The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: February, 2004

I Haven’t An Original Thought In My Head

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who thought it would be a good idea to take a trip to the beach yesterday. The beach was PACKED and the parking lots were jammed with people all up and down the Hampton strip. It was so weird to see people on one side of the road, and then all the boarded-up shops and restaurants on the other. There was ONE store and ONE food shack (a fried dough) place open.

In general, it was an older crowd on the beach, given that it’s not bikini season quite yet. We dug in the sand, walked on the rocks, got the hem of our pants wet…just perfect. There were dogs playing in the surf, having balls thrown, people running, walking, and a few people flying kites.

We saw a very cool kite, everyone commented on it. Well today Junior and I ended up at BJ’s, and wouldn’t you know it, there was the kite, and it was only $9.99! I’m a kite freak, I love flying them. I’ve mentioned that here before (I’ll have to do a search) so we bought three different ones. Today we went up to the middle school with the kites and Junior’s razor scooter, and he practiced his balancing and breaking, etc., while we put one of the kites together. It’s very cool, but amazingly, not windy enough to get the kite going. We’re going to head back up again next weekend, if it’s nice, when the step-kids are here. I’ll take pictures if we have success.

I’ve got to tell you, having two days of outside time was REALLY good for me. I was getting sucked into some depression, and I think part of it was just how nasty cold this winter has been. You couldn’t go outside for much of it because of the wind chill…so we didn’t even do normal winter stuff. I get very excited when spring starts to roll around, and days like this are exactly what I’m talking about. I wish tomorrow wasn’t a “go back to the routine” day.

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Pee Before You Go

On a road trip to the beach. Cause it’s summer as far as I’m concerned. Is there any chance that Brown’s is open? I guess we’ll find out when we get there…

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Who Was Doing What?

I am trying to find out more details, but apparently the Leominster police department recently arrested Robert F. Kennedy III (yes, those Kennedys – grandson of RFK) for, um, peeing in public.

How on earth did I miss THIS piece of news until now??!! And where on earth WAS he at the time?

Okay, just found the story in the local paper’s archives.

Ooh, he was on North Main Street! Now I just wonder where on North Main? I’m gonna stick out my neck and say…somewhere near Mason’s bowling alley. I wonder if they’ll give more specific info when the police log is eventually published?

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Dump at the Movies

Okay, not so much “at” the movies, cause it’s a DVD we bought and watched last night.

Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

And yes, we watched the 3D version. I don’t think it works as well on television as it does in a movie theater, but when you buy the movie they give you 4 pair of 3D glasses, and two DVDs – one in 3D, one in 2D. I think Junior was sufficiently satisfied with the one viewing in 3D to allow us to never watch it that way again.

Unless I want to see that little face wearing 3D glasses cause man, he was too cute! I just wanted to hug him to death! But I didn’t.

The movie was good, great for kids, watchable for adults. Of course, Antonio Bandaras and Carla Gugino only make a walk-on appearance at the end, so there isn’t as much in this one for the adults to enjoy.

Junior loves video games, so he understood all the concepts of losing health, bonus points, etc. Cool robot-like things = big bonus for him.

Sly Stallone was fantastic in this role. I rolled my eyes when I first heard he was in it but I’ll be darned if he didn’t make it all work, and come off as a menacing without being TOO scary, while still having a slight edge of humor that didn’t make him goofy.

Now that I’ve seen all three, I think the 2nd one is still the best overall, even though my heart belongs to Alan Cummings as the bad guy in the first movie, where he just blew me away. Luckily, everyone from 1 and 2 makes at least a small appearance in this one, so we got to see him.

Okay, so this was a kind of stupid review, but if you’re shopping for a six year old boy, I can give you my word that it gets a thumbs-up.

What we couldn’t find in the store, by the way, was a “bow-tie” movie. Junior insisted we had to buy the bow-tie movie that he had watched at daycare that afternoon. I had no idea what he was talking about, until he showed me the things they had practiced from the tape.

“Honey, you mean TaeBo, not bow-tie.”

Hey, maybe he and I will start an exercise program! Or maybe he can start one and I’ll just watch!

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Not Sure of the Connection

Looks like Tony Pierce was having a bad day yesterday. Crisis of faith time. And at the end of the post, he linked to three sites, one of them mine. I’m never quite sure what the connection to what he writes and what he links to is, but geez, I hope I’m not one of the sell-outs he mentions. I don’t carry a briefcase, Tony. However, work does block his site, which is why I’m sending my response via my own site. Oh, and the fact that this place blocks it might be a warning to you wherever you work. I don’t usually find his site unsafe for work, but something obviously set off the warning buzzers and the red siren light that someone thoughtfully picked up at Radio Shack.

