Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to 2016

In a few hours we will go through the annual ritual of recognizing another full orbit of the Earth Around the Sun by changing the entire time keeping book on the wall (aka: Calendar). At this time of year many people make resolutions and vows to supposedly change their life for the better. Many more people will break those vows and many people like myself will not even attempt doing either. Well I do sort of have one, and it is blog related.

In a few days (maybe only hours if I put an effort into it) I will make my annual January "State of the Blog" post where I examine my posting history of the last 12 months, and see if I met my personal posting quota goal of a minimum of 32 posts in the year. I knew early on this past year of 2015 that I would fall short of that quota. I barely scratched the surface of posting the bare-bones minimal one post per month. I only have myself to blame for slacking off on that personal goal.

For other personal goals I reached my book reading goal that I keep track of on Goodreads of at least 20 books read. I read 21.3 as of right now I am 30% (page 114 of 378 pages) into book number 22, however I will not have it finished by year's end so the official tracking will only show 21 books and in a few days when I do finish this current book I am reading it will be tracked as my first book read in 2016. My personal tracking I mark the book as being read for both years since it is a transaction book. I started reading it about a week ago. Technically 2 or 3 weeks ago, but I re-read the first 15 pages or so that I had originally read to better keep refreshed on this book.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Get Me To The Kirk On Time!

Get Me To The Kirk On Time!

Those who are worldly wise of course know that Kirk is Scottish for "Church" and that Kirk is also has some old Norse and Germanic roots. As regular readers know often times I have gotten some strange misspellings on my order receipt from those restaurants that ask for your name rather than bother assigning your order the number that the cash register automatically assigns to it. I guess they do it to be more personal and friendly. It is also a test of the intelligence and spelling skills of the order takers. How well they listen and hear what you said. I am often tempted to give my name as "Captain Kirk" and see how often they screw that up, but my normal name of Kirk is butchered enough by some of these kids who can't give the proper change if the cash register goes on the blink. They will also stare at you if you give them an amount that will give you full dollar bills or silver change instead of a few odd pennies.

So the entry for this post was more divine intervention I think than just some punk order taker not knowing how to spell the simple name of "Kirk". This guy came up with "C-U-R-C-K". Hey he got it Foneticallee excuse me phonetically Correct sort of. "Curck" if I spelled my name that way most people would think my name was Church, which in some ways it sort of is.

If I had my way I would rather be mistaken for someone like OH the current Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! 2015 Edition


Sorry for a quick and dirty post. Odd that it has to be a quick one since I've had all month to come up with something. I'm not sure what my original idea for some post was but I had an idea for something earlier this week but kept putting it off. To keep up with my minimum of one post per month I had to get something up. So here is a pick of me from Halloween 1986 (could be 87 but I think it was 86 because I don't think we were allowed to dress up for Halloween after that) when I worked at a toy store. The picture was taken in the stockroom area of the store near the front of the store if I recall correctly. The vest I'm wearing is the uniform vest employees wore at the time, you can see part of my name badge as well.

 I was a dead pirate or skeleton pirate. Yes I am wearing glasses over the skeleton make-up. This was before I started wearing contacts. I had borrowed the striped shirt from a friend. He said it was his uniform from when he worked at a seafood fast food place the rest of the costume was my own. Not sure what the white scarf is or came from, been too long.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 77

"Good things are coming to you in due course of time."

Daily Numbers 2 9 3
Lotto Six #'s 41 7 12 8 38 27

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers just posted for entertainment purposes only.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Meme Game: Er Name Game

OK you know the drill. Yep in a semi-recent trip to a food place that uses your name to identify your order the cashier misheard my name and spelled it wrong for the order/receipt. Another new one for me, this is one of the better ones. CARK

Apparently guys named Marc with a "C" also get called "CARK".

When it comes to cooking I'm beside myself:

This reminds me of the 1960s song "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis I found a cover version of it from the TV show American Horror Story with Jessica Lange

So another misspelling similar but not quite. Sorry Quark not this time, maybe the next one.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Doctor Who: Getting Psyched For Season 9

OK so this is just sort of an observation. I'm not doing any speculating. I'll leave the speculation up to the fanboys and fangirls who are already buzzing around the Internet with their crazy ideas. Most all of which will be disproved. Anyway the observation I am talking about is more just a look-a-like thing not a speculation. If it was a speculation it would be crazier than just crossing over two totally different fandoms from two totally different production companies from two totally different genres of television, and two totally different countries.

