Monday, August 31, 2009

This Is All I Needed To Have A Better Day.

I snagged this from Facebook, I wish I had more photo's of her but am more than over the moon with this one.

Have a great evening.

A very happy.

Aunty Pol

p.s. Ciao, of course.

Oh Yeah..What A Lovely Monday This Has Turned Out To Be.

Yep....this is pretty much the way I feel right now. It's too late in the day at this point to take anything that would be effective.

I pretty much need to go home and crash and burn. I don't know if SU has a card game tonight, I kinda hope he does tho because it will be a lot quieter . I can't really eat anything because the nausea is just too severe and I really hate throwing up...sorry...TMI I know.

So of course I am craving " Whataburger".

And Fries...

And a me..this is not the norm for me.

Look up Lactose Intolerance.

Part of the trigger is the fact that some young men that work here in the building douse themselves so completely with their fragrance of choice that I damn near gag.

And don't get me started on the vendor who has become a client.

I've tried.

Nee Nee has tried.

I want my pih yo and my water beddies NAOW.


Aunty Pol

Oh This Just Bites

There is no friggan way that this is going to be good.
Wolverine's going to be on that rats ass thread bare carpet singing " A Whole New World " with Princess Jasmine ??
A disgusted
Aunty Pol

I Will Have All Of Them

Wooooo Hoooooooo
Happy Dance Time.
On Sept. 9.2009 , the re-mastered Beatle's will be released .
I will be buying them in the order they were originally released.
Wooooooo Hooooooo
Have a GREAT week.
Aunty Pol

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Absofrigginlutely Hillarious

Go read the following....absofrigganlutely hillarious.
Have a great weekend.
Aunty Pol

OMG..I want this now !

I swear to Gaia, the King Arthur Blog and website is going to be the death of me !

Between that and PW/TK , my ass is expanding as I type this .

I know

I know

Sux to be me.

Have a great weekend.


Aunty Pol

~ Bruce Of The Day ~

Happy Friday People !
Aunty Pol

Simon's Cat ! New Episode Linky !!

Check it out !!


Aunty Pol

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I Don't Usually Do This Sort Of Thing..



The Original Story Link:

How I found out about it from my gal pal at the 'Stute :


All Y'all...

Do not have a hissy fit ok ?


I am very low key ( check for a pulse kinda thing ) about the charities I support.

I am supporting the one above.

I am not in any way asking or soliciting funds.

I just wanted to share this link and story.

Read it if you want to or not.

I won't think the worse of you or rag your ass in some future post, pinky swear I won't.

If you think it's worthwhile, please consider passing it on.

If not , thank you for reading this anyway.


Aunty Pol

Modern Cat - Mr Linky Alert !!!!!!

Waving..jumping up and down ....Hey !!!!

To Both my Miss L's, Monica and everyone else who fosters or has and or loves the kitteh's !!!

Nee Nee..this means you too !!!!

I want to get a copy of the book about " Homer" , and I will once I know that I won't be bawlin like a bebe..oh yeah , ...that's gonna be about it/

Really..check it out...pass the link to other pet parent's...spread the word.


Aunty Pol

Oh HELL Noes





OH HELL NOES !!!!!!!!


Aunty Pol

Annual Eye Exams Are Important

How to be cruel to the old guys .
The AARP Eye Chart.
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Real Margaret " Molly " Brown

Click on the above link for the real story of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
When we were kids and lived in Virginia Beach, my LB whined and carried on for a pet.
We didn't have pets because :
1. We moved around too much. Other Navy families had pets so we kids pretty much called bullshit on this one early on.
2. Grandpa Engwall raised dogs in a kennel behind the parsonage and I know for a fact that my mother , along with her two younger brothers had to muck out the kennels. If you knew my mother , you knew how well this went over. That being said, you did NOT argue with Grandpa....ever.
Flash forward to Va B Va.
For whatever perverse reason, Daddy decided that gerbils....yes...gerbils would be just the ticket.
This was before the Richard Gere gerbil jokes BTW you pervs.
Anyhoo. a pair came home.
In a gerbil aquarium kinda thingy that sat on the hearth in the family room. Furniture by Ethan Allen, gerbils courtesy of Gerbil Hut.
And of course we had to name the varmints.
One was very skinny...long and lanky. When Daddy would put him on the coffee table that he ( Daddy ..not the gerbil ) had built , the lil bastard would slip and slide like a college kid with a gallon of Wesson oil and a twister mat.
Aha !
Hence the name ..." No Traction Sam"..because surely he was the boy.
The other gerbil, a tad plump compared to NTS must surely then be the girl.
Aha !
The unsinkable Molly Brown Mouse.
Sheer fucking genius in our house.
One year, Nana, my dad's mother came to visit.
While Nana was many, many cool things..think Mame Dennis here....she was absolutely terrified of any sort of rodent.
Micky would have given her a stroke.
So off go poor NTS and Molly in their habitat to the attic...which you could enter from the interior of the family room. As I remember it, it had a fan or some such and wasn't something we'd get turned into the SPCA for.
And of course, LB had a fit.
He had become really attached to them and would sneak up there to visit and play with them.
Oh you know where this is going....don't you ?
Of course they got away from him.....
Absolute mayhem.
Daddy couldn't make a martini for Nana fast enough .
The irony.....No Traction Sam was the lady and Fat Molly was the boy.
Did we change the names around ?
Oh Hell No...cause that's how we operated.
Did they have babies....many, many many of them.
Daddy made quite a bit of loot selling them to the local pet store.
Did my father teach them to eat Rice Krispies from his hand ?
You know he did.
Such are the warm fuzzy memories in our family.
It's an interesting article.
Aunty Pol

