September 2007


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Costa Mesa, CA
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Dr.
December 7,8,9
Classes & demonstrations

Avast! The Pirate Faire!

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The Gold Coast Pirate Faire is this weekend at the Lake Casitas Recreational Area!

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Apparently, today (September 19) was Talk Like a Pirate Day. Now, if I had known this, I would have used this handy English to Pirate tranlastor to transcribe all my memos, e-mails, and reports. And what fun that would have been!

Of course, the best way to talk like a pirate is memorize some key words and phrases such as:

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

But if you can't memorize these, you can spend some time at the official web site working on your pick up lines, pirate advice, and booty gathering. And, of course, getting ready for next September 19!

Betrayed by Michael Dell

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All right, so I'm an idiot, but I just now figured out that my new Dell computer came with pre-downloaded music. Did your computer do this? How did Michael Dell know what to send? I mean, did he read my mind? Clearly NOT, because he loaded up Nickel Creek, someone named Carey Ott, The Greencards, and Freakhouse (who the hell are THEY?) and when I finally figured out how to download MY music (i.e., GOOD music), there was this musical CLUTTER sitting in there and I had to delete it all. Humph!

Doesn't Michael Dell know that music is SACRED and that he can't just determine a person's musical taste for them? Do you think those bands PAID Mr. Dell to load them on my computer, or does he simply thinks he knows best? I mean, the man is worth $16 million dollars; does he really need to take payola from Nickel Creek?


P.S. Thanks for the Karsh Kale, Mike.

Yard Sale Album Cover of the Season

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If You Think I'm Sexy....And You Want My Body...

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I have often wondered what the world would have been like without Tiny Tim. In watching this video I know now it would have been much less interesting! Be sure to watch it to the end...and listen to what Johnny Carson has to say!!!