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Nov. 15th, 2011

Shit Happens - and then you die

and it seems it's happening all too often these days and when you least expect it.

Jamie, was caught in an avalanche last weekend at Snowbird Utah. He will forever be remembered by diehard skiers for this:

Unfortunately his wish came true, way too soon.

Jul. 30th, 2011

Suicide changes everything

When I heard the news my heart skipped a beat, I stopped breathing, I was stunned.

High level athletes often live life a bit differently from most people.  The highs are higher, lows are lower.  They live life near the edge.  Unfortunately, the edge has two sides.  No one knew this more than Jeret "Speedy" Peterson.

I don't think he realized that news of his death would spread around the world.  I don't think he realized bold headlines would read "Olympic skier Jeret Speedy Peterson commits suicide."   Unfortunately, the media is only interested in sound bites and they failed miserably at telling his story.  Most people will never know what his life was about or what demons he faced.  Thankfully, one writer captured part of his story just over a year ago in Men's Journal.

I will remember Speedy because of the teenage gleam in his eyes when he began to realize he had enormous talent and could perform at the same level as the skiers he admired.  I will also remember him because of this:

May. 23rd, 2011

Weekend memories...

The world was supposed to end this weekend.  Apparently it was the gays fault, again.  But this gay guy is still here!  HA, I guess you are too!

My car was stolen, out of my garage - and everything in it.

The Minnesota legislature voted to place a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"
The Republican led Minnesota legislature had time to vote on this amendment, but they didn't seem to find the time to pass a state budget.  By law, today is the last day they can be in session.  No budget means the state will run out of money in about mid-summer.  It'll be ugly and expensive, but I think our state should shut down.  Lots of people will be hurt in the process and it'll be nasty, but so much evil has taken place here in the last several years and I think the world should see what the Republicans have been doing in Minnesota.  My state needs a good dose of reality - even if that reality is a good kick in the ass.

The ringleader, former MN governor Tim Pawlenty now says he's running for President of the United States, and his slogan is, "Time for Truth."  Fact is, he's a liar!  Just like his best bud, Michelle Bachmann.  When Pawleny took office many years ago, our state was in the black and had a balanced budget, when he left office we were billions in the red.  Think Dick "Shotgun" Cheney was bad?  Pawlenty will bankrupt the USA!  Think Tibet got a raw deal from China?  If Pawlenty has his way, the Chinese flag may one day fly over the White House.

On the bright side, my son turned 21 over the weekend.  Happy Birthday J, I love you!

Mar. 18th, 2011

Invite a gay guy wearing sequins to church...

and he might play the piccolo with his feet:

Nov. 20th, 2010

The Pope Has Spoken - and he supports the use of condoms!

According to an interview with BBC

The Pope said, "condoms could reduce the risk of HIV infection, such as for a male prostitute..."

So the next time the Pope hires a male prostitute, they'll use a condom? 

I wonder, is the Pope a bottom?

Oct. 25th, 2010

HP customer service is the worst, ever!

I have a HP portable color printer that I use for work because I'm often in the field in the middle of nowhere. It's battery operated and comes in handy when I'm in the middle of nowhere.

Turns out this printer has some sort of replaceable ink overflow reservoir that the owners manual says nothing about. If it did, I would have ordered replacement parts to have on hand. Last spring, a pop-up on my computer gave me a little warning and advised me to replace this ink reservoir, so I called HP and ordered the part. Problem solved.

Last week the pop-up reappeared on my screen, only this time it said the reservoir thingy is full and gave little warning that the printer would shut down without further notice. It did.

So I call HP. 47 minutes later the HP service tech answered. (My cell confirmed 47 min!) The tech was nice, real nice. He was the kind of tech most service departments would drool over, I could tell by his voice. So I was really nice! He was very helpful. I ordered the part, actually two (one for back-up) and I even paid the expedited shipping fee. I was happy to pay! The parts arrived this morning so I exchanged new part for old. No change. Same pop-up warning appears. Printer won't print. I try again. Nada!

So I call HP. Waste an inordinate amount of time before the tech answers. I didn't get the same tech as before. He asked if I have a claim number and I said, I do. After giving it to him he looked-up my record and before asking me what the problem is he said I would need pay $34.00 to purchase a service agreement. A strange silence ensues as I ponder what I think he just said. So I explain my problem - I called last week - ordered parts from HP - they arrived - printer still doesn't work. The tech says, sir, you'll need to purchase a service agreement before I can talk with you. To which I reply, you need to charge me $34.00 before you will talk with me about the parts you sold me last week that don't work? Then he said, sir let me transfer you to my supervisor.

So I wait an inordinate amount of time for the supervisor. Turns out the supervisor is worse. Apparently manners are not a prerequisite at HP. This guy pretty much demanded $34 before he would speak with me further, so I asked him to turn my case over to the department manager and requested a call back. 10 hours later no call.

I find it crazy that I own thousands of dollars worth of HP computers and printers and HP wants $34 more just to talk with me about a little problem with one printer.

That's not only bad customer service it's how HP lost a loyal customer!

Oct. 13th, 2010

It Gets Better

Check out Dan Savage and his partner Terry's It Gets Better Project. Some video's may make you cry, some make you mad, and some may be reminiscent of your own childhood memories...

This is my fav thus far:

Second fav:

It Gets Better!

Oct. 6th, 2010

What Does It Take...

To hold this sign in your hands and promote what it says?

Oct. 5th, 2010

I Love Michelle Bachmann

Actually, I don't!
But without her we wouldn't get to see political opponent Tarryl Clark's ads:

Vote for Tarryl Clark - http://tarrylclark.com/

May. 12th, 2010

Drill Baby Drill

Almost 5,000' below sea level

A big Fuck You goes out to George Bush, Halliburton and BP

If you dare, click the image and go to the YouTube source where you can view all sorts of other video footage of related issues. If you do, be prepared to get pissed off.

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