Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What if you know that...

Someone is a registered sex offender? Pebbles and I had occassion to be at the police station the other day (no, we didn't do anything wrong, we just had to report something....another story for another day). Anyhow, while waiting for an officer to come in and take our statement, I was browsing through the odds and ends of pamphlets that they so conveniently placed in the waiting room--everything from joining the state police to protecting your online privacy. Anyhow, I came across one pamphlet that had the URL to the sex offender registry in our state.

Of course, knowing us, we went home and browsed the web page just because we were bored and because we knew that none of our friends or acquaintances would be on that site (though of course I had to check for my own name just to make sure that there's something I didn't know about myself!). So we're looking and looking and looking...suddenly, a familiar face popped up! The cashier at the supermarket is on the site? no way! Then another face popped up, the guy that Pebbles had a hard time with on the bus a while back is a registered sex offender too? Hell no! So of course, we're both in shock. Now the guy that was on the bus with Pebbles is a known homeless sicko who annoys folks in general, so no major surprise there, but the thought that he was on the bus alone with her sort of made us really edgy! Thank God she drives now.

Today, I walked into the supermarket where the first guy works and I decided OK he only had pics of kids, so he's not the really dangerous type. But still, I found myself unconciously avoiding him. Only when I'd gotten out of the store did I realize that he only had one customer, yet I was willing to wait behind two other people not to have to deal with him. Am I being completely irrational? or is it normal that after you learn something shocking about a person you tend to avoid them? I have no idea, but I'm just confused as to whether or not I should avoid that person from now on. Shit, I shouldn't have been looking at that site in the first place...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Congratulations Ms. Canada!

Well, Ms. Universe 2005 came and went and I'm happy to congratulate Ms. Canada, Natalie Glebova, on her victory. To all my readers in Canada, I extend an extra special congratulation to you all.

It was nice to see that this years competition was dominated by Latin America, with Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Dominican Republic making up the remainder of the Top 5. The evening wear segment was irie, with some beautifully-crafted evening gowns on display. The swimsuit segment was not so great IMHO, with Ms. USA looking like she ate just a tad bit too much Thai food before the competition. Ms. Canada definately had the tightest body of them all, so I give her props for that segment. Overall, Pebbles and I predicted fairly well who was going to be the winner, though we had said Puerto Rico would take it home (she was second runner up).

The interview section was a complete disaster and I strongly disagree with having the contestants write questions which are then chosen at random by their competitors. To be honest, some questions just didn't make sense, and the answers were even more disappointing. since 4 out of the 5 finalists spoke Spanish as their native language, one could argue that commenting in English was a hindrance, but based on their initial interviews, none of the contestants seemed to have any problems expressing their thoughts in English. Once again, Canada seemed to perform best in this segment.

Now you tell me people, is it just me or are all these competitors getting taller and skinnier as the years go by? I mean, most of the women who made it into the Top 10 were 5'11" or taller (except Ms. USA and Ms. Philippines). I mean, these girls be getting too tall and to skinny and they really starting to look like aliens for true! No wonder the competition name Ms. Universe!!!

And on another note, who the hell tell Carson from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy that he qualified to judge a women's competition. Though as Pebbles said, he's probably the ideal judge, since he has a heightened sense of detail and style (some sort of way) and he won't be blinded by the big booty and nices tittays on many of these young ladies!

Anyhow, enough of my commentary on Ms. Universe, I gone to bed! Be sure to feed the comment box now, you hear!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Mrs. World???

So, Pebbles and I were frantically searching for some form of entertainment on the telly a few nights ago. Aside from reruns of South Park, there wasn't really much available (a damn shame too after spending around $60 for cable every month!). I accidentally pressed against the remote as I got up from the couch to get something from the kitchen, causing the channel selector to spiral dangerously out of control! When I finally managed to bring the savage beast under control once again, the television was stuck on PAX. Seemed as if they were showing some beauty contest...hmmm, beauty contest??? I love beauty contests!!! So, we're watching a bunch of women from all over the world parading in evening gowns and the only thing that seemed a bit off was the fact that these women ranged in age from 25 to 40+ and they're referred to as Mrs. instead of Ms. Hit the channel selector and we realize that we're watching Mrs. World 2005 live from Amby Valley, India.

Now, I have to say that the contest was quite interesting. All of these women are married, accomplished, and beautiful! In fact, I felt guilty watching these women and commenting on their beauty (what a difference the title Mrs. makes, huh?). If you want to peep the list of contestants, you can click here.

Mrs. Israel eventually won the contest, congratulations to her. I have to say that the contest was quite interesting from the standpoint that it seemed to glorify the women more on their accomplishments and intelligence, as opposed to their looks. However, the fact that the contest had the same shape and form (yes, swimsuit round included) as Ms. Universe and Ms. World sort of defeated the idea of glorifying these women based on their achievements and intelligence and, to be completely honest, I feel a bit sacreligious (sp?) looking at these married women in their swimsuits with the same eye that I would be observing Ms. Universe or Ms. World with.

