Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It Is Like A Double Dare

You KNOW if I get an e-mail asking for information and warning that  "The disclosure of this email to a third party is highly prohibited", the very first thing I am going to do write a post about it.

Really, it is like saying I double dog dare you!  What are you going to do to me, send less fake money?

So here it is a new twist on an old theme.  Please don't respond to e-mails like this.

Champion of the SCAM ALERT!

From: Western Union
Sent: 06/22/12 03:18 PM
Welcome to Western Union®
Send Money Worldwide

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the 
scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victim's 
list. This Western Union® office has been mandated by the IMF to 
transfer your compensation to you via Western Union® Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own payment through Western 
Union® Money Transfer, $5,000 twice daily until the total sum of $2.8 
million USD is completely transferred to you. We can not be able to 
send the payment with your email address alone, thereby we need your 
information as to where we will be sending the funds, such as;
Receiver's name: _____________________________
Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code: ______________
Name of City of Residence:______________________________
Direct Telephone Number:___________________________________
Occupation:________________ Position_______________ 
Salary received monthly_______________
Attached copy of your Identification_______________

Contact our Customer Care at:
( your full 

Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 
72 hours if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction 
given to us by the IMF. We will start the transfer as soon as we 
received your information.
Director Western Union® Money Transfer, 
Head Office Benin Republic.
This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and 
contains privileged and confidential information. If you received this 
email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us 
immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third 
party is highly prohibited.. Thanks for your understanding. 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fazoli's Breadstick Tour

 Just to clarify....I don't eat at Fazoli's, so I can't comment on their food which I am sure is wonderful.  (How can you go wrong with bread and cheese?)

However, they are doing a really cool thing to raise money for


This summer Tori and Taylor are going to be driving the Fazoli's Breadstick Truck from Lexington, KY to Denver, CO and back.  They'll be giving out breadsticks and accepting donations for Feed the Children.

Today Tori, Taylor, and Truck are going to be here in Dayton, OH in the Oregon District (which just happens to be down the street from the studio) and I can smell the yumminess from here.

So, track down the Truck, Taylor, and Tori...
Donate a dollar...
Get a breadstick and coupon for more Fazoli's yumminess....
You'll feel good inside and out....
Your taste buds will be glad you did.


If you aren't on the route, you can donate to Feed the Children directly.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Disrespect In Olympian Proportions
Ravelrya place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.


USOC: an organization to support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and to preserve the Olympic Ideals, thereby inspiring all Americans.

The Set-up:
1) Ravelry, an international on-line community, hosts a bi-annual competition, Ravelympics, that takes place during the Olympic Games.  Apparently, the various activities would be/could be taking place in front of the television while the Olympics were being broadcast.  (pay attention USOC this is important)

2) USOC, an organization that owns the trademark rights to the name "Olympics" in the US.

The Gist:
The USOC in defending its trademark (they think that the name Ravelympics is too close to the name Olympics and therefore an infringement) got a little carried away when they stated...

"The USOC is responsible for preserving the Olympic Movement and its ideals within the United States.  Part of that responsibility is to ensure that Olympic trademarks, imagery and terminology are protected and given the appropriate respect.  We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.  In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work."

In other words, all these people around the world, sitting in front of their televisions WATCHING the Olympics, WATCHING the commercials of the sponsors who want to recoup their monies, and trying to have a little fun while they are at it, are being told by the USOC that their activities are being disrespectful.

The Results:
Ire was raised, Tweets twittered, Facebook raged and the USOC got an earful.  So much so that they apologized.....twice! 

However the apology fell flat with some, especially this phrase "To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”

My Opinion:
The USOC, in their zeal to protect their trademark, overlooked an Olympian opportunity for a little good will and ongoing support from a huge community.  Had they simply given Ravelry the right to the use of Ravelympics then that last request might have been more readily accepted.  In fact the USOC would probably have been inundated with motivation.

In the end, I think the USOC will find that it isn't a good idea to piss off a couple million artisans AND they should learn how to issue a REAL apology.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bathroom Humor

Well, not exactly bathroom humor, but would you have come looking if I had titled this post "Bathroom Art"?  Really?

So here is your obligatory bathroom joke.  Yes, I just might stoop to anything.

Anyway, I have rounded up some art, ranging from cute to amazing, made from toilet paper tubes.  Trust me, you are going to like this.

See!  Didn't I tell you?

Now go start using up that toilet paper so you can create too.  I would help you out know....I'm a dog.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paint the Dog?

When I saw dogs being carried in a purse, I laughed.

When I saw dogs being rolled around in a buggy, I sighed.

When I saw dogs wearing wedding clothes, I cringed.

When I saw a dog with bows in her hair...I....well....I whistled at her (I am such a dog).

What do I do when I see dogs with painted nails?

Do I run out to the nearest doggie salon and beg for a pedicure?

I think I'll hide in the closet and hope the notion never occurs to anyone I know?

