Ghost in the machine

May 2, 2006 at 3:22 am (Uncategorized)


Someday, when you all notice me missing from the blog and then read about the naked, shrieking man climbing to the talk of the city building with a mysterious sack slung over his shoulder, you will know that the computer finally got the better of me.

A personal crisis won't do it. No amount of work pressure will drive me over the edge. Neither will overindulgence in coffee or PBR. No, it will be a computer, and one stinking error message that finally causes that sizzling of brain circuitry all lunatics must experience at one defining moment of their breakdown. And frankly, I'm looking forward to it. I'll climb to the top of the bell tower and hurl the computer, every disc I've ever collected, and blameless computer accessories to the ground below.

As geeks go, I do alright. I can edit the registry like nobody's business and no spyware has lived in my presence for more than thirty seconds at a time. Once in a while though, I take on a project that's just too big for me. I go into it with the confidence of a tightrope walker who doesn't feel that shifts in the wind can rattle him. Typically, I end up at dawn a profane, fist pounding mess surrounded by computer parts and fly away keyboard keys (occasionally the letters eerily spell out words like "dumbass" or "asshat" just to mock me. Which is doubly insulting because there is only one S on a stinking keyboard.)

Tonight, it was the wireless connection I was so gleeful to get started on. Imagine, I thought. Accessing the internet from the backyard or the middle of the street, for no other reason that I have the capability to do so. Why, I could crawl into a closet and still be connected. What a triumph of crash.gif technology. And so I got started. And when the laptop flashed a message asking that I install the original operating system disc, I figured that was just a polite request I could ignore. And minutes later, when dlls began frying like eyeballs dropped on a skillet, I figured that was just a small hurdle to be bounded over. And hours later, when I started uttering profanity to guttural, it was an insult to every language ever spoken, I figured I was probably just having a stroke.

But no. The entire project is a mess. And I tell you the whole, sad story only to explain why I don't have a blog tonight. What I have are gritted teeth, blood pressure that's up where commercial airlines fly, and a laptop that keeps trying to crawl under the couch to escape. Tonight, I'll dream in binary code and html, I'm sure of it. I may dream of naked ladies, but how will I know, if they consists only of 1's and 0's and symbols like this <p> </p>?

So, you see I'm raving and I shouldn't be writing at all. I'll spare you further description of this laptop lunacy and let you be about your day. But if you have computer horror stories, now would be a fine time to share them. Especially if they involve embarrassingly misplaced e-mails. Like the time I was bitching so vehemently about an editor, her name lodged in my head and I sent it to her by mistake. Or the time a thrill-by-thrill account of a really hot date got forwarded quite tragically to the thrill in question.

Lord, I hate computers.



  1. Martha said,

    Since I’m relatively computer illiterate, I usually let someone who has a clue take on those tasks.
    However, I do hope to eventually have a website to post my photography on. If and when I do, I’ll post the URL here.

    And, otherwise, how are you Mark? LOL

  2. Linda said,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles. That settles it, then, my own dreams of a wireless home network are officially on hold, because I’m not in the mood for that kind of stress. I owe you, mate. You have no idea how much I don’t need any computer horror stories of my own this week.

    Once I worked with a system that networked sites around the country. One of the men in my team somehow logged in under my name and deleted everyone’s custom reports. He claimed it was an accident …

  3. Martha said,

    Yike Linda… I bet he was just your favorite person for a while, huh?

  4. jarheaddoc said,

    Mark, while you’re up on top of that buiidling, would you please throw out your cel-phone, too? Just make sure that the little camera is on automatic and you can recover the smashed pieces afterwards, jury rig them to your smashed computer parts, and then post the images of your own lunacy on the blog.

  5. K2 said,

    Never tell a mchine you’re in a hurry. Bad things happen.

    I’ve quit trying to be up-to-date with computers and technology. It all changes too damn quickly. And my Dell is a total piece of fucking shit. There, I said it.

    I guess I’m becoming a quasi-Luddite. Although I will miss Internet porn. Terribly.

  6. AO said,

    I had a Dell once. And, I couldn’t agree with you more, K2. It was a piece of shit. I was so glad to get rid of it. It IS still banging around here somewhere.

