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Dec 17 2009

Thank you, sir. May I have another?

Published by under Stupidity,Travel

Out of curiosity, I was just pricing flights to NYC, because “Love Never Dies” is coming to Broadway in 2010, and that is worth me going back to the Land of Stench and Overcrowding.  So, I hop on Orbitz and put in the mandatory “Leaving From” and “Arriving To” and the travel dates.  I get a bunch of results that pretty much all look the same – you know $250 RT, one stop, blah blah blah.  But then, I see a flight that costs $1147.  PER PERSON.  And, I think, “That must be just an AMAZING flight.  I mean, no way am I going to shell out a grand for airfare, but I have to know what wonders await on Delta Flight 4240, non-stop to New York City!”

So, I looked.

It turns out, $1147 will buy you one ECONOMY CLASS seat on a Boeing DC-9, leaving good ol’ Detroit, Michigan at the eminently reasonable hour of 9:40 PM.  Yes, dear friends, for slightly more than a thousand dollars, you too can fly coach and arrive at your destination just before midnight.  And, on your return voyage, you can look forward to more leg-cramping economy accomodations.  BUT – with a bonus layover in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to sweeten the deal.

Also, your trip will shuttle you between not one, not two, but THREE different airlines!  Yes, on your flight out you are going non-stop on Delta.  But on your return trip, you’re flying Midwest to Milwaukee, and then Northwest from Milwaukee to Detroit.  Now, I know that Delta and Northwest are technically the same thing now, and I’ve never really heard of Midwest, so for all I know they fall under the Delta banner as well.  But, you’d think for $1147 (I can’t get over that), they could at least keep you with the same BRAND the whole trip.

Anyway, I’m wondering who the people are who are going to go to Orbitz, check out all the nice $200 – $300 flights leaving at a normal time, and then veer right for the flight of the damned over there.  If you are one of these people, please leave your rationale in the comments.

EDIT: When I went back to double-check and make sure I hadn’t misread the price, and it was really $147, I noticed that the outbound information had changed.  IN TEN MINUTES.  Now, you fly out on Northwest instead of Delta, and there’s a new flight number.  I’m thinking something very sinister will happen to you if you take this flight.  They’re already laying a false trail.  Beware.  By the way, the price was correct.  $1147.   Bon voyage.

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Dec 03 2009

What if he had burped?

Published by under Snippets

I was in the store the other day, and overheard a conversation between two employees.  One had sneezed, and the other had said “Bless you”.

Blesser:  You know why we say that?

Sneezy:  Oh, no I don’t.

Blesser:  (authoritatively) It’s from the Bible.  Elijah had gone to this house where a woman’s son had died.  He went upstairs with the dead boy, and the mother stayed downstairs.  Elijah brought the boy back to life, and the boy sneezed.  His mother heard him sneeze, and that’s how she knew her son was alive.  That sneeze was a blessing to her, so now we say “Bless you” when someone sneezes.  Her son came alive again with a sneeze.

Sneezy:  (hesitantly) Oh, I….didn’t know that.

Blesser:  Yep.  Everything comes from the Bible, for whatever reason.

Now, there is a story in 1 Kings chapter 17 about Elijah bringing a woman’s son back to life, but there is NOTHING in it about the kid sneezing when he comes alive again, in any version that I can find.  KJV says he “revived”.  NIV says his “life returned to him”.  The Contemporary English version says he “started breathing again”.  I’m seeing nothing about a sneeze.  I don’t know where this lady got her information, but I’m of the strict belief that she is making stuff up.

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Dec 01 2009

Clock watching.

Published by under Health

I wouldn’t say I’m on a DIET, exactly, since I didn’t really eat a lot during the day before.  I think it’s more like an eating plan.  I’m trying to do that thing where you have small meals throughout the day in order to keep your metabolism running.  My metabolism doesn’t run, much like the rest of me.  My metabolism slogs along halfheartedly, and will eventually get to where it’s going, much more slowly than a normal person’s metabolism might get there.  So now, I’m eating small meals throughout the day.  The only problem with this arrangement is that it forces me to think about food and eating more or less constantly.  I feel like all day I’m watching the clock – “Should I eat now?  Is it time to eat yet?  When did I last eat?”  The unpleasant side effect of thinking about food all the time is that I feel hungry a lot more often, simply because I’m always wondering when I shall eat next.

