Thursday, February 24, 2005

Job Openings in Qatar


If you are wondering about the title of today's post, well, I'll be explaining it.

First I want to say that I just read this headline at the AOL Homepage.

"Bink-182 on 'indefinate hiatus'"

Well I don't know if I can even go on with my day after reading this. You know the TV ratings system? Why do we even need that when no one is guarding me from the news media! I think they are the ones that need a rating system and should preface each article with a warning on how devastating it will be to read something. After reading just the headline I already feel like I should go home and crawl right into bed and shelter myself from the cold, cruel world which took away my Blink-182 with no notice.

Onward to news of Qatar. I still get emails from Buff State although most of them have to do with what's going on for undergrads so I usually ignore them. But today I got one with the title "Job Openings in Qatar."

Here is the text:

"We are looking for someone with a background as a school principal to work with three independent girls' schools in Qatar to help improve the capacity of the schools. It would be a sixteen month assignment. We are also looking for a math specialist, a math and science specialist, and an ESL specialist. All three of these positions require someone with classroom experience and also teacher or professional development experience, that is, experience training and developing teachers in each of these specialities. Because they are girls schools, we need to find female candidates for all the positions. I am attaching the scope of work for your information. Any help you can give us is appreciated."

Now I know the Western New York area is slightly depressed in terms of jobs, but did they in all honesty think I'd open this mail up and say sign me up? I know you're thinking I don't even fit the bill, but I can't imagine anyone who would fit the bill who they sent the message to. I got it from the head of the Multi-Disciplinary studies program, and it seems to me they need teachers, and most of the teachers are in, um, the education master's program. But I digress.

Let's say for a second this job was in Rochester. You might say "Oh, Maybe!" But Qatar? Qatar is a peninsula off Saudi Arabia. And you know what it's surrounded by? The Persian Gulf. And you know what that's near to? The Middle East. And what's in the middle east? Iraq. And Iran. And Afghanistan. There I have just listed three places I never want to go.

So I'd like to know this. Who is that damned desperate for a job that they'd accept a position halfway across the world (and that close to the Middle East)? Am I over reacting? Does this seem normal to anyone else? Or am I just a big freak about that whole section of the world because they seem to carry guns like I carry a purse? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I'm Not the Man!

So this is etched into the cement on the corner of 21st and K in Washington, DC. Now I didn't do it - did you? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Sweet, Sweet Irony

So I just went to the Zootopia portion of (basically just message boards for fans that I sincerely hope the band never looks at.) Anway, someone started a discussion titled "Larry's Hair" and started it off with this.

"Someone just posted about Larry's hair in the general section, but I thought it should be mentioned here too. Larry, what was going on with your hair tonight at the Grammys? I will always think your a hottie, but the hair tonight? Please do not grow it out. I liked it better when it was shorter.Did anyone like his hair tonight at the Grammys????"

I swear it was not me, this is the first time I've been to the forum section. But please tell me you think I'm just a little LESS crazy now! I'd appreciate that!

Hump Day

Not that kind you sickies!

I feel as if I've been neglecting the Blog but this week has been really busy. Our Annual Meeting for work is Thursday and I'm busy doing stuff for that and in the evenings I have had something every night so far. Valentine's Day was fun-filled, culminating with Sesame Chicken from Great Wok. They make the good stuff! I also rented Open Waters and I thought it was good but the more people I tell that I watched it, the more say "that sucked." Different strokes for different folks I guess. If you saw it, let me know what you thought.

Tonight I'm getting my taxes done so I'm going to do my best to find my W2s. I have no clue where I put them but my work bag is always a good bet. Am I the only one who has a work bag that puts stuff in it, then gets to work and doesn't take it out, then ends up carrying it back and forth from work to home for weeks until finally things get ruined by coffee stains from the mug put in at the end of each day? I always get so annoyed when that happens but I know I'm not the only one who goes home with good intentions to get things done and then only goes into their bag to retrieve the coffee mug!

Anyway, once I find the W2s and get things squared I hope I get a refund because, well frankly, getting money is a lot better than having to pay money. And then I can pay for my flight and hotel and stuff for the U2 excursion. We got a flight from here to Vegas for $100 bucks. Dude, that's like free! The flight back from Phoenix was a bit more expensive but it's still not bad.

And did everyone see the Grammy's this past Sunday and see Larry apologize for the fiasco? Very upstanding I thought. Although they looked to be dragging around, I heard Bono hurt his back and they couldn't perform Vertigo cause he'd have to jump around. I say he can stand still just as long as he does something about that hair - both him and Larry are struggling in that department. Both aren't follicularly challenged, you'd think their stylists would help them out a bit and suggest, I don't know, gel and spikes for Larry and a nice dye job for Bon Bon ala the ZooTV tour! And back with the fly shades I say - keep those baby blues covered!

