Nixon's Memoirs: April 2005

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Walk completed!

Great weather for America's Walk fo Diabetes! My wife and I got t-shirts, and my mom loaded up on LOTS of free goodies while we walked. I talked with both Gov. Mike Huckabee and Dave Elswick, who encouraged me to have continued success.

I walked with my wife for the first 1 1/2 miles, but the pace was too slow for me, so I picked it up, leaving her far behind. Two months ago, I would always beg her to slow down whenever we went anywhere.

KARK-TV did an interview with me an my wife at the walk, and will continue it tonight at the Travelers game. (Be there if you can!)

Thanks again to everyone who donated money to the ADA and sponsored my walk!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Plausable Deniabilty

It was a beautiful day on Wednesday, the sun was shining, the temperature was pleasant, and so instead of running my air conditioner, I decided to just put my window down and enjoy the ride home from the YMCA. I stopped at Subway, put the window up, and went in for a healthy sub. I came back out, put the window back down, and drove home.

As I pulled into my carport, out came my wife and mother, who is visiting from Oklahoma this week, and I pressed the button to roll my window back up.

*Click Click*


I tried all the other window buttons, and they all worked fine.

So, the driver's side window was busted.

Fast forward to this morning. I called Landers Ford on South University in Little Rock to make an appointment to see them. They said I could come in at anytime.

So, about 9:45, my mother and I arrive to get my window fixed, with plans to go shopping afterwards before my 3-11 shift.

The consultant tells me they will diagnose the problem, and come to me with an estimate. About an hour later, they come, and tell me it is the "motor" in the door, ok, yadda yadda, $370.

Fine, fix it.

The shuttled my mom and I at 11am to Denny's (less than half a mile away, but with no navigable walkway) and picked us up at Noon.

We returned to the service area, and went back in the waiting room. I had bought a paper at Denny's, and my mom was looking through the classifieds for a camper. She called a few numbers, and left a message with one seller. Then, that person called her back, and out of courtesy to the other folks in the waiting room, she stepped out into the hallway to talk.

My mom sat down in a chair in the hallway, which immediately collapsed underneath her, spilling her to the floor. Panicked, I ran out to see if she was O.K. My mother is 60 years old, and just recently had knee replacement surgery. NO EMPLOYEES offered to help.

After I had my mom resting comfortably in a non-broken chair, I talked with the cashier about what to do next. She had already written up a narrative, which contained some false information, as I read it through the cashier window as it sat on her desk. Plus, while I was helping my mother, she had taken the broken chair out back.

She said that she was calling the service manager for more help with the matter. Meanwhile, I went out back, and brought the chair back inside. Someone, I'm not sure who, took it BACK outside, and put it further away from the service area. I went out, found it again, and brought back to the hallway outside the waiting room and asked them to find me a camera so I could take a photograph of the chair.

Despite the fact there were photos all over the place of various employees, the claimed no camera was available.

This is when the service manager arrived. He didn't ask what happened, he didn't ask if my dear mother was O.K. He immediately GRABBED THE CHAIR, and said that if I wanted a picture of it, I would have to take a picture of it in the dumpster. I said "No, this chair needs to stay here" to which replied "If you don't get out of my way, I'm going to call the police and have you arrested" I said please do, because this was a legal matter, and that he was tampering with evidence.

I stepped aside, despite my wishes to tackle him and beat him senseless, and allowed him to dispose of the chair.

The lawyer I talked to, whose parents witnessed the accident, said that the chair was quite crucial in making a case against the dealership, which I'm quite sure this dirtbag of a manager was aware of.

Up until this point, my wife and I had planned to be loyal Landers customers for life. She bought her new vehicle from Landers Toyota, and I had planned on buying a new car from there in a few years. NEVER AGAIN! I am boycotting Landers.

My mom is going to see a doctor in the morning to check for damage, which they WILL pay for!

This service manager is the scum of the Earth, and I don't know how he lives with himself. What if this had been HIS mother?

I'm stepping off my soapbox now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Week Six front view. Posted by Hello

Week Six side view Posted by Hello

Easy as 1-2-3!