This is my second day of this new plan (oh yes, day two and I’m already writing a complainy blog entry, this is going to end well), and my Wii Fit has told me I gained a pound.  Well, if THAT isn’t a kick in the pants, I don’t know what is.  If I keep going on at that rate for a week, I might just throw all this salad and 100 calorie pack stuff out the door and let the wildlife jump start THEIR metabolisms.

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Nov 23 2009

Unplanned up north trip.

Published by under The Fam,The Man,Travel

We were up north this past week, at Dr. Mom and Moll’s.  I had offered months ago to come up anytime they needed me, and this week, they called me on it.  The Man came along mostly so that I didn’t have to drive on opening day of deer season, in the dark, in deer country.  He was NOT on vacation.  He worked all week from Moll’s soon-to-be bakery, where the internets are speedy.

I was up there to do some work on a room in the barn that The Man and I had framed in this past summer.  However, we didn’t get to that until Thursday.  Let’s see if I can remember what we did all week…

Sunday:  Driving up.  Driving, driving driving.  Arriving and eating.  Sleeping.

Monday:  Collecting wood from the cow pasture – several trees had been cut down and sawed into logs, but not picked up.  We picked them up, Dee and I (Dee is Dr. Mom’s sister and The Man’s aunt) split and stacked the first load together.  I split and “stacked” (aka threw into a trailer) the second load alone so that Dee and Dr. Mom could do something to the pig pen…I’m not exactly sure what.  I was too busy singing songs to myself and splitting wood.  Before you get a totally inaccurate picture of me weilding an axe with any sort of strength and precision, let me just say that I was using a hydraulic wood splitter.  That evening, Dr. Mom and I unloaded half a load of hay and stacked it.

Tuesday:  Took Teddy and Pepper (Pepper is Dee’s schnauzer, who was also dog-bit) to the vet to get stitches removed.  Teddy had to have a drain put back in to one of the bite sites, as it had swelled.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you must not be one of my Facebook friends.  The short version is that Mr. Ted was bitten half to death two weeks ago by another dog.  He is recovering, but it’s slow.  He looks kind of raggedy right now.

Wednesday:  Both Dr. Mom and Moll had to work (at their “real” work, which is being psychologists) so I was alone on the farm.  I did chores and bummed around all day, mostly.  I made carnitas for dinner.

Thursday:  Worked on the room!  I was surprised at how easy it was.  The exterior walls are tongue-and-groove, so it was simply a matter of cutting the pieces to the right length (using a miter saw) and them screwing them to the stud frame.  It went fast and we got ALMOST all of it done.  Dr. Mom still has to frame in a window and there are two pieces that need to go up on the side facing the goats.  We’ll probably finish that over New Year’s if it hasn’t been done by then.

Friday:  Dr. Mom, Dee, and I unloaded the rest of the hay.  We took the dogs for a nice long walk.  In the evening, there was a family dinner party.

It was a pretty fun week.  Busy, but fun.  I feel like we got a lot accomplished, even if it wasn’t exactly everything we planned on getting done.  Now, I’m back home and this week is Thanksgiving.  I’m contemplating making a batch of brickle or peppermint bark for one group and pound cake for the other.  I also need to do laundry and start cleaning up the bedroom.  Lots to do, and here I am typing away.  Feel lucky!

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Nov 07 2009

Slumber Party.

Published by under Friends

I don’t get out a lot, just because I’m lazy, but Special Op B invited me to come to Mount Pleasant with her to hang with her friend Dawn at the casino and party down.  So, yesterday I got me some new tunes for the iPod and drove to Mount Pleasant on the back roads (charmingly coated with Farm Mud from the sugar beet harvest).  Got to the casino/hotel just in time to meet Dawn at the registration desk.  Special Op B whooshed in about 20 minutes later and Girls’ Night commenced. I have to say, it was a pretty awesome time, regardless of the fact that I only got four hours of sleep.  I’ve decided that staying at the casino is awesome because you don’t have to leave.  You eat there, you play the slots, you go to your room and watch a chick flick and drink wine, and in the morning you go to Shipshewana On The Road and buy a blinged-out hoodie.  Or, maybe that’s just us.  Nobody won Big Money No Whammys but we all won something, and our room package included $60 of free play, so no complaints there.

Last night at dinner, I spied a middle-aged single dude eavesdropping on our conversation.  Ewwww.

This morning at Shipshewana, Dawn spied two old ladies buying “Friends Forever” necklaces for each other.  Awwww.

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