Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

There is no one who compares with you....

How Can I Miss You if you Won't Go Away?

So back when I lived in ATL I signed up to get alerts from Marta when things occurred that impacted the schedule.

I'd get updates at all hours of the day and night, such as the following:  
Weekend Singletracking Details:
Date: March 26 & 27 
Train Line:  Red/Gold
Frequency: 20 minutes
Customer Impact:  Customers traveling to/from North Springs will need to transfer trains at Lindbergh Station to continue travel.  At East Point station board ALL trains on NORTHBOUND platform.

Train Line:  Blue/Green
Frequency: 20 minutes
Customer Impact: At Avondale & Kensington Stations board ALL trains on EASTBOUND platform.

This was handy information to have when I was using Marta everyday.  

Now it's just an annoyance.  That I can't stop.  Because Marta has no unsubcribe link on their messages.  Further, my attempts to unsubscribe via Marta's website have failed as well.

It seems Marta is much like the mob...once you are in, you are in for life.  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Learned a Long Time Ago to not ask Questions I don't want to hear the Answers to


So this past week was the week for questions.  And man, was I OVER them.

Are you happy you moved?  
Have you met anyone?  
How is the job?  
Are you liking being back?  
Have you found an apartment?  
Do you miss your friends?
What do you miss the most?
Do you want fries with that?

And the list went on and on. And on.

But here's the thing:  No one really cares about my answers.  

And for those inquiring minds who wanted to know, they seemed disappointed in my honest answers.

Here's a tip - if you don't want to hear my answers to your questions, DON'T ASK ME questions in the first place.  I am not one to sing "Woe is Me" from the rooftops.  I am not going to bitch and gripe just for fun.  In fact, I have no interest in spending my time talking about things I can't control or change.

BUT if you insist on asking me questions point blank please at least be courteous enough to not be irritated by my honest answers.   To paraphrase Colonel Jessup, it seems you can't handle the truth.

So, how about we declare détente...you don't ask, and I don't tell.

Deal?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Progress Report on the Search for my New Haunt

So the housing hunt continued today.

My friend Nichole and I spent about 7 hours driving around hither and yon looking at places. Most weren't my favorite (Southern readers, you know what this statement really means) but I did find three places I want to check out.

And one is within WALKING DISTANCE to Camden Yards.  This is also the one that is furthest from my office so I am not certain this is meant to be....but I have to at least look at it...otherwise I'll always wonder.

Scheduling visits for later this week and one for next Sunday as well.  We'll see what pans out.

Perhaps someone you know, could sparkle and shine.........

Another great song I had totally forgotten about....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Puke- Eminem

And no this isn't a veiled reference to Duke. Though it could be.

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For a special someone out there...and not the one you all may be thinking of. This is for someone who is so delusional he'd never think it could be in reference to himself.

He'd be wrong.

Childish? Maybe. But I feel better.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Forget St. Patrick.....St. Pauli is probably upset too...or Signs You've Grown Up

On what used to be one of the biggest party days of the year for me, St. Patrick's Day, I went grocery shopping, cleaned the house and did laundry.

I did have one Miller Lite because there wasn't enough room in the 'fridge for my yogurt.

Yogurt trumps beer.

Bob Dylan was right.

The times are a changin'.

Moon River and Me

One of my three favorite songs of all time....and just in time for the Super Moon Saturday night. (And also my go-to song when I am singing to a baby....but I digress..)

It rises at 7:39 EST....it's going to be glorious.  For more information about the Super Moon check out this article and associated video...cool stuff - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/super-moon-saturday-evening/2011/03/18/ABPXJfp_blog.html or visit National Geographic..
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110318-supermoon-earth-japan-earthquake-tsunami-science-space-biggest-full-moon/

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sláinte


Those who wish to sing will always find a song. - Celtic Proverb 

*****
May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.
**********
May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's not a Casey Kasem Long Distance Dedication...that's for sure

I heard this earlier this week and damn.

God knows I could have penned this years ago.


Scar tissue is a bitch.




Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beware the Ides of March.

In my free time I like to come up with off the wall thesis topics.  

