Saturday, July 29, 2006

Someone Has Tried To Kill Me
Pukeapoloosa '06

I am so sick. Friday a group of us went to a local chinese buffet for lunch. A big guy like me can go nuts in a place like this. Sesame chicken, beef and brocolli, egg drop soup, egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, and a little concoction called peppercorn chicken.

One of the bites of the peppercorn chicken tasted kinda funny. Did that stop me? Hell, no!

By 4 o'clock in the afternoon I got the ringing in the ears. Then the headache. I popped a couple of Excedrine and didn't think much about it.

By 6 o'clock I was beginning to feel dizzy. Shortly after that, I was chilling. Epilepsy-like shaking.

That's when I remembered the one bite of the chicken.

I left work, flew home and didnt make it into the house when it started. Violent heaves. Into the bushes. Yes, my neighbors must really love me now.

Crawled into bed at 7pm, with a plastic waste basket next to the bed. Puked all night long. Was a long, long night.

It's the next day, and I'm worn out. I have been invited to a birthday party and doubt I'll be up for it. Sitting here typing is more than I can handle.

I'm going back to bed.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Net Neutrality For Dummies

Prepare to be enlightened!

DJ Ted Stevens Techno Remix:

Monday, July 24, 2006

How Do They Do It?
I'm amazed that some people can blog everyday. If I write something 3 paragraphs long, I need to lie down for the rest of the week.

This is SO much harder than I thought it would be...

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Quick Mom Update

She found the "Caps Lock Light" on her keyboard today!
(see post from Tuesday)
She just emailed me to tell me. I LOVE that woman!

okay, as you were...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Have You Heard/Seen The Dresden Dolls?

The Dresden Dolls - Sing

...from a few years ago...

The Dresden Dolls- Coin-Operated Boy
Love them, love them, love them!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mom Is Online!
My mother, God love her, is finally getting into her computer.
She bought a laptop a few years ago and was overwhelmed. When family found out, they started emailing her loads of crap and telling her to check this out, and check that out.
She just wanted to look around at QVC and HSN online, and suddenly, it turned into "Be a Geek like Us, Mary Jo! Hurry up!" She wasn't having it.
Within weeks, she boxed up her little laptop and sent it back.
I understood. My family knows better than to forward me little jokes, dumbass cartoons, or anything that wasn't originated by them. Don't clog my inbox up with forwarded stories of cute puppies, starving children, or the second coming of Christ. I can find all that stuff on my own, you know. Afterall, that's why God created blogs.
I have personally threatened family about including me in any kind of chain-email.
So, she very quietly buys a new one recently. A desktop pc. She tells no one in the family but me, at first.
Cuz, you know, who can blame her?
I've begun getting phonecalls from her, and they are so precious, I could just shit.
"Jimmy, honey, you'll never guess what I did!
I found my bank's website and I set up an account with them,
so I can see all my banking transactions from right here!"
"Mom, that is great!"
"I can even pay my bills from this site.
It's amazing!"
"Yes, it is!"
"I'm having a little problem, though."
"What's that?"
"Well, when I have to type in my password,
sometimes I type it in all capitals,
and I can't tell when I'm doing that,
because the password doesn't show up
on my monitor, you know.
I just get little x's"
"Well, how am I supposed to know
if I'm typing all in capitals
when I can't see what I'm typing?"
"Well, Mother,
do you have the Caps Lock button on?"
"I guess I must,
so I just punch it a few times and try again."
(a few times? ...that's my Mom...)
"Look, on your keyboard,
do you have a number pad over on one side?
You know a little cluster of keys
with numbers on them?"
"Yes, yes"
"Well, above those keys,
do you see some lights?"
What are you talking about?
Don't get technical on me!"
"Your keyboard doesn't have a light
that lets you know the Caps Lock button is on?
Is there a light on the Caps Lock button itself?"
"I guess not.
(I can tell she has lost interest
and is no longer paying attention)
This isn't a very fancy computer, you know.
I bought this on QVC
for three hundred and ninety -nine dollars!
Anyway, I've figured out what to do."
"Well, how do you know when
you have turned the Caps Lock off?"
"I type something
in another field and check."
"Oh... well... okay.
There you go!"
She figured out her own problem, and was proud of it.
I'm proud of her.
QVC should be proud of her, too!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Quick Check at what is going on at Bateman365 today:
click it!
Ah, the power of Fatherhood.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

...Everything But The Kitchen Sink...

