl Sun November 12, 2006 @ 10:59 AM

I too felt it was bait by `~`Leanne`~` Fri November 10, 2006 @ 11:19 AM

Me, too by RedheadWGlasses Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:30 PM

I feel for you, Red. by Vidray2K6 Fri November 10, 2006 @ 5:23 PM

Thanks much, Vidray! by RedheadWGlasses Sat November 11, 2006 @ 1:09 PM

Hey, thank you. by Vidray2K6 Tue November 14, 2006 @ 1:27 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun November 5, 2006 @ 8:51 PM

I'd just like to push Whole FOods. I love shopping there -- I buy tons of
organic produce, food fixins for my dog (rotisserie chicken, hamburger,
veggies, free-range, organic chicken broth, organic brown rice). The
employees are knowledgeable and helpful, the selection is good -- and oh my
god, the cheese... the yummy exotic cheese. I've never had such yummy
grilled cheese sandwiches in my life.

Is Whole Foods perfect? Of course not. I'd rather shop at an organic food
co-op, but the two that are in this part of town have a very limited
selection and leave me having to go to a "regular" grocery store (Rainbow)
afterwards to get the items the organic store didn't have.

Whole Foods was ranked 47th in Forbes's list of top 100 companies to work
for in this country. So while WF isn't perfect, there certainly are worse
companies to work for.

It's also a great place to shop if you or a family member has food
allergies -- tons of gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc., options
throughout the store, including the bakery.


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu October 26, 2006 @ 2:07 PM

Oh. my. freakin'. God.

I'm so sick of them, including the ones by the people I'll vote for! I'm
in MN, and the attack ads are going back and forth. Only one candidate,
Amy Klobouchar (sp?), a democrat running for the Senate, is running no
attack ads. She's been above board, talking about her record and what she
wants to get done. The only time her ads mention her opponent's name (Mark
Kennedy, a total tool) is when she responds to the blatant lies in his ads.
Otherwise, she's staying above the fray. Otherwise, it's a free-for-all
here, on both sides of the ticket.

So I can't wait for election day and these ads will stop invading
television! A candidate will run the same ad TWICE in one commercial
break! How much money are they going to spend? It's insane.

The Republican running for the House is opposed to PUBLIC EDUCATION
entirely, and spent much of the last couple of years trying to get a
constitutional amendment in our state to ban gay marriage (already illegal
here in Minnesota). So she's hopefully NOT going to win. But her
opponent, a Democrat, has never held public office as far as I can tell, is
woefully unprepared for this position (IMHO). But I'd rather have someone
with no experience than someone who is intent on dismantling the public
education system!

Mark Kennedy ran some likeable folksy commercials with his large (5
siblings) family -- they were funny and warm! But the day the polls came
out that showed he was way behind, that same night was when his first nasty
(and full of lies) attack ads came on.


Damn it, *I* should run.


Agreed. by TheNewMrsDragonflygrrl Tue October 31, 2006 @ 11:33 AM

I'd vote for her based on that alone! by RedheadWGlasses Wed November 1, 2006 @ 1:29 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun October 8, 2006 @ 5:07 PM

No, I'm not talking about booze or nose candy. I'm talking about music.
CDs, namely.

I have this constant need for new music. Excluding jazz and classical, I
have 300+ CDs and it's not enough. I listen to my old ones as well as new
ones. Last weekend, I got my motorcycle back from the shop and was out
riding since it was so incredibly gorgeous out, and stopped at Best Buy and
got three new CDs. Yesterday, I was out riding again and stopped at BB and
bought yet another CD (Bruce Cockburn's latest). This morning, I went to
Target and got Ben Harper's newest release.

I have had to stop reading music reviews because I tear them out and add
them to my list of CDs I want! I've given away a lot of CDs (to my bf)
that I found I didn't like that much (like three White Stripes CDs that I
got as gifts) or got tired of.

Even as I type this, I'm thinking I'd like some more k.d. lang, The
Police's Synchronicity, The Who, maybe another Billie Holiday CD...


