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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Blue Moon

Have you ever heard the expression "once in a blue moon"? Well, tonight is the real thing - a blue moon! A blue moon happens once every 33 months. The last one was on July 31, 2004.

The phrase "blue moon," does not refer to the color of the moon, but instead is the name given to the second full moon in the same month. Since the occurrence is rare, it makes sense that it is where we got our phrase "once in a blue moon" from (which is slang for "very rarely.")

In honor of tonight's blue moon, I just have to post a link for my favorite oldies song, "Blue Moon" by the Marcels. Check out the song here, but don't bother watching the video; it's incorrect, distracting and cheesy. And if you have time tonight, go out and take a gander at that beautiful blue moon!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Book Bite

The Town That Forgot How to Breathe
by Kenneth J. Harvey

4 Stars

I just finished reading this book over the long weekend and thought I'd give you a quick review. A "book bite," if you will...

The book starts out with a man and his daughter arriving at a Newfoundland fishing wharf to spend their summer vacation. And like any good thriller, things don't stay "normal" for long. The little girl finds a creepy playmate, villagers start seeing strange things in the ocean, then... people start forgetting how to breathe...

Harvey creates a strange combination of fairy tales, tall tales or "seafarer" tales, a Lovecraft-esqe thriller/horror story, with people going insane (or forgetting how to breathe) and a commentary on how some small town cultures or lifestyles are dying because of technology. It sounds like a weird combination, but it works, and all the strands are tied together in the end, in a fairly satisfying way.

My favorite part of this book, is the idea that the act of storytelling is what keeps generations connected to each other and keeps the wonder in nature and life alive. I also loved the romantic twist to everything, once he tied all the plot strands together and resolved the mystery. In the end, it all comes down to love...

I've been meaning to write a post on the importance of fairy tales, the art of storytelling and the power of the story, and reading this book only inspired me even more to write those posts. So watch for those in the future...

I think I will do these short, "Book Bites" here on my blog and I hope to write longer, more in-depth reviews and post those on my website (whenever I get it revamped and up and running to my satisfaction). Until then...

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Very Punny!


I feel very fortunate that I grew up in a home filled with laughter. We were always trying to find ways to make each other laugh. My dad had a great sense of humor (as evidenced by the self-deprecating picture you see here). He enjoyed it all - from funny stories, to goofy sight gags and well-constructed jokes - especially if it included a pun. In fact, he absolutely loved puns.

May 25th was my father's birthday. I feel like there's less laughter in my life, ever since he's been gone. To honor him today, I'm going to try and find the humor in things, and make my heart light. And I'm going to try to remember that's how he'd want me to go through life, laughing at the daily ironies and all, instead of seeing the melancholy side of things.

I thought I'd include a link, to some "punny" jokes for you as well. What is your favorite joke or pun? I invite you to post it in the comments and give us all a good laugh. Or, if you like, you can talk about what you think were some of the best qualities you got from your dad.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Do you know Jack?


I have several posts drafted that I have been working on since March, and even though they are mostly done, I don't feel like I'm ready to post any of them yet. So, in the meantime, I thought I'd post something fun.

A while back I did a post on my favorite TV show "LOST" - which is still my favorite show - but "24" with Kiefer Sutherland comes in at a close second. Below is a list of Jack Bauer "Facts" that I found online, along with a list I created about "24" fanatics.

Feel free to add to either of these lists by posting your own observations in the Comments section! Enjoy!

JACK BAUER FACT LIST

1.
If everyone on "24" followed Jack Bauer's instructions, it would be called "12".
2. Some people see the glass as half full. Others see it as half empty. Jack Bauer sees the glass as a deadly weapon.
3. Once, someone tried to tell Jack Bauer a "knock knock" joke. Jack Bauer found out who was there, who they worked for, and where the bomb was.
4. If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with two bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
5. Jack Bauer ran out of bullets, so he caught three in his chest and used them to re-load.
6. Jack Bauer's calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd. No one fools Jack Bauer.
7. Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
8. Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
9. If it tastes like chicken, looks like chicken, and feels like chicken, but Jack Bauer says its beef. Then it's beef.
10. Osama bin Laden's recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Jack Bauer is, in fact, still alive.

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A FAN OF "24" IF...

1. You downloaded the CTU ringer for your cell phone.
2. When your phone rings, you answer with your last name - i.e. "This is Smith."
3. If your spouse calls and asks you to pick them up because their car has broken down, you ask them to upload the schematics and live satellite feed to your palm pilot.
4. When someone asks you what you did yesterday, you reply with "Previously, on 24..."
5. You put "David Palmer" down as a write-in candidate at the last presidential election.
6. You named your pets "Edgar" and "Chloe".
7. You're under the impression that humans don't eat, sleep or use the bathroom for 24 hours at a time
8. When you're running late for an appointment, you hear the "beep, beep, beep" sound in your head and feel like screaming out loud "We're running out of time!"
9. You ordered a CTU logo t-shirt and mouse pad off the 24 website. (Guilty!)
10. All your friends know not to call you during the hours of 8 to 9 PM on Monday nights. :)