19 thoughts on “Midday Coffee Break

  1. DS’s music class

    watched this last year, when they were learning about food, and song writing, and were (eventually) going to write a song about food.

    Problem is, most of the kids hadn’t seen the original, so a big part of the joke was lost on them.  They liked the Weird Al version, but it wasn’t until we showed DS “Beat It” that he ‘got’  the satire.

  2. Weird Al is on Twitter

    and is kind of amusing over there.

    I also really like this more recent video of his. I may have posted it before. The thing that is so great about it is its incredible mundaneness.

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  3. Hell is freezing over

    My husband actually hired part-time help today. You guys all know the craziness that has been our lives for the past, oh, seven years or so. This is a huge step for him. Part of it was he finally got everything “ready” in his mind and in his office space. Then he got a big, big, big new job this weekend, which is very exciting, and a huge step forward.

    He’s hiring a woman who currently works FT and wants to work PT. When he was looking for people for occasional overflow help, he mainly got male applicants. When he offered a regular part-time gig, the majority of the applicants (and all of the most qualified applicants) were women. That’s because, I theorize, a lot of women would prefer part-time to FT, but at the same time need some regularity so they can arrange for child care. He asked me before he offered her the job if I was OK with him hiring a woman and I didn’t even think about it–if she’s the best fit, and will make his business run smoother, then go for it.

    Very exciting stuff. And we get our new hardwood floors this week!

    • that is so awesome

      congrats to DH. And congrats to you! I have been so glad for you reading your various updates; after the couple of years you have had, I think it’s about time you hit some smooth waters and take pleasure in your jobs and the rest of your lives!

      Hope that the new hire is a great professional fit and onwards and upwards for DH’s biz.

  4. Weird Al is hilarious

    I think my favorite song by him is “This Song Is Just Six Words Long” (to George Harrison’s “I Got My Mind Set On You”).

    I saw him in concert once as the opening act on the Monkees reunion tour. This would have been late 80s or early 90s. Fun show!

    • I’ve heard he puts on really fun shows

      I have a friend from grad school who still tries to catch him every time he’s in town. I would go to a concert with my friend; he’s such a fan that I think it would make it even more fun.

  5. this is why i don’t like people:

    this is the email i got today from a friend at work:


    Wow, this girl has a great plan! The last thing she suggested may be the best. .

               This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

               This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, TX, Nov 18, 2011

               PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .

               Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
               Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal legations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

               Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?  You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

               In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”

               Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

               If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

               AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check.. If you want to vote, then get a job.

               Now, if you have the guts – PASS IT ON…

    i didn’t have the patience to write much, so my reply was :

    most food stamp recipients are in a  household which has at least one regular paycheck.  also, does the writer think people who collect unemployment should retain the right to vote?

    i mentioned unemployment only because she collects it every summer and school break.  

  6. tjb

    I thought she hasn’t written here for a bit and checked her wall on fb. She didn’t post herself, but a message from a friend yesterday suggests that her father has passed away.

    You and your family are in my thoughts, T.

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