Oh well, I suppose I shouldn't complain too much, since the contest does highlight the fact that a woman can be smart, talented, married with kids, and beautiful! So respect due to the contest. Can't wait for 2006!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Some Serious Shyte!

Thursday is here and I can just about get ready to breathe a little sigh of relief, one more day and the first week of summer school will officially be over! [4 more weeks to go baybee!!]. Anyhow, how is everybody out in blogland doing? I'll be making some afternoon rounds to check y'all, don't worry the little ugly dog hasn't forgotten his friends!

Now, on that note, y'all my friends, right? Sure, we do have misunderstandings and dissenting opinions sometimes, but y'all don't make a habit of driving to the houses of other bloggers you may have disagreements with and shoot them, right? Good, I didn't think so! Why the paranoia? Well, I was surfing a porn news site this afternoon and came across this article about some dude on a message board who got into an argument with two other dudes and ended up borrowing a shotgun, driving to their houses, and basically cleaning their clocks, if you catch my drift. You can read the entire article here if you'd like.

To be honest with you, the one thing that disturbs me about the US is the fact that firearms seem to be such an integral part of their cultural identity! I sometimes have a hard time dealing with the fact that I can walk in to any Wal-Mart and purchase a rifle for under $300. Did y'all see that Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine? There was one scene where he went to a bank that was offering a free rifle with every new account opened! That's some serious shyte right there people!

Now, I not a fan of guns, don't want one, don't need one, can't use one...I also respect the right to bear arms; however I do have a serious problem where it is so easy to come by a weapon and some laws governing weapons just don't make sense. For example, I never understood why it is that you don't need a license to own a rifle, but you need a license to have a handgun (i.e. concealed weapon). If someone is going to shoot you, does it really matter whether or not you can see the weapon a priori? A bullet is a bullet is a bullet! Oh well, maybe because it's not my culture, I don't get it. What do you all think about weapons?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Summer School OFFICIALLY Begins!

Good morning folks, how are things in blogland? Well, yesterday was a false alarm re: summer school beginning--can you imagine, me like an idiot sitting in lab yesterday waiting for my student to show up not realizing that summer school begins today!! So after a wasted trip to work, I got back home some time after 11am. Had a bunch of things to do, between taking Pebbles' car to the shop to get the water pump and timing belt replaced to getting my car licensed and registered in the state, I was pretty darn busy. Today I need to take my baby for an oil change and a tranny flush, plus take Pebbles car back to the shop, as I noticed some blue smoke coming out the exhaust (which means the engine is burning oil). I'm hoping it's not rings...because you dun know that means a new engine--hopefully it's just something dumb like the valve seal or something.

Anyhow, I was crusing the blogsphere last night and reading blogs and came across a post from Mr. Man over at the Tower of Babel. He posted a little game that I found to be quite interesting for true. You have 8 people zeen. A policeman, a prisoner, a man with two sons, and a woman with two daughters. The object of the game is to move all of them from one side of the river to the next using a raft; however the game is compounded by the fact that the raft can only be steered by the policeman, the man, or the woman and can only hold two people at a time. In addition, the prisoner has to be either alone or with the policeman at all times, the man cannot be left alone with the little girls (hmmm) and the woman cannot be left alone with the little boys. Click on the picture below to play the game and see how you do! I got it, but it took me a little while to figure out still! Much respect for the little brain teaser Mr. Man!

In other news, I was introduced to Twin of Twins by my cousin while in Florida the other day. They're comedians/entertainers who happen to be twin brothers (Curly Locks and Tu Locks I believe they're called). Yow, these guys have a knack for imitating the voices of local and international celebrities very well and they certainly do put their talent to good use on the CD, having interviews with the likes of Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sean Paul, Spragga Benz, and so on. I can't wait to hear more from them, cause it just too funny yow!!!

Anyhow folksy folks folks, I gone to work, so be generous with the comment box and I'll see you all soon!

{Ruff, Ruff}

Monday, May 23, 2005

Summer School Begins!

Yes, it's finally summer school time again and I'm impatiently waiting for my one dege-dege (i.e. one and only) student to show up! No sign of him yet, and it's already 10:15am (class started about 15 minutes ago), so I think I'm going to sit it out for a few, give the blog a much needed update, then go to my office for a bit. So, how's everybody been doing? Sorry I haven't had time to visit your blogs and post comments, the stress of the last 8 weeks of school nearly killed me! Plus, much had to be done in preparation for Pebbles' graduation as well as my long-awaited trip to FL to pick up my new car. People, I tell you that this little 96 Honda Accord LX that I got is badass! Not much in the way of mods yet, just have 17" alloy rims, Kumoto Z-rated radials, a tranny from a 98 Prelude, plus an after-market sway bar that I had installed before I boogied out of Fort Lauderdale. Car took me all the way home without missing a heartbeat! (pics of vehicle to come later).

Anyhow, more about the trip and the car later, I'm going to my office for a little while. How y'all like the new look to the site? It tuff or it fool? drop me a comment and give me some feedback nuh?