Monthly Archives: February 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015 – Another Beeping Machine

Friday, February 27, 2015 – Another Beeping Machine

I now own another beeping machine.  In this case, the adjective “beeping” is used literally and is not euphemistically used as a curse word.  When the doors on any of the appliances in my home are not closed, the appliance makes a beeping noise.  Factor in “devices” such as phone, tablet, ice maker, IPOD etc. and there are times I search the house for the machine that is the culprit of the noise.  If the wash has completed its cycle, the new washing machine beeps.   The wonders of technology.  Sometimes, you have to wonder about it. Sometimes you have to wonder about me.  Who else do you know that posts pictures of the inside of the new washer?  Nice optical illusions, huh?

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Mrs. Wolowitz

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Mrs. Wolowitz

Trivia Question – What was the name of the doorman on the 1970’s TV show Rhoda?

But before we begin – I forgot to make this clear. There are no prizes for knowing the answer to whatever day I deem as trivia day.  But thank you for playing.

Veteran character actress Carol Ann Susi, best known for her role as the bellowing, never-seen Mrs. Wolowitz on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, died after a brief battle with cancer at age 62 last November 11.

How The Big Bang Theory deals with the death of one of its major characters is dealt with in recent episode. But this is about the voice.  As Mr. Bowrag says, one can hear that screeching voice in almost any event that allows shouting and sometimes in nightmares.

And I am pretty sure the woman who has tickets behind “mine” at the Baylor Women’s basketball games channels in Mrs. Wolowitz for the entire forty minutes of a game.  No one involved in the game from either side is safe from her constant screech.  She yells at the referees, the coaches and the players.  Her voice is somewhere between fingernails on the chalkboard and a clowder* of cats fighting over a bird. This woman even yelled when Texas star player Nneka Enemkpali went down with an ACL tear.  Please note the entire Ferrell center stood and clapped as the player was carried off the court.  Well everybody except one.

Mrs. Wolowitz will be missed on The Big Bang Theory. But her voice lives on somewhere at the next sporting event you attend.  Rest assured the voice will be sitting near you.

And the answer is:  In the TV series Rhoda, every time the buzzer rang, an unseen drunken voice said “Hello, this Carlton, your doorman.” Carlton was the, if not one of the, first unseen characters. Remember, no prizes for knowing the answer.

  • If you watch The Big Bang Theory, the episode where Sheldon obtains all of the cats, you would know a group of cats is called a clowder. Other terms for a group of cats are a clutter or glaring and also a “big, stinky house.”.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – I’m Off To Buy A Washer

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – I’m Off To Buy A Washer

Ready, Munchkins? Let’s all sing and click our ruby red slippers because,


I’m off to buy a washer, a wonderful washing machine,

A wash, a wash, a wonder wash, a wonderful washing machine,

The one of twenty years it broke, it cost me lots of tears, no joke,

So now I must buy a macheeeeeeene, a wonderful washing machine.

I’m off to buy a washer, a wonderful washing machine.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Frozen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Frozen

Is there ice where you are? Are you having a snow day in Texas?   It is currently 30 degrees at 9:30 am here in the beautiful Brazos Valley. However, there does not appear to be much ice.  Just keep reminding yourself that spring is just around the corner.

There is absolutely nothing of interest today. Or think of it as Fifty Shades of Lazy. Stay warm. Stay dry. Be safe.

Monday, February 24 2015 – Formative Evaluation of FB

Monday, February 24 2015 – Formative Evaluation of FB

This Facebook thing is a sociologist and psychologist dream come true. There appears to be representation from every walk of life, every viewpoint and an endless supply of photos from your life or what you like in your life.  Assuming of course that white, overweight and old constitute the study criteria. Either people of color do not “do FB” or the people I have friended do not have friends of color.

I have now been on this social media vehicle about two weeks.  I said from the beginning, that I did not want “to Facebook.”  It has more to do with how the organization Facebook operates and takes advantage of its members than what is posted online. Just my luck I have a change of mind just as terrorists are using it and other social media as recruitment vehicles to join.  I only joined to see if I could attract more readers to Here’s What I’m Thinking.  Thank you to the new readers and especially those who comment.

But looking around on FB brings up many questions.  For example, did you mean to look like a serial killer in your profile?  Did you intentionally choose a bad photograph to use or was that the only one you figured out how to upload? And the foremost existentialistic question – why are we doing this? (Note: Doctorate degree in action in the last thought process.)

Once upon a time BFF Luddite and I decided to take advantage of the three free months online dating services.  We have some photo/profile rules left over from that misadventure and they seem to apply equally to FB. Please note in the previous sentence, I did not split my infinitive.  Thank you, Wanda Traugh, my high school English teacher.

