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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday is also Tuesday is sometimes Tuesday.

  • I'm ready for the Genom corporation to finish the Showham Project, so that we can get some clean power. We don't even have the Genom Tower built, yet, more less the Umbrella or the Dragon Line. Sigh. 
  • The Westboro Baptist Bunch did their stuff at a Baylor football game recently, and got infiltrated. I would have to know whether they were playing the Aggies to know whether the guy in the middle was one of them, or one of the guys doing a schtick on them. This is a perfect example of Poe's Law: 

  • At the tender age of 41 and with a 14.5 year marriage, the thought of separate beds doesn't sound that unappealing. The thought of separate bedrooms sounds Awesome. Anyone you know do this? Results? 
  • Mixed feelings about Elmo dying because his puppeteer resigned. I'll admit that I've always hated the character he made on Sesame Street. (Whose idea was it, to have a popular character speak with subject-verb agreement issues, refer to himself in third person, and then give him his own segment on a children's educational show?). No, I'm not happy for the reason that he left. Maybe they can have him die in a fire, or something, and do another program dealing with death, like they did when Mr. Hooper passed on to that corner store in the sky.
  • Friend of mine on a VERY fixed income just had her oven die. Due to dietary restrictions in her family, she has to come up with a Thanksgiving dinner menu that is gluten-free, lactose-free, and beef-free, without an oven-baked turkey. My first thought would be strychnine, but I suggested cocktails all day long. 
  • It's very popular among the hipsters to remind us that Israel is disproportionately responding to Hamas rocket attacks out of Gaza. Hey, has everyone forgotten that Hamas is the ruling Palestinian party, and its platform includes the downfall of the nation of Israel? When a nation stands on such a platform, and pitches wobbly rockets into your cities, you kind of have license to go off on them. Hamas is currently demanding that Israel quit making surgical strike attacks on their military leaders. The reason that Hamas isn't throwing more bombs and rockets at Israel isn't because of restraint. It's because they don't have more to throw. 
  • Two things from work keep springing up, again and again lately: 1. If your intimate relationship has devolved until you are literally physically hurting each other, get away. End it. 2. When in crisis, seek the advice of the persons you respect most, and then take it.
  • Heath has a really beaut Savage Model 24 D.L .22 mag/20 gauge combo rifle added to the raffle to help out Tam with her nose. At $25 a ticket, it's a steal. Get in on it. I'm about to. Hit Tam's PayPal button,
    and forward the confirmation email to Jennifer ( ). Do it before Thanksgiving, QUICK!!!!!
  • Jay has the rest of the stuff up for raffle here. Last chance! 
  • The awesomeness of the prizes and the very real likelihood that you will win (there's not THAT many [not nearly enough!] people donating and putting in chances) can distract from the fact that you are doing my friend a solid. This is your chance, at Thanksgiving, to help out a member of your community. 
  • I don't know what it's like for the rest of you this Thanksgiving, but we're getting a high of 76, and may well eat out on Mom's deck. Wearing T-shirt and shorts. But we don't eat until after I get off my 12 hour shift. 
  • A very close friend of mine is going through a large police academy (evn though he's a veteran cop) at his new job. They just hit him with Sabre Green spray. Different from [now] traditional Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.) spray, which is made from peppers, this stuff is made from wasabi, and my buddy says that the difference is amazing. He and I have both been hit with pepper spray, and the thing about it is, even though it's painful and lasts a long time, it takes a few seconds to take effect. He said that this Sabre Green is IMMEDIATE, and that it hits you hard. Think about the times that you've bitten into a pepper and said "Oh, this isn't so hot. Well, actually, I'm beginning to notice OH MY GAWD!!!"  That little wait seems to be avoided with the wasabi spray. It goes straight to effect. As a big plus, he noted that it was very quick to decontaminate from, too, which is a big issue from pepper spray. Understand: if you use pepper spray on someone, you are extremely likely to receive a secondary hit from it, too. I told him that they should have waited for December, and sprayed them with both Sabre Green and Sabre Red, and called it "Christmas Seasoning." 

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At Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:27:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Thanks for pimping us Matt, and yeah, that IS a sweet combo Heath's got up! Re the separate beds, I know a couple that has done that 'successfully' for about 15 years. He's a flopper, she's a spreader, so they got separate beds to stay 'happy'. Seems to have worked for them (and one more child).

At Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:48:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

For a number of reasons, my husband and I rarely sleep in the same bed at the same time. It has good and bad sides:

We DO get better rest. Snoring, flopping around, really are disruptive to good sleep, even if you're accustomed to it.

(If I may be blunt) sex is better than you might expect because it's always intentional, never by default.

I miss the closeness; sometimes you just want to roll over and sleep up against the person you love.

But overall, especially if you're busy, the quality of sleep is worth it.

That's my $.02

At Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:33:00 PM, Blogger JR said...

For what it's worth, my darling hubby and I have separate bedrooms. I am an insomniac who likes to sit up and read at night. He snores in the most insidious manner imaginable - just loud enough for me to hear through silicone (!!) earplugs, but not loud enough to wake him up. He will even snore, stop... and just as I think "Finally!" and start to drift off... ARRGGHH! It was a serious problem. However... our new house happens to have a full bath attached to an oversized guest room (apparently with older parents moving in with their kids, this is a new construction trend). It has been a true marriage saver for us. He falls asleep on the couch and then goes to his room. I go to my room, and sit up as late as I like, then relish in the quiet. Not to be all TMI, but I know you are wondering... we still have quality Mommy-Daddy time on a very regular basis. It's kind of like a date! We might even drift off to sleep together, but inevitably one of us moves off to our respective room. We have a great marriage, and to be honest, I'd say separate rooms makes our marriage stronger (11 years in March) because there is no resentment and frustration over the lack of rest, which can often spill over into other things. With an 8 y/o and a 5 y/o, we are TIRED! Sleep is precious! So yes - if it is feasible for you, DO IT.


At Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous Em said...

Can't speak on the separate beds issue, but for the friend without a functional oven, I highly recommend spatchcocking (or otherwise breaking down) the turkey and grilling it as a good alternative. Or, borrow someone else's oven the night before and serve everyone cold turkey (it's always better the next day anyway).

At Monday, November 26, 2012 8:52:00 AM, Blogger Farm.Dad said...

off topic , but i wanted to make sure you saw this video. feel free to pull comment if ya want Matt.

At Monday, November 26, 2012 9:11:00 AM, Blogger J.R.Shirley said...

In my experience, most folks who go to separate bedrooms don't last long as a couple.


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