However, if a human wants to wear doggie art on their nails, that is a dog of a different color!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Garfield!!

If I was gonna be an animal of the feline variety, rather than the extremely suave canine that I am, I would be a cat like Garfield, all attitude and no regrets.

Happy Birthday Garfield, you are one cool cat.


PS....Find Garfield on Facebook.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Staying Kool This Summer

School's out and summer is almost here, now is the time to start planning how to stay cool, and Kool....Kool-Aid that is.

Make Kool-Aid pickles.

or Kool-Aid Slushies

or something a little more....ummmm...grownup

how about marshmallows

but the best of all has to been deep fried Kool-Aid

you could be practical



or just plain fun...



lip gloss

and more, lots more great stuff.

I am so going to go all blueberry on my ears and tail and wear strawberry lip gloss for good measure.

And just because I love you, a link on how to remove Kool-Aid stains.

Stay Kool this summer.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

One Smart Puppy
One dog (small dog, short legs)...
One cabinet (considerably taller than the dog)...
One plate of food on said cabinet tempting the dog...
One ingenious dog overcoming obstacles to obtain food...


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ten Things You Probably Shouldn't Say.... a photographer or an artist.

Since I work with both a photographer (who can be artistic)  and an artist (who does take photographs), I have actually witnessed some of these conversations taking place.

I found this list on many websites so I'm not sure of the origin.

 This is how I have advised my photographer and artist to react:
"Your camera takes really nice pictures."
Yup, I sent it out at 9pm with the tripod.  Together they sat out in the (January) freezing cold for an hour to get that one perfect shot of the full moon at Yellowstone.  Meanwhile I was safe and warm inside singing songs at the piano with the other guests.

"Can't you just Photoshop that?"
Sure I can, I can walk on water too.

"I wanted to invite you to my (birthday, wedding, or other important event).   You should bring your camera."
And you should bring your checkbook.

"Why is the background all blurry like that?"
Because it (the background) was moving so fast I couldn't get a clear picture.

"Can you make it black & white, but leave our eyes in color?"
Of course, and the color of your eyes is going to be black & white.

"Geez! You charge THAT much?!?  We only have to pay $19.99 for our sitting fee at Sears!
Then you should go sit on it at Sears.

I'll just print them at Wal-Mart.
And I'll just take them with my VistaQuest.

Gosh!  Your job must be so easy!  All you do is click a button all day!
Yes, my job is easy except for the endless hours, no free weekends, waiting on the right light, right weather, waiting on people to arrive, waiting on people to get out of the way, taking a thousand pictures to get one good picture, and hundreds of good picture to get one great one.  Other than that, all I have to do is click away.

What's the discount if I edit the pictures myself?  There is a free program called Picnik.
If you want to edit the pictures yourself, you will have to take the pictures yourself.

Can you take your watermark off your photos that you posted on Facebook?  My mom wants to have them printed.
Absolutely!  And then I'll make the resolution so low that they will only print at an inch, but that means your mom will be able to print a lot on one page.  Be sure and tell her to use really good photo paper, only the best for my work!

Here are some more lists:


Oh, I almost forgot...
In the studio, if the customer requests to stay while we work they get charged accordingly.
$100 extra to stay
$200 extra if they talk
but they get to pet the dogs for free!

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Barbed Wire
Electrical Wire
Bird on a Wire
Down to the Wire
Under the Wire
Send a Wire
Live Wire
Crossed Wires
Wire Mesh
Wire Jewelry

and now......



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Haven't You Always Wanted To Do This?

 I found this blog,

and this guy is doing something I have often thought about doing.

He is blogging about traffic assholes irritants.

He takes pictures of the offending assholes irritants and posts them on the internet.

I want him to come to Dayton and take pictures of all the assholes irritating drivers who park in the "NO PARKING ZONE" in front of the Post Office on Fifth Street. 

The assholes irritating drivers who tailgate us on I35 when we go the speed limit and stay to the right but that isn't fast enough for them.

The asshole irritating drivers who pass on the shoulder when base traffic gets back up on 675 during rush hour.

Oh the possibilities...
My only question is...
Was this guy driving when he took the  pictures?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Good Fences...

If this were a good fence, I wouldn't be able to say howdy to the neighbors.



~Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Venus in Transit

Well of course.....
If there is a celestial event of ANY KIND you can bet your bottom dollar that in Dayton it will be rainy/cloudy/foggy, just pick your star/sun/moon blocking weather.

Today Venus is in transit across the face of the Sun and guess's cloudy in Ohio. 

The next best thing is watching it on the internet.
Go here and watch the live feed.

If you miss it today, Venus will do it again in 105 years.  How long is that in dog years? 


Monday, June 4, 2012

On Being Social

As we are rapidly becoming more social in a computer/internet/blogging/tweeting/e-mail kind of way-I found this extremely funny.

Ironically, I found it on Facebook.

There is no substitute for experiencing the actual touch of another living being.  Reach out and touch someone and do it in person if you can.