But here are some of my online dating and now FB photo rules:

  1. If one is unable to determine your gender, you are not my friend. While I realize you are displaying your Harley Davidson motorcycle (as well you should, b/c I used to have one too,) may I suggest you wear something besides a leather motorcycle jumpsuit and pull UP the visor on your helmet?
  2. If there is a reptile of any type in the photograph, you are not my friend. Now dead deer photos are situational. Fish are usually good, but nothing from the reptilian genus. Other dead animals are usually not going to bring me as a friend, but we’ll see.
  3. If I am able to determine from your profile photo that you are not showing a full set of teeth, you are not a friend. I know that is snobbery on my part, but I have been in bars in Montgomery County where, besides mine, there was not a full set of teeth sitting among the ten people sitting there. So a full set of teeth is non-negotiable. Yes, fake teeth are acceptable, preferably not the kind you take out at night, though.
  4. If there is a golf scene, I can pretty much assure you of our friendship. To quote the great Harvey Pencik, “If you play golf, you are my friend.”
  5. If you mention in your profile you are “getting back on your meds soon” I am pretty sure friendship is not in our cyber future.

Those of you who have been kind enough to “Friend me” should not have high expectations of this.  I only plan to post DAILY, if you recall, Here’s What I’m Thinking.   After reading a couple of weeks of entries, I bet some of you are rethinking that Friend Request, huh? I bet you are wondering What IS she thinking? It’s so nice to have a brain. But I am going to continue to think and hopefully you will continue to read.

Stay warm.

Friday, February 20, 2015 – Snarky Friday – PRE-K Assessment

Friday, February 20, 2015 – Snarky Friday – PRE-K Assessment

I do believe that I have once again channeled in Molly Ivins and some famous audio/visual maker. For Snarky Friday, I recommend to the Governor of Texas, the following Pre-Kindergarten Assessment Instrument for his consideration.

Pre K Assessment Instrument – Flash Card

Teacher Instructions – Have two instructional aides and one parent volunteer conduct the class.  Meanwhile, you take each student individually into the hall.  Show the student the following flash card.  Have the student point to items that are good for you and items that are bad for you. Then have the student identify each item aloud first in their native language and then in English.

PreK Assessment

And now the Pre-K Assessment Instrument as defined by the Texas State Board of Education

Teacher Instructions – Have the home school or charter school administrators and parents conduct the class.  Meanwhile, you take each student individually into the hall. Pray with them with your religious beliefs. Show the student the following flash card.  Have the student point to items that are good for you and items that are bad for you. Then have the student identify each item aloud in English only. Say Amen after each correct response.


Happy Weekend.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Chinese New Year

Welcome to ESL Class,

Note to class, I am certified in ESL because I was able to answer a series of questions on a test correctly.

Today is Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Goat. So today we will learn to say various greetings to celebrate the New Year.

By tomorrow’s assessment, you should be able to write, say, and translate each of the following. Spelling counts. Good luck.

  • 金玉滿堂 Jīnyùmǎntáng – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
  • 大展鴻圖 Dàzhǎnhóngtú – “May you realize your ambitions”
  • 迎春接福 Yíngchúnjiēfú – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness”
  • 萬事如意 Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
  • 吉慶有餘 Jíqìngyǒuyú – “May your happiness be without limit”
  • 竹報平安 Zhúbàopíng’ān – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
  • 一本萬利 Yīběnwànlì – “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
  • 福壽雙全 Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
  • 招財進寶 Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”[77]

Well, the least you can do is go eat Chinese food.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday.  You know what that means? March Madness is just around the corner. No, no, no.  It has nothing to do with basketball. Nor does it signify that the priests and nun stayed up all night smoking cigars and playing cards as my cousins always said. It is the beginning of the Lenten Season which ends with Easter.  So if your faith is based in a kneeler religion, you are probably celebrating Ash Wednesday in some way.

Last year Ash Wednesday was in March.  One year ago on Ash Wednesday, my commitment for Lent was that I would write something every day and I am proud of myself for doing so.  If you are so inclined, (aka bored, with nothing to do) you can enter a term in the search engine on the right of the blog and go back and relive the thrilling days of last year.

Here is Last Year’s Day One Post

Lent 2014 Day One Today is March 5, 2014, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar, directly following Shrove Tuesday. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable feast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10. According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As the Christian designation of Sabbath, Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes (formally called The Imposition of Ashes) on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. That is the Wikipedia version. But I figured if Jesus could spend 40 days in the wilderness, no GPS, no cable TV, no Net flicks, no McDonald’s, and then I could write a page every day. I mean He was out there getting tempted by Satan. So here it goes. Contrary to what my cousins used to say, the ashes are not derived from the priests and nuns smoking cigars. Each day until Easter, I will sit and write something that fills one horizontal 8×10 sheet. If you watch The Big Bang Theory, you see that the creator of the series, Chuck Lorre, ends each program with a single par graphical page. That is where I got the idea. So meatless today – Ash Wednesday and all Fridays, writing one page per day. I pretty much have the abstinence part covered.

Today is also a day of remembrance.

Randall Edwin (Honeyboy) Duffey

B: August 17, 1907

D:  February 18, 2000

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Dazed and Confused Postings

Obviously I need to put away the bottle.  I have no idea how Monday’s entry is before Tuesday’s.   Oh well.  Carry on regardless.

Monday, February 16, 2015 – Halo. Stat You? President’s Day

Monday, February 16, 2015 – Halo. Stat You?  President’s Day

It is President’s Day. Here is a photo to celebrate.  One does no often get this angle.  I took this photo on July 9, 1986. Who was the POTUS when the United States received the Statue of Liberty?

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Who was the POTUS when I took the photograph?

Grover Cleveland was the POTUS when the US received the statue from France.

Ronald Reagan was the POTUS in 1986.