Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Perfect for slow-cooking a football on Super Bowl Sunday...

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At January 31, 2007 at 8:02:00 PM CST, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Right, because who wouldn't love a helping of stewed pigskin at halftime?


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Monday, January 22, 2007

Sorry, mom, you might want to think about biking it for a while

Yep, the price of gas has plummeted around here in the last week or so. I think we paid around $2.07 a couple of tanks ago, and now it's $1.859 at most places in Carthage (Jasper County). By contrast, my mother, who lives in The Dalles, Oregon (Wasco County) appears to be paying about 80 cents more per gallon, and she's driving a Ford Explorer. Yowchies!

Map: GasBuddy.com

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At January 24, 2007 at 9:10:00 PM CST, Anonymous Mom said...

Yup - Monday I paid 168.9 in Portland. I also have a 2000 Mazda 626 that gets better gas mileage, but I don't drive it on bad slippery roads, because it doesnt have snow tires and I'm not into sliding around like the video you had on you last blog!! When is spring coming??!


At January 25, 2007 at 7:47:00 AM CST, Blogger stan said...

Nicole and I are most likely bringing Spring with us in March. Of course, we'll have to get it here before we can take it anywhere else. :)


At January 25, 2007 at 4:19:00 PM CST, Blogger Emily said...

i thought gas prices were going down here...it was 1.82 on my way to work yesterday...and 2.15 on my way home...stupid gas.


At February 3, 2007 at 9:41:00 PM CST, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Still kind of high here in Baja Gresham too, dude, but I never thought I'd be thankful to be paying only $2.75 for a gallon of Chevron Supreme (I do it though for the love of a 1972 VW Beetle).

$2.45/gallon for the Subaru.


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Thursday, January 18, 2007

I'm jumping on the bandwagon, which then crashes into 15 other bandwagons

Last night my mom tipped me off to this local (Portland local, not Carthage local) video of several cars trying to drive on the snow and ice and getting into like 15 car wrecks. The first car is so crazy because it doesn't just hit a car, it pushes it into like four other cars after the impact.

If you don't know how to drive on snow and ice, stay home or let someone else drive!

Link to video

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At January 28, 2007 at 11:33:00 PM CST, Blogger Katie said...

I don't know how to drive on snow and ice, and you'll be happy to know I stayed home those days! It was crazy. That video is from NW20th and Salmon I believe. We all watched it many times that week.


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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Get your free pizza while you can!

This was the sign we saw at the Pizza Hut in Carthage last night:

Bonus points for getting the dollar sign backwards.

Let me know (sniff) if I've (sniff) double-blogged this

So I've had this cold for the last few days, and my nose has been pretty runny. Lots of sniffling and nose-blowing.

Lately, it seems that a new passage has opened up between my sinuses and my right eye, because now, whenever I blow my nose, I feel air trying to escape from under the eyelid.

I know it's kind of gross, but you just know I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to turn this into some kind of a party trick.

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At January 17, 2007 at 5:44:00 PM CST, Blogger Scott said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a cold. Stan, Have your area been hit by the ice storm I keep seeing on the news? We keep getting snow in this area, and I guess Portland is also getting snow too.


At January 17, 2007 at 5:51:00 PM CST, Blogger stan said...

Yeah, we got hit with a bunch of ice over the last week or so. The place Nicole and I work at sent ius home at around 3 on Friday, then we were sort of stuck around the house until Sunday, when we lost power for 24 hours.

There was a state of emergency called by the governor, and I overheard someone say that the President declared it a disaster area.

We had a couple more power outages yesterday, and our cable Internet was out from Sunday until today.


At January 17, 2007 at 8:58:00 PM CST, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Yup, we're a federal disaster area, too. And there's another snowstorm coming!


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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Open (my mind,) sesame

I was eating a cheeseburger from a burger place today, and it (the burger) had a sesame seed bun. I realized that I have always taken sesame seeds for granted, in the sense that I've just always irrationally believed that they just sort of come from out of nowhere.

So I began to wonder, is there a sesame flower? A sesame tree with a sesame fruit? Where do these seeds come from, and what would they grow into were it not for the fact that they were diverted to my hamburger bun?

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At January 16, 2007 at 2:13:00 PM CST, Anonymous Jami Leigh said...

Thanks for the homework assignment...next time I eat a burger I'll take a moment to appreciate the nutty, nutrient rich goodness that is the Sesamum indicum


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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Delivering irony, one commercial at a time

Perhaps you've seen the recent commercials for UPS, featuring a guy and a white board explaining how Brown can work for businesses, yada yada yada. Perhaps you've noticed the music playing underneath the advertisement: An understated electronic medley of simple notes and beats that doesn't overpower or distract the viewer from the message.

Here's the ironic part: That music is part of the instrumental version of "Such Great Heights" by an electronic indie pop band called...

The Postal Service.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Duh Moment #526: The key to success is somewhere on my key ring

These days, most of what I have to unlock I can do by remote control. There's the little remote on my key ring that locks and unlocks the car, and of course we have the garage door opener that gets us into the house.

So after work tonight, when I went to open our post office box, I held out the remote and pushed the button. Couldn't figure out why nothing happened.

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At January 11, 2007 at 5:56:00 PM CST, Blogger GT said...

You are passe. See the movie Click.
I saw it twice. The second time, it was accidental.


At January 15, 2007 at 2:51:00 PM CST, Blogger Katie said...

Hey? Did I hear the words "after work"? Did you find a job? Sounds like its time to give me a call. :-)


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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Not surprising, coming from a company that spells "Are" as "

In late December, Nicole and I were shopping for toys for our nephew, and we saw this display:

That's right, it's Gloden, G-L-O-D-E-N. What they were actually selling were copies of Golden Books' Saggy Baggy Elephant. To kids. With impressionable minds that are still learning how to spell things.

Good job, Toys "Я" Us.

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At January 9, 2007 at 11:12:00 PM CST, Blogger Katie said...

All I want to know is how do you get your R's backwards? :-)


At January 10, 2007 at 5:26:00 PM CST, Blogger stan said...

Яeally strong magnets


At January 10, 2007 at 10:12:00 PM CST, Anonymous Mom said...

I wonder if they carry the Gloden Book about correct spelling!


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Monday, January 08, 2007

Heck, at this point, just call it a Valentine's Day tree

The other day, Nicole and I found the perfect item for those who wait forever to take down their Christmas trees:

That's right, they're heart-shaped ornaments. In the Valentine's Day section of Wal-Mart.

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At January 8, 2007 at 9:57:00 PM CST, Anonymous Jami Leigh said...

Just wait till Feb 15th. That's when they put out the four leaf clover garland. I'm not joking...we have some.


At January 8, 2007 at 9:59:00 PM CST, Blogger stan said...

Not sure which of those facts is the saddest. :)


At January 13, 2007 at 10:04:00 PM CST, Anonymous Jami Leigh said...

So true. Although I can say I have yet to put out a St. Patty's Tree. But now that I've been given the garland one can never tell what I may do with it...


At January 16, 2007 at 1:19:00 PM CST, Blogger stan said...

Maybe there should be a tree for every holiday. Especially Arbor Day. (I'll bet you wondered why nobody thought of that until now.)


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