Yes, I obsess way too much about this stuff, I know...

Alias night - let's hope no more blood diseases or scripts re-hashed from the Mulder and Scully days!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Decisions, Decisions

Do you see how my Michael is stressing over what to get me for Valentine's Day? I wish he wouldn't worry so much. I mean, look in his eyes - he is really giving this some thought.

Maybe he'll find out how to get Jawbreaker on my Nerd Computer - that would be such a wonderful present!Posted by Hello

Hail Hail the Lucky Ones

I refer to those in love.

Happy Freakin' Valentine's Day one and all!

Friday, February 11, 2005

One of those days

Ever have one of those days when everytime someone opens their mouth you want to say this?

Just checking.... Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 10, 2005

New Day - New Look

I recently learned a competitor blog had the same design as mine, so I switched things up. Let me know what you think! I know that a lot of people have the same look to their blog (because they are cookie cutter) but the person who had the same one, well, let's just say I don't want any sort of semblance between us. Plus, don't you feel like you're overseas when looking at that fun graphic on the top? I thought so.

Alias was wierd last night - Sydney got bit in the neck by this guy who was something of a 'vampire' and she contracted this blood disease. Then come the hallucinations. Spiders. A fever of 111. Jack saying he was going to kill her. You know, the normal stuff. Anyway, much mayhem ensued but her father and Vaughn saved the day of course (actually Mr. Andrews sat his ass in the van while Vaughn did all the work of breaking into the secret lab in Prague). But I felt like I was watching the X-Files - and Alias isn't into all that supernatural stuff. Don't get me wrong, their gadgets are high tech and somewhat unbelievable, but vampires? Child, please. I think JJ is hepped up on goofballs or something.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Mutant Kitty and the Amazing Race

Well last night was the finale of the Amazing Race and I was none too thrilled about the results. Freddy and Kendra, the "engaged models" were the big million dollar winners, just beating out Kris and Jon who were actually nice people, didn't crab at each other when the going got tough, and who didn't make fools out of all Americans by proclaiming that "Africa is dirty, the people are dirty and they just keep breeding." But then again, maybe some people like engaged models more than I do.

In any case, I went to my friend Jessica's to watch the finale and catch up and finally see her new house which is very nice. Here is where things get interesting. Jess and Steve (her husband) own this mutant kitty who I swear is straight out of Love Canal. I don't know that much about cats but I know this much. When you look at their paws, you just see normal paws. Not this cat. There were some extra apendages on the front - two on EACH paw to be exact. And more on the back foot. So I learned that cats should have 18 toes in total. Not this cat! This cat has 23. When I questioned them I heard something about an island and breeding of cats with multiple toes and I don't remember much after that. (For all you Star Wars fans, the cat was named Yoda.) To its credit, he was very friendly and nice and didn't hiss at me or bite my hand as I gave it some Pounce Tuna Treats. Props to me for even touching the Tuna Treats - they were labeled "moist." As if that word is necessary on the treats container.

The moral of this? You learn something every day - because I learned all about cats (regular and mutant). Except now I can't get the thought of having 7 fingers on my hand out of my head. I bet QVC has their own staff of scientists doing stem cell research and just working day and night trying to figure out how to get 7 fingers on each hand. The more fingers on a hand, the more Diamonique out the door!

And finally - after two long weeks Alias is back on. (I'll never get over the pre-empting of Alias for W - NEVER!) Tonight I heard Syndey Bristow eats some magic mushrooms and goes a little ape. OKOK - I actually heard she is given a hallucinogen by evil man and I believe she'll make an attempt on her father's life. I made the mushroom part up.

Wait - I lied. Finally we wish a Happy Birthday to my Dork Blog - Happy Birthday Dude, WTF!

Decisions, Decisions

Michael Vartan, contemplating whether he should propose to me in Sicily, or in front of Graceland.

Ed. Note: I'd say yes either place! Posted by Hello

Monday, February 07, 2005

Baby Jack to the Rescue

I just tried to type up something interesting and I got nuthin' - nuthin' I say! I'm watching Baby Jack tonight so maybe I can get him to smile and I'll post a nice photo tomorrow.