  7. Linda said,

    Sometimes I claim to be a quasi-Luddite too. I have this fantasy that I prefer to do without phones, pagers etc. And to go even further — you know, food on a stick over a fire, coffee (the sine qua non) boiling in a billy can. A billion stars and distant loons drenching my senses. But last year a week on the road with no wireless internet access snapped me back to reality. Yikes, that was terrifying.

  8. K2 said,

    I regularly think about quiting the Internet and e-mail altogether. But again, the porn. . . .

    I will proudly admit that I don’t own a cell phone, and never will. I loathe them.

  9. Gil said,

    I am a true geek. There, I said it. I set up the wireless network in my house. My ceell phhone has been surgically attached to the side of my head. I built several computers that I still use today. And yet, there is always something that you don’t know that will sneak up and bite you in the ass.

  10. Martha said,

    Gil.. want to take a vacation and come to PA and help me make my website? LOL…I’d even feed you and I’m a good cook.

  11. Bobbie said,

    My quick reference person is my son. He can do a lot of magical things on a computer (he’s currently working on web design), but ask him about a software related issue and I have to turn to my computer builder, Bo. Thankfully, both of them have gotten used to the questions that I ask on a regular basis and don’t laugh too hard when it’s a really good one. I’m not completely lost tho-I have managed to do some things on my own, but it has been with frustration, just like Mark.

    No computer horror stories from me today.

  12. Mainetarr said,

    What the hell happened Mark? I thought you were all set when you talked to Chris last night?!? Man, I feel wicked bad. I swear to God, when I went wireless, all I did was plug in that card and go. I am soooooo sorry!!

  13. LaFlamme said,

    Ah, it’s not really a technological no-how deficiency. It’s that damn OS disc I don’t have. The operation got utterly stalled because it needed some drivers and I thought I could work around it. Fool! I’ll get a disc today and it will likely proceed swimmingly.
    Chris was great with the geek talk. Although, I think I detected a snicker when I told him the laptop uses Win98 SE. And who can blame him?

  14. K2 said,

    Is your laptop a Timex Sinclair or a TI 99-4A? Oh, it’s a Commodore 64? Sorry. My bad. Compute on. . . .

  15. LaFlamme said,

    Uh oh. Now that you mention it, it’s a Dell. Say, whatever happened to spokesman Stephen and his bags of weed and his milfs?

  16. AO said,

    The Hemp Head’s been demoted to stock boy.

  17. LaFlamme said,

    Well, I’ll buy him a dime bag if he can score a 98 disc for me.

  18. K2 said,

    Dude, Stephen’s in rehab. He did hang around some sweet ‘cougars’ now that you mention it.

  19. Gil said,

    I suppose that my TRS80 is a little behind the times, but i refuse to upgrade. Run, goto, if, then, etc….

  20. K2 said,

    Just try printing porn on a dot-matrix printer.

  21. Mainetarr said,

    My God!! You’re all a bunch of geeks.

  22. K2 said,

    Speaking of geeks, I read that their gonna remake Revenege of the Nerds. Does anyone actually write new screenplays anymore?!?

    “Lamda, Lamda, Lamda and . . . Omega Mu.”

  23. LaFlamme said,

    On the geek front, the honorable AO has come through. She found a WIN98SE disc for me, possibly by breaking into a neighbor’s house and stealing it from their filing cabinet. I didn’t ask any questions. I’m just grateful to have the sucker in my sights.

  24. jarheaddoc said,

    Mark and Gail, you have a job that requires a lot of contact with the public. Have you found that the question of ‘what do you do for work?” had been replaced with ‘Are you on line at home?” This whole technology thing is waaaay tooo scaary about a lot of things. People used to laugh at the absurdity of Star Trek, but how much of that has already come true? What’s even scarier is that William Shatner was the one to introduce us to a lot of it….

  25. Anonymous said,

    Just don’t tell my neighbor’s! I wouldn’t want anyone knowing I’m a closet geek!

  26. AO said,

    William Shatner alone, is scary! I for one LOVE all the new technological advances we’ve made over just the past 15 years. Don’t know what I ever did without some of them. I have a Love/Hate relationship with my computer. Love my cell phone, hate the bill. Love all of the services I recieve from Oxford Networks and, again, hate the bill. But, wouldn’t want to be without any of them, especially my computer. I haven’t done a crossword puzzle in the newspaper in years. And, if I had to, I don’t think I’d remember how to play a regular hand of Solitaire. Probably not good things but, I enjoy them much more on line.