For me it's books. by TheFutureMrsDragonflygrrl Sun October 8, 2006 @ 8:34 PM

I have a moratorium on books by RedheadWGlasses Sun October 8, 2006 @ 8:57 PM

I will buy DVDs under a few circumstances. by TheFutureMrsDragonflygrrl Mon October 9, 2006 @ 10:04 AM

Neil Gaiman by RedheadWGlasses Mon October 9, 2006 @ 1:09 PM

I just finished by LadyMac Tue October 10, 2006 @ 1:02 PM

I just read his newest... by TheFutureMrsDragonflygrrl Thu October 12, 2006 @ 3:03 PM

Actually, I just "discovered" Neil Gaiman by LadyMac Thu October 12, 2006 @ 5:10 PM

I recommend "Good Omens" by RedheadWGlasses Sat October 14, 2006 @ 6:38 PM

What are ya doin'?? by Starlight22203-- #1 Commentor as named by Erik! Tue October 24, 2006 @ 9:02 AM

What'd I do? by RedheadWGlasses Thu October 26, 2006 @ 1:58 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Fri October 6, 2006 @ 12:56 PM

Thank goodness it's here. Is anyone doing anything fun/interesting/note

Tonight is date night, so we'll go see a 50-year-old film by French
director Louis Malle (a genius): "Elevator to the Gallows." I'm excited
to see the "existential twist ending." Then we'll go back to my place and
drink wine and play cribbage.

Tomorrow, I'm helping out friends by watching their 2-year-old so the dad
can work (at home) and the mom can either sleep (she is having some health
issues) or work (she has a master's degree in Chinese medicine, so
Saturdays are a busy day with patients). Not how I planned to spend my
Saturday, but when a friend asks for help, things change. ;)

Sunday, I'll go visit a dear friend who just had her first baby on
September 29. Isaak. They're calling him "Mr. Newton." Cute, eh? I
haven't seen the baby yet, wanted to give them some time and space. They
got bombarded with visits from friends, neighbors and family those first
few days.

I'll just have to do my house cleaning, food cooking, pet loving, work-week
preparing, and internet surfing in between all of that.


My weekend... by TheFutureMrsDragonflygrrl Sun October 8, 2006 @ 4:25 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue October 3, 2006 @ 7:35 PM

What food do you or your family eat that no one else probably does? These
are dishes usually contrived out of a combination of desperation, hunger,
limited money, and goofy ingredients left in the frig or cupboard. Or
maybe it's just some weird thing you liked as a kid that you never outgrew,
but no adult would choose to eat it.

My main one: GRILLED BREAD. I butter one side of two pieces of white
bread, make a grilled-cheese like sandwich, only no cheese, then fry it in
a pan. Then dip it in ketchup. Yum. Growing up, I despised Velveeta, so
I wouldn't eat grilled cheese. Now, I still hate it, but I love really
good cheese, so I'll eat grilled cheese sandwiches with yummy cheese like
muenster, provolone, sharp cheddar, on whole wheat/whole grain bread, with
mustard and horseradish.

But tonight, I'm having fried white bread and it's heaven.


Actually, by Little Trooper Tue October 3, 2006 @ 9:47 PM

Hmmm by Ree Tue October 3, 2006 @ 10:55 PM

Not too weird, but by DK Wed October 4, 2006 @ 1:32 PM

Being of a certain ethnicity... by Starlight22203 Wed October 4, 2006 @ 2:07 PM

Oh man by Leanne L Wed October 4, 2006 @ 11:11 PM

Oh by Leanne L Wed October 4, 2006 @ 11:13 PM

Like deep fry? by Starlight22203 Fri October 6, 2006 @ 3:27 PM

I was wondering the same thing! n/t by RedheadWGlasses Sat October 7, 2006 @ 5:33 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue October 3, 2006 @ 6:10 PM

Wow. That'd be a heck of a change here, but if Greg thinks we need them,
well, I'm sure he could use the help. It'll be interesting to see how
things develop. It would NOT be an easy job.


by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sun September 24, 2006 @ 10:07 PM

... contributing as a group to something like Toys for Tots this Christmas?
If Mr. Helpful were agreeable to the idea, and if he would be willing to
set up some kind of a link on the main page, we could contribute at
whatever level each of us is comfortable, but it could all be pooled
together and represent PFB in a positive way.

I suggest Toys for Tots because it's the only nation-wide program of its
kind that I'm aware of.

Any thoughts? Great idea? Bad idea? Something in between?