Several of you have commented that you never noticed the smoking woman in the Magic Bullet infomercial. Well I watched it again this weekend and realized they only show her smoking during one part of it. A couple other times they show her and she's just sitting there looking like the fool. I also decided that I need one of those micro mini cookers. It's the one that is round and has these two chambers to put the food in, and they talk about how you can feed a family of four and to that I laugh. I wish I could remember the name of it - I just know there is a lady with curly red hair hocking them and the sidekick is this guy who will eat ANYTHING and respond "Oh, that's delicious." I swear she put cement on a fork in front of his face and he ate it and said "this is so moist and flaky."

Oh - and did anyone else think the Superbowl was a little boring? I usually look forward to the commercials but even those weren't that great - the good ones were so few and far between. At least I got pizza out of the deal though....

Soon to Be Approved By the FDA

Is this what the Eagles are taking today? Posted by Hello

Friday, February 04, 2005

Common Sense Anyone?

Are you sure this really needs instructions? Posted by Hello

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Lunchtime Poll Topic

So my friend C-Lo reviewed my Blog and she thinks I have attention deficit disorder. Let me rephrase - maybe she doesn't THINK it - but she said it out loud! After I wept openly she said "No, you don't I was just kidding." But maybe other people think this is true. Do you?

I ask you, my readers (all three of you) - do you think I have A.D.D? Please comment below!

Also, I don't want this to sway your opinion (or do I?) but C-Lo LOVES Oprah. And we all know about people who love Oprah, don't we?

Big shouts out to Gabie Baby, Cassandra the Shreiker and Little Maris for giving up the clothes that they have come to love!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Bright Light City Gonna Set My Soul

Gonna set my soul on fire.

OK - so it really is the best day ever as after two weeks of trying to get U2 tickets for ANY show throughout the country (note country, I didn't try for Vancouver), I FINALLY got tickets. I tried for NYC, East Rutherford, Boston (four shows!), Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Anaheim, San Jose, and I got nothing. Today, 48 Hours after after the pre-sale for fan club members starts for the show in Glendale, AZ, I try for two General Admission tickets. I click search, and two show up. Don't ask me HOW this happened, I can't explain it. Just luck I guess. Maybe that or Bono and the boys learned I was very upset with them the past two weeks. That is doubtful though. Who cares though, I'm going to see U2!

The show is April 14th, Sara and I are going to head down earlier in the week to Vegas and then drive the five hours to Pheonix. Can I get a wutwut? As Sara said - Vegas and U2 in one week, I can barely sit still.

In addition, published a letter from Larry to the fans who were upset about the pre-sale ticket debacle. In it he states that he's following up to see how to fix things, and who knows if it can be fixed, but at least they are acknowledging the problem. Last week was just a long, drawn out week of finger pointing between Ticketmaster, ClearChannel and Principle Management. And my opinion is that this reeks of Ticketmaster corruption. So after I start my own newspaper here in Buffalo (called "News") I'll work on starting my own ticketing company. And when the Eagles have another farewell tour, you'll all be thanking me!!!!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And VIVA LAS VEGAS too!)

The Best Day Ever!

OK - we all know how I feel about the Buffalo News. Well I decided to pick up a copy anyway this morning and boy am I glad I did. There's a nice article on the front page that proclaims "Adelphia will offer 'triple-x' adult films." According to the News, under founder John Rigas Adelphia avoided adult programs on moral grounds. I find that hilarious - moral grounds? He can bilk the company out of millions but he won't run a skin flick? HA! Haha! Anyway, they have now lifted the ban and have decided to "offer the most explicit brand of adult movies to cable subscribers in WNY and other parts of the country."

Is this the best day ever or is this the best day ever??

Of course the biggest article was accompanied by a wonderful picture of W (Cheney was in there too - he managed to unhook himself from his heart monitor). I am sad to announce that I missed the State of the Union. I was too busy watching a rerun of the Ashlee Simpson show. She just commanded my attention more...

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Oh, the humanity

So tonight they'll be pre-empting Lost and Alias to broadcast the State of the Union Address. I ask you - is this fair? Why take off perfectly good programming to watch that chucklehead deliver a speech that will be met with standing ovations every four lines even though he's rehashing the same tired lines he has used the past four years? I don't have the answer - but really, does anyone? I guess I will just have to wait until next week for my Vaughn fix. And don't start thinking my life revolves around the TeeVee or something - it doesn't. I just think they could have tossed the Address on a Tuesday night, or even a Monday. As far as I'm concerned, there is NOTHING to see on a Monday evening. It's almost like I'd rather be working than watch the Magic Bullet informercial one more time. Almost though....I do love how they make those delicious quick and easy quesadillas. I especially enjoy watching the woman who sits at the counter and smokes in her nightgown while they prepare the food. Don't be acting like you don't know what I'm talking about!

That's all I got for now - stay tuned for more inside the brain of V.