(Wow, that’s two Radio Shack references this week. I’d better clear off a space on my forehead for that “loser” tattoo.)

So if someone knows how to break the “links at the bottom of the post” code, I’d be might obliged. Unless it’s a bad thing. Then just feign ignorance.

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Beach Weather

I’m ready to go to the beach. I realize it’s February in Massachusetts, but the weather has inched into the 40’s neighborhood for the past few days, and should hit mid-to-high 40s on the weekend. That’s beach weather, after this past winter.

I just want to go because it’s been too long since I’ve seen the ocean. My work schedule this past summer really screwed us up, and the one time we had the day at the beach was early in June and it was too miserable out to swim. It didn’t stop Junior from getting wet “accidentally” but it wasn’t a fun body-surfing kind of day.

Of course, compared to say, today, it certainly was. If I do make it to the beach, you’ll be the first to know.

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Who Wants to Be King of the World

Last night we finally got through the “Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle” game on the Lion King 1.5 DVD (cute cute movie, few extras, but they’re good ones) and Junior decided we needed to play “Who Wants to be King of the World”. I said “James Cameron” but he didn’t get the reference.

Like the game on the DVD, each level was represented by a family member (the DVD uses the food chain). The funny thing is that each levels question had to do with that person. For example, the sister level had to do with something my step-daughter did, the uncle level question was “What does Uncle Bob say when he sees me”. The answer, as everyone should know, is always “Hello Nephew Spike”. The Grandpa level, the top level, had the best possible answers.

What does grandpa do when he sees me?

a) Say “what are you doing here?”

b) Say “why are you eating my grapes?”

c) Say “why are you eating my macaroni?”

d) Give me a big hug and a kiss

The answer was e) all of the above, but I had to laugh, my dad ALWAYS asks why Junior is eating his grapes. As if my mom doesn’t buy them specifically because Junior loves them.

So in case you were keeping score, *I* am the king of the world.

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Bribery

If I give you a dollar, could you make this be Wednesday instead of Tuesday? Thanks, you’re a pal.

I’ll give you a second dollar if you make the headache go away, preferably by giving me a full body massage in a dark room with soft music playing. On the up-and-up, please. I’m not that kind of girl.

Ranty bit: Dear President Bush – leave the damned Constitution alone! Don’t you have other, more important things to worry about? Like maybe more highway department money so they can build a special lane on every highway for the stupid people to drive on? But to steal an appropriate term from Scott Adams, we won’t tell these Induhviduals that it’s the real reason they get the special pass for that lane. *wink*

Came very close to witnessing a horrid accident in the Water Tower Plaza parking lot last night. Junior and I had made an emergency run to B&N to get a copy of a Captain Underpants book (don’t ask) and while I patiently stopped and looked in all directions even though I had the right of way, this ‘swipe in a minivan comes FLYING out of a row of parking spaces into the middle of the main thoroughfare through the lot. (i.e. he came out of a side-street and just never stopped to see if anyone was coming). There were vehicles going in both directions that had to screech to a stop to avoid hitting him (I say “him” but I’m guessing)…I’d say with less than a foot between him and EITHER of the other cars. He was seriously close to causing a 3-car accident. And yet, he never slowed down, probably flipped the other two drivers off, and continued to FLY through the parking lot, across rows of empty spots (you know, the way you aren’t supposed to because people aren’t expecting you) at, oh, 35-40mph. I know he took two years off my life and I wasn’t even one of the other cars. Grrr.

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I Can Hardly Control Myself!

Why yes, I did just press the Order button over at Amazon. My God, all 17 H.R. Pufnstuf episodes are out on DVD for the bargain price of $29! What the hell are you waiting for?

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Not Quite Beer at Work

The cafeteria served Beef Stew in Guiness with root vegetables today. Hooo boy, that was good eatin. I’m not a fan of Guiness, or I’d have said “The only thing that would have made it better is if it was “Beef Stew WITH Guiness.” But don’t think that’s on the list of corporate-friendly menu items. I would have stayed and made that little joke, but there were quite a few people in line behind me for that entree. I’m guess the Mac and Cheese consumption is going to be quite low today.

I also learned that a dinner roll is included in your entree price, but if you pick pita bread instead, they have to weigh it. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that, except maybe they made the rolls right there, so the cost is significantly lower than them buying the pita bread from a distributor.

Ya, I know, this is riveting stuff.

No, I didn’t watch the last episode of Sex in the City. When I got laid off in 2002 I cancelled HBO. So feel free to talk about it around me, I won’t yell at you and tell you I didn’t watch it yet.

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