Total Eclipse of the Heart

How can you not love YouTube?!?

- this version is about a gazillion times better than the original piece of crap.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Straw That Broke The Camel's Back
Bruce and I had been drifting apart for months. The last time we had serious physical contact had been around Halloween. It was now Christmas and things were getting progressively worse: the distance, the Cold War, the obvious detachment. I just wasn't sure what the war was over. And he wasn't offering any clues, though I would persistently ask. I suggested that we go to couple's counseling together, to try to figure out what was going on. He promised that we would go after the first of the year. As a matter of fact, he made an appointment for January the 8th. I was hopeful that we were on a track to work together to solve our issues.We had many issues, to be sure. Too many to list here and now. Just, trust me, we had problems. I was deep into therapy on my own at this point, and delighted that he seemed willing to get a third-party perspective on Us.
If we could just make it to January 8th!

Christmas Day was quite lackluster. As opposed to past Christmases, there was no excitement, no thrill of gift-giving from him. In fact, he kept stalling about opening our gifts to each other. I could tell his heart just wasn't in it. It saddened and frustrated me, because I had really tried to find gifts that he would appreciate this year.
I've always been a "one big gift" kind of a giver. Bruce was just the opposite. He could take a hundred dollars and turn it into a dozen or so cool, thoughtful, and wonderful little surprises. I had always just tried to find the "pony", ya know?. Christmas was always me handing him one big box, getting the "O0h, how nice! Thank you." once and then me opening little package after little package the rest of the day, with much giggling, cooing, and delight from each gift received. My strategy never paid off, his always did.
So this year, I had tried to change my modus operandi, and I bought him lots of smaller things.
He changed his as well, as it turned out, and I got one gift: a blood sugar monitor ("Oh. How...nice. Thank you."- came from me this time). I already owned one. He knew that. What the hell? He opened little package after little package. But, there was no giggling, cooing, or delight. My change of strategy was obviously too little, too late.
The one gift I gave which seemed to please him was a Showershot. "A MUST for any homosexual's bathroom!", he was wont to say. We had his old one installed in the bath and it was in terrible, dilapidated shape. He had complained frequently about it. When he opened it, he smiled and said "I'm going to put this in right now!" Silly me, I thought that was code for impending Thank You Sex. He ran upstairs with a wrench and I bolted for the downstairs bathroom to brush my teeth, comb my hair, and groom for some long-awaited physical contact.
Like I said, silly me.
I sat in the livingroom after cleaning up, listening to him tinker with the appliance in the bath. A few grunts, some talking to himself, peppered with some choice curse words. I always loved it when he tried to be butch. It was cute. No, it was hilarious.

Bruce was a guy's guy until he opened his mouth, then he was a queen's queen. At first I loved him despite of that, but then I learned to love him because of it. For, you see, Bruce never apologized for who he was. He was Just Bruce. And I wanted to be as comfortable with myself as Just Jim.

After much ado, I heard him turn the shower on. I called out, asking how it was working. "Well, it's's the best I can do" was his reply. He turned the shower off, came down the hall to the top of the stairs and called down to me.
"Thank you for Christmas, " he said, very formally. "I'm going to take a nap."
And, with that, the bedroom door closed and I was alone in the livingroom, wondering what it would take to get through his cold aloofness. He wanted nothing to do with me anymore.
I sat on the sofa and stared at my blood sugar monitor for quite a while.