  27. LInda said,

    Good point Jarhead. In any group there’s now the assumption that everyone’s on line. They pass around a clipboard so you can write down your email address, and there’s a little awkward to-ing and fro-ing about how to get in touch with the few from the “land of the living dead.” Some of them might have an email address but not want to clutter up their mailboxes!

    My husband and I used to say to the kids, next time we’re at the library, let’s look it up. Now, somebody’s got fingers on a keyboard and you have answers before the question is completely asked. (“Nicely interrupted!”)

  28. jarheaddoc said,

    AO, technology is great, but it’s made us very dumb about a lot of things, too. What do you do now when the power goes out? I fire up the generator and hope the Internet isn’t down. I used to light the lamps and find other ways to stay occupied. I can remember sending away for stuff as a kid and waiting weeks on end for it to come: now it’s just a few clicks away. When was the last time you got a handwritten letter from someone? Nowadays we just fire up the old computer and shoot someone an e-mail. Not that that’s such a bad thing, as my handwriting is absolutely shit! Or howabout actually talking to a person when you call some huge corporation to bitch at them? I have yet to run into a computer that can understand “I want to talk to a goddam human!”

  29. jarheaddoc said,

    Is it my computer or is this site doing weird things? It seems to be running slow with the refresh command.

  30. jarheaddoc said,

    I was reading something on line about what the author considered The Mark of the Beast, and he said that it was technology, using home computers and cel-phones as examples. I had to think about that for a little while, but it makes sense: how few people in this world don’t have access to at least a television or some other form of mass communication? I just thought I would throw that out there and see what others thought. I’m not saying I agree with the guy, but I see his point.

  31. Linda said,

    Jarhead (#29) same here.

    Also, when i scroll down to the “post a comment” field — guess what, Name is filled in with AO!

    I WANT to love computers, but sometimes it’s pretty difficult

  32. Lisa said,

    Hey Brenda, i have something for you

  33. LaFlamme said,

    There are different schools of thought about the dumbing down of computer users. On one hand, it does tend to make people more isolated and apt to stay at home and engage in only online friendships. On the other hand, the answer to many questions is right at the fingertips. I mean, do you remember running to the library or bookstore every time you needed to know a state capital?

  34. Bobbie said,

    Has anyone else see the show “100 Ways William Shatner Changed The World”. It’s on the Science Channel and it’s actually quite interesting if you can get by good ol’ Bill narrating it. I’ll never look at salt shakers the same way again.

    I still remember how to play cards when the lights go out and we have a grill to cook on should things in the freezer need to be cooked. I don’t get on the system as much as I used to and some days, I don’t get on at all. I still read books in my spare time and I’m currently working on three of them.

  35. LaFlamme said,

    I saw the William Shatner show, Bobbie. Lawrence Krauss is one of the narrators. Lawrence and I are tight. That is, he’s sort of heard of me.

  36. AO said,

    IF I had a good book, I’d read it. But, right now, my pickings are slim. And, I don’t have the time to run to the public Library. I have a grill and, have concoted weird things on it when the power goes out. Does anybody remember the Ice Storm? Hell, we lived with the warmth of a fireplace and, coolers to keep whatever food we had, cold. I did just fine through the whole thing. We also had a lot of fun. I was one of the only people in my neighborhood that had the luxury of hot water. I’m talking showers, baby! You have NO IDEA what desperate people will give you for a shower! Wood, towel’s, beer, more wood..etc..also, lot’s of good times with friends and family around a fire. No computers, t.v., cell phones…just friends and family. You all might think I’m crazy but, I look back on that ice storm fondly.

  37. AO said,

    Wow. Somebody, (who?) sort of famous has “heard” of you? Cool!

  38. Lisa said,

  39. LaFlamme said,

    I don’t know who you are, Lisa, but I’m starting to detect a theme here. Hey, I have a trained eye.

  40. Linda said,

    Hi folks, what’s happening? Mark, did you get that wireless organized yet? Please say yes so I can sleep tonight — it’s starting to feel like foreshadowing of some kind. I have a big project happening this weekend, wireless and so much more — actually in my project the wireless’ll be right, it’s the people part of it if you know what I mean.

