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Best Buy Employee loses job over stopping shoplifter

So, this fellow stops a shoplifter and loses his job.  Its a corporate policy that employees cannot take physical action to stop a theft.  I suspect this is a lawsuit prevention issue (not wanting to get sued by an employee or the thief), but its still insane.  It makes me not want to shop at Best Buy, but I wonder how many other stores have the same policy.  Hmm, next time I am at a store I think I might ask them.
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Couple of Things

I have been a bit down of late.  Some of this is work related (you know, having to do things you don’t want to at the office…stuff like that).  Some if it as been political (mostly the recent OBL stuff and the immediate partisanship exhibited by both sides, coupled with a bit of preachy we shouldn’t be celebrating stuff, and mixed with a healthy dose of local political insanity).  Some has been personal as I allow my mind to dwell on things that I should do my best to avoid.  But one thing that has bugged me the past week or so is that I finished the series of books I was reading last week (a re-read of the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake).  I had forgotten how it ended, so I re-read it and it was still enjoyable. 

Since then, I have floundered at trying to figure out what I was going to read next.  I DLed a sample of Andrew Breitbart’s book, but it didn’t catch my interest…while I understand his emotion and agree with much of what he is talking about, I’m just not in the mood to read an angry screed that is trying to call me to greater political involvement.  I also read a couple of stories from the latest Valdemar short story collection Changing the World, but it just doesn’t catch my interest…I’m not really a short story person, and I have really disliked her last few novels.

I’ve been toying with reading 1632 and its sequels to see if that series can recapture my interest…but…I really could not get into the last 3-4 books in that series (partially because I had forgotten the characters and the stories have become so fragmented).

Nothing on the horizon from John Ringo (I read the Troy Rising book 3 eARC already, and nothing new from him except for a book he co-edited of short stories (Citizens) that interests me less than the Valdemar one.  I tried to read the first five and didn’t finish a single one.

The next S.M. Stirling book (Tears of the Sun)doesn’t come out until later this year (Sept 6th), and the Butcher book (Ghost Story) has been delayed as well (July 26th).  David Weber’s latest Safehold book, How Firm a Foundation (which is starting to read more and more like Honor Harrington) won’t be out until Sept as well (13th), and Moon’s Kings of the North just came out in March so the next won’t be until next year or very late this year.

So, part of my general funk is that I am not reading something enjoyable in my free time.  Thus I don’t feel like I am recharging and my work and personal life is suffering.  I am reticent to try new authors and am having trouble even figuring out what I want to try and read…Military Sci-Fi is my usual fare, or an alternate history.  I wouldn’t mind reading a good non-fiction book (I really enjoyed Packing for Mars by Mary Roach).

I know that one thing that is annoying me is that I would love to read Harry Potter again with the last movie coming out soon…alas no e-Books for those (though rumors persist that it will happen at some point, but I guess not until Rowling needs even more money).  I have also thought about re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert (the only good book in the series, but still a classic), or perhaps Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (since the movie is out), but spending close to $20 on an eBook is pretty annoying.  I was also thinking of reading some Elmer Kelton, but his eBook library doesn’t have the one book I want to re-read (The Man Who Rode Midnight).

So, my requirements are that it needs to be an eBook (as I don’t read any paper anymore) and it has to interest me…which is the hard part.  Ugh…no wonder I am feeling down.

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Why the Russians are on LJ

I read this today (thanx to maidenjedi for the H/T) and some things struck me as very interesting.  The most interesting point was that the Russian term for Blog is essentially LiveJournal.  There is a Russian word Blog (блог) which phonetically comes across as roughly "blog" so I suspect that it is a loan word.  However, from this article (and I am taking it at face value) the Russian phrase (Живой журнал) or literally Live Journal appears to be sort of like Xerox is for Americans when we talk about photocopying something (or a person in the South ordering a "coke" and meaning any cola.

At any rate, LJ appears to be declining and that is a shame.  I used to love to blog here and discuss all kinds of things.  It's a place for family photos, and political discussions, and memes and jokes and all sorts of things.  FaceBook is quicker and faster and has the critical mass right now and at some point, it will also fall by the wayside.  I doubt that LJ will recapture the energy that is used to have, but...I long for those halcyon days when it was the way that I kept track of people and what was going on in the world.
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Nuclear Boy

To explain the situation with the power plant in Japan, they created this cartoon for kids.  In it, Nuclear Boy has tummy problems and needs to poo (very bad), but as long as he keeps farting things will be OK

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A couple of photos tonight

I found these while looking for some photos of Rhiannon for a school project.  Hope they bring a smile to your face

Here is Alastair, coping some "tude".  I saw this and it made me laugh and I had to share it.

