Sunday, March 22, 2009

Off Topic, a Meme, and a Dangling ... Um ...

Later on tonight we have a new episode of The Amazing Race. But of course, I'll get a blog post up for that one! But until then, I've got a bit of everything for you with only one TV mention.

OMG!!!! (As the kids would say.) I watched Cops after getting home from work last night and was surprised by a dangling um ... male anatomy piece (don't want to say the word and have people find this blog by searching for it). For a good twenty seconds, dangling in the wind and out of the pants and even in a bit of a close-up! Who edits these things? It was SO much more than the Marcus Survivor bits! How could they miss it? Yikes!

Clicking on any of the images below will open them up larger in a new window ...

Who watches the watchers? This is a shot I took of two gulls on a parking lot lamp. There's something about it that I like, perhaps that it's simplistic. I don't know.

Yep, the Big Apple Circus is still there. I still haven't been.

Breaking news from New Jersey: A giant, possibly radioactive, rat has been terrorizing Route 287 in Northern Central New Jersey just outside of Bridgewater. Do NOT drive on Route 287 until we can get the giant cats from Rockland County in New York to battle this hazard!

Now onto one of those memes I found out on the web. If you do this on your blog, please link to here in comments so we can see! I'm not tagging anyone, so no one is obligated. But it is kind of fun!

Rules: Basically highlight stuff that you've done. I also made some comments in italics.
1.Started your own blog -- Or two or three!

2. Slept under the stars -- Ah, the memories
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower -- Can't see them around here due to light pollution
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
-- Perhaps time but not money. Have to keep the roof over my head.
7. Been to Disneyland --Been there, but never Disney World thanks to childhood years in southern California.

8. Climbed a mountain -- My first was Mount Marcy in NY. We had a snowball fight in late July at the top. I never became Himalayas material, though.

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo -- Not in public!

11. Bungee jumping -- Always want to years back, but not allowed now with the knee replacement.

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables -- When I was a child. Now I can't even grow a houseplant and have it live a year!

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch-hiked -- I don't condone it but I did it when I was young and foolish with a boyfriend in college.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill -- Mental health day!

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb -- Does petting one count?

26. Gone skinny-dipping -- Went with others while they did it, but I chickened out. I giggled when the cops came!

27. Run a Marathon -- Oh, gee. I'm not allowed to run on doctor's orders. Too bad, eh?

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language -- I let others teach me French in high school and college.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing -- The Gunks in my more adventurous days!

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David -- A replica in NYC doesn't count, does it?

41. Sung karaoke
-- EEK!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted -- As a child (my mother was a commercial artist)

48. Gone deep sea fishing -- Used to go every year with my Dad, a few times in my adult life.

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie -- Kind of, sort of. I was an extra in The Way We Were. Hey, they paid $25 a day for three days!

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business -- If my freelance writing counts, sort of kind of.

58.Taken a martial arts class -- I fulfilled my physical education requirement in college by taking judo and bowling. Not at the same time, of course!

59.Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies -- I have eaten a lot of them! Mmm ... Thin Mints!

62. Gone whale watching -- Not intentionally, but watched them more than a few times while deep sea fishing.

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma -- Tried in college, was turned down as I was anemic. Now I can't due to the DVT issue.

65. Gone sky-diving -- My father forbid this activity as he was a paratrooper in WWII -- said it would kill my knees. My knees died anyway, I should have tried it!

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check -- OOPS! Not in years and years, though!

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar -- And HATED it! Gag, gag!

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job -- I was hired as the couple running the business were friends of my parents. I was fired because the couple split up and the wife thought I was on her husband's side. (Which I was.) She apologized years later. It didn't matter; it was just a college summer job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone -- Broke my right collarbone at three (falling out of bed), my right big toe at ten (leaping on rocks in the "crick" at my grandparent's house), broke two vertebrate in my back falling from a kitchen counter while doing a yoga position at twelve, greenstick fracture of the left arm (being struck by a moving car trying to kill me decades ago when I worked as a store detective) and I shouldn't even mention that major bones in your leg are broken (sawed) in knee replacement surgery.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle -- Riding, not driving, mind you. Young and foolish days!

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book -- Written a few, never published. But I have some nifty rejection slips!

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car -- 1973 Ford Maverick in college, 1978 Ford Mustang when the Maverick died, leased a new 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage and then bought it when the lease was up.

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper -- Some school thing when I was a child.
85. Read the entire Qur’an

86. Visited the White House -- Never inside, but does outside the gates count?

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating -- I started fishing when I was about eight. My Mom would cook the fish if we cleaned it. I haven't been in years. I went deer hunting once (my father and grandfather did it), but couldn't shoot. I wanted to talk to the deer instead.