  41. AO said,

    Linda, If you have a hard time sleeping, just dangle your foot over the edge of your bed. I’ve heard it helps.

  42. LaFlamme said,

    I should have that set up tonight, thanks to the lovely and charitable AO. Got the disc I need. Now I just have to wait to get home and get at it.

  43. Linda said,

    Thanks for the advice AO, if I feel brave enough I’ll try it. Good job finding Mark’s disk by the way.

  44. LaFlamme said,

    Dangle your… That’s suicide! You’ll be sure to get your foot chewed off that way.

  45. AO said,

    Hey, I KNEW I kept that damned Dell hardware around for a reason. Just didn’t kow what the reason was. I just hope it works!

  46. Linda said,

    A long time ago I lived in East Boston, near Maverick Square (and after that I lived in Lynn, then in Brockton, speaking of bravery). In Maverick Square, the electric wires were so shoddy, the power would often go out in a heavy rain. Now when i hear dripping outside, I start to think about finding candles and a deck of cards.

  47. AO said,

    “Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin. You never come out, the way you went in”. Just something I’ve heard. Don’t know if it’s true.

    But, I know what you mean, Linda. My neighborhood loses power in the slightest of rain storms. I’ve always got candles handy. Also, squirrel’s always have a way of finding their way into the transformer and..blowing out the whole neighborhood. Come to think of it, they also have a way of finding their way into my pool. I’m have the latest one on “hold” for Mark.

  48. jarheaddoc said,

    AO, as far as comment #36 goes, I hear what you’re saying. We were without power for close to three days and we stayed in the house with a kerosene heater and our food outside. One of the things about technology is that the more advanced it becomes, the more dependent we are on it, or at least feel we are on it.
    I find it interesting how technology takes such leaps and bounds. The past hundred years in medicine have been remarkable: the science has gone from amputating broken limbs to replacing severed ones, and transplanting organs and understanding more and more of the human gemone. I just get the feeling that the more we know, the less we understand

  49. Linda said,

    Good grief, what for? A squirrel corpse? Is that what you mean?

  50. jarheaddoc said,

    I just did that rapid reference thing for Stephen King, Mark. I read the book, and what struck me the most was how he wrote it: he wrote that entire first draft with a pen! King is one of those tortured souls, for sure, but I wonder if he did it that way out of an appreciation for when times were simpler compared to how we see things today. Another thing he said, from the gunslinger series, was that the world moves on. Things were certainly a lot simpler even ten years ago, when home computers were a rarity, and we’re all on information overload these days. What will things look like ten years from now? hell if I know, but I’m sure more than a few people will look back and claim we lived in simpler times.

  51. Linda said,

    Well you know what the man says — some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. Can we sustain the pace indefinitely? I guess we’ll need some huge breakthrough in the production of energy.

    I know, it’s been / being done to death in our old digs but still, it fits over here too.

  52. LaFlamme said,

    What? What book did he write with a pen? Unspeakable. I mean, I used to write that way myself. But try switching back, and the thought/writing process is all out of sync. That’s a feat, man.

  53. Linda said,

    It might be a bad night to be in Weld (or maybe in one of the townships). Around 8 emergency vehicles have gone by my window down Rte 156 in the last 5 minutes. Fire, police, ambulance. What’s up with that Mark, do you know?

  54. jarheaddoc said,

    I am of the opinion that that type of technology already exists, Linda. We put a man on the moon back in the sixties, and now you can just pick up a Gameboy and have more computing power in your hands than the computers that set those spacecraft to the moon and back! Technology and power go hand in hand, and the people with the power right now are the oil companies, and they are not willing to give up that power. New technology sometimes takes a while to catch on simply because of the cost and the fear of whatever’s new and not wanting to try something different, to just stay with what’s comfortable to you.

  55. LaFlamme said,

    Awwww, crap. Not sure, Linda. Weld is one of those towns on the outer limits of our coverage areas, so I really should look into it. Let me know if you see a mushroom cloud in the meantime.

  56. jarheaddoc said,

    Dreamcatcher, Mark, or are you one of those people who just aboslutely know what the author had in mind for his book and don’t bother to read the thoughts of other people? I figure that if the author can’t get his point across in fve hundred pages or less, I’m certainly not going to udnerstanding five pages of rambling at the front of the book, especially if there are not pictures in it

  57. LaFlamme said,

    Fire on Church Street in Weld.