From our trip to Disney World...Roberta got a visit from Mary Poppins.


Here are Roberta, Al, and Rhiannon in front of Cinderella's castle in Disney World.

And from a photo shoot for a friends photography class

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Great Joke Courtesy of forestcats

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph 's Hospital. She timidly asked,
"Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?"
The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient?"
The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said,
"Norma Findlay, Room 302."
The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room."
After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said,
"I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood
pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her physician, Dr.
Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow."
The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good
The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"
The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me shit."

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The Day the Movies Died Movies + TV:

I got this from a friend on FB.  Its a very interesting (long) article about what is wrong with movies today.  It is depressing to realize that the majority of movies coming out now are sequels (when sequels used to be the worst movies in the theaters.  I remember back in the day when Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan came out that it was going to suck because it was a sequel...then it turned into the best movie in the franchise...and that as well is a term of relatively new use...a movie franchise, when movies used to be one shot stories and franchises were on TV.

The Day the Movies Died Movies + TV:
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Ghengis Grill Arrabbiata

IMG_2679 Today I went for an Italian profile (thanks to Tony over at my Genghis Grill in The Forum.  Meat, and some veggies with a tomato sauce and voila…Italian bowl.  And, of course, I’m gonna make it a bit spicy with some crushed red pepper to add a little zing, or as they say in Italian food, to make the sauce “arrabbiata”, or an “angry sauce”.  Here you can see it about to go to the grill masters.  Lots of spinach, and with the garlic water, tomato, and chili garlic sauce, I needed TWO sauce cups.


Next it was off to the grill and the masters did their job well.  Here you can see a couple of them plying their trade as he toss my food onto the grill.

  Sliced beef  
  Sliced beef  
  Crushed Red Pepper  
  Citrus Garlic Herb  

  Mushrooms Mushrooms
  Mongo Mix Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions
  Onions Onions
  Squash & Zucchini Squash & Zucchini
  Spinach Spinach
  Tomatoes Tomatoes

  Garlic Water Garlic Water
  Roasted Tomato Sauce Roasted Tomato Sauce
  Chili Garlic Sauce Chili Garlic Sauce

  Spiral Pasta Rotini

IMG_2681Nutritional Facts:

Calories: 504.1
Protein (g):34.72
Carbohydrates (g):65.81
Dietary Fiber (g):5.03
Total Fat (g):9.61
Saturated Fat (g):3
Cholesterol (mg):66.8
Sodium (mg):881.02

So, right at 500 calories for a nice Italian style bowl that was delicious.  I’m gonna have this one again…maybe next time with some shrimp.

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Dinner with my Son tonight

IMG_2675Tonight for the #gghealtkwest I had dinner with my son.  We both went by Genghis Grill and got bowls to go.  He is four and absolutely loves to get Genghis.  He likes a sweeter bowl with ham, chicken, sausage, and pepperoni.  For veggies, he likes cabbage, baby corn, mandarin oranges, pineapple and not just one, but TWO eggs.  Yeah, he is a bit odd.  For me, I was in a hurry, so I went with an easy fajitas a la mexicana at 401 calories. 

Here is a photo of Al’s bowl about to go back to the Grill Masters, I should have arranged the eggs and the baby corn to look like a smiley face I think.


  Sliced beef  

  Black Pepper  
  Cayenne Pepper  
  Granulated Garlic  

  Mushrooms Mushrooms
  Jalapenos Fresh cut
  Mongo Mix Red & Green Bell Peppers, Onions
  Onions Onions
  Pico de Gallo Pico de Gallo
  Squash & Zucchini Squash & Zucchini
  Tomatoes Tomatoes

  Roasted Tomato Sauce Roasted Tomato Sauce

  Tortillas Flour Tortillas

Nutritional Facts: IMG_2674

Calories: 401.89
Protein (g):40.95
Carbohydrates (g):38.04
Dietary Fiber (g):6.32
Total Fat (g):8.79
Saturated Fat (g):6.5
Cholesterol (mg):93.4
Sodium (mg):868.94
Here is my bowl ready for its grillin’ by the master gillers at the Forum Location in San Antonio. 
IMG_2677While we were waiting for our meal, I chatted with Tony the Manager and told him that I was still excited by the variety of what I am able to eat each day.  I mentioned that I was trying different flavor profiles to spice things up and he said that they often make a fajita bowl like mine.  They also make an Italian themed dish that I am going to try this weekend or tomorrow.
I did snap this shot of my son Al and I hamming it up for the crew.  He has on his rodeo hat that they made at his school.