Love my woman, love my baby, love my biscuits sopped in gravy.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Looking Better Every Beer

Ananova - Man peed way out of avalanche

A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Something to be said for carrying around that much brew, I guess.

Monday, January 24, 2005

UCSC's Paphian?

I have a friend who works at UCSC, and he barely ekes a living out of the job. They make him pay around $60 a month just to park his car there. But when it comes to the upper administration at the school, nothing is too outrageous when it comes to the budget. - News - Controversy Brews Over UCSC Hirings: "Controversy is brewing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, over the recent hiring of a new chancellor and a new position that was created for the woman's partner.
Denice Dee Denton will start as UCSC's new chancellor next month. The university has created a new position for Denton's partner, Gretchen Kalonji, that pays nearly $200,000 a year."

This is wrong on so many levels. The UCSC campus is on one of the most beautiful pieces of land in the continental US, and it is an amazing place to visit, if you can avert your eyes from the occasional naked tree sitter, stumbling stoner, or vocal protester against the cause du jour. It is literally littered with those who seriously think that the 1960s were the best time in America. The professors burned their draft cards then and now encourage the young to believe the government owes them a living.

It can cost over $38 grand a year to go to this school, and it just seems like a huge waste of money to create a position for someone who is basically a kept woman. Isn't there a name for this kind of corruption? Thankfully English is a language where words mean things.

If the new chancellor is indeed the right man for the job, then her partner should do the right thing and not accept the position.

The best solution would for the institution not to offer a position to either person in the first place. There must be a candidate that meets their politically socialistic, pro-hemp, and pro-homosexual agenda with out a $200,000 lap dog.

In any environment like this there are a few people who don't agree with the way things go. They have to agree with the majority or risk losing their livelihood, or if they are students, passing their classes. Hopefully they will find a way to make it known that this is a very poor decision and this offer should be retracted, post haste.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Ralph Nader. He might be a Nerd.

Check this out:

Nader brings anti- war agenda to S.C. By BRIAN SEALS SENTINEL STAFF WRITER Months after his campaign for president ended,... January 22, 2005: "Nader and former San Francisco supervisor Matt Gonzalez, a Green Party member, will be in Santa Cruz on Monday as part of an 'end the war' tour of Northern California.
He wants to rally anti-war forces and raise some money to pay debts stemming from his 2004 presidential campaign."

Uh huh! Sounds very enterprising for a socialist.

Friday, January 21, 2005

TV too Conservative? Nah.

So Mr. Steven Bochco, the man responsible for showing America David Caruso's hind end, thinks that TV is too conservative now.
'NYPD Blue' Producer Deems TV Too 'Conservative': "'NYPD Blue' Producer Deems TV Too 'Conservative'"

He cites, or at least this article does, the Janet Jackson experience that the world had last January has made networks too afraid to come up with some racy stuff for TV.

I have to disagree. I think it's racier than ever, it just doesn't show up in drama format on daytime TV. There are more R rated series than ever available at the tube these days, but they have found a more appropriate home on cable TV. Subscription cable is the obvious place, where shows like Sex in the City, Deadwood, and another series by Penn and Teller that has a title not fit to print. Even the comedy is rated R, like Curb Your Enthusiasm. (Deadwood and Curb are two of my favorite shows, but baby, they shouldn't be shown on ABC without some bleeping and blurring.)

Even basic cable has some great shows that are not fit for prime time on broadcast. The two that come to mind immediately are the Shield and Rescue Me, both on FX. These shows are well written and well acted, and I wouldn't watch either of them in front of company.

The standards for what is OK on TV have slipped significantly in the last thirty years anyway.

I think Bochco either doesn't get it or won't be happy until all TV is defiled. There's something to be said for keeping the free content that is broadcast over the airwaves held to higher standards than the content you pay for. Everyone else has to muster some self control, why not broadcast TV?

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

And away he goes...

Reuters News Article: "California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined on Tuesday to grant clemency to killer Donald Beardslee, setting the stage for the first execution in three years in the most populous U.S. state."

It's finally happening, and hopefully we'll get it on tape. Word is he's going to do it himself with an axe.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Vivo en un lugar con muchos que hablan Espanol.

I get plenty of wrong numbers here. Half are telemarketers, which is a whole different story, and the other half are in Spanish. Or as they say, Espanich.

Phone rings.

Phone: [Incoherent Spanish mumbling] Annhellina?
Me: Como?
Phone: Annhellina?
Me: Como?
Phone: [Garbled Spanish talk] Annhellina!
Me: Huh?
Phone: Ees Annhellina?
Me: Uhhh
Phone: Ess Annhellina acaca?
Me: Uh? Momento. Annhelllliiiinnnaa! Momento.
Phone: Hola, Annhellina?
Me: Como?
Phone: Ay! Annhellina acaca por favor!
Me: Uhh...I believe you must have the wrong number.
Phone: Ay! Hokay.

It's simple and fun.

Monday, January 10, 2005

'Billy news:

Saw Lee Rocker at Moe's Alley the other night. I stuck around after the show was over and talked with him a bit, and he was as nice as pie.

He plays a mean slap bass, and really gets into it. The show started with a few covers and everytime I hear good rockabilly, I wish I could play it. It's great music, and it suits me right to the ground. Since it was the birthday of the King, there was a good portion of the music dedicated to him. Man, it's good music.

The strange part of the show were the people in attendance. Santa Cruz, being a strange town to begin with has about a million strange little subcultures, and they overlap only in public. Pick a lifestyle, and you can find a section of the public that reflects it a hundred percent. Recently documented on television was a couple that raised a couple of boys to be hillbillies, only a few blocks away from the boardwalk. They sing bluegrass with a thicker accent than most people in the South. No kiddin.

So that was the ilk at Moe's Saturday. The occasional out of place Taoist; the drunken middle aged man looking for a third wife; the unpleasant looking transvestite; the ponytailed, mustachioed filipino; the outgoing 60 year old woman dressed like a 20 year old; MacGyver; Kevin Bacon from Footloose; and several cow-type-girls moving their corpulently swollen stone washed Levis in ways that resembled cursive writing.

Did I mention the music was good? Yes, I enjoyed it very much.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Richard Gere: Some Gigolo

"Hi, I'm Richard Gere, and I'm speaking for the entire world."

That's a tad presumptuous. - Entertainment - Richard Gere Speaks 'For Entire World' To Palestinians