Considering my dejection over a mere four pounds last week, you wouldn't think that I'd be ecstatic with less than that this week.

Oh, but I am!

Three pounds lost was a LOT better than I expected to hear when I stepped on the scale in front of a live television audience this morning. Granted, I am still FOURTEEN POUNDS behind the current leader, and I don't think I can catch him, but that wasn't the point to begin with. I am just happy that I am losing the weight.

Adding to my joy this morning was my wife's decision to sign up with Hi-Energy and do the diet herself. I didn't want to push her into it, but she made the choice on her own after the weigh-in.

I'm getting back on track with my workouts starting today as well.

The weather is looking better for Saturday's Diabetes Walk, so hopefully that will go well.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

I am not a crook.

It's been a bad week on the Biggest Loser front. I've been ill, avoided exercise, and gone of the diet. Well, let's say I decided to go with the other diet OPTION that we were given last week, which would result in less weight loss, but also less irritability.

I could actually be a FINDER this week, as opposed to a loser.

Also, a family member was offered free accommodation by the local constabulatory this past weekend, which resulted in his eviction from his prior residence as well. Due to the fact this accommodation is in a gated community, to which he does not own a key, it fell upon my wife and I to clear out his belongings on Saturday.

There was more patient violence at work Monday. I was not there for it, but a co-worker was injured, which always disturbs me.

Sadly, the forecast is calling for a good chance of rain Saturday morning, the scheduled time for the Diabetes Walk. I hope it either holds off, or the walk is rescheduled to a convenient time.

Tonight, I'm going to the KARN Dave Elswick Classic Movie screening of The Breakfast Club , which contains one of my all-time favorite lines: "What do you need a fake I.D. for, anyway?" "So I can vote."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Week 5

Down 4 lbs. this week. Not as much as I had hoped for, but hey, I didn't gain any!

I continued my trend of being a real jerk to the people I care most about this week, including my wife and my best friend. I'm hoping I get a handle on that quickly.

Not much else to report.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Ten years of missing you Trudy. Posted by Hello

Trudy Rigney helped save my life in February of 1995. We were on a camping trip with friends in Gore, Oklahoma, and as you might imagine on any ill-advised February camping trip, it got mighty cold that night.

I was struck with hypothermia, and Trudy was essential in getting everything organized to get me to a hospital.

Two months later, only two weeks away from her graduation from OU, two (or more) of the lowest forms of human life saw fit to take Trudy from this world along with 167 other innocent souls, leaving her son an orphan, and her family and friends saddened.

Trudy was interning at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in OKC.

I was working part time for WWLS/KNOR radio at the time, and needless to say that was one day I'll never forget. When I got home, exhausted that evening, I learned from my friend Danny, who was dating Trudy, that she had perished.

Ten years and pain and anger is still fresh. And today, it is revealed that Terry Nichols may have conspired with an Iraqi terrorist in the Phillipines.

I pray for forgiveness for all, but if these human demons do not ( or did not) seek it, I take small comfort in knowing where they'll be... far away from Trudy Rigney.

April 19th, 1995... NEVER FORGET.

Monday, April 18, 2005


I just wasted an hour of my life trying to "Fix" my blog, that never should have been "broken" in the first place.

I think I tracked down the problem to the Alliance of Free Blogs list, perhaps. It MAY have been causing my sidebar woes, but I don't know for sure. All I know is I did NOTHING to it, and all of sudden my sidebar is at the bottom of my page.

The annoying "stock" banner is back, as I've forgotten how to get rid of it again.

My apologies to any of you who may have visited in the past hour or so and seen some strange things pop up on here.

Oh well, the sidebar is back where it should be, but I've removed the Alliance and Homespun blogroll lists, which seemed to fix the problem.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Quick updates

Thanks to everyone who donated to my walk for Diabetes! I met my fundraising goal!

I saw Sahara recently, and it was quite good. Don't show up late because the opening scene is among the best I've seen in cinematic history!

Went to see the Travs again Friday w/ a buddy (different one) and we had a blast. I won dinner for two to Pig-N-Chik BBQ with my lucky scorecard (to be eaten AFTER the contest). I think I've won something at every Travs game I've gone to.