Dominick Dunne

Author Dominick Dunne died today from bladder cancer today.
I absolutely adored that man and his writing.
Blessed Be.
A very sad ,
Aunty Pol

OMG..I want this now !

Miss Ree has her cookbook coming out with a release date of October 27, 2009.
Oh you know I pre-ordered it, you betcha.
I love that damn chicken recipe that much.
I figure SU might have his dentures in by then.
You can also go to her website ( utterly shameless plug warning)
I am soo stoked.
I wonder if the niece in Denver needs a copy....
Never too early for Christmas shopping.
Aunty Pol

An Opinion

To be honest, I am not a huge admirer of the late Senator. I fully applaud his commitment to Civil Rights and tenure in the Senate...but....

I can only hope someone is waiting for him , standing beside St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.

With all due respect to his family, there is another family long forgotten.

If you are not familiar with the picture of the young lady, that's understandable. Many people under the age of 40 do not know her name or the circumstances of her drowning death in 1969 .

While some think of the Kennedy's, my thoughts today are with the Kopechne's.

Rest in Peace Mary Jo .


Aunty Pol

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ummmm...No ? Really ?

From :

So, if you are a woman and you had to choose someone to portray you in a movie version of you life, who would you pick? Well, whatever the name you are thinking, I highly doubt it is Robin Williams. Apparently though, movie executives have Robin Williams as their number one choice to play Susan Boyle, who is the British woman who took the world by storm earlier this year after appearing on Britain's Got Talent."I've been asked if I want to play Susan in the movie. I think she's incredible. That clip of her singing on Britain's Got Talent was extraordinary. So inspiring. It was quite a shock when she began to sing. I saw some other clip of her singing 'Cry Me A River' a few years ago. It was incredible. She's got a really great voice."Umm, they couldn't find anyone else? The only person they could come up with was Robin Williams? I'm sure he would do a great job, but as a woman how would it make you feel that the number one choice to portray you is the hairiest man on earth
I am on the floor with the idea of this one.
I can actually see it and that is the part that scares the crap out of me.
Aunty Pol

Food For Thought

I ran across this on Pink Raygun when I was reading the " Merlin" re-cap. Check that out by the way for my new favorite word.." Starbucked", a verb.

Given the previous post...yeah...people need the wake up !
Have a great day,
Aunty Pol

Yes..My Co-Worker IS This Stupid.

Hands down y'all, I work with some of the biggest dumb fucks on the planet. I decided not to c/p all of the gaggable pictures that she spent over 2 hours on company time searching for ..the text speaks for itself.

Not only did she send this to a couple of the firms attorneys., she sent it to the HR admin.

To a person, everyone she sent it to saw it for what it was...a solicitation for money.

Dropping your child off for the first day of school , even if it is the first day of their Senior year is not....I repeat....not EVENT WORTHY.

Getting their happy asses through the year and graduation is.

Because I am not a complete bitch ( well , not every day) I have removed our firms name and her name. I have also removed the names of every one she sent it to...

Yeah....common sense...I gotz dat.

You have been warned .

From: *********

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 1:16


that I proudly announce that:

"I'VE DONE IT"!!!!!

I've gotten another beautiful daughter to the first day of their

Senior Year of High School!!!!!!


Has this One been as easy as the first One?


Has she been a little Devil? SOME OF THE TIME AND IN MANY WAYS!!!!

Has she been a little Angel?


When this kid was born 17 years ago, my only child at the time, was 14 years old. I was "almost through" with the primary educational process and it hadn't been easy. The thought of car seats and starting over with teachers, book sales, fundraisers, lessons,...!!!

Now we have arrived at the very doorstep of adulthood and sending her on her way and I am so guilty of mixed emotions.