  58. Linda said,

    Yes, the outer limits, very graciously put, Mark. We even get our own section in the paper (except the weekend).

    Oh no! What’re those green glowing monsters swarming down the street? I can hear the snarling, hissing … smoke roiling … they’re coming closer .. people are screaming and being crushed under their claws … oh, the humanity …

    Just kidding.

  59. LaFlamme said,

    I’d rather have the green hissing monsters than another fire.

  60. jarheaddoc said,

    the unfortunate thing about a tragedy like that, or a bad car wreck, is that it attracts the dark side of us, so that we can say ‘better that person than me’

  61. Linda said,

    Mark, you are right. Jarhead, I hope you are wrong.

  62. AO said,

    Okay. Totally of subject but, in one of the earlier blogs (not sure which one it was and, I’m too lazy to go back and check) someone was refering to Neil Diamond. K2? Linda? I’m not a fan, either. BUT!! Can anyone tell me WHY “Sweet Caroline” is played at every Red Soxs game? Don’t get me wrong, I love it! Just wondering. Mr. Whitehouse, any ideas?

  63. LaFlamme said,

    By golly, I’ll make sure Whitehouse gets that question.

  64. AO said,

    Sorry to have been off subject. I tried posting my question earlier but got the, “Slow Down Cowboy” blurb. Stupid SOB.

    Linda, I hope that everything is okay up there.

  65. jarheaddoc said,

    I say it sadly, Linda. I have been in public safety since I got out of the Navy, and I see it a lot. Firefighters and paramedics are pariahs, in a way, because a ‘good call’ for them means that someone has lost something, whether it’s a house or a life. It’s the mentality of the job, if you can understand that. I like helping people, and I’m good in the crunch, but a lot of that has to do with being a very vain control freak. I detest the people who have simply stopped thinking for themselves and call for things like having a fight with a spouse because the spaghetti got burned. My job is to deal with the darker side of people and I don’t always like what I see in myself in doing it. I guess I hang in there for that one person I know I will help.

  66. Randy said,

    RE: Sweet Caroline – There’s no particular reason, AO, they used to play it sporadically during the late ’90s, then when the new ownership came in in 2002 they decided to play between the top and bottom of the eighth inning.

    Rumor has it that they asked Diamond to come and perform it live at Fenway last year but he asked for too much doe.

  67. jarheaddoc said,

    Linda, I have seen a lot of very good people in my work, too, people who have gone out of their way to help someone, and at a risk to themselves. It’s all too easy to just focus on the bad. I’ve had people ask me what the worst call I ever went on was, but don’t care about the best call, and the psychology of emergency services workers is such that we don’t talk about the professional demons that become part of our persons. And you know what those Good Samaritans wanted for recognition, for the most part? A few simple words of thanks, no plaques or anything like that, just a validation that they did something good for someone.

  68. LaFlamme said,

    Dammit, an opportunity for a killer Neil Diamond joke and I got nuthin.

    Linda, where you at? Is the town on fire?

  69. AO said,

    Randy, SMOOCH!! Thanks for answering my question. I LOVE that they play it at every game. I had THE best seats (for free!) last summer and, had the opportuniry to sing, “Sweet Caroline” with my sister, “Ba, Ba, Ba’s” and all. What a blast. A “true” Red Sox’s memory. It was one of the BEST night’s…well…till my brother in-law started puking out the back window of the “cah”. So, Randy, “Ba, Ba, Ba”! Let’s hope for a killer season. Great game last night! Rain-out tonight.

  70. jarheaddoc said,

    AO, what do you think about that whole Johnny Damon thing, a traitor or just another money grubber looking for more? I think I could settle for what the Dead Sox were paying me if it meant I could be who I was and not have to shave my beard and cut my hair just to conform to some stupid rule. Money isn’t everything, but self-respect and integrity are. Hell, we are talking about professional athletes, though, aren’t we?

  71. AO said,

    I’m old school when it comes to baseball. I still think every player should (ha) play for the love of the game. Personally, I’m pissed as hell that Johnny, MY Johnny, went to “The Evil Empire” but, hell, I still love The Soxs and, always will. They will go on. Gawd, how corny is that? So…everybody…”Sweet Ca-ro-line! Ba-Ba-Ba!

