Archive for May, 2007

Make that really slow out of the gate

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Now that I’ve managed to get mostly settled back in at work, unpacked (for the most part), gotten the kitties back from their grandma’s and procured myself some groceries, I can tend to the blog a little. (And you just thought I was ignoring you.)

New York was great, as usual. Many apologies to everyone we didn’t get to catch up with on this trip. Every year it gets harder and harder to fit everyone in in just a couple days. (Next time, we rent the Javits Center and hold a convention. It’s just easier.) Thanks to everyone who rearranged their schedules to accommodate us. Extra big moose kisses to those who went above and beyond in that regard: Tony, Sam and Brian, thanks for putting us up, shuffling us around and filling us full of food and beverage.

Details on what we did will be forthcoming. I’m sleepy and not so much in a writing frame of mind. But photos from the first two days of the trip are posted. The rest will likely go up Thursday night.

Slow out of the gate

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Back from NY, sunburned, tired and attempting to catch up. Photos and updates are coming in the next day or so.

Have a lovely holiday weekend

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

No posts ’til Tuesday. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, all.

Better late than never

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Life has been busy lately, here in Czeltistan. As such, I’ve missed out on a couple of congratulations that I should pass along:

1) Congrats to Grizzly Dad on the ever-so-adorable Baby Grizzly. Hope you enjoyed your sleep while you could get any.

2) Congrats to Linus on the new, and also quite adorable, niece and on the new housing purchase.

How very adult-like of both of you. :)

And we’re back.

Monday, May 21st, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Mr. m@ had to give the server gnomes a little kicking, but we’re up and running again. Thanks, m@.

I love this site

Thursday, May 17th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers

I’ve been known to leave passive-aggressive notes before on occasions when I can’t figure out who the culprit in the situation is. But it’s pretty much a given that if I catch you doing something that pisses me off, I’ll lay the smack down. That goes double if I’ve had a couple beers first. It’s hard work, being the Minister of Righteous Anger, but there are official standards I must uphold.

It’s not one less Scotsman…

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

.’s one more American.

I took Wednesday morning off work to go down to the federal courthouse building to watch my friend Ian take his citizenship oath. He and 68 other people became Americans there today.

There was a good deal of sitting around and waiting for the judge to appear (this was a government affair, remember), then a brief, but nice and somewhat impassioned, speech by the judge, a short reciting of the oath, and then the handing out of naturalization papers. There was no shortage of smiles among the new citizens or their friends and families. And for the record, we’re pretty sure the Ian supporters took up half of the gallery. We were legion.

It was hard to get photos in courtroom, as we were at the back of the room, all of the good stuff was happening up front and I had neither a tripod nor a strong flash, but I got a couple of shots. You can find them here.

So welcome to American citizenship, Ian. We’re happy to have you aboard. Enjoy your freedom to leave the country and still be reasonably assured you can get back in.

Revenge with checks

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

I was telling some coworkers a few weeks ago about how I had filled out my check register before I wrote out the latest check to Time Warner. In the register, I list them as “cable bastards” and I almost accidentally wrote out my check to them to the same name. I also said that one of the reasons I hadn’t switched over to online payments for my electric bill was because, since they switched the name over to “WE Energies,” I was enjoying writing “Weenergies” (or, a couple of times, “Weinergies”) on the checks. (Hey, if you pick a stupid name, don’t be shocked if people mess with it.)

So today, one of the coworkers in on that discussion sent me this: Never piss off an engineer.

Petal Pusher

Monday, May 14th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Yay! Laurie Lindeen’s new book is out. Sounds like it’ll be a fun read. There’s a part of me that wishes it was a new CD, but a book is just as good. (And a book that spawns a new website that includes a blog is even better, so I’m happy.)

Surely it was an Oscar nominee*

Monday, May 14th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

So I was looking at the new releases for this week to see if there was anything I should add to my Blockbuster movie queue. I just can’t decide, do I add “Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse In Love” or not? I’m sure it’s a fine cinematic oeuvre, but I’m just not big on romantic movies.

*Let me just stop you from making the joke right now: No, it wasn’t. And don’t call me Shirley.

Welcome home, Wizard of Waukesha

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 | Tunes!, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Les Paul is back in town this weekend. He visited the Downer Theatre yesterday for the premier of his biography (which will air on PBS on July 11). He’s doing a benefit concert tonight out on the west side for the Les Paul Experience at the Waukesha Co. Historical Society. $300 a ticket, and it’s long-since sold out. That’s no small feat in this town.

Wish I could have gotten in on some of the Les Paul fun while he was in town, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still, it’s fantastic that he gets such an awesome “welcome home” when he comes to visit. Wish he’d come back more often.

A good reason to get a second opinion

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Whoops. Shouldn’t have gone on that spending spree. On the plus side, you’re not going to die. (At least not yet.)

One more little hockey fan

Monday, May 7th, 2007 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

Congrats to hockey buddies Mark & Sheila on their new addition today. Welcome to section 202, little Brady Michael. Make sure you’re tied down.

Maybe people would speak the English gooder if we had these here

Friday, May 4th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

Wonderfully illustrated grammar textbooks from Canada. I think the ones from this post — especially the first two — are my favorites.

Make sure you check out the rest of the yesway blog, too. Good stuff there.

(via The Morning News)

Eastern Market update

Friday, May 4th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

In case you missed Vidiot’s comment in my last Eastern Market post, there’s now a Save Eastern Market site up and running. It’s got news and updates on the fire, vendors and reconstruction efforts. It’s also got some info on the Georgetown Library fire from the same day. (Busy day for the firemen in the District, I guess.) They’re also selling a very snazzy t-shirt (seen above) to help the cause.

Creepy, but adorable

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 | Kitty! | 2 Comments

Tiki, The Mayor of Nakedville (completely SFW, though your coworkers may wonder what the hell you’re laughing at)

He’s also got a food blog and a second blog with his roomie!

(Special thanks to coworker Kristel for derailing any attempts at me getting work done this afternoon.)

What — no Ralph’s card?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 | Shameless Consumerism | 3 Comments

Big Lebowski action figures



Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Not quite fully awake yet. Almost just made a check out to “Cable Bastards” (which is how Time Warner checks are always listed in my check register). Bet they could have cashed it anyhow. I assume they get that a lot.

This actually makes me want to clean a little

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

Cleaning sports set

They could extend the line and make a little goalie blocker dust pad.

Thanks to BB for the tip. You always find the best design stuff.