Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Video of the day: When big rocks collide

This has been floating around for a while, I realize, but I thought I’d go ahead and post it… For the full awesomeness, put it in full screen.

Yea… about that poll

imageRemember that poll I did?

Well, I’m finally getting around to writing the wrap-up post about it.

As you can see from the right, Texas Governor Rick Perry holds onto his title as Governor Goodhair.

I’ll do another poll sometime soon if I get around to it.

A new feature

This blog now has star ratings.

I’ve wanted to add these for a while, but I just now got around to making a couple changes to the CSS coding that wouldn’t make it look horrible and out of place.

So, feel free to tell me what you think with the stars since most of you are too damn lazy to leave comments… or something.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The best therapy

Today I had an eye doctor’s appointment in Houston. The appointment went great.

The trip back home was even better. A good hour and a half of blasting rock and driving 70 MPH without hitting any traffic.

Nothing better in the world if you ask me…

Now to hit AmazonMP3 and download some songs I heard on the radio…

Sunday, December 28, 2008

So I’m good for you if you’ve got a cold?

Welcome to Stupid Quiz Sunday, in which I'll take an online quiz that may or may not be stupid and post the results.

You Are Chicken Noodle Soup
You are a traditional and conservative person. You value the past, and change frightens you.
You are very loyal, especially to your family. You prefer a low-key life, with lots of time spent at home.

You like soup because it's easy, quick, and cheap.
You tend to have a favorite soup you stick to. Why change a good thing?

Have you taken this quiz? Have a quiz you want me to take? Leave a link in the comments.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Jack gets into the spirit

Welcome to Friday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.

Last year about this time, Jack in the Box gave away “Holiday Jack’s” to people who bought a certain combo meal. I bought that mean and stuck Jack on my car.

It’s been a rough year for Jack. His hat’s faded, he has an eye and his mouth are missing, but he’s still in the spirit.

Even in the snow:

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

LOL of the day

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

From all of us here at Justin’s Random Thoughts, have a Merry Christmas.

I hope Santa brought you catnipz (or whatever else you wanted).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

I’ll just tell you right now that the results of this quiz are total bullshit

Welcome to Stupid Quiz Sunday, in which I'll take an online quiz that may or may not be stupid and post the results.

What Your Height Says About You
You are a gifted communicator, and you understand other people well.
You are compassionate and empathetic. You feel other's pain a little too easily.

Because of your open heart and open mind, many people admire and adore you.
You are classy and well mannered. You have the art of charm mastered.

You are about as tall as the average Australian man.

Classy and well-mannered? Have you ever read my blog?

Anybody who knows me in real life can tell you a lot of that other stuff is a load of crap too.

Have you taken this quiz? Have a quiz you want me to take? Leave a link in the comments.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Who has better hair? We put the poll up, you decide.

Ever since Rod Blagojevich made the news for his (alleged) corruption, I’ve wondered one thing.

Who has better hair?

BlagojevichRod030319-726563Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich


Texas Governor Rick Perry

I can’t decide, so I’m asking y’all.

The poll’s up in the right sidebar just under “About Me.” It’ll be open for two weeks a week, then I’ll come back and post the results.

And, if this goes well, a new poll.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Video of the day

Plaxico Burress on gun safety:

Just the guy I want to learn from!

The kid’s first time

Welcome to Friday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.

I took Bruiser outside briefly when it snowed last week. He wasn’t terribly thrilled about it.

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OK, I’ve seen snow now. Now can we please go inside?

And I took him in not long after that.

Of our three, only Taffy’s seen snow before. Not because she’s old, but just because she lived in Fort Worth before coming to us.

Here’s how the three kids reacted to it:

  • Petey: Ran around in it some, but went back in pretty quick.
  • Bruiser: Walked around a little, but wasn’t very interested.
  • Taffy: Didn’t want anything to do with it.

I don’t have pictures of the other two in it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Remember those nightmares you had after seeing ‘Jurassic Park’ where the velociraptors were chasing you? This is way worse.

Welcome to Stupid Quiz Sunday, in which I'll take an online quiz that may or may not be stupid and post the results.

Created by Bunk

Have you taken this quiz like Houston from Tater Tots For The Masses has? Have a quiz you want me to take? Leave a link in the comments.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The palms

Welcome to Friday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.
The palm tree across the street with a little something unusual on top:
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I’ve uploaded the same photo to Weather Underground’s photo galleries. It’s got a rating on there (as of when I wrote this) of 9.2.
The snow was falling fairly hard and with those big, fat flakes when I took the picture. The snow messed with my autofocus some, but most of my shots came out wonderfully.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Updated: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Might be worth it to hit play while reading this:

Dean Martin - Let it Snow

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Overnight something happened that hasn’t happened (that I can remember anyway) for almost 20 years.

We had a decent snowfall.

Beaumont missed out on the 2004 Christmas Eve snowstorm, not getting enough to do anything with.

