Archive for June, 2008

Various and sundry

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

It’s officially summer, which means it’s the busy season at work and Irish Fest coordination has begun in earnest. It also means I have a little less time for blog-tending. However, thanks to the magic of, I’ve found some links that’ll keep you entertained for a bit and possibly help you overlook the fact I’m not paying as much attention to you all as I should be:

- Lovely and creative calendar designs. Not all are terribly practical, but the majority of them sure are pretty.

- Troy McClure’s resume on IMDb. You may know him from such films as…

- Entertainment Weekly’s list of New Classic Books, their selection of the 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008. I can’t believe I’ve only read 10 of them (though there are quite a few I own but haven’t gotten to yet). I’ve seen a bunch of movie adaptations of some of the ones I haven’t read, though. Can I count that? (No. I didn’t think so, either.)

- Wonderful old photos of New York in both b&w and color (and one sneaky shot of Philly, just to see if you’re paying attention). I love the brief non-urban intermission in the middle of the images. Very amusing.

Enjoy the links. I’ll find more tidbits for you when I have the chance.

Czeltic National Holiday

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Republic of Czeltistan is six today. Party hats all around.

Thanks to m@ for reminding me I need to post something about it.

Probably no ‘freedom fries’ on the menu

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lebanese food served with a bang

A fast-food restaurant in Beirut’s war-torn southern suburb has hit upon an explosive way to attract customers.

Buns and Guns is made out to look like a military post and diners eat to the sound of gunfire instead of muzak.

(via The Morning News)

This one’s for Bartender Glenn

Thursday, June 19th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Warning: If you haven’t seen the latest Indy movie, don’t click the link below.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: The Abridged Script

Father’s Day in the city

Sunday, June 15th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The ice cream truck that drives around my neighborhood just went by. It would seem the ice cream man inside is celebrating a work day Father’s Day with his children. There were two of them sitting in the front seat, munching on ice cream bars.

IKEA hacks for cats

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Cat stairway
Cat tree

Actually, many of the Ikea Hacker’s projects are kind of cool, even if you aren’t making them for cats.


At a loss for words

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

And yet this is kind of a long entry for me. Bear with me. I’ll be amusing again later.

While I’m not even remotely a religious person, I do have some faith in the power of positive thought and I just outright believe that sometimes things can happen with no apparent reason. I’m even convinced that sometimes they can happen for the better.

It’s for the latter that I’m writing this, hoping that if enough people can think positive thoughts, and send good vibes, maybe something good can happen.

Many of you know that I collect those silly little squished pennies you get in souvenir machines at tourist attractions. There’s actually an entire community of people who collect them and we’re a pretty close group. There are some people in this group whom I’ve met, and a lot more whom I haven’t, but who I communicate with somewhat frequently. I consider many of them to be friends.

One of these friends is a woman named Marie. She’s a sweet, giving woman who teaches and works with a group that brings dogs in to visit children in cancer wards. She’d give you the shirt off her back if she even remotely thought you needed it.

Last September, Marie and her husband, Wayne, were in a horrific motorcycle accident that left them with injuries that are still healing and in which Wayne lost a leg.

Both Marie and Wayne have been more than inspirational to a lot of us over the last nine months. What they overcame and what they’re still going through would be more than many people would be able to handle, but they never seem to give up and they’ve managed to maintain an almost unbelievably positive attitude throughout.

This week, Marie found out she has breast cancer and earlier today she let us all know that they’ve found out the cancer has spread farther into her body.

Today — the day they got the news — is Marie & Wayne’s second anniversary.

They’re still determining what their course will be. Whatever it is, though, it’s sure to be a difficult road to travel. If you’ve got any spare vibes and good wishes to send, point them toward Ohio. Marie could use every last ounce of positive energy people can send her.

I think I just had this conversation with someone last week

Monday, June 9th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

For the good of mankind, we must stop ordering stupid drinks.