  72. jarheaddoc said,

    Know any ABBA? Yes, I am admitting that I like a certain amount of disco music

  73. LaFlamme said,

    Waterloo! Waterloo something something a Waterloo!

  74. Mainetarr said,

    Hey Jarhead, you handwriting does look like shit. You should have been a doctor.
    People still ask me all the time what I do for work and I never know how to answer. If I say I work in neurosurgery, they think I am the doctor (ha!), if I say I am an office manager, it sounds lame. Practice manager sounds better, but still lame. If I say I run a multimillion dollar corporation (which it is) I look like an arrogant douchebag. I would rather look lame than arrogant, though. I think from now on when someone asks me what I do, I will simply say, “I am online.” People do ask for my e-mail address all the time, like it’s a given. Everyone has one. I love to write, so I usually write personal greetings in all my cards over the holidays and I still have one Aunt in Keene, NH that I write to via snail mail. Linda, my father was from Lynn, MA. Quite a place.

  75. jarheaddoc said,

    Is that what this blog feels like sometimes, Mark, Waterloo? Freudian slip on your part or some trick to see if anyone’s still paying attention. And MT, there are several reasons I’m not a doctor: I play one on tv, it’s way too much school, and I don’t like nurses.

  76. Mainetarr said,

    jarhead, when are you going to be in my neck of the woods?

  77. jarheaddoc said,

    Unknown, to be honest with you. The spouse is working even crazier hours than I am, but at least we’re seeing each other at night.

  78. Mainetarr said,

    Abba – Waterloo

    My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
    Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
    The history book on the shelf
    Is always repeating itself

    Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
    Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
    Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
    Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
    wooh wooh wooh
    Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

    My, my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
    Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
    And how could I ever refuse
    I feel like I win when I lose

    Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
    Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
    Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
    Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
    Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

    So how could I ever refuse
    I feel like I win when I lose –

    Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
    Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
    Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

  79. Lisa said,

  80. jarheaddoc said,

    Hey, how is chloe/Elise, anyways? I’ve got a couple of kittens for you. I know you want them, MT

  81. Mainetarr said,

    You are hooked on the blog, aren’t you? I KNEW you would get hooked just like I did!!!

  82. Mainetarr said,

    Chloe is doing good. She is not walking and hasn’t opened her eyes yet, just a little rascal, but she’s coming around. What a cutie pie. Four more weeks and I can take her home.

    Hi Weasel.

  83. asshat said,

    Crap, I thought that the vile thing calling itself K2 was the only one to post lyrics. and gil, you are simply refusing to see the points of view that Jarhead quite clearly makes. Granted, he gets off the subject quite a bit. but his lines of thought are quite logical. You are a jack booted thug, Gil!

  84. Asshat said,

    Hey, fake Asshat alert!!!

  85. Thaifood Teena said,

    My My Brenda, we are into the kinky bondage items aren’t we? Hmmmmmmmm, why don’t you come pay me a visit in my cell sometime?

  86. asshat said,

    Methinks thou art full of shit, MT. I am as real as a tax break from the state of Maine!

  87. Lisa said,

  88. Thaifood Teena said,

    Why are you dragging MT into it? We obviously have a fake Asshat in here tonight. Although, I see Lisa found the real one.

    Brenda, where the hell are you? I wanna talk to you about your preferences, if you know what I mean…

  89. LaFlamme said,

    Hey, Linda. Gimme a call if you get your phone service back. 754-2799.

    Lisa! I do believe you’ve posted the first official Asshat photo.

  90. Lisa said,

  91. Mainetarr said,

    AO, where are you my long lost blogging buddy? You chopping monkey meat or something?

  92. Mainetarr said,

  93. jarheaddoc said,

    MT, I’m gonna call it quits for the night. I have to get the houseapes on the bus tomorrow, then take care of a bunch of crap before I go to work. We know where to find each other. Hasta la pizza, baby.

  94. Bobbie said,

    Your handwriting looks like chicken scratching even at the best of times. You and disco?! That explains a lot over the years. The only ABBA album that I really liked was their “Arrival” album and then it was only for the last song.

