Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Palm Springs has plenty of interesting things to see and do. One of the newer hot spots is a venue called CopyKatz, which is billed as a "showroom and backstage bistro". Basically it's celebrity impersonator dinner theatre, although you can just go for cocktails if you don't want dinner as well. It's a first class professional operation for sure, and very well decorated inside. I found the show to be fantastic and lots of fun. In one evening, I saw Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler, Carol Channing, Reba McIntyre, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Micheal Jackson and Charlie Chaplan. It was such a hoot. The impersonators are quite good, quick witted and high energy. If you live in Southern California and looking for something to do, I'd recommend a quick weekend trip to Palm Springs and see a CopyKatz show. If you are flying in, be sure to call ahead to make a reservation. I have nothing to do with the place, but I really think it's fun.
200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California - (760) 864-9293
With everything that's been going on at work, I finally decided to upgrade my computer. Yes that's right, I now have the model that includes the much needed red PANIC button.
Perfect for missed deadlines, natural disasters, and for the onset of any crisis where you need an extra moment to think, just before screaming. This new feature should come in handy this morning and for most of today. I'm expecting another long weekend handling a new crisis. We'll see how the day goes....wish me luck.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Apparently, today is the 12th Annual "Kick Butts Day", which sounds like a good idea on two levels...#1, smoking sucks and #2, I have a friend named Todd whose last name is the slang for a finished cigarette, and also for the the "gluteus maximus". We tease him incessantly about his last name and through it all, he has yet to slash our tires, key our cars, or beat any of us up.
So if you know Todd, then remind him that it's "Kick Butts Day"
and if you don't know Todd, and you smoke...why not consider quitting???
This falls under the "OH WHY NOT" category:
And one other note. While I was searching for the correct spelling of gluteus maximus so I would sound terribly clever, I came across the definition from wikipedia:
The gluteus maximus is the largest and most superficial of the three gluteal muscles. It makes up a large portion of the shape and appearance of the buttocks. It is a broad and thick fleshy mass of a quadrilateral shape, and forms the prominence of the nates. Its large size is one of the most characteristic features of the muscular system in humans, connected as it is with the power of maintaining the trunk in the erect posture.
The muscle is remarkably coarse in structure, being made up of fasciculi lying parallel with one another and collected together into large bundles separated by fibrous septa.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I just love it when ridiculous news stories appear on mainstream news sites. This sounds more like somethng for The Onion, but its actually from CNN
Thanks to djbenwu for passing it along...
PULLMAN, Washington (AP) -- A man was charged with theft and burglary after police said they found 93 pounds of women's panties, brassieres and other underwear at his home.
Investigators believe Garth M. Flaherty, 24, took as many as 1,500 undergarments from apartment complex laundry rooms before he was caught, police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said.
A man was seen taking underwear from two laundry rooms Saturday, a witness recorded his license number, and Flaherty was identified from photographs, Tennant said.
Police found enough underwear in his bedroom to fill five garbage bags, Tennant said.
"He said he had a problem," Tennant said.
Flaherty has been jailed on 12 counts of second-degree burglary and one of first-degree theft.
Police had previously received 12 reports of underwear thefts in the northeast part of town, where Washington State University is located.
"We were kind of concerned about how to match up bras and panties with victims," Tennant said. "Based on the unique descriptions from a couple of women, we can tie him to those thefts."
The underwear will be held as evidence until the case is resolved, after which their disposition is uncertain, Tennant said.
"Would you really want them back?" he asked. "I would say not."
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
It occurred to me today that we're in the middle of Lent, and Easter is right around the corner. (Lucky for me I already received my shipment of Easter candy from Fannie May, but more on that another day). At the moment I'm feeling reflective and pondering all the sorts of things I could be doing to "renew" myself. While I'm not a religious person, I am "spiritual" and find great comfort in the traditions of Easter. So this evening I decided to see what's new at the Episcopal Church website. Not much. Except I remembered that I forgot to send in my check for "Easter Lillies" this year. I'll have to get right on that...otherwise I'll feel guilty until the Ascension.
Monday, March 26, 2007
The 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, "Which human body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?"