In recent weeks the teaser promo trailer for Doctor Who Season 9 (Series 9 as they say in it's original UK) at the very end shows a first glimpse of the highly anticipated appearance of Maisie Williams one of the actors in Game of Thrones a show I have not gotten into mostly because I don't have time for anymore epic television series to get into.

Whovian fanboys and fangirls are doing their best speculating about who her character is. From the trailer it is apparent that The Doctor knows her, has met her previously and is a bit surprised at her appearance. Is she Jenny? The Doctor's daughter from the episode of the same name. Jenny is the forerunner for the mystery character identity. Is she Susan? Very unlikely but possible. Is she Romana? Is she an earlier version of Missy? UM NO that one is crazier than Missy actually being The Master which actually became a reality, but I still say no to that one. I really hope she isn't any of the characters the fandom is speculating about, even if they have an excellent reason behind them.

My speculation is that she is Barbara (based on the sweater she was wearing in one of the first photos of her on the Doctor Who set), but I seem to be the only person in the universe who is thinking that. Could she be Ace? That would be wicked cool if Ace returned but not without Sophie Aldred. She is probably a character that the audience has not seen previously, but the Doctor knows extremely well like they did a while back with Tasha Lem.

*Sigh* I  didn't intend to spend this entire post talking about Doctor Who so I'll get to my original observation point.

Based on the images from the trailer she reminded me of Cote de Pablo who played Ziva David on NCIS.

Like I said I'm not speculating anything by that. That is the sort of thing that is only in fan fiction from fans who have a very wide spectrum of shows they are super obsessed fans of.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 76

"Look up an old friend if you're feeling down."

Learn Chinese - Weather
tian qi
Daily Numbers 52 35 42 9 28 39

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers just posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 75

"Happy life is just in front of you."

Daily Numbers 0 7 3
Lotto Six #'s 10 27 30 43 34 13

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers just posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 74

"You always bring others happiness."

Daily Numbers 7 3 0
Lotto Six #'s 11 88 36 52 16 28

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers just posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 73

"You have a potential urge and the ability for accomplishment."

Daily Numbers 3 4 2
Lotto Six #'s 33 39 32 26 28 18

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers just posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 72

"You constantly struggle for self improvement."

Daily Numbers 0 7 9
Lotto Six #'s 31 35 46 44 12 37

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Myka Monday: Still Miss This Show

Still miss the show. Miss seeing Myka on a Weekly basis.

PETE: It really SUCKS Myks. I don't know if I can take it anymore. I think I'll jump.
MYKA: OK if that is how you want it, but my new partner might not be as cool as you. Oh can I have your comic collection? What about the baseball cards?

Friday, June 05, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 71

"The night life is for you."

Daily Numbers 7 1 2
Lotto six #'s 5 9 42 45 16

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fryday FourTune: Numba 70

"You have a reputation for being straightforward and honest."

Daily Numbers 2 4 3
Lotto Six #'s 29 45 38 20 42 1

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Monday

I know I know Memorial Day is for remembering the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice for ALL Our Freedoms, However I still think of this show. It has been gone for over a year now but I still miss it and wish it had not been cancelled.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blogging Moods and Posting Frequency

I am sure that other bloggers have gone through this from time to time. Lately I have had some emotional high days where I am in a super mood to do some blogging. Usually I manage to make a post but sometimes I still draw a blank. Then there are times when I am still in that super mood but get sidetracked or I am physically and mentally too tired for posting. There are a few times when I still try to hash it out and go once more into the breach. Other times I halt dead in my tracks and abandon the post, maybe even go so far as to delete what I had.

The other option is to save the partial post for publishing later. Sometimes that is a bad idea, because I will sometimes forget to do a final edit of the merged post and then have to make edits post publishing.

Right now I have a ton of stuff I want to blog about sometime, but most of it is still in the fuzzy stages of just having the main subject idea and not any meat on the bones of the body.