Awsome idea. by Lisa Smith Sun September 24, 2006 @ 11:26 PM

I love your idea by LadyMac Mon September 25, 2006 @ 10:36 AM

Great idea - count me in! N/T by Firebrat Tracy Mon September 25, 2006 @ 12:21 PM

I would love to help.... by rxgirl Mon September 25, 2006 @ 4:16 PM

I mentioned it in the suggestion box last night by RedheadWGlasses Mon September 25, 2006 @ 7:28 PM

I think the quickest way... by Venice Tue September 26, 2006 @ 4:05 AM

Love the idea by Call Me Bright Side Amanda Tue September 26, 2006 @ 9:35 AM

I'm in. by dragonflygrrl Tue September 26, 2006 @ 1:25 PM

Sounds good... by Ree Fri September 29, 2006 @ 11:08 AM

I think its a great idea!! by mary jo Sat September 30, 2006 @ 10:48 AM

Am I a regular?? by Starlight22203 Sat September 30, 2006 @ 6:13 PM

Actually... by Ree Sat September 30, 2006 @ 8:15 PM

YAY! n/t by Starlight22203 Sat September 30, 2006 @ 9:00 PM

I'm in!!! by CandyPickletoes Sun October 1, 2006 @ 6:29 PM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Sat September 23, 2006 @ 6:30 PM

The layaway/Christmas threads made me decide to share our plans for
Christmas this year. I'll admit that my shopping list for Christmas each
year is small. I have (had) two parents, a brother, a boyfriend. My
friends don't exchange gifts, and our extended family/relatives don't
exchange outside of immediate families (parents, kids, grandkids).

I have a friend who even when she was broke, felt obligated to buy many,
many gifts because her entire extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins)

Sorry, but I think that is INSANE.

I told her she should just be honest and tell people in advance that she
can't afford to do the big gift exchange, and that many relatives would be
relieved. She didn't believe me, but when circumstances (divorce, selling
the house at a $20K loss) forced her to take my advice, it turned out I was
right. She was relieved and happy.

And really, how much more STUFF do we need? Do friends/relatives need more
stuff/clothes/CDs/books? Do you really enjoy spending time at the mall,
department store, Target, working to fill your gift list?

This year, I've been collecting sample/hotel toiletries for a very good
cause: "Bridge for Youth," a nonprofit agency in Minneapolis that provides
assistance to homeless and runaway youth/teens. I collected five grocery
bags of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, chapstick, deodorant, etc. from
coworkers who travel for business a lot. They were THRILLED to get rid of
the stuff filling their linen closet, and the drop-in shelter doesn't have
to buy this stuff on their shoestring budget. (They have shower facilities
there, and they hand out things to kids living on the street.)

I've decided that every one of my Christmas dollars will go to this
organization. They have a wishlist at their website for maintaining their
support of runaway youth, but for Christmas I plan to deviate from that
list a bit and get something FUN for their drop-in center for the kids.

My boyfriend agreed to contribute toward this cause instead of buying me
gifts. I'll be sending a very NONpushy email to friends, inviting them to
join me at whatever amount they can afford -- If all you have is $10, I
think that's perfectly fine.

Everyone at this site has a home, a warm bed to sleep in, the basic needs
taken care of, even if some of us are on tighter budgets than others.

I wish my family had done something like this when I was a kid, to be
honest. I think kids have such an amazing sense of empathy and compassion
and when we give them the opportunity to participate in something
philanthropic, they shine.

I am mentioning this in September because I like to buy something each time
I go to Target--my budget can absorb it better a little bit at a time.

So consider getting your kids in on something like this -- let them pick a
toy to give to a needy kid, or a necessity (blanket? frying pan?
silverware?) for a young adult who's been kicked out of his house because
he's 16 and gay, who has to get his own apartment, or a winter coat for an
elderly person living on Social Security, or video games for the local home
for kids who were so abused by their parents, they are living in
institutional housing now (that just breaks my effing heart, I have to

I'm not trying to be preachy. Just thought I'd put the bug in at least one
person's ear so maybe if you ran an errand to Target or Walmart or Kmart
tomorrow, you could grab some $5 book or a $10 sweater or a $20 blanket and
put it aside for holiday donations.