One one hand I am heartbroken. Literally.
She was truly such an unexpected little gift
straight from the heart of God into our lives!!!
I will never forget how I cried out of wonder and gratitude for the whole first week of her life.

But then, I will never forget other times when I have cried out of frustration and hurt and anger the kind that only one's own child can cause.




It's going to be a fun, furious and expensive year! (hint, hint for some of you)!

lots of love,



Aunty Pol

Monday, August 24, 2009


Right Click on the above to open in a new window....CAUTION..NSFW DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU READ THIS FROM..Y'all be cool..ok ?

Then read the article linked below.

Mark Zuckerberg

I ran across a very interesting article today from a blog I read .." Double X"

Read the article , then read the comments .

Oh and By The Way..Double X is not porn you pervs.....oops, goobers ..see below;

About Us :
Double X is a new Web magazine, founded by women but not just for women, that Slate launched in spring 2009. The site spins off from Slate's XX Factor blog, where we started a conversation among women—about politics, sex, and culture—that both men and women listen in on. Double X takes the Slate and XX Factor sensibility and applies it to sexual politics, fashion, parenting, health, science, sex, friendship, work-life balance, and anything else you might talk about with your friends over coffee. We tackle subjects high and low with an approach that's unabashedly intellectual but not dry or condescending. The blog is at the heart of the site, but we also publish essays, reporting, and other features.


Aunty Pol

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Question For The Masses

Groucho Marx ( a personal hero BTW) once said :

" I wouldn't want to be a part of any group that would have me as a member."

More or less.

Anyhoo..I am considering becoming a member of Blogher.

Maybe it's just a whim.

I don't know.

But ok..there are some bloggers out there that read this drivel.

Thoughts on Blogher ?

Am I overthinking this ?

Do I need this really ?


Thoughts ?


Aunty Pol.

p.s....they are who exactly ?

Aw Crapity Crap Crap Crap Crap

Aw Crap !

I do not have time for this.

I really don't.

I don't have the time to be sick right now, but I think I am going to get a pass here .

I've just had the 10 sneeze bit and head go plotz.

Yeah , yeah, the gang at the office knows that the sneeze thing is no big deal. They are used to the fact that I am like my late mother in's at least 10 or 12 in a row .I'm like the lil bobble dog in the back of the old sedans...boing boing boing ,....bobble bobble bobble.

But...I've also got the bone ache and the burning sinus thingy.

Aw Crap.

Here we go.

It's still hotter than Satan's underoos down here and SU had to work today....basically our typical weekend.

While he is gone , I usually bang out all the laundry, hoover, mop floors...tidivate ( a word from my late father meaning tidy up the joint ) ....

But today ....

I managed to only get his scrubs done....2 loads of laundry and tidy up the kitchen.

About 10% of what I usually do.

And I took a 2 hour nap.

Didn't help, not one iota.

At least the LB ( little brother ) won't give a rats ass when he comes by tomorrow.

But it's gonna bug me .

Not keeping up means it's just gonna build up until I kill myself to get it all done.

And we are short staffed right now at work...

I don't have time to be sick.

I have more writing to do and a ton of research to do on Mansarovar.


Have a good weekend..if you have rain..send it this way please.


Aunty Pol

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Song Of Fire And Ice

OMG !!!!!
HBO has been releasing some small tidbits regarding the casting of George R.R. Martins " A Song Of Fire And Ice " series.
The first book is titled " A Game Of Thrones " and Sean Bean as shown above is cast as Ned Stark , Lord of Winterfell.
The series is very similar to the War of the Roses , here the Stark and Lannister families stand in for the York and Lancaster families.
The work has been compared to Eddings Belgariad and in many ways is as good if not better than " Wizards First Rule" by Terry Goodkind or the late Robert Jordan's " Wheel Of Time".
Like the above, there is sometimes a wait between volumes, at times stretching for two years or more...yes...I am one of those who checks publishers websites for release dates etc etc and will wait for the next volume.
Books are a necessity for me , and I am one of those who buy first edition hard covers , not for the investment value but simply because I want it when I want it and that is it . I am also fortunate that the SU also is a book-a-holic and knows that I would rather have a book than a new pair of shoes.
Lets re-examine that last part of the above sentence, shall we ?
".........I'd rather have a book than a new pair of shoes.."
OK..all y'all need to get up off the floor, ...fakers....I did not kill you dead with surprise.
ANY one who knows me knows that I am a heel-a-holic, and fully intend to be buried in my standard 4 inch heels....unless SU just throws me on the grill and calls it a day...LOL.
In some ways I am also glad that this series is being done because there is a sincere lack of representation of Fantasy on commercial television .
Not Science Fiction.
Other than " Legend Of The Seeker " based on " Wizards First Rule" by Terry Goodkind , BBC's " Robin Hood" and NBC ( BBC's original BTW) " Merlin", the genre just hasn't been explored.
I have given up the wait on the LONG rumored adaptation of my beloved " Dragon Riders Of Pern" by Anne McCaffrey. I doubt this will ever happen so I will console myself with the knowledge that I really belong in Bendyn Weyr.
" Mist's of Avalon " was alright , but could have been better .
Eternal optimist that I am..I do have high hopes for " A song Of Fire And Ice".
Either way, I still have the books.
Have a great weekend.
Aunty Pol