No one answered until little Mary stood up, angry, and said, "You should not be asking 6th graders a question like that! I'm going to tell my parents, and they will go and tell the principal, who will then fire you!" With a sneer on her face, she then sat back down.
Mrs. Parks ignored her and asked the question again, "Which body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?" Little Mary's mouth fell open; then she said to those around her, "Boy, is she gonna get in big trouble!"
The teacher continued to ignore her and said to the class, "Anybody?" Finally, Billy stood up, looked around nervously, and said, "The body part that increases 10 times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye."
Mrs. Parks said, "Very good, Billy," then turned to Mary and continued, "As for you, young lady, I have three things to say:One, you have a dirty mind, two, you didn't read your homework assignment, and three, one day you are going to be very, very disappointed."
story courtesy of It Occurred to Me
Sunday, March 25, 2007
And seemingly out of nowhere, comes this re-post, with two completely random photos, by request of an out of town historian doing some research on beauty pageants in the desert. So I am posting these photos for the project.
above: A Beauty & Bikini Contest at the Palm Springs Racquet Club in 1963 attracted it's share of sexy, scantily-clad bikini chicks. They were long-legged lovelies competing for a free dinner, no doubt!
Posted by Rick Rockhill at 10:27 PM
Sharon Lawrence (left) was host and emcee, Carol Burnett (right) presented an award to Frank Gehry. Lauren Hutton, presented an award to Dennis Hopper. The evening ended with the extraordinary talents of singer/dancer Maurice Hines, who was the main entertainment.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
2. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, 1953: LORELEI LEE (Marilyn Monroe): Don't you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn't marry a girl just because she's pretty, but my goodness, doesn't it help?
3. THE GODFATHER: PART II, 1974: MICHAEL CORLEONE (Al Pacino): "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
4. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991: DR. HANNIBAL LECTER (Anthony Hopkins): "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
5. SUNSET BOULEVARD, 1950: NORMA DESMOND (Gloria Swanson): "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
6. ALL ABOUT EVE, 1950: MARGO CHANNING (Bette Davis): "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
7. AUNTIE MAME, 1958: MAME DENNIS (Rosalind Russell): "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
And this week a Bonus Quote, at NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!
GRAND HOTEL, 1932: GRUSINSKAYA (Greta Garbo): "I want to be alone."
Posted by Rick Rockhill at 12:28 AM
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Posted by Rick Rockhill at 9:17 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
OK, so here is the shamless plug for the day: If you are a pet owner and are worried about the recall on WET dog and cat food, don't panic. Come to PETCO and check out all these great brands...you'll find some of the best foods available.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Today was another intense day at work. This pet food recall stuff is a mess. And a major headache to deal with. I was at the office by 6:30 AM and by 8:30 my head was already throbbing. I spent the entire day fielding calls from stores, our field management team, vendors and members of our senior management team. So many details that needed to be addressed. By the end of the day it felt like my brain was just full and couldn't take another single thought.
Lucky for me, I work with a talented group of people who help keep things moving. We managed to get a lot of the recall stuff organized and ready for an update meeting. I was busy pulling together information for the website, the company blog, and several internal memos. I always try to do too much myself. I'm always multi-tasking and doing five things at once....I really need to slow it down...one of these days anyway.
If you are concerned about the pet food recall thats all over the news, first let me say that DRY PET FOOD IS SAFE! The recall is only on certain wet food products. We have everything updated on www.petco.com including the details by brand, with the "best by date" and production codes for you to check out by product.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
#1 Ernst Stavro Blofeld: You Only Live Twice. That scar, that cat...the sinister volcano cave...he was very convincing yet a tinge of camp. Loved the pirhana fish he used to kill people.
#2 Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Diamonds Are Forever. Over the top and camp as can be, this guy made an impact on me at an early age and I always liked him for some reason. Maybe it was the fact that he had several body doubles...or that cigarette holder...or was it when he disguised himself in drag and walked out of the casino unnoticed...
#7 Mr Big: Live and Let Die. He was street tough, but this dude was smart. Evil genius drug lord who ruled over pimps, gangs and poppy fields in the Caribbean. Great scene when he pulled off the rubber mask having been his alter ego "Dr Kananga". This guy was so slick, he had his own psychic Tarot card reader on hand at all times.