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The hardest question for me to answer in this world is always the "Tell us all about you" question. The best way for me to answer is that "I am composed of contradictions and subject to change without notice."

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Reality TV

I never thought that there would come a day when I had a reality television show addiction, but here it is. I have on more than one occasion referred to reality tv as "the scourge of the airwaves." But now, I have become addicted to the show Treasure Hunters. There is something about hunting for treasure that just gets the better of me. It isn't necessarily about the money, it is more about solving the puzzles. I even go online after the show to solve all the "challenges." I know, I know: there really is no accounting for taste.

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Alive and kicking

I am just now beginning to recover from the effects of starting a new job. Because of the nice, cushy, safe job that I have been in for the past two years (safe was a big job requirement after being subject to a RIF), I had forgotten that some companies actually wanted you to work for a living. While I won't be mentioning anything about work on here (other than the fact that I do work)for fear of being dooced, I will say that for now I am much happier having a job that means something in the grand scheme of things than having a job as a "just-in'case" employee.

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posted by Belhoste at 5:02 PM 0 comments


Only one word....

White Chocolate Maggots
This is definitely a "food" item worthy of Fear Factor contestants. Sometimes I really wonder what it is that people are thinking when they create these food items and then try and sell them to other people. It takes a certain kind of person (insane) to come up with this stuff.

Found on Strange New Products

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posted by Belhoste at 7:16 PM 0 comments


Sunday night TV

Since the weather is being completely uncooperative to do anything outside (110 degrees in the shade), I will be staying inside this evening (a pretty rare occurrence for me). My partner will be taking me out to a very nice dinner to celebrate my new job that I start tomorrow and after that we plan on watching a little television (yes, we are an old married couple - why do you ask?). I think we may just watch Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema on IFC. You can read a very nice review of it on AfterEllen.com.

BTW: July is Queer Month on the IFC in case you are interested in watching more queer cinema.

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posted by Belhoste at 5:11 PM 0 comments


Show your sins

7 Deadly Sins Wristbands Now these are wristbands that I can proudly wear. I can show everyone all my most precious sins at the same time. You can find them at the every faithful Archie McPhee. Hmmmm.... I think I will start out with the Lust and Greed ones and work my way up from there.

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posted by Belhoste at 5:02 PM 0 comments


Wax is not your friend

A good friend of mine sent me this via email today. It is LOL funny in a demented sort of way.
"All hair removal methods have tricked women with their
promises of easy, painless removal - The epilady,
scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax.

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come
home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the
thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the
next few hours: "Maybe I should pull the waxing kit
out of the medicine cabinet." So I headed to the site
of my demise: the bathroom.

It was one of those "cold wax" kits. No melting a
clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in
your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and
press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull
the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it
be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically
inclined enough to figure this out. !


So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips
facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing
them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the
hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax,"
yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold
the skin around it tight and pull. It works! OK, so it
wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can
do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am
She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of
smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on
the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the
ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties
and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same
procedure, I apply the one strip across the right side
of my bikini line, covering the right half of my
*hoo-hoo* and stretching down to the inside
of my butt cheek (Yes, it was a long strip) I inhale
deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY
GOD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning, I notice that I've only
managed to pull off half the strip. OH NO! What have I
done???!!! Another deep breath and RRIIP! P!!
Everything is swirly and spotted. I think I may pass
out...must stay conscious...Do I hear crashing
drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one
that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt
sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is
my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!
There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the
toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the
strip. I touch. I am touching wax.

WHAT?! I run my fingers over the most sensitive part
of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and
matted hair.

Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is
still propped up on the toilet? I know I need to do
something. So I put my foot down. My LIFE FLASHES
BEFORE ME!!!!!! I hear the slamming of a cell door.

*hoo-hoo*? Sealed shut! Butt?? Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure
out what to do and think to myself "Please don't let
me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!"

What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water
melts wax!!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand
into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits
and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe
it off, right??? WRONG!!!!!!!

I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than
that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize
surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether
regions glued together is having them glued together
and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding
hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I
had cement-epoxied myself to the porcelain!!

God bless the man who had convinced me a few months
ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before
and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a
very good conversation starter - "So, my butt and
who-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!"

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret
tricks for removal but she does try to hide her
laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the
wax is located, "Are we talking cheeks or hoo-ha?"

She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I
give her the rundown and she suggests I call the
number on the side of the box. YEAH!!!!! Right!!