I spent Thursday evening helping my wife and the women's group at church set up for the Women's conference. This year's theme was "SPA- Spiritual Purpose Awakening" I moved all the heavy objects and helped decorate the church to look like a luxurious day spa.

I cheated a little on my diet this week. I ordered the grilled shrimp at this place, and it came out with garlic toast. Dang it, I ate the toast. Bad Nixon!

I have no idea why my sidebar slid all the way to the bottom again, or if it will ever return to its regular spot. I didn't do it, blogspot did it, I assume it will correct itself, but I can't bring myself to care.

Looks like terrible weather next week.

That's all for now!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sponsor me in America's Walk for Diabetes!

Posted by Hello
I will be participating in the American Diabetes Association's America's Walk for Diabetes fund raising event on Saturday, April 30th in Little Rock.

Please support me with a donation by going to my personal walk page, and selecting the "Click Here to Sponsor Me" button.

Our efforts will help set the pace in the fight against diabetes - a deadly disease killing more Americans than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

I have had Diabetes since 2000. I am currently competing in KARK's "Arkansas' Biggest Loser", and am doing well. I hope to lose enough weight to have my Diabetes under control.

Each mile I walk, each dollar I raise will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every year more than 210,000 people die because of diabetes, and this disease costs over $130 billion annually in direct and indirect costs. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of each and every person affected by this tragic disease!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Week 4 Front View Posted by Hello

Week 4 Side Shot Posted by Hello

Seven pounds and scared squirrels

O.K. I can't lie to you guys. I've been a royal pain in the butt this week. I've let every little thing get me angry, and I've taken out my anger on my wife, fellow motorists, telephone receptionists, clerks, the kids at work, and even an innocent squirrel. All right, not-so-innocent squirrel, as he managed to scale the thin 'squirrel resistant' pole that my bird feeder is attached to DESPITE the fact I have a squirrel feeder out there as well. I lost it, I announced my intention to "kick its ass" and ran out in the back yard armed with a telescoping static duster and took a swipe at the tree rat, which ran off in abject fear. Thanks to the weight-loss, I ALMOST caught the sucker!

Speaking of the weight loss, an impressive seven pounds this week. I was really feeling bad the last few days, I felt like I hadn't lost any, and was getting really bummed out. But today lifted my spirits, and Tracy Douglass and Dan Skoff (Channel 4 folks) even surprised me by throwing out a "Boomer" at me, to which I promptly replied "SOONER!"

I'll have the photos up soon after does.

Thanks again for all the support!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Travelers on parade. Posted by Hello

"BC Powder" pitch contest. Posted by Hello

Enjoying the game. Posted by Hello

Ervin Santana autographs Posted by Hello

Friday, April 08, 2005

Opening Day with the Travelers

I had been planning on this day for months. I took the evening off, and went with my new friend Nathan and his wife to Ray Winder field to watch the Arkansas Travelers play the Springfield Cardinals.

Nathan's wife works for a local television network, and had passes for us to get in free. What a great night! The rain stayed away, thank goodness, and the temperature was wonderful. We were in box seats close to homeplate and the visitor dugout.

Nathan and I were BOTH selected to try the BC Powder Pitch game, in which we attempted to throw a baseball through a small hole in a board. My throw was outside to the left, and Nathan's was low, but we got to keep the baseballs, and got t-shirts. (They didn't have one large enough for me, so I gave mine to my Uncle, who was also in attendance, much to my surprise!) We got our baseballs signed by pitching prospect Ervin Santana as well. Pictures will be forthcoming, as Nathan's wife took some digitals, and will be e-mailing them to me.

Yes, it was ALMOST a perfect night. I stayed on my diet by having only bottled water and a small popcorn. I say almost, because there was an incredibly RUDE woman about two rows behind us, who, along with her spawn, loudly an obnoxiously rooted for the opposing team. That in itself was OK, but then they started heckling Traveler fans, including the one closest to them, namely me. I managed to ignore them until the drunk woman shouted at me to 'SIT DOWN' after a Traveler run scored. I turned to her and said "My city, my park, I'll stand if I want to."
Well, that set her off, and her two daughters and they kept it up the rest of the game.

