Nixon's Memoirs: March 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Random thoughts.(Warning, some "V for Vendetta" spoilers)

I saw "V for Vendetta" yesterday in the theatre. Let's see, totalitarian Christian government outlaws art, other religions, homosexuality, and Billie Holiday records. Crispy dude in a mask raises a revolt to the tune of Tchaicovsky. Yeah, boring.

Speaking of repressive religious governments, have you gotten wind of Islamic leaders in Afghanistan? Despite their government releasing the man who converted to Christianity 16 years ago, they are still calling for his death. I take back everything I said about Islam being a religion of peace. You see, we Christians consider those who leave the flock to be "lost" and try to bring them back, through love and understanding, not under threat of death.

I think this "V for Vendetta" movie would have been far more realistic had it been an oppressive Islamic government, banning Danish cartoons and killing people who owned Bibles. (They kill a man in the movie for owning a Koran.)

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Problems with the sewer line once more. It backed up yesterday while running a load of laundry. We've called the guy who fixed it, but no answer yet. Total bummer.
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The girls are obviously getting more comfortable with us on the weekends, because they're starting to act out more. One of them really enjoys pouting and crying over the slightest redirection. (IE: "Please stop yelling and kicking my seat.") The older one puts on a shy, mopey routine when she wants something we've said she can't have (IE: Third helping on dinner)

Oh well, they are still wonderful children, and this is really good training for us for the future.

Someday, hopefully, Mrs. C. and I will have some of our own.

Friday, March 17, 2006

March what? Countdown to Opening day!

So Oklahoma lost in the first round, and the US is out of the WBC. Opening day is soon!


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Plumb funny

A trusted plumber is in my back yard as I type fixing the sewer pipe, and for a LOT less than the before mentioned amounts!

I've seen other sites list and comment on interesting or odd searches that brought others to their website, and while the majority of my traffic still comes from Germans looking for pictures of LL Cool J, I've got a few that warrant a chuckle:

"casseroles at jesus birth" -Sir or Madam, I'm afraid I really don't have any recipies from this era. If you'd like to go Old Testament, you might want to look into "Manna Helper". I'd stay clear of the "Cheesy potato latka casserole" though. Who knew that the fourth wiseman actually brought Goulash?

"websudoko" -As you may have already discovered, I can't stand, and don't want to understand it. If you came looking for a fellow fan, I apologize.

"Nixon's early life as a child" -Well, we moved a lot, and my mother did most of the raising, and... oh, THAT Nixon. Uhm, try his presidential library site:
www.nixonfoundation.org

"Peter Nixon Dreams" -I'm sure he does, but I have no idea who he is. My search says there is one who is a Linux coder and another who is an artist. I am neither.

"25" -Why thank you, I'm flattered, but I'm actually 34.

Meanwhile, to all my LL Cool J fans out there, Mama said knock you out!


Update: The plumber wrapped it up about 7:30,and boy did he look tired! But, our sewage problem is now solved, and we got out for $808 and change. This wiped our our savings, but hey, that's what it's for!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Pickin', Grinnin' & Politickin'

Attend Concert on Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m., UALR Theatre to Support Andy!

I met Andy Mayberry at the State Fair last year, and was really impressed with his ideas and with him as a human being. I signed up to help with his campaign, so now I'm doing my part!

Central Arkansasans in District 2, come hear some great music to raise money for Andy's campaign! It will feature the Christian/Gospel music of Matt Mosler and Mike Franklin, and the Country music of Bailey Hefley and the band Riverbilly.

More info @: http://andymayberryforcongress.com




Monday, March 13, 2006

Orangeburgh?

Okay, I have to vent somewhere, and for me, this is about the safest place to do it. I am just overwhelmed right now.

At one point this weekend it seemed like there were fifty people in the house (actually, it was about 9) and I was being pulled every which way to do one thing or another, be it play something, clean something, whatever. In and of themselves, all the houseguests would have been quite welcome. They were the two girls we babysit, their older sister, my mom and step-dad, and the neighbor child, along with my wife and I. It just seemed like I had no time to even breathe.

Then, Monday comes.

RAW SEWAGE has backed up into our showers, the washing machine drain backed up and flooded the laundry room. The toilets flush slowly. So, I call "Mr. Rooter" (No relation to Roto) and they come out lickety-split and quote me $208.51 for the job. "Git R Done!" I tell 'em.

Throughout the course of the day, I learn all about some God-forsaken substance known as Orangeburgh, and how it was all the rage in the 50's (when my house was built) but now anyone who has it has found out that it is really just glorified tar paper, and it collapses after a few decades.

My $208.51 quote kept creeping up through the day to $800...$1500...$2000...$7000...$9000...and finally, after a call to City of Little Rock... $20,000!

Please do kiss my entire backside!

Through neighbors and fellow churchmembers, we are trying to work out a cheaper solution. Mr. Rooter is going to be out in the morning once more to "Locate" the stop, but once they do that, I'm going to have them mark it, pay them, and send them on their way.

Meanwhile, no laundry, and no "solid" waste in the Casablanca household.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!




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