Archive for June, 2005

We Are Not Amused.

June 30, 2005

So I’m using my co-worker’s ‘pooter because mine is dead. (She’s taking the afternoon off.) And the keyboard quits responding….

Fortunately, a quick reboot cured that… but I’m thinking this must be payback for all of the times I’ve boasted that I have only to enter the same room as a recalcitrant machine and it straightens up and behaves itself.

Not today, alas.


This Is Not Funny.

June 30, 2005

That’s what I get for going to lunch.

When I came back… both primary and secondary hard drives on my office computer are playing dead.

This on a day when we’re trying to close the end of the month.

Just what I needed right now.

And to think I was planning to reformat my home computer HD this weekend. Silly me, I thought I would actually have time!


This Is Not News

June 30, 2005

Assuming, that is, that “news” means something new.

The headline? In Ireland, few safe havens for an ancient tongue.

. . . As Ireland’s mother tongue struggles to survive, the government has stepped up its contentious efforts to save the language, known here simply as Irish.

I paid my only visit to Ireland clear back in September of 1978. For part of that visit, a friend and I stayed with an Irish family in Dublin. The youngest daughter, Diane, and I had been pen pals since we were 10, and on this trip we got to meet.

She told us that Irish was required in school, and that the government was subsidizing people to live in less populated parts of the country and speak Irish.

We watched a Sunday afternoon Irish football match on TV. The audio was entirely in Irish, with no closed captioning. Diane’s father thought it would be funny if one of us, with our American accent, called the TV station to complain that there must be something wrong with the audio because we couldn’t understand a word they were saying. We didn’t do it, though.

So government efforts to save the Irish langage are certainly nothing new.

Must be a slow news day at Yahoo.

Summer Reading Material

June 29, 2005

Warning! Shameless book-flogging ahead!

But then again… is it really “shameless” if they are not my own books?

Note: If you click through to Amazon to purchase from the links provided here, my blog mom Ith gets a few pennies. It’s the least I can do to mitigate the insult to her reputation that is my blog. ::evil grin::

My dear friend Mary who passed away two and a half years ago left behind, among other things, a fascinating, fast-paced book about genre fandom. It’s all true… but names have been changed to protect the guilty. Even CrankyBeach appears in a supporting role… can you guess which one?

Buy Backdoor Cookie at

Those of you who follow this blog know about my best friend Kerry and her book Resilience. If you haven’t read it yet… why haven’t you? The second book of the trilogy is now being edited, and should be out either late this year or early next year.

Buy Resilience at

Last, but most certainly not least… Marina Curtis Tidwell, an old, old friend from our early teen years, whom I haven’t seen since, has just published her first book. For all of you who like to hang out at the beach and look at critters, this is a must.

Buy Beyond the Beach Blanket at

Links to all of these will soon live on my sidebar, so you procrastinators will always be able to find them. But why would you procrastinate? Order and enjoy these books now! CrankyBeach hath spoken.

My Exes Might Agree…

June 28, 2005

Which Horrible Affliction are you?

Congratulations, you’re rabies!

I am Rabies. Grrrrrrrr!

Transmitted by rabid animals, you’re most commonly found infecting creatures such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. But don’t worry, you affect humans too, causing either paralysis or hyperactivity in your advanced stages, and ultimately death.

Your most famous symptom is hypersalviation – that delightful foaming at the mouth that we have come to know and indeed love. However, you can also cause hallucination; think of the fun you could have at parties!

A Rum and Monkey disease.

(Hat tip: The Radioactive Monk)

This Is News?

June 27, 2005

A weekend headline on Yahoo! news caught my eye:

Ex-FBI Chief: Deep Throat Sought Vengeance

Nooooooo! Say it isn’t so!!!

Meanwhile, back at the blogosphere, Rusty is holding a Do-it Yourself Fatwah Festival and soliciting links.

Okay. 🙂

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

June 25, 2005

Just got back from the engagement party. The guy seems very nice, but let’s just say his looks are NOT at all to my taste. Which is fine, ’cause I’m not the one marrying him.

I told him that if I hear he’s not treating our girl right, he is going to have ME to deal with. At that point the bride’s mother jumped in and said, “And she’s very scary!”

So he better be watching his back.

But I think the bride will do just fine. She’s a very smart girl, and has waited until she is very well established in her career to get married. I wish them all the very best.

I Don’t Get It

June 24, 2005

Here’s one for the “whose idea was this?” department.

I just took down my shower curtain to wash it.

What kind of a moron manufactures shower curtain hooks from material that will rust?

These aren’t cheap dime-store hooks, either. They’re the fancy-schmancy kind with the little doo-dads on them.

And they’re starting to rust.

Did no one tell the designer that shower curtain hooks are used in a bathroom? Or that a bathroom tends to be a damp environment?


Karl Rove Kerfuffle

June 24, 2005

Many commentators far more eloquent than I have said plenty about this topic already.

I will add only this to the conversation: When you toss a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one that got hit. The louder the outcry, the closer to home the statement being cried about.

Methinks the liberals doth protest too much.

Bumper Sticker

June 24, 2005

Seen on the back of a truck on the way to the office this morning:

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.
Study hard. Be evil.

Another sticker started with “Scoundrel for hire” but I couldn’t read the rest of it because the print was too small.