~ Bruce Of The Day ~

Happy Friday People !
Not the Bruce of the day that you expected....LOL...
Have a good one.
Aunty Pol

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Why Does This Matter ?

I was noodling around and catching up with some people via Twitter and ran across a post from a gal pal...thanks for the heads up on this one PG. I had totally missed it.
I guess I have been unconscious because I had no earthly idea that there was such a shit storm over the fact that the First Lady had the audacity to wear shorts in public.
In August.
At the Grand Canyon.
WTF ???
I am sure that if she had on some other attire, slacks, a skirt, a dress or heaven forbid jeans that she would have been pilloried for being out of step, out of touch or just lacking in the common sense every one of us is supposed to have.
The First Lady is a modern woman.
Confident in her self, and her abilities , I am sure she would be amazed and amused over all of this , if it even made it to her radar.
I hope that her daughters find their world as young women a far more balanced place where they are judged for who they are and not their wardrobe .
I can only hope.
Ans yes..I am still watching " Project Runway " never fear..the smart ass verbiage won't be gone for long.
Aunty Pol

I'm Doomed

I'm doomed.

Check it out.


Aunty Pol

Tonight !!! Wheeeeeeee !!!!!!

I know that there was quite the dust up when PR changed from Bravo to Lifetime..for the life of me I can't fathom why the angst over this.
Who gives a rat's ass ??
Not I , said your favorite Aunty.
Just Open up the Crazy bag and give me another Vincent's been a long , hot summer and I need the laugh.
Y'all...don't call me, tweet me, e mail or what ever me tonight.
If I am lucky , I will have about 20 minutes or so to feed cats/birds etc before it begins..
Counting down the time ??
Make it work bitches !
Aunty Pol

Mr Darcy ~ Vampire ???????????

Oh..this is so bizarre I have to check it out.
I will report back.
Aunty Pol

No Means No !

Memo To The Genetically Damaged Idiot That I Am Forced To Work With :
Listen up you stupid bitch .
If I tell you that I am NOT going to dress up the kids in costumes for the AARF fundraiser...what part of NO confuses you ?
I don't do that shit.
Do not stand there at my desk, wasting my time trying to convince me otherwise with your verbal diarrhea about it not hurting them.
Do you think that I believe that it will in fact hurt them ?
Are you really that stupid ?
Thank you for removing all doubt on that question by the way.
I don't do it because I just don't.
You are not owed a reason or explanation.
YOU try to put Andy in a costume....I dare you to even try.
Do not as usual intentionally misinterpret, misunderstand or misrepresent this conversation to your little minions.
I support the cause.
I support Scouts Honor.
I write checks.
Oh and by the way...
Thinking that Lolita's mini crime wave of basically smuggling in a kitten from Mexico was humane, caring and brave was simply put .... both stupid and irresponsible...just what I expect from the pair of you .
Do you have a home for said victim yet or do you plan on forcing the innocent on one of your so called friends ?
This kit by the way is not a new breed , you idiot.
It is a domestic short hair and for you to represent or claim otherwise just supports my basic opinion of you .
God..someone fire her ass , please ?
Well, I feel better now ..
Have a great day.
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oh Ceiling Cat..I Want This !

UPDATE : Rats ! Oh Well....I will find one ! I shall Possess One !

Oh Ceiling Cat , help a Sistah out here.
Just when I thought I'd finally gotten over the loss of the previously mentioned Yellow LeCruset, my heroine, Miss Ree Drummond had one as a prize on PW/TK.
For the few uninitiated, PW/TK stands for :
I have sites I read every day, blogs and such . For example :

1. IBKC - The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, dedicated to fostering kittens in need. They are located in the Seattle -Tacoma area. Hugs to Miss Laurie , Papa Kitty, Charlene Butterbean and Drewey.

