Archive for August, 2004

*grumble grumble* Students *grumble*

Monday, August 30th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

God, how I hate the first weekend the students are back.

We had some drunken college kids come through the neighborhood on Saturday night, knocking over everything they could get their hands on as they walked home from the bars. Then at our building, they decided to take it up a notch and come into the back yard. After they had their fun tipping over all of our dumpsters, they smashed a little window in the basement, destroyed our picnic table (and took one of the benches! WTF?) and then trampled & smashed about half of the plants my neighbor just put in the garden. Little bastards.

I was mad enough about the window and the picnic table (as I use that table a lot), but I felt terrible for my upstairs neighbor. I know how much time she put into the gardening.

Tried to chase them down, but to no avail. (Luckily there were no cameras around. I can just see that on the news: “Angry East Side woman in pajamas chases down vandals.”)

I really, really want to get a paintball gun and lie in wait for the next batch of them (‘coz, oh yes, there will be more). They trash my yard, I nail ‘em in the ass with a paintball. Then I call it in: “Yeah, officer. They should be pretty easy to spot. They’ll either have giant pink paint sploches on their asses or they’ll be walking around without pants. Either way, you’ve got your men.” Maybe I’ll get them in the back once, just for good measure. A shirt can be changed, but that welt will last a day or so. Mwahh ha.

Hmm. This hiatus isn’t going well.

Monday, August 30th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

It’s been brought to my attention (not by the magazine itself, mind you) that this li’l ol’ blog was featured in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine. (Sorry, internet friends. The article seems to be dead-tree issue only.)

First Time and now this. What magazine do I get to be in next month?? :-)

Many thanks to Stacie for giving me the heads up. Y’all should go check out her blog — and all of the others mentioned in the article. It’ll give you some lovely new reading material to hold you over until I get back up and running.

I picked up a copy of the magazine over lunch. (The cover story for this issue is “Single in the City.” Coincidence?) (Wait — am I being profiled?? Tee hee.) For those of you who are living outside the area and won’t see the mag, here’s my little blurb in the article:

Czeltic Girl, a 35-year-old marketing professional, regales readers with stories of the neighbors in her East Side apartment building, some annoying, some eccentric and some beloved; her trip to Ireland (pictures included); and her encounter with a drunk ex-boyfriend. [CG's ed. note: That could probably be plural. Sigh.] But what makes this Web site eminently readable? It’s Czeltic Girl’s caustic wit; for example, her take on Michigan’s quarter: “What, where you guys out on a three-week bender instead of working on your design? ‘Oh, dudes! Crap! We forgot about the quarter!’ ‘That’s ok, man. Just send in this map. It’ll be fine.”

Tiny break in the hiatus

Friday, August 27th, 2004 | General | 3 Comments

Well, well, well. Many congratulations to The Powers That Be on his engagement.


Ok. Back to radio silence.

I’m such a slacker.

Thursday, August 26th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Well, at least when it comes to my blog. All of this Irish Fest, duplex and work nonsense has put the kibosh on my web-surfing hours.

Let’s just say Czeltic Girl’s on hiatus until Labor Day, as I doubt I’ll get much time to post between now and then.

So you kids all go outside and play until Sept. 7 and I’ll provide some nice linkety goodness for you to dig around in when you return.

Irish Fest!

Monday, August 16th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

It’s Irish Fest week, so there probably won’t be any updates.

I’m off work, but I’ll be keeping myself occupied with Fest stuff and with work on the duplex we bought, so I probably won’t be near a computer too much until next Tuesday.

You have yourselves a lovely week/weekend. Stop by the rock stage n’ say hi if you’re at the Fest (ask for Anne). (Letterboxers, I’ll have my signature and traveller stamps with me. I’d like to have time to place my Third Ward series by then, too, but we’ll have to see how that goes.)

Later, gators.

Another stupid criminal for your amusement.

Friday, August 13th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

If you’re going into a career in carjacking, you should probably learn to drive stick. Dumbass.

Oh, and watch out for the cliff.

Ooh. Scary.

Friday, August 13th, 2004 | General | No Comments

Happy Friday the 13th, y’all.

(And happy b-day, Dad.)

Ok. Now I’ve seen it all.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

The Quantum Sleeper. It protects you from bio-chemical terrorist attacks, natural disasters and kidnappers/stalkers. Probably also monsters.

Just tell yourself it doesn’t look like a giant coffin.

Also — they forgot to install a fridge. Please — if you’re going to lock yourself inside your bed, you’re probably going to want snacks.

This has to be a joke, right? Please tell me it’s a joke and that people aren’t actually buying these.

We all scream for ice cream!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Ahhh, Farrell’s. I have many, many happy childhood memories of that place.

Well, at least I have many, many happy childhood memories of having lots and lots of ice cream at that place. And I remember the straw hats. But the rest is a little fuzzy.

Every now and then, I wish they were still around. (Well, ok — there are two left in California, but I’m not headin’ that way any too soon.)

At least I still have my giant Farrell’s Big Swig glass.

Yay! New comics!

Friday, August 6th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

Well, new for me, at least.

A Softer World. Brought to you by the same nice folks who do Overqualified.

I think this one’s my favorite so far.


Thursday, August 5th, 2004 | General | No Comments

Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004.

I studied his work quite a bit back in photojournalism school. The man was a genius with a camera. He made some wonderful images.

Here’s a portfolio of some of his works, if you’d like to see more than what’s offered in the article. And these are a few of my favorite photos of his.

Fun with Google image searches

Thursday, August 5th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Random Pictures from the Web

“Because we all love looking at weird photos.”

The really scary part is that I know I’ve seen that Aug. 3 photo before. (I’m sure it’s from Burning Man, which I have zero interest in, so I wonder why I’ve seen it.)

(Via Yahoo! New Additions.)

Well, duh.

Thursday, August 5th, 2004 | General | No Comments

Gee, who could have thought something like this could have happened to a small-ish city if both presidential candidates were in town at the same time?

I mean who, besides every criminal in town?

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Monday, August 2nd, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan, Toast! | 3 Comments

Hi. My name is Czeltic Girl and I’m a Rescue Me addict. (Dammit. ‘Coz I needed to watch more television.)

I’ll admit — they had me hooked even before I saw the show. It’s got Denis Leary and firemen. Throw in some toast and maybe a monkey and it’s good as gold.

Actually, come to think of it, there was a toast joke in episode two, so maybe we’re just missing the monkey.

Only in Wisconsin

Monday, August 2nd, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

This is the kind of police corruption one must deal with when living in a climate best described as “9 months of winter, 3 months of bad sledding.”

I would laugh heartily at this, were it not being paid for out of my taxes.

For those of you from out of town — those hills at Calvary are wicked steep, not to mention that whole pesky “covered in gravestones” thing.

(Sorry about the JSOnline registration thing. It’s irritating and stupid. It doesn’t look too closely at the info you give it, though. Heh.)