Friday, November 17, 2006

Hummingbirds, part 2

Congrats to JeSais for correctly, uh, googling that "Buzzy the Hummingbird" was the mascot for "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs," which was Calvin's favorite cereal in Calvin and Hobbes.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Today was bagel day at work. My co-worker was bringing in bagels and I was bringing in the Starbucks. Problem was, when I got to Starbucks I forgot that I was picking up coffee (and that it was bagel day) and proceeded to order a Grande and a scone. Between the sugary scone and the coffee, I had rather the buzz by the time I got to work, at which point I remembered that it was bagel day (the big tub o' bagels served as a nice reminder) and so I dashed off to Starbucks. While I was waiting for them to brew up a fresh pot (they have to brew a batch just for the Coffee Traveler) I enjoyed yet another cup. (Props to Starbucks: They give you a nice-sized container of half and half and tons of Sugar in the Raw, Equal, and coffee implements) Back at the office, I poured a mug of the fresh stuff and had a bagel. At this point, I was flying around the office, typing up a flurry of e-mails, and making phone calls left and right. All before 10 AM. I described myself as "Buzzy the Hummingbird" (anyone care to guess what comic strip that's from and who it was?) to one of the folks in the office.

I was still on the sugar- and caffeine high by the time lunch rolled around and having not brought lunch I walked to the little Chinese place at the end of the street. On the way, I saw a bunch of hummingbirds feeding off the flowering trees that adorn one of the apartment complexes in Mission Valley. What a coincidence, meeting the real deal while I was still feeling very hummingbird-like. After lunch, I almost grabbed more Starbucks, but my inner hummingbird convinced me otherwise.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

This Just In from the Chicago Tribune...

The online edition of the Chicago Tribune reports that "... Democrats had won the pivotal Virginia Senate race, claiming Democrat Jim Webb had unseated Republican George Allen and that had given the Democrats total control of Congress for the first time in 12 years...."

Saint Anselm had his proof for the existence of God and I have mine.

God bless America!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

By now, you have probably heard all about Ted Haggard, the now-deposed Senior Pastor of New Life Church and newly-former President of the National Association of Evangelicals. Apparently, the not-so-good Pastor (who favors outlawing same-gender marriages on the grounds that they will break up families) bought methamphetamine from and engaged in trysts with a male prostitute. According to the prostitute, Mr Haggard would snort the meth before they engaged in what Haggard described as "sexual immorality." According to Haggard, he had a "massage" and threw the drugs away. I'm sorry, rev, but "throwing the drugs away" is even more preposterous than "I tried pot but I didn't inhale." As for the other details of the encounter (or encounters) all I can say is that it must have been one hell of a massage if it made him resign from his post as Senior Pastor of his church.

Which leads me to the next bit of preposterousness. I still can't figure out how allowing two people of the same gender to marry is going to lead to the decline of the American family. I think that hypocrisy, infidelity, hiring a prostitute, and purchasing/using illegal drugs would lead to the decline of more families than would allowing two men or two women to marry one another. I just don't see heterosexual couples saying "if the gays and lesbians can get married, then we'll stay single! No more having babies, buying homes, and attending church for us!" Then again, if we allow gay people to marry and grant them the same rights and expect them to fulfill the same responsibilities as we do heterosexual people, it might be more difficult to demonize them. And we certainly can't have that.