On another note I am not sure if I will make my self appointed yearly post quota. I only have 8 posts in 5 months. This will be post number 9, number nine, number Nine, Number nine...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Name Game Misspelling

ACK! Another round of my name being butchered misspelled at a food place by the cashier. The same place as some of these other wonderful weird misspellings of my name. This time there really should have been no problem. When I said my name, I saw the cashier was a little confused, so I said my name again and spelled it out K-I-R-K I thought the guy/kid/whatever was getting it, but NO. This is the name that the receipt had: Kart. Again I thought I had seen an heard all the variants that my name can give. Guess Not.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wish This Was Still Around

Hmm I thought I had blogged about this a few years back, guess I didn't. Anyway in the late 1990s maybe early 2000s Dr. Pepper came out with some wacky new flavors, Cherry Vanilla, Berrys & Cream, plus something called Red Fusion. It was colored red and had a sharp cherry flavor like a Cherry Smash. It was good. I wish they still made it, but I don't think they do.

I forget how widespread it was distributed. I know it was distributed in the 20oz. plastic bottles and probably cans. I noticed online it was in cans and also 2liter bottles in addition to the 20oz bottle.

I recall one time when I purchased a bottle or two of the Red Fusion, I got a bum plastic cap that would not come off in the normal way. I think I eventually had to cut the seal carefully with an exacto knife to separate the cap from the sealing ring. I eventually got the thing opened. This happened to me a couple of times and over the years it still happens on occasion usually on Dr. Pepper products. The second time it happened to me on a Red Fusion I wrote (or did I email?) a message to the Dr. Pepper folks about the problem and in return they sent me two coupons for one Free 20oz. bottle of Red Fusion that I never got around to using. Now the coupons are a pretty neat nostalgic collectible for me.

As you can see the coupons expired at the end of 2003. Got to remember to bring them along the next time I go time-traveling to that past.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Whats In a Name?

A few months back I was at one of those food places where when you place your order they ask for your name, instead of giving you an order number. I guess to make things seem more personal. Anyway once again the cashier misspelled my name. This time it was "CURK". I think I have seen it before not 100% sure though. I thought I would add it to these misspelling rant posts I do every once in a while. This time it didn't drive me batty. Sometimes they do. I guess I'm mellowing with age since a big birthday is coming up soon.

Update: Got another "xURK" this time it was "KURK" closer but no cigar.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 69

"Good Beginning is half done."

Lucky # 16, 9, 13, 31, 27, 01
Learn Chinese: Result. Cheng-Ji

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 68

"Your family is young, gifted and attractive."

Daily Numbers 9 0 0
Lotto Six #'s 45 36 25 6 35 34

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Myka Monday: Kiss And Makeup


Yes it has been a few months since we've had one of these things. Well after making out up, Myka and I now have an unofficial understanding about this whole Myka Monday Mess I got us into.

Myka Mondays will not be as regular as they once were. They will be more random and only just every once in a while. A sort of Myka with benefits. If I ever get back around to my reviewing of episodes again they might also appear on a Monday before a "Warehouse 13 Wednesday". That is a very big IF. Myka is pretty cool with this, unless I crack a Pete type joke/pun, then she is So outta here. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fryday Fourtoon: Numba 67

"You will be unusually successful in business."

Lucky # 1, 12, 20, 44, 29, 53
Learn Chinese: Error, Cuo

*Fortunes and Lottery Numbers are posted for entertainment purposes only.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

State of the Blog: End of January 2015 Edition

2014 Totals

I usually do this around New Years but I have been lethargic on many things lately and the blog has suffered some for it. Anyway here is the month by month totals for 2014:

January: 6
February: 8
March: 6
April: 10
May: 10 
June: 6
July: 6
August: 1
September: 1
October: 1
November: 1
December: 1

Monthly Average: 4.75

Again I passed the yearly goal of 32 posts per year but as you can see the last few months I've been dragging my feet. I want to improve on this but I don't know if I will. Anyway lets look at how 2014 matches up with past years:

2006 - 32
2007 - 43
2008 - 36
2009 - 34
2010 - 18
2011 - 20
2012 - 38

2013 - 93 
2014 - 57

Yearly Average: 41.22 
With 2014 being slightly above average and 2013 being such a huge year the yearly average is now 41 posts per year. Even though 2014 slacked in the last 5 months. Oh well whatever.

Edit: Technically I posted this entry in the early minutes of 01 February 2015: I backtimed it a little to try to keep the monthly quota thing going.