Thursday, December 04, 2008


First, J would like everyone to know he's fine, just a few bruises to his person and pride (thank you for your concern), and that it most definitely was NOT he who had the funky balls. My mother was so concerned about the ER incident she emailed me this helpful bit of advice:

"Thank God I check your blog everyday or I wouldn't have known that J collapsed at work! I'm glad it turned out to be as simple as no breakfast. But even that seems like something he should check out further. He should do what I do and eat a bowl of oatmeal every day for breakfast. I just put 1/3 c oatmeal in a bowl with dried cranberries and add 2/3 c water. Then I put it in the microwave for 1 min 20 sec (1 min 18 sec when I'm running late) and voila out pops a nice healthy breakfast that will also help lower cholesterol."

(Mom, I know you didn't say if I could blog about this or not, but it was just so adorable I couldn't help myself.)

Second, yesterday I saw something else that truly tickled my funny bone. Our neighbor is a large man who rides around in a souped-up motorized scooter...we got some snow yesterday, and I happened to glance out my kitchen window at one point to see this:

I shot this through a window screen, so I apologize for the poor quality. That is his SON on the Rascal scooter, cruising down the sidewalk while holding a plastic shovel in front of him to push the snow. Another view:

I don't know whether to file this under "Laziest people alive" or "Redneck ingenuity on parade."

I have a REALLY nice early Christmas present for you next week...'til then, keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the scars!


  1. That looks suspiciously like a CLOWN window thingy... mmmhmm?

    hey - there's been scuttlebutt of a Holiday Happy hour. keep it on the DL Yo.

  2. NOT a clown window thingy! moon and stars. :)

    I'm in for some after hours Tom & the time and place!

  3. I absolutely love that your mom micros her oatmeal for 1 minute 18 seconds when she's running late. I'm sure that 2 seconds makes all the difference in the world.

    And my vote is for "Redneck ingenuity on parade". I think that's brilliant. (um, that would be using the scooter to shovel the walk is brilliant. Although, I really love "redneck ingenuity on parade" also.)

  4. I love that your mom gave you instructions for making oatmeal. You know, just in case you can't manage to read them yourself. And I love even more that she shaves two seconds off the cook time when she's in a hurry. Hilarious.

  5. Definitely Redneck ingenuity!

    Seeing pics of the snow is so weird for me....and I'm not ready for it. It was 50 degrees in CT yesterday and I was very happy.

  6. Anonymous9:02 AM

    A shovel in front of the scooter--and here I was making Mr. D plow us out when I could've hired some old geezer to drive through and do it for us!

  7. Anonymous11:20 AM

    I'm glad J is okay. And your mom is too cute! Hope you stay warm! Just looking at those pics gives me a chill.

  8. Anonymous11:50 AM

    Adding my well wishes to J's contintued recovery--glad to hear he's doing better. (And calming thoughts to the caregiver, too!)

    And you mother is a HOOT! That's all I can say.

  9. Your mom is totally cute, and I wonder how much that 2 seconds affects her day?

  10. Def a picture of Redneck ingenuity! HoooAhh!

    Hey, btw, I'm all for keeping my feet on the ground...but don't know about reaching for the "scars." hehehehe :)

  11. It was between "scars" and "Lars," and scars won out. :)

  12. dude, your mama is cute. i think i would like to borrow her from time to time.
    glad j is only banged up about the ego. bless 'is heart

    oh and yeah, that's definitely redneck something or other :-)

  13. Your mom is adorable. :)

    Also, the level of redneck ingenuity around here will never cease to amaze me.

    WV-ornsong: What I'll be singing when I get my degree.