The Case for Cocktails

I must disagree with some of the settings and messages, though. I’m a drinker of sidecars, Negronis and Manhattans, and yet I fit none of those descriptions and feel the Manhattan’s setting is the best setting possible for all cocktails.

Um, ok.

Sunday, June 8th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s been absolutely pouring for the last two days. Severe weather, thunderstorms, flash flooding, all that good stuff. So when we get a break in the rain for a couple of hours, what do the kids across the street do to entertain themselves?

They turn on the sprinkler and run through it.


Head’s gone spinny again

Friday, June 6th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

BB sent me this little chuckle earlier today.

‘People Magazine’ Confuses Somewhat Intelligent NPR Producer

It’s writing like that which serves to remind me why I’d never make a good English teacher. I’d spend too much time weeping over the fact that people actually write like that. Also, for the record, I’d like to state that, not only did I not know who was pictured in the photo accompanying that story, I also thought it was a woman. Hi. My name is Czeltic Girl and I’m completely out of the loop when it comes to reality TV.

Sometimes we’re not so bright

Friday, June 6th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Tornado sirens were going off a few minutes ago. Rather than go to the basement, my coworkers and I went online to see what was up, then a few of us went out on the porch to see what we could see. (Answer: Nothing. It’s too far south of us.)

Our #1 line of reasoning that we were ok: A plane was flying past, heading into Mitchell. We figured if the tornado was nearby, they’d divert the aircraft, ergo, we must be ok. Turned out to be sound reasoning, though I don’t think I’d have wanted to be that pilot. The tornado wasn’t up here, but it wasn’t too far south of the airport. He was flying right toward it. (“And if you look out the windows on the right side of the plane… no, wait. Don’t do that. Look out the left-side windows instead. Just close the ones on the right side. Forget I said anything about them.”)

More updates

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Grandma had her surgery on Monday night. They put a rod in her hip to fix the fracture. Only took them about 1/2 hour to do the surgery. Doc said everything went very smoothly. They had her sitting up the next morning and doing light rehab for the last few days. Tomorrow (Friday) she moves to a rehab facility for about a month to begin her recovery in earnest. I stopped in to see her after work tonight. She’s in good spirits and seems to be healing quite well, which is encouraging. She’s got a lot of work ahead of her, but she’s strong and stubborn, especially where her independence is concerned, so I have faith in her abilities to get up and around well again.

Thanks to everyone for the good wishes for her. I passed them along to her.

I also got home early enough tonight to upload my photos from the weekend. You’ll find them in this set on Flickr.

Great big pictures

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

One of the things I miss about being out of the newsroom is seeing all of the “spare” news photos, so I’m quite overjoyed to see has a blog for them, called The Big Picture.

Loads of good stuff await there. Make sure you click the “more images” links below each photo on the index page.

There is loud cheering right now in Czeltistan

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Way to go, Wings.

Poor Fleury. He’ll be seeing that last Wings goal in his nightmares.

Brush up on your literary anecdotes and trivia

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I can always count on Vidiot to find good reads online. Today he’s tipped me off to a fun blog out of Canada that should entertain all you book readin’ types (which, I believe, is all of you) — Today in Literature, a site which bills itself as “a daily calendar of engaging stories about literary history.”

The story today about Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot made me smile. Can’t wait to read future stories.

Unfortunately, you need to be a subscriber to get access to their archives (though subscriptions are a mere $25/year), but the stories are free if you read them on the date they’re published.


Monday, June 2nd, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I had planned to do a post on Sunday night when I got back from a friend’s wedding reception in Wausau. It was gonna have links to a whole bunch of photos and everything.

Unfortunately, I got back into town to a couple of phone messages saying my 91-year-old grandmother had fallen and fractured her hip and was being evaluated at a local hospital. So blogging got put on hold. Grandma’s got surgery for her hip in a little under an hour, so I’m not going to get to anything done online tonight, either.

I am thinking of you, oh, internet pals. It just might take me a bit to actually get around to posting things to keep you entertained. Bear with me. Back as soon as I can. (And hopefully with stories of Grandma’s speedy recovery.)