2. The Adventures of Space Paws, : The staff of STScI in the Baltimore area promote the responsible adoption of abandoned animals into forever homes. Shouting out to Miss Lisa and everyone..Go team Space Paws !
3. Cat banter with Kimo and Sabi ..Self Explanatory .
4. I Can Has Cheezeburger..Always too good to pass up.
5. Damn Hell Ass Kings..Some of the best writing out there, especially Sar's " Tomato Nation and Gwen Zepeda's " Gwen World . Gwen is a local Hispanic author and blogger for the Houston Chronicle.
6. TWOP : Television Without Pity: Televison and movie reviews( recaps ) often better written than the actual shows in point " Smallville".
7. Get Lost With Easy - Writer : Kanani Fong's blog that is just pure joy to read, she is gifted funny and often insightful as to why things get as f'd up as they are ( Sorry Kanani, just calling it like I see it - hug)
And then there is Miss Ree , her own bad self.
If she doesn't grab you for life with the story of her and Marlboro Man's courtship, " Black Heels To tractor Wheels," have no pulse.
The site's layout is beautiful and fully descriptive of her and her life in northern Oklahoma. This gal does it all, wonderful photography which she will discuss and educate on, homeschooling her four punks as she puts it, home and garden and of course her cooking and her sister site Tasty Kitchen.
When I grow up, I want to be Miss Ree.
I do , I do , I do ( NO...NOT the ABBA song you goobers)
I saw an actual rain drop downtown today at the office so I must the happy with that cause we all know ain't happining at the Casa.
Have a great week.

Aunty Pol
P.S. Ceiling Cat..Help a Sistah out ...M'kay ?

In My Humble Opinion.....

From Today's Houston Chronicle....
Yes indeed, this about covers it , and ensures that I will continue to avoid like the proverbial plague most and in particular the above reality ( LMAO ~ !) shows.
I'd rather wrestle one of the babies into the PTU for a trip to the vet..and yes dear, I'd rather go along for the vet visit..! Hubs knows that alone says a lot.
We're halfway through the week kids...!
Have a good one.
Aunty Pol

Monday, August 17, 2009

" Ahhhhh.....ah......Ahhhhh.......ah " We Come From The Land Of The Ice And Snow.."

Laurie..It reminds me of the Butterbean !

I hope the link works.
Aunty Pol

Our House ~ 7 P.M. Nightly

Yep..this is the way that the darling Princess acts, all hot and bothered to get her foodz.
Of course , she manages at the same time to get the rest of Los Gatos all riled up, even Munchkin. Munchie is almost in second kitten hood with the wet food, and is now eating Temptations ( Treats) so...skid we come.
I can tell that the weather is changing...the left hip is throbbing..nothing that can be done for happens more as I get older, especially from the is ...yada yada yada.
The mood here is very strange today. The spawn either start school this week or next so there is the last minute mania that gets worse every year. I plan on avoiding stores at all costs this coming weekend as it is the tax free thingy and frankly , people just act stupid because they can. It doesn't matter if they know any better, they just don't care...period.
Only Monday ?
Come on Labor Day weekend, I will miss wearing jeans on Fridays, but..I am actually taking a day OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I know that sounds lame.
I do not count the 6 work days I was home with the Hubs after the 3 surgeries mid April.
Nor do I count the time waiting for various repair folk to show up.
I am taking the week between Christmas and New Years, but's been a LONG , BAD year...AP needs a long weekend.
Have a great week...if you are on the East coast..please be careful...all y'all are getting hammered with all of this rain....this means you Lisa and Laurie...take care of all of the babies, Drewy and Ms Charlene....
Aunty Pol

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Well.....Damn !

Here I am....a tad bit po'd at myself because I didn't take the thrice damn'd chicken out to thaw last night...who knew that a chicken taken out of the outside freezer at 9: 30 would still be partially frozen at 4 pm ?
Not I..!!!!!
Anyhoo......other than that, been a nice weekend . rain..sigh.
He worked half a day so I was able to get the laundry done, mop , hoover etc...better that than going to Kroger.
He said it was buggy's to be had, people grabbing them as soon as the previous user had all their crap on the belt....sounded a lot like the commissary on the first of the month..LOL. Even with the sale and the $29.00 worth of coupons , we still spent $211.00 which is a lot for us , but a lot of what he can eat is a challenge that costs more than usual...I hope Kroger sees the wisdom of doing this every so often . Doubling the face value of any coupon from 40 cents up to a dollar face value adds up and Hubs gets the whole coupon took a while but it is now pure requirement for a grocery run. He did have to go to Sams for one or two things and came home with an excellent watermelon for $5.00. Hey L..shades of Jimmers wedding and melon ballers...yep...we did that...I don't know if he knew why I was snickering..LMAO.
I am not looking forward to the next 10 days at the office as we are short staffed, but it is no where near as bad as it is for NG # 1..she is averaging 14 hour days right now, I don't know how she does it , but like most of us knows what needs to be done and just does it.
We watched Nicholas Cages movie.." Knowing"...uber weird...I thought good , Hubs was more of the " Weird" mode..
Have a great week.
Aunty Pol

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I guess I can't get past being a cynic.
Am I the only person to think that John Edwards is going to address the paternity issue in an attempt to explain the money ..child support ??
Thoughts ?