The next morning when I woke up, he was already awake and, as usual, puttering around downstairs. I slogged my crusty frame to the bathroom and crawled into the shower. I stood in the tub for a minute, shower curtain pulled, brushing my teeth with the tub faucet running. I like to brush my teeth naked in the shower, because I can get pretty vigorous and not worry about slinging toothpaste everywhere. Then, mouth fully frothed, I bent over, scooped a handful or two of water to rinse my mouth out, and turned the water on for the shower.
Water gushed everywhere. His little plumbing job from the day before was, quite certainly, half-assed. I screamed downstairs to him while I frantically tried to tighten the connections to the Showershot with my fingers. Water was squirting me in the eye, up onto the ceiling, and the nozzle was dancing around below me blowing more water all about.
"Shit! This thing isn't connected right at all!" I bellowed.
I hadn't needed to scream. While brushing my teeth, it turns out that Bruce had entered the bathroom, sat down on the toilet right next to the tub, and was reading one of his gazillion interior decorating magazines. The leaks from the hose were apparently getting him wet as well, on the other side of the curtain.
"I told you that I did the best that I could do, you fucking idiot!" he shreiked back, pulling the shower curtain tighter across the span of the tub to protect himself.
Me, "The Idiot"?!? I wasn't the guy who couldn't figure out how to use a fucking wrench to tighten a nut on the thread of a pipe. I wasn't the guy who left this boobytrap to explode all over the room. I'm "The Idiot?" I wasn't the guy who bought his partner UNNEEDED MEDICAL TEST EQUIPMENT as a Christmas gift. I beg your fucking pardon?
I pulled the shower curtain back and aimed the Showershot at his snotty little face, sitting there reading his fagzine.
I soaked him.
I pulled the shower curtain closed and turned off the water.
Here we go.
I heard him jump up, sputtering, and race to the bathroom sink. I heard the bathroom sink faucet. I opened the shower curtain fully and stood there. He was red-faced, filling a large plastic cup full of cold water. I knew what was coming. He was shaking, he was so furious.
"Don't you EVER speak to me like that again" I said, calmly.
He turned to me and chucked the whole cup of cold water at my head. It hit me on the shoulder and bounced against the tile to my side. I shrugged. He had always thrown like a girl. A little more water on an already drenched floor.
"You won't ever have to worry about that anymore," he sneered. "I'm done!"
I knew it.
And, with that, he stormed out of the bathroom, out of my house, and out of my life.
I stood in the shower and sobbed for a while. I stood in the puddles of water and added my tears.
Turns out, he was right. I was "The Idiot". I was the guy who thought we could work this out. I was the guy who thought we were equals and respected each other. I was the guy that was tip-toeing on eggshells with this cold-blooded bitch. I was the only guy in the relationship that seemed to care that it was dying a slow, painful death. Well, the slow part was over, anyway. Our relationship was now DOA.
It took him the better part of 6 weeks to find a place to live and move out. I cried several more times during the process. He never showed a trace of emotion. His heart had been walled up and protected months and months previously, I just didn't know it.
Yep, I was "The Idiot". I was a naive fool. But is that wrong?
No way.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

"Cell Phones For Dummies"

My first-ever audio blog entry!

this is an audio post - click to play

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

"Derka derka muhammad jihad!"
Kim Jong Il did WHAT?!?
(for the record: he built some missiles, which will someday contain nuclear warheads and he launched one on July 4th, 2006. This coincided with the USA launching the space shuttle Columbia and the inauguration of South Korea's new President. The launch, he claims, was a "test" but I suspect if he hadn't buried the missile in a clay pot in his backyard first, it might have actually HIT something!)

Are you kidding me? Does he really think the world is going to put up with his crap? Could someone please explain to me how he has gotten THIS far into the process of building atomic weapons without getting squashed like the bug that he is?

Colin Powell said: "To have done it on the day of the inauguration of the new president is an exercise in drawing attention to themselves, and trying to create a sense of crisis when none is necessary.

"I regard it as entirely unnecessary and provocative."

How to win friends and influence people, huh?

And, since you're explaining things to me anyway, could you also explain how the guys that bring us "Southpark" (- a CARTOON, fer chrissakes!) can see far enough down the proverbial hall to know that this guy is a dangerous lunatic years before we all wake up and smell the missile contrails?

I'm not a warmonger. I don't think it's the United States of America's job to police the planet. But I'm sick of this shit. It's time to start rubbing out Retardedity when we see it. Time to kick some puppet ass.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

A Few Words About Paris Hilton
and the fact that she has a hit single...
* It's proof that ANYONE can make a record, if they have enough money.
*If you dole out even a penny of your money for this, you are a fucktard.
*She symbolizes what is wrong with America, and some of us idolize her spoiled little ass?!?
*Even if I weren't gay, she'd make me consider switching teams.

Come On! She's nasty, disgusting, talentless, and evil, and you KNOW it!

So WHAT if she can carry a tune, so WHAT if the song has a good beat, or whatever. She has millions and millions of dollars at her disposal to put together a team of music professionals to manufacture a piece of product.

Fucking vomit.

I'm not kidding about calling you a fucktard if you buy into this monstrosity.

Thank you, I'm done.