I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to
scraping the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels
better then to have your girlie goodies covered
in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot
water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a
major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need
Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see
my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove
the excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this
point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

The scream probably woke the kids and scared the
dickens out of my friend.

It's sooo painful, I but I really don't care. "IT
WORKS!! It works!!"

I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she
hangs up.

I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and
then notice to my grief and despair....THE HAIR IS
STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!

So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now.
Nothing ! hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at
this point."

Now that's funny ....... Notttttttttt!

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posted by Belhoste at 2:54 PM 2 comments


Name Game

Ever wonder exactly how common (or uncommon) your name actually is? Now you can find out. The Baby Names Wizard NameVoyager will help you to see exactly how popular your name is. I spent entirely too much time today looking up every name I could think of in their database. My favorite search was for "Harley"

Found on popgadget

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posted by Belhoste at 3:09 PM 0 comments


Washing my Windows

For the past couple of weeks I have been having a love hate relationship with my Windows laptop. Today the relationship was very definitely one of hate. I booted up this morning to make my usual trip on the Information Super-highway and discovered the blue screen of death was what was waiting for me. Now being the computer geek that I am, I immediately cursed the all mighty Microsoft and rebooted. This was not enough. It took me most all the day, but I believed that I have now restored my laptop to tip-top working condition. Hopefully my postings will return on a more regular basis. If not, blame Bill Gates!

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posted by Belhoste at 9:24 PM 0 comments


1002 Uses for Red Paperclips

One Red Paperclip One red paperclip is finally traded for one house. The journey for Kyle MacDonald started with no money and a red paperclip it "ends" with a housel. CBC News has an article on him in Friday's paper: Link. From the article:
MacDonald said: "There's people all over the world that are saying that they have paper-clips clipped to the top of their computer, or on their desk or on their shirt, and it proves that anything is possible and I think to a certain degree it's true."

MacDonald, who has attracted international media in his quest, said the journey has turned out to be more exciting than the goal.

"This is not the end. This may be the end of this segment of the story, but this story will go on. "
Overall, it is pretty inspirational.

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posted by Belhoste at 9:56 AM 2 comments


A carnival of shoes

Converse All Stars I went to the Shoe Carnival in the area today on a whim (when all the best shoe shopping is done). I didn't really plan on buying anything, but I just couldn't pass on these Converse. They are a little girly (which is very unlike me), but still cool (which is so very like me).

In case you have never been to a Shoe Carnival before, I have to warn you about the annoying microphone usage and contests that are generally going on in the store. If you shop there often enough, then you learn to tune the noise out - which is what I normally do. However, this time I was actually listening and managed to win both contests that went on while I was there.
Contest #1: Can anyone name where the Hornets came from before they went to New Orleans (and ultimately here in Oklahoma City)?

Contest #2: The person with the most credit/debit cards in their name and on their person wins.
I had an unfair advantage to most of the other shoe shoppers in the store for contest #1 - I read Dustbury and occasionally don't just skim his postings about the Hornets being here in Oklahoma. For contest #2 I had not planned to participate until I heard that the person going to win the contest for most plastic in their wallet only had four cards - how could that be? Any good conspicuous consumer of America should have at least 10 or more on their person at all times just for the impulse shopping factor alone. Okay, I'm kidding about carrying all those cards at one time for everyone - I just happened be carrying a few too many on my person at the time and couldn't just let someone beat me with a lousy 4. That's like laying down two Aces when someone has a pair of twos - just shouldn't be done.

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posted by Belhoste at 3:32 PM 1 comments


An iPod rides the lightning

A teenage boy in Colorado was struck by lightning while mowing the lawn and wearing his iPod. In reality, the iPod probably saved his life by keeping the electrical force from stopping his heart. The story itself is sad and I really do feel for the kid, but I couldn't help but laugh my butt off at the comments.

I just want to wish Jason Bunch all the best at recovering from his ordeal.

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posted by Belhoste at 11:31 AM 0 comments

One good question

Stephen Hawking asked one really good question on Yahoo! Answers and received more responses than I would have thought he would get. The question:
"How can the human race survive the next hundred years?"

"In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?"
Personally, I think the human race will be able to sustain itself at least another 100 years. My question would be what will the human race be like in the next hundred years? Do we all turn into underground cannibals or what?

As found on Neatorama.

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posted by Belhoste at 9:30 AM 1 comments


R2D2 Robot

R2D2 Robot Now this is what I need to get! I always wanted my very own R2D2.

Via Luxist

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posted by Belhoste at 10:37 AM 0 comments