Such short memories….

November 7, 2009

So Robert Gibbs, Obama’s spokesman and generally smarmy guy, asked the following inane question during his daily press briefing:

“Can You Imagine if, 5 Years Ago, People Had Protested With Hitler Pictures?!?”

And the VERY good people at the Weekly Standard brought this up. Just keep scrolling. And someone buy Mr. Gibbs some Ginkgo Biloba extract: I hear it’s good for memory.


Friday, November 6

November 6, 2009

Note: Next week is Friday the 13th. Oh, goody.

From the inestimable James Lileks Bleat this morning:

Until I return, a question for the comments: you are given a check for a million dollars, tax free. You have to spend it. You cannot use it on bills, or invest it, or just give it away. What would you do with it?

That’s actually a tough one for me. Most of the time, when I think about getting a million dollars, I think about giving something to my Mom, my brothers and sisters, that sort of thing. Of course I also think about the kids at the orphanages in Manila. But I have to spend this money. So here goes:
1. A house. Nothing too advanced, just a decent house in a decent neighborhood. For now, it’d be in Alexandria, since this is such a pretty town and there are nice houses. Let’s say I get it for $500,000. That leaves another half million to spend.
2. Indoor pool. I figure one would run about $100,000 or so. That leaves $400,000.
3. To get around the “can’t give it away” clause, I’d call the great sisters at the Missionaries of Charity orphanage in Tondo (Manila), and find out what additions to the house they need. I’m going to be generous and guess they would need $50,000 worth of stuff. That leaves $350,000.
4. New truck: $35,000. That leaves $315,000.
5. Pay for all of my junk to be moved here from Chicago. Let’s say that run $5,000. So $310,000 left over.
6. Buy $310,000 worth of house upgrades: security system, enlarge the garage, maybe put in a deck.
I know, pretty simple stuff. But I have no interest in buying speedboats, jets, helicopters, or any of that jazz. Homebody Paulie.

One reason to watch the (remade) series “V”

November 5, 2009

Actually, the ONLY reason to watch "V"


November 5, 2009

Well, another fine day on vacation. My sister-in-law is joking that she won’t let me leave for the job because I still have chores to do. I remember when I was on leave in the Coast Guard (I rarely took leave in the Marines), I’d do a lot of cleaning in the house, mostly the stove in mom’s kitchen. It’s partly that mania for cleanliness the service fosters; but it’s also just the desire to do something. I’m not much of a party-guy–that’s just not how I’m wired. So leave for me now is usually just work on something (like Dreamweaver or Flash), watch DVDs and relax. The schedule out there is 12/7, so it’s not exactly restful. Of course, I’ll miss Virginia for the first time in my life—I’ve never really liked it, but right now it looks pretty darned good. My brother and his family, of course, have been fantastic, and it’s hard not to miss them. Their pets are hilarious, and that’ll be another good memory of this past month or so.

November 3, 2009: Online and ready to confuse you

November 3, 2009

Hi. I had the website posted online two days ago, and it’s been kind of nice to see my stuff posted. The original plan was to include a blog on the site, but that went nowhere: I had no idea how complex a blog can be. So I opted for WordPress, which has some very nice services and some remarkably nice layouts to choose from. I like it. I’ll try updating the look of it some time soon.