    What do you want at the end of your tape? It would appear that I can get the majority of things on one 8 hour tape since there are no commercials. You’ll probably end up getting one episode on the 2nd tape, so is there anything that you’d like me to put on there for you to watch? For my daughter, it’s going to be some episodes of Duck Dodgers and other silly stuff.

  95. Mainetarr said,

    goodnight jarhead..give my love to mrsjarhead and the houseapes. I am off to bed myself. Goodnight all….remember to use the word asshat, and use it often.

  96. jarheaddoc said,

    Boddie, what the hell was the last song on that album, anyways? I seem to recall my sister having it, and she never really caught on to the fact that the arm on the record could move to a certain song, so we always had to listen to the entire damn album! As she was econd oldest, and I am second to last, seniortiy played a large part in that. So did a good swat in the head.

  97. Bobbie said,

    Who the hell is Boddie? Some days, you type as well as you write. The last song on the album as “Arrival”, strictly instrumental-DUH! And did you ever think that your sister knew about the moveable arm, but just wanted to get back at the rest of the kids. I have no idea what you’re talking about when you mention a good swat in the head.

  98. jarheaddoc said,

    This from someone who types with what sounds suspiciously like a maine accent….

  99. Bobbie said,

    Don’t you know I lost that years ago? Thankfully, I don’t talk like a native of Colorado-those people talk really funny!

  100. Bobbie said,

    Now I can add Boddie to the list of names that I’ve been called since I started blogging here. Don’t want to know what they’ll come up with next.

  101. jarheaddoc said,

    Ya know, at that age, older sisters are just such pains in the ass. And even with all the time that’s gone by, it really just never occurred to me, Bobbie

  102. Bobbie said,

    At that age, younger brothers can be such a pain in the ass as well.

  103. jarheaddoc said,

    why, what was yours like, some four eyed geek who liked to read?

  104. Bobbie said,

    Yeah. He’d only clean the spot on his glasses that he looked out of.

  105. jarheaddoc said,

    Maybe he didn’t like the view of the world and that was his way of just having to deal with things in a very narrow manner

  106. Bobbie said,

    That would sound like him. I thought you were getting off because you have to take care of the yard apes in the morning? Don’t want MRs. Jarhead mad at you because you stayed on too long tonight.

  107. jarheaddoc said,

    Mrs. J in bed, and Mrs. J very tolerant of me. She also had me wait up to dry some clothes for her. I hope that time and growing up have changed your view of your brother.

  108. Bobbie said,

    My view of my brother has changed over the years for the better. Glad to hear that Mrs. J is very tolerant of you. It takes a special person to live with a younger brother. LOL

  109. jarheaddoc said,

    Maybe you should tell your brother that

  110. Bobbie said,

    I will one of these days. Always good to let siblings know these things, right?

  111. jarheaddoc said,

    Yes, and preferably before it’s done on your deathbed and the sibling thinks you’re full of shit for waiting until you died to do it. Now my oldest sister-she’s hard to describe in civil terms. She’s a user, if that makes sense

  112. Bobbie said,

    Makes all too much sense. I have one of those hard to describe in civil terms and a user as well.

  113. jarheaddoc said,

    I don’t have much contact with her and that works fine for both of us

  114. Bobbie said,

    Mine has something that I want. I can’t blame you for not having much contact with her. You have to look out for yourself first because no one else will do it.

  115. jarheaddoc said,

    Mine owes me money. She collected a bunch of money from the kids for a birthday present for my father, then bought something really cheap and didn’t give us back the money. I told my first wife to never give money to my sister but she never listened to me.

  116. Bobbie said,

    Some older sister’s can be persuasive at times. I know that mine tries to be.

  117. jarheaddoc said,

    Now I do have to go, bobbie. It’s way late here and I have to be in to work for 1200. I need to get my ugly sleep: I am ugly without it. Good yakki’n with ya!

  118. Bobbie said,

    Good yakking with you as well. We need to do it again some time!

  119. Linda said,

    What was I thinking, to say “gee there’s a big fire here” then scram. The fire was miles away in Weld. I’m sorry about that! The sirens woke my husband and, you know, I never got back here till now. I’d have had plenty to comment of if I’d been here but ..

  120. K2 said,

    Vile Thing, huh? Great name for a punk band.

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