Aunty Pol

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bruce Of The Day ~ Happy Friday ~ A Twofer

I wish a lot of the jpegs I could find of mah boy were bigger , but what the hell. I am amassing quite the collection of Mr. Campbell.

No huge plans for the weekend which is the way I like it. I prefer my emergencies unplanned and the crisis de'jour to be a surprise.

It's like a free gift with purchase and at my age, I will take what I can get.

Have a great weekend.


Aunty Pol

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Move Over Stevie Ray

RIP Mr. Paul

I never learned to play an instrument and have a great admiration for anyone who can. Les Paul was a master at his craft and whether playing or speaking about it, his passion was clear for all to see.

From MSN:

Guitar legend Les Paul dies at age 94

Aug. 13, 2009, 11:17 AM EST
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Les Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock and roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock and roll with multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the tracks in the finished recording.
The use of electric guitar gained popularity in the mid-to-late 1940s, and then exploded with the advent of rock in the mid-'50s.

"Suddenly, it was recognized that power was a very important part of music," Paul once said. "To have the dynamics, to have the way of expressing yourself beyond the normal limits of an unamplified instrument, was incredible. Today a guy wouldn't think of singing a song on a stage without a microphone and a sound system."

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A tinkerer and musician since childhood, he experimented with guitar amplification for years before coming up in 1941 with what he called "The Log," a four-by-four piece of wood strung with steel strings.

"I went into a nightclub and played it. Of course, everybody had me labeled as a nut." He later put the wooden wings onto the body to give it a tradition guitar shape.

In 1952, Gibson Guitars began production on the Les Paul guitar.

Pete Townsend of The Who, Steve Howe of Yes, jazz great Al Di Meola and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page all made the Gibson Les Paul their trademark six-string.

Over the years, the Les Paul series has become one of the most widely used guitars in the music industry. In 2005, Christie's auction house sold a 1955 Gibson Les Paul for $45,600.

In the late 1960s, Paul retired from music to concentrate on his inventions. His interest in country music was rekindled in the mid-'70s and he teamed up with Chet Atkins for two albums. The duo were awarded a Grammy for best country instrumental performance of 1976 for their "Chester and Lester" album.

With Mary Ford, his wife from 1949 to 1962, he earned 36 gold records for hits including "Vaya Con Dios" and "How High the Moon," which both hit No. 1. Many of their songs used overdubbing techniques that Paul had helped develop.

"I could take my Mary and make her three, six, nine, 12, as many voices as I wished," he recalled. "This is quite an asset." The overdubbing technique was highly influential on later recording artists such as the Carpenters.

Released in 2005, "Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played" was his first album of new material since those 1970s recordings. Among those playing with him: Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Richie Sambora.

"They're not only my friends, but they're great players," Paul told The Associated Press. "I never stop being amazed by all the different ways of playing the guitar and making it deliver a message."

Two cuts from the album won Grammys: "Caravan," for best pop instrumental performance and "69 Freedom Special," for best rock instrumental performance. (He had also been awarded a technical Grammy in 2001.)

Paul was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

Paul was born Lester William Polfus, in Waukseha, Wis., on June 9, 1915. He began his career as a musician, billing himself as Red Hot Red or Rhubarb Red. He toured with the popular Chicago band Rube Tronson and His Texas Cowboys and led the house band on WJJD radio in Chicago.
In the mid-1930s he joined Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians and soon moved to New York to form the Les Paul Trio, with Jim Atkins and bassist Ernie Newton.

Meanwhile, he had made his first attempt at audio amplification at age 13. Unhappy with the amount of volume produced by his acoustic guitar, Paul tried placing a telephone receiver under the strings. Although this worked to some extent, only two strings were amplified and the volume level was still too low.

By placing a phonograph needle in the guitar, all six strings were amplified, which proved to be much louder. Paul was playing a working prototype of the electric guitar in 1929.

His work on taping techniques began in the years after World War II, when Bing Crosby gave him a tape recorder. Drawing on his earlier experimentation with his homemade record-cutting machines, Paul added an additional playback head to the recorder. The result was a delayed effect that became known as tape echo.

Tape echo gave the recording a more "live" feel and enabled the user to simulate different playing environments.