88. Had chickenpox -- And mumps, measles, German measles, whooping cough, scarlet fever ... all of them. No vaccines except polio and diphtheria when I was little.
89. Saved someone’s life -- In college I had a job with the university police. My partner and I discovered a rather drunken woman who had fallen off the back side of a residential quad, breaking her back. We were told that she would have died from exposure (it was upstate NY dead winter) had we not found her. Once at a traffic accident, I put a tourniquet (belt) on a man's leg as he was bleeding from a cut artery. I was told it was excellent work. But the ambulance arrived about two minutes after I did it. So he probably would have lived anyway.
90. Sat on a jury -- I was turned down! Sniffle!
91. Met someone famous -- Several

92. Joined a book club -- I joined that one with the great promotional offers back in the 70s -- something like a dozen books for 12 cents or something.

93. Lost a loved one -- Several

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit -- Worker's comp case on my right knee. It was judged a 40% permanent partial disability of the entire leg. Of course, now it's acting up again. I won the case, still work for the same company.

98. Owned a cell phone -- Nope, hate them with a passion!
99. Been stung by a bee -- Several times. I was attacked by a swarm of bees when I was a child, stung over 150 times at once, and had to be hospitalized. I'm allergic nowadays, but haven't tested (been stung) in over 30 years.

100. Read an entire book in one day


Delee said...

Love the light post with the seagulls, and then the drips of birdie-doo that has run down the post...LOL

Sorry to say never have watched Cops, but guess I should.

100 ?'s toooooooo many for me.

See all for AR yater!

becky said...

Jackie, again, I love you photographs.

I have seen bits of Cops when I through the living room since my husband watches.

See you at A-R.

auntlisa3 said...

Thanks for the warning about the Rockland Co. cats. I had no idea! I'll keep a lookout. (I DID hear one of the "sonic booms".) (I think it was thunder, as there were more not-as-loud ones after. It was around 6 am so I'm really not sure.) Where is our COPS video? ;) When do you think TAR will be on tonite?

Nana in the NW said...

Wow!! that's list is almost like writing an auto-biography!! Reading those is the way you find out "little" things about people(like no cell phone?)

I have seen Cops but not that one ;-] It was filmed in a surburb of my town and aired about 6 episodes they had filmed. It is funny to watch and say, "Oh I know where that Taco Bell is". LOL

Some off topic comments:

I have been busy and not able to comment on all the shows....
Amer Idol--I loved the song that Randy and Carrie sang. It is a big hit on the radio right now except it is just her singing it. I have a friend who choreographs line dances and several weeks ago when I heard that song I wrote him and told him to listen to it. A few hours later and responded that he loved it so much he was already working on a dance.
I'm glad Anoop is still there...thought he and Chris were the best last week. Adam's song was bizarre. I know he's a risk-taker but he better be careful.

Survivor--2 more weeks until it's back to the game. I know there is a "new" show this Wed. but it is just re-caps and outtakes.

DWTS--I am so glad to see Melissa on there...what a break for her! I'll bet Tony is happy to finally have a partner that he can really showcase. Usually there are only a few people that I would like to see gone but this season I am not fond of David Allen Greir, Steve-O, the computer guy-Wozenack, Holly Madison, or Denise Richards....maybe some of them will grow on me.

Biggest Loser--it is amazing to see how far they have come. Last week's home visits had me crying through most of the show.

And tonight is Amazing Race- other than Victor being condescending to his sister I really kind of like everyone, love the landscape and the challenges.

Have a good week everyone...thanks for keeping us together Jackie and Zoe your graphics are always the BEST!!!

Laurie said...

Jackie, I really like that simple photo, too. It almost looks like a pencil drawing, yet it's a photo. Very cool. Ha! My WF is vermen, which is funny since we are talking about pigeons.

I've never seen Cops except for bits while I'm passing thru channels. I can't believe I've missed bits of bits! Geesh ...

See you later for AR. Like Nana said, there's nobody to dislike right now except for Victor and his attitude. I wonder if he will be able to lose some of that before the game is over.

Thanks to you and ZoeTawny as always. What did I do for TV fun before Terry told me about this place? I was lost but now am found!

Jennasmom said...

Wow! Jackie, your life sounds a lot more exciting than mine! The meme was fun!

Sydney said...

Wow Jackie, that's one MEME worth reading. I agree with the commenter who said you learn so much about someone you "know" by reading it.

You climbed a mountain? Held a praying Mantis? So cool that you were in a position to save not one but two lives!

Ok,I'm dying to know what scenes you were an extra in for teh Way We Were... Did you see Hubble? Was it in front of the Plaza? Do you have any pix of you in costume? Don't hold out!

You and one other person I know do not like or have cells -- and he was VP of Bear Stearns for years. Made him unreachable. NOw that there are no public pay phones left, it's a big struggle for him though. He relied on those.

I broke my LEFT collarbone when I was a kid. I knew we had SO much in common! :-P But I never attempted to eat Caviar... you are a better woman than I there, for sure.

~~Silk said...

I drove up 287 this morning! Didn't see any giant rats, though.

My version of the meme is at

meb said...

Jackie... been Lost for a while... working and then helping out at the nutrition club, takes a lot of time. Love these questions. Can respond to so many.

The pigeons on the light posts look like they belong there, as tho part of the post.

I'll go comment on the rest of your posts now.