This week I crowdsourced a fabulous new Friday Five for you to enjoy … check it out!
I can’t decide between Downton Abbey and Homeland so I’m picking both! So let’s just say that it’s shows everyone raves about that I’m finally seeing. Yay for being cutting edge and relevant! Downton Abbey is likePride and Prejudice meets a juicy soap opera. Mmmm, juicy. And Homeland is so good and complicated I have no idea who I’m supposed to root for. Mmmm, rooty. - Craig
For me , it’s a tie. 1), Biggest Cock & Rudest Loser 3 is now over, now more weekly blurbs or embarrassing weigh-in. And 2) I FINALLY GOT THE PURPLE LINE IN THE BC&RL3 WEIGHT LOSS GRAPH! I don’t care where I finished, getting the purple line means I won. So there! – Polt
My cool thing this week is seeing my first e-book cover with my name and the book title on it. Yes, I’ve had a couple of short stories, but the covers were generic, no names. This is the first time my name is on a specific cover. Yes, yes, there will be a few of us with the same cover for this particular series, but still – my name is right there, on his abs! Le sigh. He’s kind of pretty. So props to cover artist Reese Dante and I’m a bit thrilled to have a real cover. Fun stuff. (July 28 – buy it, make me rich!) – Tam
Cute animal videos. I don’t even want to know how much time I waste watching this nonsense. If you have 17 seconds to waste, this is for you: -Michelle M.
One amazing five this week has to be yesterday’s ruling about the constitutionality of parts of the odiously named Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling doesn’t state that we lowly homos have the right to marry, but it does say that the Federal government doesn’t have the right to force the states to discriminate against us. The ruling will undoubtedly head to the Supreme Court….and given the controversy, it will be one of the final things they rule on in the next court session. Tune at the end of NEXT June for the results. Until then do what I am going to do, drink a celebratory toast and get married. – Mikey
There’s nothing wrong with being a dumbass (Adam). I have been a dumbass on several occasions. Why, I have done most of the things listed below – and several more to boot. Thankfully, the Have You Ever?! quizzes are only 25 items long. But enough about me – let’s find out who else will be brave enough to embrace their inner derp and share their dumbass score.
You know the rules: For each question that you answer ‘yes’ to, give yourself a single point. When you reach the end of the quiz, add up your points and post your total in the comments.
Have You Ever…
1. Have you ever waited for the light to change at a stop sign? 2. Have you ever sent an email to the wrong person? 3. Have you ever forgotten someone’s name right after you were introduced to them? 4. Have you ever found out you were singing the wrong lyrics to a song? 5. Have you ever accidentally worn two different colored socks/shoes? 6. Have you ever locked yourself out of your home/car? 7. Have you ever forgotten to buy the one thing you went to the grocery store for? 8. Have you ever tripped over your own feet? 9. Have you ever rambled on and on on answering machine? 10. Have you ever typed “you’re” instead of “your” or “it’s” instead of “its” by mistake (even though you know the difference)? 11. Have you ever discovered your fly was open? 12. Have you ever discovered that you had food in your front teeth? 13. Have you ever forgotten why you walked into a room? 14. Have you ever left your tickets at home? 15. Have you ever clapped during a pause in a concert? 16. Have you ever thought something was broken, when really it wasn’t plugged in/turned on? 17. Have you ever forgotten your wallet/not had enough money to pay for your groceries? 18. Have you ever insisted you were right, only to find out later you were wrong? 19. Have you ever left your headlights on? 20. Have you ever set your alarm for pm instead of am? 21. Have you ever forgotten to go to an appointment? 22. Have you ever gotten up early/got ready for work/school on a day off? 23. Have you ever discovered you’ve been pronouncing a word incorrectly? 24. Have you ever forgotten that something was cooking in/on the stove? 25. Have you ever looked for glasses that were on top of your head?
Even the parakeet had a say in what his name would be:
But after seeing the clips of silver fox Anderson Cooper giggling like a little schoolgirl,
I had to go with the name Cooper. What did you think this was, a democracy?
Plus, Cooper is as blue as Anderson’s eyes.
So, Pixel and Typo, what do you think of the name Cooper?
Over the years I’ve enjoyed hearing about the puntabupets (man, you people sure like cats). Although some are no longer with us, they have provided happiness, comfort and companionship. In the past few months I’ve been flirting with the idea of pet ownership. But which pet should I have? I want all the benefits of pet ownership, but none of the work. That pretty much leaves out dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. I need something easy to care for. Like a fish. So Harry and I went to the pet store to bring home our new aquatic friend. Here he is, my new BFF!
Isn’t he a cutie?
But the little guy needs a name. So I’m asking you all to help out.
Here are some names that we came up with, but I am open to suggestions.
I once had to go to this stupid staff retreat where we did a whole bunch of pointless shit. The only thing I liked about the waste of time was the icebreaker thing we did at the start. Our facilitator asked each member of the group to say what we did at the organization, our name, and a simple anecdote about that name. We could say anything we wanted about our name: where it came from, what it meant to us, or just how we learned to spell it. In our small group of about 20 people everyone seemed to have some very interesting things to say about their names. It lead me to ponder the very question that Juliet posed: what’s in a name?
Take my name for example. Although you all know me as Mikey my given name is Michael Paul. Upon first glance it would seem as though my parents are devoutly religious people. In fact, my parents are only devoutly religious when I talk about being an atheist or they are trying to guilt a member of my family into doing something. The real root of my appellation is much less divine. I am the third boy of four born to parents who wanted to have a daughter so badly that they had four kids. My oldest brother is named after my father and my second oldest brother is named after my mother’s father. When my parent’s were preggers with my ass, I think they just assumed they were having the girl they always dreamed of so the only name they had picked out was Michaela. So, my first name got a sex change shortly after I was born.
However, the true trashiness of my name is the source of my middle name. Once my parents had gone and lopped my “a” off to create a more masculine sounding first name, they had the task of giving me a middle name. I am sure they racked their brains over and over looking for the perfect pairing with super generic first name. But in a flash of genius my mother had it! She had the perfect middle name…and where did it come from? Was it Gestalt? Was it God? Was it Gilbert Godfrey? No…although I kind of wish it was the last one. My mother came up with my name because it was the first name of the boy who took her to her prom. That’s right folks! Your favorite blogger is named after a man with muttonchops who wore a powder blue tuxedo.
Now that the shame of my name has been made public, tell me what does your name mean to you. Did your Mom or Dad name you after the family dog? Or worse did you get named after a relative you grew to loathe?