Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Halloween Horoscope Quiz

As always, not what I would choose!

You Should Be a Naughty Nun or Priest for Halloween
Your friends see a whole other side of you on Halloween - brash and bold.
You make be reserved and conservative most other days, but on the 31st... look out!

Costume suggestions: A stripper or naughty priest / nun

Signature Halloween candy: M & M's

Scary movie you should celebrate Halloween with: Bram Stoker's Dracula

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Costume Generator

Again, not actually one of my choices...

You Should Be Death for Halloween
According to our quiz, you'd make an ideal death.
Your runner up costume: Geisha

What Classic Halloween Costume Should You Wear?

I thought his would be perfect to start the countdown that I will be participating in  (see this blog). Though this would never be my first choice....

You Should Be a Mummy
You are seen as exotic and mysterious. You keep people guessing.
You see Halloween as a time that you can defy expectations and show a different part of yourself.

You love to try to frighten people. You enjoy being a little creepy, especially on Halloween.
You enjoy breaking taboos and challenging what people are comfortable with. If that's scary, so be it!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Celebrating the Fall Season

Not all of this is completely true.... You Are Assertive and Adventurous
You approach life boldly. You believe the world is your oyster, and you're very self-assured.
You are apt to take risks, but you don't see them as risks... because they usually pay off.

You are a helpful and heroic person. You like to take charge of situations and make them better.
People should avoid getting in a contest of wills with you. You'll always win - and it's not pretty.

In Honor of Punctuation Day

You Are a Dash
Your life is fast paced and varied. You are realistic, down to earth, and very honest.
You're often busy doing something interesting, and what you do changes quickly.

You have many facets to your personality, and you connect them together well.
You have a ton of interests. While some of them are a bit offbeat, they all tie together well.

You friends rely on you to bring novelty and excitement to their lives.
(And while you're the most interesting person they know, they can't help feeling like they don't know you well.)

You excel in: Anything to do with money

You get along best with: the Exclamation Point These quiz results aren't always true. I'm not too fast-paced

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


I loved this movie which I've been waiting all summer to see.  I went yesterday afternoon, and even ran into a  classmate (whom I'd last seen at our high school reunion) with her two children. I saw it in 3D, the first time I'd seen anything that way at the local movie theater.  It was fun this way and I plan to see the next big animated film this way (when this option is available).  
My day was nothing like this blogger described.  There were plenty of people at the theater. It was  Saturday and it was quite full.   Really, how could there not be a lot of people at a  movie theater  on a Saturday afternoon?

Be sure to see this film soon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Clicking it Old School, Part Three

Capacitance Electronic Disc

I wasn't sure how often I was going to post on this subject (Refer to my posts from May 24 and May 31) but I recently came across info on an old piece of technology, the capacitance electronic disc (CED).  For those who don't remember, the CED, informally known as the videodisc and marketed by RCA as SelectaVision, was an early form of home video rental that only lasted a few years in the 1980s.  They were like vinyl records encased in a rectangular caddy that was inserted into the player which then extracted the disc and played it with a stylus like those on old vinyl record players.  This is as much as I've learned about this old format.  More info can be found here.

Despite not having been a user of CEDs, I nevertheless have some vague memories of this old video format. My mom did rent a CED player and some concert CED from a local video store  for my birthday one year, 1985, a year before the CED went off the market.   And my aunt and uncle had a CED player.   And I vaguely remember how big and heavy the discs were. I was, like many, a VHS renter before DVDs became the dominant medium.   CED, it's said, was trumped in popularity by  VHS and Beta, both of which were recordable, unlike CED. Laser Discs lasted a little longer than the competing CED format.  And VHS won over Beta.  

Here's a recent article about the CED player.  Below is an image of CED exposed from its  protective caddy.

Capacitance Electronic Discs Star Wars FOX

And above is a photo of the classic "Star Wars" on CED. 

I could not have seen myself using these things regularly.  As heavy as they were said to be, I imagine just getting them off the rental store shelf would have been a bit of work. And when it came time to return them to the store--I imagine the size and structure of these things would have made it dangerous to leave them in a drop slot.  Thank god we were able to drop off VHS tapes that way and now the same for DVDs, though I'm now a Netflix user so I rarely go to video stores anymore and now only have to find a mailbox to return my DVDs anytime I want (usually my own mailbox!) The VHS/DVD drop slots at Blockbuster came in handy when I didn't have time to rent another film.   But I shudder to think how I would have had to lug a heavy disk into the rental store just to return it and then rush out if I didn't have time to rent another disc.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Eight Years Ago

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard about the September 11, 2001 attacks? I have a vague recollection of being in bed and turning on the TV, unable to escape hearing about the attacks.  And I do believe my mother called me asking if I had heard about the attacks.  And of course, I was shocked to hear what had happened that day.

I eventually had to get out of the house and saw that the Dollar Tree store was opening in my town. I filled out the application and was hired.  And I was glad to get this job, having been unemployed for just a little over a week when I was fired from a nearby restaurant. I couldn't stand the new owner who'd taken over a few months earlier and wanted  to get out (Just not that way, of course).   Something good came out of that day for me.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What Beatles Song Are You?

You Are Helter Skelter

You are loud, rebellious, and prone to make a bit of a scene.

You have major problems with authority. You hate being told what to do.

You are independent and adventurous. Life is a wild ride, and you aren't afraid to jump on the roller coaster.

You are outrageous, honest, and sometimes shocking. You say what you feel and expect the same of others.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

What Your Jack-o-Lantern Says

What Your Jack-o-Lantern Says

You are a gleeful, exuberant person.

You enjoy a good party, and you even enjoy a good brawl.

This Halloween, there is no question what you should be... a pirate!

The candy you should give out: peanut butter cups

Friday, September 4, 2009

Reunion Weekend

Last Saturday, August 29, was the 20-year class reunion for San Benito High School Class (Hollister, California) of 1989.  It was held at a local winery Leal Vineyards, in Hollister and below is a picture of the small waterfall surrounding the outdoor area at the place.  Lavender also surrounds the outdoor area, making a beautiful smell in the night air.  It was a nice outdoor experience. 

It was a great time and seeing high school classmates after a long time can be great fun.  Be sure to go to your next high-school reunion.  It could be more fun than you might expect. A lot of my classmates agreed this was a great time.   Here I am below with two of my classmates (I'm the one in the middle wearing the fake lei).

The night before our reunion, some of us met a local bar for an unofficial pre-gathering where we did some karaoke.   I did one of my usual songs, the Bob Dylan composition, "It Ain't Me, Babe," and a fellow graduate dedicated his performance of the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" to our graduating class.  And another bar patron performed the Beastie Boys' "You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Party," a song all us '89 grads remember well.   Here some of them are singing along with that song:

Then it was the big night as members of the class of 1989 gathered around telling each other what they were doing now, where they now lived and other such stories.   Classmates came from as far as Delaware, Virginia, Washington state, Idaho and Atlanta, but the farthest had to be one who came from New Zealand.  Yes, one from out of the country. 

All in all, a great time, and one that may never be topped the next  time we meet. 

What's Your Medieval Profession?

What's Your Medieval Profession?
You Are a Playwright

You are a highly literate wordsmith. You love both reading and writing.

You are also a natural storyteller. You can turn a mediocre anecdote into a riveting tale.

You find people and all aspects of life fascinating. No topic is off limits for you.

In modern times, you would make a good filmmaker or novelist.

Maybe I should try to write some more.  Why I seem to have given that up I'll ever know.