Paul's next "crazy idea" was to stack together eight mono tape machines and send their outputs to one piece of tape, stacking the recording heads on top of each other. The resulting machine served as the forerunner to today's multitrack recorders.

In 1954, Paul commissioned Ampex to build the first eight-track tape recorder, later known as "Sel-Sync," in which a recording head could simultaneously record a new track and play back previous ones.

He had met Ford, then known as Colleen Summers, in the 1940s while working as a studio musician in Los Angeles. For seven years in the 1950s, Paul and Ford broadcast a TV show from their home in Mahwah, N.J. Ford died in 1977, 15 years after they divorced.

In recent years, even after his illness in early 2006, Paul played Monday nights at New York night spots. Such stars as Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Dire Straits ' Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Van Halen came to pay tribute and sit in with him.

"It's where we were the happiest, in a `joint,'" he said in a 2000 interview with the AP. "It was not being on top. The fun was getting there, not staying there — that's hard work."
Aunty Pol

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Since the script is sooo damn small , I will post it here.
" Sad ."
" When more people care about American Idol judges than the real ones."
Yep...that about covers it.
Aunty Pol

Shopping At COSTCO

.Hope you enjoy this joke a friend sent to me.
I had to share , 'cause I'm kinda giving that way.
Enjoy ~!
Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
What did she think I had,an elephant?
So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, 'cause I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.
The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me.
I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.
Costco won't let me shop there anymore.
Better watch what you ask retired people.
They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.
Aunty Pol

Blog Crap Again

It appears that the google crap that a lot of us noticed the other day is back again...wonky links, posting etc.
Aunty Pol

Team Space Paws

Go Team Space Paws !!!

Go Lisa ! Go Lisa !

Go All Team Members Whose Names I Don't Know Yet !

Adopt Miss Peggy Sue and Those Babies Today !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love ,

Aunty Pol

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Perseids ? Yeah It FIgures !

You know how they are always so adamant about shit ?
So focused and set in stone ?
When you first start out , you figure .." Oh yeah , right...while really thinking " Dude , are you insane or what ?"
SU is like that .
I am married to one of the most hard headed, stubborn mo fo 's on the planet.
Even my late father recognized this and frankly, I think this is why they got along as well as they did.
SU was a cook in the Navy.
To hear him tell it , he had to cook 40 dozen....that's right ...FORTY DOZEN eggs on a daily basis.
Thus, he HATES eggs.
Do the math.
Anyone who has read this blog or that knows us in real life knows the grief we have had over his teeth ...or lack there of.
Y'all by now know we love food and we love cooking.
We are at a loss here.
HE CAME HOME AND FRIED UP SOME EGGS , ADDED BACON AND CHEESE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is stupid and yet HUGE.
I've always said " Eggs are your friend."
He would gag .
We cook with them, bake with then, sauce with then...but..
I blame the Perseids..
Can my life get any weirder...don't answer that know it will.
A Shaken But Not Stirred..
Aunty Pol

I Wish We Were This Organized .

I do so wish that we were this organized at home.
At least the routine is getting easier.
Either they are realizing ( Um..yeah, right !) that they are not going to get stinky goodness until I change out of the work clothes and heels.....or I am getting better at ignoring the wailing and carrying on.
Grab the cans, line up the plates and off we go.
Yes Xena, Mommy hears you . You have plenty of kibble, remember ?
No, Gracie, that is Xena's plate and spot to eat..your's is over here.
Yes Boshi, your plate is coming..stop trying to hijack Xena's.
Gracie !
Stop it !
Your plate is over here.
Loki , You want some stinky goodness ? No ? Treats it ya go.
Andy, you finally want in ? are your treats.
Gracie !
Your plate is here, it's the same as the the Momma .
Andy..You want back out ? Ok..I need to do the bird feeders and the outside bowls anyway.
GRACIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave Xena alone !
And I wonder why it is at least 7 : 30 or so before I get a chance to sit down. We get home between 6 : 45 and 7 pm.
Gotta love them.
Then there is the wiping of the counters, range top, dishes, cleaning up hair balls , mid week laundry...oh well.
Aunty Pol

Your Very Own Personal Readers Guide ~ Pt 1 .