I have yet another idea that I'd like input on, but I'll do a separate post
on that. Thanks for your time.


The bug was buzzing around my ear... by Venice Sun September 24, 2006 @ 4:19 AM

Perhaps making it more personal will be good motivation by RedheadWGlasses Sun September 24, 2006 @ 10:29 AM

Another option by RedheadWGlasses Sun September 24, 2006 @ 4:14 PM

All wonderful ideas! by Venice Sun September 24, 2006 @ 10:05 PM

I would think United Way could help you by RedheadWGlasses Sun September 24, 2006 @ 10:16 PM

Red by LadyMac Mon September 25, 2006 @ 10:55 AM

You're more than welcome to by RedheadWGlasses Mon September 25, 2006 @ 2:20 PM

Thanks by LadyMac Mon September 25, 2006 @ 2:31 PM

LadyMac--I have somethings that I would like to send also... by rxgirl Tue September 26, 2006 @ 10:23 PM

My parents by mary jo Sat September 30, 2006 @ 10:55 AM

by RedheadWGlasses Posted Thu September 21, 2006 @ 11:41 PM

You know what? If you read enough letters here, as many of us regulars do,
you'll find that there are a lot of rude, presumptuous, thoughtless,
uncaring people out there complaining unfairly and unjustly by posting
poorly written letters at this website.

They go to a cheap motel and complain about not getting Hyatt Regency
service. They go to a restaurant with a stopwatch and a suddenly-acquired
sophisticated palate, expecting five-star food at a low-end diner. They
toss receipts and take used, broken, or out-of-date merchandise back to
stores and expect a refund or exchange, and are beligerent when they don't
get their way. They use foul language (their own admission). They lie by
omission (telling only their rose-colored glasses version of what happened,
leaving out the entire story of what happened between them and a store
clerk). They write checks for things they can't afford on accounts that
don't have the funds, then complain rudely about the resultant bank fees.
They make ridiculous legal threats based on absolutely no actual legal
background or knowledge. They order food from a drive through and drive 10
miles home only to find the food in the bag wasn't what they ordered, so
they email HQ instead of calling a manager, or instead of checking their
food before they leave the premises. They don't have the maturity or sense
of self to speak with a manager of a restaurant (or other business) when
they've received bad service or product, but they don't hesitate to get
online and do so anonymously.

They post letters that are so poorly written, there is likely a valid
complaint somewhere but we can't figure out what that complaint is (those
sentence fragments and run-on sentences, and lack of cohesive story

And they send those letters, via email, via this wonderful website directly
to company headquarters.

In doing so, they hurt the reputation of this site by doing so.

And then they argue when someone (LadyMac, Venice and Brightie come to mind
as delightfully unflappable (if that is a word) politely and respectfully
outlines the problems with a letter or a complaint and offers suggestions
and other helpful advice for dealing with a situation.

And when someone writes a decent letter, a letter with a valid complaint
(paying a lot of money for excellent service but getting low-end service,
frustration with a department store that refuses to properly stand behind
its products or repair an item that is under
warranty by using loopholes and plain ol' refusals, frustration with
never-appearing furniture and appliance deliveries, and many other worthy
claims), a letter in which the rightfully-angry letter writer
doesn't lose his/her cool, but calmly states the facts, the chronology, the
complaint and the expectation in a calm, respectful manner, we REJOICE.
When someone takes the time to praise a company for providing a great
product, we CHEER. When someone writes a letter to name a specific employee
and tell the company what a great job that person did, we CONGRATULATE the
letter writer for doing so. When
someone has a legitimate, reasonable suggestion for a company (my favorite
recent entry: braille greeting cards), we say GREAT IDEA! and praise that
letter writer.

And let me tell you, when you find one of those good letters (even if
they're not written the greatest -- it's the attitude and message that
really count, although someone may politely suggest they fix their
spelling and grammar in order to present a better message) gets posted here
and we find it, IT'S AWESOME.

I LOVE finding those great letters. It feels so much better to read one of
the good ones, and the subsequent positive responses, than the ridiculous
"you forgot my frieds i want free food for life you jersk" crap.

So get off your high horse with the "bash letters" claim. Write a decent
letter, present a valid claim (valid meaning, over half of the respondents
support you, as we do have a varied group of regulars here who have
different attitudes on life and different