I've got numerous ones, but given the Ides is today, I'll share my Gaius Julius Caesar one.  Thusly, my topic: How Would the History of the World be Different if Caesar had selected Better Footwear....ie It's Hard to Make a Hasty Retreat Wearing Sandals. 

Roman fighting sandals do not make one fleet of foot. What if he had worn wooden shoes like The Dutch?  What if he had worn moccasins that were molded to his feet?  He might have been able to haul ass and save his life...and change the course of history.  

I can hear Caesar now retelling the tale at cocktail parties for years to come:
"So I am standing around talking to Brutus about the upcoming chariot races and the next thing I know these guys are coming at me like I'm the ham on the buffet table.  You can imagine I was a bit disturbed when I realized what was happening.  I pulled the ole 'hey, what's that?' trick and when they turned to look (idiots) I made like a baker and hauled buns outta there.  And I'll tell you what, if I had chosen to wear my sandals that day I'd have been up shit's creek.  Talk about a fashion assassin."  

I always thought Nike missed a GREAT ad opportunity related to the Ides.  It could have easily tied into the "It's Got to be the Shoes" campaign.   

VeniVidiVici indeed.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~ Robin Williams

I prefer to think of it as a big FU to winter...but whatever works.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Postman May Always Ring Twice...but the UPS guy just Knocks and Runs.

So far, the most exciting thing about moving has been day dreaming about the change of address announcements my friend Callie can create for me when I finally find my new abode.

I've got several ideas of what I think are fun and clever announcements....but I'll be curious to see what she comes up with when the time comes.

In the mean time, should you find yourself in need of any sort of announcement/invite/change of address stationary, be sure to check out Callie's stuff at http://calliespondence.blogspot.com/    Her stuff is fabulous!

It's Sunday....you can find me at Our Lady of the Pillow

I'm envious of folks who posses the strength of character to actively participate in their religion as this is a skill I've never even pretended to have.

I went to Mass every Sunday of my life from birth until the day I left for college.  Since then, I've attended Mass sporadically at best. And never in all the times that I've missed Mass have I ever actually "missed" Mass.

I don't know if this makes me a bad person...or if this just means I haven't found the place of worship that suits me best.

If the former, I have to think God would be ok with me since I at least think about doing right and wrong on a daily basis...and I try not to hurt anyone has I make my way through life.

If the later, I'm open to suggestions on different religions to try out...and I remain hopeful I'll find the right place for me.  Someday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

If you lived here You could be Home right now....

So today I start the adventure of finding an apartment.  I have scheduled a day of driving around an area of Baltimore to see what my options are.

I plan to look at both apartment complexes as well as Victorian homes that have been transformed into apartment rentals.  I'm even looking at the place that Al Capone resided in during his time in Baltimore.

One the one hand, the complexes are alluring with their pools and gyms.  But on the other, the charm and uniqueness of a Victorian house with one of a kind architectural features is an attractive option as well.

I'm sure this will be the first of many weekend outings to find my new abode.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Need something to Cheer Me.........

Bear In There by Shel Silverstein
There's a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire--
He likes it 'cause it's cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He's nibbling the noodles,
He's munching the rice,
He's slurping the soda,
He's licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he's in there--
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thing I am Looking Forward to...

In no particular order..................

                              Warm weather and days spent on The Bay

The final Harry Potter film

Baseball season...even if I am an Orioles fan


Charlie Sheen no longer dominating the news


Summer nights under starry skies

New babies that are set to arrive

Trips to see dear friends

The Triple Crown races

Undiscovered books I've not yet read

Making new memories


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I missed my Calling

When I was little....

I thought I'd be florist.
Would still love to do that but with my allergies...

I thought I'd be a nurse.
But I am not the best at taking orders.....

I thought I'd be a doctor.....
Except I found that I don't care for blood and I didn't know that you could be a doctor without being around blood until it was too late...

I thought I'd be a mom.....
It's not looking like that is meant to be either.

I say this not to invite you to a pity party...I say it to acknowledge that life "is what it is"

And sometimes I think about my next life.

In my next life I want to be Ninja.

In my next life I want to be in charge of selecting tunes for movie soundtracks.

In my next life, I want to be kinder.

But in the meantime, I'll focus on this life.  And making it (and me) the best it can be.