November 2006

What are you doing here?  I know it is none of my business, but you seem so over qualified for this job.  Why are you working at that company? These are questions that were ask of me today by the Assistant Manager of the company my company has a contact with.  I work off site at the client’s facility.

You can go along and convince yourself that everything is alright and that all the doubts and negative feelings you have for your job is something that you imagine because you are bored, or worst yet ungrateful.

I took off and went for my walk shortly after the interrogation.  I wonder just how many people are out there doing stuff that they are over-qualified for.  I bet you that it is probably well over the 50% range.  I see many immigrates who were doctors and lawyers in their countries over here working as nurses aides or pizza delivery people.  I see college graduates working as receptionists or in coffee shops.  I see people who go to school for years and come out with very impressive degrees not able to get a job because they don’t have work experience.  I also see the other end, where people who have so much work experience without a college degree get stuck in non-management jobs with low wages.   Fairness in the job market does not exist.  If you have a good job, one that you love, I think that is a gift.  If you are making  a lot of money and in a upper management position you are truly lucky or know the right people.

I went back to my cube plugged in my book on CD and continued working.


People’s Most Sexy Men.
Here are the top twelve,  interjected with my opinion.  What do you think?

1. George Clooney
Face a little long, body not that great, eyes are nice.

2. Jake Gyllenhaal
I like Toby McGuire better

3. Brad Pitt.
Nice Dimples look better with longer hair like when he played Tristan In

4. Ashton Kutcher
No Problem with this choice, except he needs to put on another 10 pounds.  I guess too much of partaking of the raw food diet with Demi.

5. Hugh Jackman
Very distinguish, yeah dead on.

6. Jamie Foxx
Ok, don’t see it never will.

7. Patrick Dempsey
Would not put him on my sexy man list.

8. Matt Damon
He’d be on the top of my list.  He has some looks, but it is mannerisms that make him sexy.

9. Johnny Deep
Chee adores this guy.

10. Owen Wilson
Someone had a screw loose when they thought of this joker.

11. Justin Timberlake
That is just insane. This guy needs to be on the Top Ten weirdest looking list. Oh that was mean…sorry

12. Leonardo Dicaprio
Maybe when he did the Titanic, but not now.

Who would your top three be…

Wrestling tigers, Bungee jumping off a bridge, Jumping over cars with your motorcycle, swimming with sharks, are people who do wild outlandish, daredevil stuff, crazy?
They have the fearless DNA, Type T, or in regular terms, a thrill seeking personality.
It is a genetic trait that causes a deficit of dopamine in the brain.  Those brains that are short of the dopamine require more stimuli to get satisfying rushes.
Well, I can honestly say my brain produces a little over the amount of dopamine.  My motto is better safe that sorry.
I think back at the most daring thing I ever did, while my memory is not what it was, the only thing I can remember is not really all that daring, and somewhat unkind.
There was a young couple that lived down the street from us.  Their last name is Bell.  So they had this large brass bell installed in their front yard. It was set up kind of like the Liberty Bell right dead center in the front yard.  Every day Mr. Bell would come home he would ring the bell. Most everyone heard that bell ring.  One night my brother and I went down and toilet papered the bell.  I was scared out of my mind that he was going to catch us.  I believe we did that twice.  The next thing you know that guy puts up a fence and around his whole front yard. What a party pooper.  Thus ending all future daredevil bell-related stuff.

Yeap, we did it.  Chee and I ventured out at 6 AM the day after Thanksgiving for the biggest shopping day of the year.  We decided to bypass the 5 AM line up and rush.  By 6 AM people were calm down and a little and more civil. We did get a few GREAT bargains. We had a lot of fun moving from store looking for the specials. At a little after 8 AM we ended up at Nordstrom in Walnut Creek.  There were hardly any people there.  I went to the purse department looking for the early bird special, $99.00 Louis Vuitton purse.  There was a couple that bought 12 Dooney Bourke purses.  Where do people get that kind of money? They sold out of the Louis Viton purses.  I was really surprised, because there was hardly anyone in that store.
The employees probably bought them.
All in all it was the biggest shopping RUSH for Chee and me for the year.

21/2 cups flour
2Tsp. Granulated sugar
2tsp. Salt
16 Tbs. 2(sticks) cold sticks butter cut into 1/4 inch pieces
6-8 Tbs. Ice water
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tbs. water.
To make dough place ingredients in food processor.  Starting with flour sugar and salt. Pulse.  Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles course meal. Add 6 Tbs. water pulse twice.  The dough should hold together when squeezed with fingers. If crumbles add another Tbs. of water.  Until dough holds together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 2 days.
Roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper. Place in 9-inch pie pan.

1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1Tbs. cornstarch
1/2 salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
2 cups pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1cup heavy cream
1/3cup milk

Mix in a bowl the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Add pumpkin, eggs cream and milk and whisk to combine.

When I was in England I went to visit my cousin. She was newly married the second time around.  She lived in a big old home with four levels.  We ate dinner and talked for a while.  That was when I found out that they had a Squatter living in the attic. They told me this lady just walked into their house one day and stayed.  Apparently that was something that happened every so often.  She had been there for three months; my cousin and her husband were working with the legal services to get her removed from the house. I wondered where she went to the bathroom and what she ate.  It was the strangest thing.  I thought how fair is that for someone to walk into someone’s home and feel that was now his or her new residences.

In 1620 this ship full of people landed in what is now call Massachusetts.  They were looking for a new home and figured that this was it.  They stepped off the ship scouted around and found a nice bit of land and set up camp.  They soon realized that they were not alone.  It never really occurred to these boat people that they might be on someone else property.  It never occurred to them that in their Mother Country they could never just settle on a piece of land they happen to come across with out first umm…asking permission to rent or buy it.  So these boat people who landed on Plymouth Rock Massachusetts were squatters.

I thought well these boat people really were looking for a better place to live because they hated being over taxed underpaid and living in horrible conditions.  They had to get away, so they got in their ships and went through a lot of hardships out there in the big ocean.  They needed to find land, after all man was not born with fins. By the time they got here they were too tired and low on food supplies to go back or somewhere else. So it was ok that they stayed and made themselves a new home.

What about the Cubans who take that journey by boat to the land of hope, USA?  What about the Mexicans that walk across the scorching desert because they are looking for a better place to live?  They too are trying to run away from a life of poverty.  If this is a land where in 1620 people could come and just squat why did it change? Why was it ok then and not now?
Truth of the matter is, it was not ok then and just like it is not ok now. No one should ever assume that they could just walk onto property and magically it belongs to them.

Weird News

I heard on a radio news report that December 22, 06 is declared National Orgasm Day for Peace by two Marin (CA) women.  It seems they what everyone to take a moment or two on December 22, 06 to achieve an orgasm.  After the event you’re suppose to think world peace.

Ok… What ever happen to light a candle for peace?

Pink Prison Wall Experiment Fails

A Kansas City, Missouri, prison is painting its pink walls their original gray color after a failed experiment.

After a Dallas County Detention Center in Buffalo painted their walls pink in a bid to calm prisoners, the Kansas City jail followed suit.

Scientific research has suggested that the pink jails make inmates less aggressive, and jails across the country have experimented with the idea. However, the Kansas City Police Department says it didn’t work for them, and inmates will now reside in cells painted in back-to-the-basics institutional gray.

Ok… Nice to know where our tax dollar goes.

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