Decenber snow 01This is only the third time in my life I’ve seen an accumulation of snowfall. It happened once here when I was about four years old and once when I was traveling to Washington, DC.

My brother happened to be up when I looked out the window just to see if any had accumulated. Boy had it!

He got dressed and we went out and did what kids do: play in the snow.

My brother making a snow angelThis is the first time he’d seen it in his life. He was around the last time we had snow, but he wasn’t old enough to remember it.

We had snowball fights, made mini-snowmen, and even made snow angels, as you can see.

Bruiser and I in the snowWe even briefly took all three of the dogs out in it.

As you can see from this shot of me with Bruiser, they weren’t very thrilled.

When I was out there earlier I stuck my finger in a random place just to see how much was sitting on top of the grass. My finger went most of the way, making it at least two inches worth.

I walked down the street and talked with a neighbor who’s a college student from another country, though I’m not sure which. I told him that the last time we’d had a snow like this I was four years old. He countered by saying that, where he was from, it snowed six months out of the year. He later commented that it “felt like home.”

My wee snow man I’ve got a lot more pictures that I shot, and I’ll share them here in Friday Photos during the upcoming weeks.

If you can’t wait, then you can check out my photo gallery, in which the snow pictures have their own category.

Sadly, the snow should melt off quickly once the sun comes up, as the high today is supposed to get into the 50’s.

Which I’m not really complaining about, considering it was rainy, windy, and never got out of the 30’s all day yesterday.

UPDATE: The NWS put out this Record Report today. Shows you just how amazing this is:

... Record earliest measurable snowfall set at Beaumont Port Arthur...
... All time record snowfall for December set at Beaumont Port

Officially 1.8 inches of snow was measured at the southeast Texas regional Airport. This sets the all time earliest measurable snowfall record for Beaumont Port Arthur. The previous record was set on December 22 1989 when 0.7 inches of snow was measured.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Ike recovery update

I figured I should give a window into how our personal Ike recovery is going.

All that’s left is getting the roof fixed. It’s not terrible and we don’t have any leaks so it wasn’t something we were exactly rushing to take care of.

Last week we called our roofer, who was supposed to come out and see us for the past month. For some reason we weren’t in their computer system, so we were told we’d be getting a call back from them later.

When they did call back they apologized profusely and said they’d be out in a couple days to take a look at the roof and give us an estimate.

Our insurance adjuster had assumed that the roof just needed some patches in a few place when he looked at it.

Well, the roofer disagreed.

He said that he could patch it, but a lot of areas needed patching (mainly because of loose shingles, which are common from hurricanes) and we’d be better off with getting the whole roof replaced.

The roofer’s talking it over with the insurance company for us. All we’ve had to do for them is fax them the receipt from the work they did after Rita three years ago, which was just a patch of one area.

It makes sense for them to ask. I know of at least one person who got their check to get roof repairs done after Rita but didn’t ever get them done. Their insurance company refused to pay this time around, as they should.

Anyway, we should be scheduled to get the roof redone sometime in the near future and we’ll be pretty much back to normal.

LOLceleb of the day

Paris Hilton
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Monday, December 08, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008

My ‘family’ name

Welcome to Stupid Quiz Sunday, in which I'll take an online quiz that may or may not be stupid and post the results.

Your Mafia Name Is Salvatore "Fatty" Gambini
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

Have you taken this quiz? Have a quiz you want me to take? Leave a link in the comments.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Look at the fluffball

Welcome to Friday Photo, a new feature where I share photos that I've taken with the world.

Petey, who I swear would lose half his weight if we shaved him, was out running recently

dogs 002I love this cold weather, leave me alone! 

Sure thing, Petey.

He really does love it when it gets cold here. When it is, he’s happy staying outside as much as he can.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Think twice next time before you talk about your ex-girlfriends

Sean Avery The Stars’ Sean Avery, suspended:

Of all the cajoling, snide remarks and other stunts Sean Avery pulled on the way to becoming the biggest pest in hockey, never had he gone so far that the NHL suspended him -- until Tuesday.

Avery was punished indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for using a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players. Bettman acted within hours, in time to keep Avery out of the Dallas Stars' game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Over what? A comment about ex-girlfriends:

"I'm really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada," the Ontario native said. "I just want to comment on how it's become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don't know what that's about, but enjoy the game tonight." He then walked out of the locker room.

He was referring to ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert (picture below), who has gone on to date other NHL players.

Elisha CuthbertPersonally, I thought Avery’s comment was stupid, but hardly worth a suspension.

Honestly, I doubt even Roger Goodell would have suspended Avery for the comment.

Video FAIL of the day

(from FAIL Blog)

Just what I’d want to see on a plane:

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

How ‘bout them Texans

So the Texans finally got some exposure on Monday Night Football.

They made the most of it, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-17.

I watched the entire game and was very impressed with how they played out there.

Hopefully the exposure helps them get rid of the image that they’re the “lowly” Texans and earns the team some respect.

And a MNF game next year.