The Travelers rallied late to win the game 6-5, and as I began to leave, I went over, in an attempt to be polite, and told the two daughters "Enjoy your stay in Little Rock." They replied "We're FROM Little Rock!" This floored me, as they had been rooting for Springfield all night. So I replied. "Oh, I'm sorry, it's just that nobody from Little Rock I know is so RUDE." The girls started yacking about how I didn't know them, yadda yadda yadda, and I walked off. A few moments later, their MOTHER walks up to me, alcohol on her breath, and starts cussing me out. I asked her to walk away from me, but she refused, so then I turned my back on her. I wanted to lay into her about being a lousy mother, etc. etc. but I just told her I was feeding out of her negativity as she continued to curse at me.

So, an ALMOST perfect opening day with the Travs. I bought an Atlanta Braves hat (because oddly, I found myself without one, despite being a fan) and left the park, getting home about 10:30 last night.

I plan on making as many games as possible this season, and the KARK folks are even going to take me to a game and do an interview with me there.

I'm so glad baseball is back!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Week 3 Front view. Posted by Hello

Week 3 Side view. Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Hive and friends.

Buzz by "The Hive." Posted by Hello

I and five friends (including my wife) sauntered up to Argenta on Saturday to attend the grand opening of "The Hive."

The Hive is a combination art gallery/music studio/music store, and the art is fantastic (I particularly enjoyed the works of Sherrie Shepherd). I have a feeling this is going to be one of my regular go-to places.

The Hive is located @ 314 Main Street in North Little Rock.

Just two doors down, thanks to the menus they left in The Hive, we also went to Cornerstone Deli and Pub. BIG MISTAKE!

The waiter was rude, the food took 1 1/2 hours, and they STILL got my order wrong. Luckily, the manager had enough common sense not to charge me for it, so at least I got a free meal out of it. I really did like the atmosphere though, very homey little bar. They just need to hire the right help, I suppose. They obviously didn't plan on the large spill-over crowd from The Hive, but hey, they put a whole STACK of menus over there, they should have expected it. The highlight of that whole experience was running into fellow ABL contestant Nicole Zulpo, who was drinking water and there to see her friend play in a band.

Speaking of ABL (Arkansas' Biggest Loser) this diet is kicking my tail, folks, I can't lie. I'm getting irritable, I'm hungry all the time, and now I'm feeling too weak to do my required exercise. I'm not sure I can make it through. I'm going to talk to my Doc Tuesday, and the Hi-Energy folks Wednesday and see what we can do.


Friday, April 01, 2005

Beauty Shop in review.

Oh thank goodness! I was in a totally FOUL mood today after seeing Sin City. So, my wife thought she would cheer me up and take me to see 'Beauty Shop.'

Thank you honey!

I loved this film! Here is the review I did on Yahoo! Movies:

Funny, clever, fast-moving, inspirational, and very diverse in scope. "Beauty Shop" is another classic in the "Barber Shop" vein.

I went and enjoyed this film with my wife. The crowd was rambunctious with laughter, and comments were abound in response to the laugh-a-minute lines delivered by an excellent cast.
There were a few tense and stereotypical racial moments, but in standard Queen Latifah style, they are solved by good will and common sense.

I NEEDED this movie after sitting through "Sin City" eariler in the day, which had ripped at my very soul.

Thank you, Beauty Shop, for lifting my spirits!

Sin City in Review.

An All-Star cast leads this high budget Hollywood PIECE OF CRAP!

I can't even bring myself to type about it again. I wanted to leave the theatre several times, and wish I had. So, instead, I'm cutting and pasting the review I did on Yahoo! Movies:

I'm normally a HUGE fan of both comic book films, and Bruce Willis cop films. If you're going to see this film due to either of those things, you will be SORELY upset.

I suppose if you're a fan of the graphic novel (I'm not, in fact, I'd never heard of it until the film.) this will be right up your sick, twisted, perverted alley.

However, if you have one SHRED of human decency, you will avoid this film. It is horribly violent, morally reprehensible, filled with gratuitous nudity, and has not one redeeming quality other than the interesting visual effects.

Who do I see about getting these two hours of my life back?

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