Since I have picked up a few new readers/commenter's , I thought I'd give all y'all a little guide as to the part that is " What the hell does the _____ stand for ?"
SU : Spousal Unit . The Hubby, or Hubs...
NG : Neighbor Gals and overall partners in crime.
Gal Pal : Usually refers to the best friend on the left coast, tho may also refer to Nee Nee or the one on the east coast.
Double O Mullet : Number One gal Pal and sister of my hearts husband.
Crazy Cajun (s) : SU's best friend and his wife.
DND : Dungeons and Dragons - A game started in the 70's , primarily for pot smoking college geeks ( LOL!) where you sit and create characters such as elves, ogre's and such that go on missions....think Magic but with live bodies playing.
GM : Game Master - The person who runs the above shit, aka me for many years.
RPG: Role Playing Games - No, Not S/M , you pervs. Usually done on line 0n line in a separate board or via e mail . Also known as obsession , hobby or addiction.
So there ya go.
Any questions ?
Have what ever kind of day that works out the best for you .
Aunty Pol

Monday, August 10, 2009

Something To Hold On To...! episode this week.
I am sooo there .
Why do weeks have to start out this way ?
I bust my ass to sort things out so that I can get the A/C fixed, working around every one else's schedule.
I have always tried to accommodate everyone in my section..after all fair is fair and we were all taught to play nicely with others, unless raised by wolves.
Some of my co-workers, more the latter than the former it seems.
When you decide to take time off and we have it in the books, common sense says that any one else taking to take time off will work with you, recognizing your plans and hence, planning accordingly.
Now it seems you changed from:
Off Monday and Tuesday , then the following week off Monday to Monday , returning the following Tuesday.
You have more time on the books than f'g Moses.
But..oh no...
NOW , you are out half a day today, in tomorrow and taking this Friday off, all the next week, and the following Monday.

This is getting very , very , old.
I have printed out all your email notices and last minute better not start shit about never getting time off.
I will bust your ass.
And...I am leaving at 3 this Thursday to get my hair cut....period.
I have to commando schedule because once again , you screw it up so far that no one else can make plans.
You are fully aware that in 3 years , I am cutting back to 40 with it. At that point I have 30 years here...bite me.
I will invoke seniority.
I'm hoping for a better week, I really am.
Aunty Pol

A Memo For The Princess

Dear Xena, aka Xeni Gabini, Diddums, Itty Ditty, Princess Poo Poo
We need to discuss your ability to tell time.
You have none.
You know that your Mommy loves you. I am the one that feeds you most of the time, making sure that you have your special reservation and /or place . I make sure that Gracie Marie , aka the HOOVER doesn't grab all of your food, nor does Boshi aka the Baby. I indulge you. IF you must suffer left overs from the fridge, who pray tell nukes the stinky goodness for you ?
Daddy ?
I think not.
It is with this understanding that I ask you ...

" What the hell are you thinking waking up the Mommy at 4: 23 a.m. , also known as either " Oh Crap " or " Oh Dark Thirty".....for Brekki ????????????
Are you serious ?
I told you .
Go bug Daddy.
Oh Hell no am I getting up before I have to.
I still love you , you little minx....just not at 4: 23 a.m.
Ask Daddy.
I don't like anyone that early in the morning.
Your Mother, aka Aunty Pol.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kill ME Naow

Picture by: Andy. Caption by: Boschka via Our LOL Builder

LMAO, MY first ICHCB re-caption.

Too Much Fun ~!

But also scary.

SU and I have been married for a while . Not as long as I consider normal but above average for today's society.

I have learned to tolerate golf.

I may not appreciate golf , but I have come to ever so slightly understand the game. By that , I mean that hopefully I don't ask the straight out dumbest question in the room.

And I can recognize the cute guys.

The REALLY cute ones.


Amidst all of the crap of this year , I mentioned that we were starting a new game , therefore I would need some visitation rights.

WE share the PC .

He knows that I am an old DND'r. I've been playing since the inception of the game, RIP Gary Gygax ( sp). He's found the funny looking dice, seen the archives of game shit I've hoarded..heard the terms...understood none but all in all gets my obsession. He's understood the odd hour calls from Australia, snickered at my stomping down the hall muttering and flailing armed march , focused on who I was going to kill in reaction to what they just did to me...Thank you CT for giving me the slow acting poison.

I let that lay , since the newest game took a while to start as we don't tend to rush into things. Our games are completely on line and last an average of 2 years in real time. Our GM crafts each one and there is a lot of IM's and e-mails that fly all over..UK...Australia etc.

This by the way , is where I get very impatient and that is usually not a benefit to my character..

Whatever..I know.

Tonight he asked a couple of questions because as he put it , " I've seen your friends signing in and out (on IM ) all day ."


Soooo..... I pull up the premise on the board for him to read.

Then, I realise yet again that he reads my blog.

And...I had put the outline of my character, Agnes Louise Brown on the blog.

And then he says " So , you're doing a pre Clive Cussler " Dirk Pit ?"

Me : ?

Him: " Doc Savage ?"

Ohhhhhhh..fuckity fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck ..

He gets it.


I am not going to screen mission requests or whatever CT decides we need to do in order to move forward here with SU.



Aunty Pol