Friday, February 29, 2008

the pride of wolverhampton

there's a cavalier king charles spaniel named Cindy in england who can balance anything on herself.
here is the article:

The balancing spaniel who proves you CAN teach an old dog new tricks

Meet Cindy the amazing performing pooch, who can balance almost anything on her tiny paws and nose.

The eight-year-old pedigree Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the queen of doggy-balancing because she can hold beer mats, CDs and even yoghurt pots perfectly still on her two front paws and nose.

The remarkable little spaniel is the pride and joy of retired electro-plater Ron Bucknall and his wife Irene of Wolverhampton.

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Mr Bucknall, who bought Cindy as a puppy, said she is truly one of a kind.

"I've had dogs all my life but I've never come across one like this before.

"I can do tricks with this dog that you'd have to go through another 1,000 dogs to find."

Cindy rolls onto her back and plays dead at her owner's command, and enters a "trance-like state" when performing her balancing feats.

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Ron, 75, said: "At first she wags her tail, then I put just a piece of biscuit in her mouth and she freezes.

"Honestly, not a hair on her body moves."

His son Matt added: "Dogs are notoriously fidgety, so the way she can sit absolutely still to balance things on her head is absolutely incredible.

"She really is amazingly bright and doesn't forget anything."

She is not in the best of health with a weak heart and arthritis. Her legs are strengthened with steel implants.

Find this story at the daily mail
©2008 Associated New Media

sick and dirty

around 8 pm last night i started hearing medieval growling and spurting in the pipes and around the toilet in the house, i called the water company & got a recording that there was main line repair near my house and it would be fixed by midnight. this morning the recording says it will be fixed by 2 this afternoon. all my water has been and will be off until then.

everybody i know is currently sick or has been sick in the past few weeks. i mean everybody. i have had swollen glands and a sore throat and clogged ears for the past week. it's not been debilitating, it just feels like i'm about to come down with something major but it keeps just simmering so i feel like i am stuck in the contagious stage and don't want to go mingle with others for everybody's sake.

have you or someone you know been sick with the flu or headcold in the past two weeks? anybody else want to call jacoby & meyers?

it's muy bien if ya know what i mean

guadalajara joe's new video "the whole enchilada"

yes that's steve adams from ALO on standup bass

alotta joe's wardrobe from the top shelf

veggie enchilada from salsa's (she says veggies coulda maybe been hotter)

veggie enchiladas, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

steak enchilada from salsa's (he's got no complaints)

steak enchiladas, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

so darn tasty

Thursday, February 28, 2008

he sleeps diagonal in his bed

UNC Asheville beat Coastal Carolina at home last night 78-72. Coastal Carolina seemed to hit an insane run of second-half 3-pointers and got to within 3 points in the last few minutes but the Bulldogs of UNCA kept up the defense & scoring themselves and held on for the w.

The tallest man in the history of basketball, 7 foot 7 inches tall Kenny George, played a solid game,
ambling up and down the court, scoring almost at will. he finished with 18 points. it was senior night - the last home game - and the small gym was packed and fired up. it was great to be there.

asheville has a chance to win the Big South Conference championship this weekend.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

prove me wrong

a headstand a day keeps the doctor away


i put in a search box up top over there if anybody is looking for anything in particular.

like a grail.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

last week

huge accident on 321
sit still catch up

freezing scurry spicy salsas salmon paquetez tequila tip

bikes on wagons stone cottage balcony smoky
gotten dogs in burbanks pool
more than 1 mandolin woodpole jamboree

birthday bagels burned then not quite melted but ok banananut
modelfest great rookies spiked coffee
everybody's sick or coming down with something
or otherwise germy american spirits don't count
crackers & cheese i need you book of answers

laughing seed bloody mary ginger cider soup sweet tangy hot peanut sauce
yarn craft walk wine text ingredient
french broad chocolate lounge heaven
green life capers clams olive oil garlic
if you mess up just keep knitting
computer resort research passing stones

liquor store CVS prosecco is very pleasant
nectarine round the bend lava cocktail jigsaw
bikers hot dog king stolen pizza stiff caucasian bromance
hell breaks loose we're completely fucked tears
break loose hands wrung pacing phoenix ashes rising all that
beating myself up for getting to this spot at this point

sleep compose send fret

ditch days plans to visit ostentatious display of personal wealth in estate form in light of recent turn
chat think decide think to move cry absorb
resolve sorry the damp overwhelms

headstand think straight

walk dogs to woods
seinfeld's J Peterman & his 4 dogs

march straight like cadets
while nacho bucks and leaps and tries to hop on them all
and they pull a swift detour right up
a dirt embankment on somebody's lawn
to avoid the encounter
past the man who lives in the minivan
i sometimes see on the white house porch

whatchoo want the whole enchilada
celtic dancing frozen top kick step full lunar eclipse

continental heineken extortion letter demand $7500
memo wikipedia 'first sale doctrine'
backpedaled immediately

down to the river worryin about nothing
pulled pork corn pudding mashed sweet potato
pie plate corn bread tender collards sweet tea
we're not tresspassing rat trap texting plans
winter weather invisible ice pellets sleet bier garden
yonder cruise ship fishman hoedown hotbox
boombox house party excellent not my lover numb legs
toss turn gland yin chiao

picnics no pecan pie blueberry apple harvest
you can take em on the plane with ya
friendliest fellow diners with formed ideas
about drunkenness in native americans and scotch irish
it wasn't the time and place to stand up to her
but when is? it couldve opened her mind next time
easy drive to queen city long enough for hug and gas
stopped up on the road again


Monday, February 25, 2008

4th grade long island homework

Grade #4
Long Island # 16

1. People who work in factories are called blue collar workers.

2. The firm that employs most of the people on Long Island is Grumman.

3. The first large housing development on L.I. was built by Abraham Levvit.

4. A shopping area that has many kinds of stores is called a mall.

5. People who work in offices are called white collar workers.

6. The daily newspaper is Newsday.

7. The area outside of a city is suburbs.


1. The advantages of living in a suburb is you don't have to live near crowded lines to get in and out of things in the city. The disadvantages of living in a suburb is you have to go into the city most of the time to go shopping.

2. My family moved to Long Island because my father worked in our cellar in Rhode Island, and his company was in Queens. We moved because he would be payed more and we could have 3 weeks on vacation instead of 2.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

looking forward from 20

looking forward from 20, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

not looking TOO forward

a huge modern building for senior citizens, UNCA campus, North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, Reuter Center

best & worst

the best way to die would be smothered by golden retriever puppies.

the worst way to die would be washing your hair in the kitchen sink, reaching for the light switch & accidentally hitting the garbage disposal and scalping yourself.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

grown up

grown up, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

woolworth walk art asheville north carolina


baby, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

kress emporium art asheville north carolina

god bless the grateful dead

god bless the grateful dead, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

boombox at stella blue thursday 2-22-08

Friday, February 22, 2008

i got a friend named jack

cutest cleaner

watch a pug clean your computer screen!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

grim reality

if you go out to dinner with some folks and order two big pizzas but only eat one and want to bring the other one home with you, but want to go for a couple drinks before going home, and don't want the onion pizza to sit in the car for that time, and you put the pizza on top of the hood of your car in a parking lot off the main street, and you expect to go back to it and find a) your pizza and/or b) a party of disney cartoon animals (bluebird, deer, hedgehog, etc) on your hood feasting on the pizza, you will be sorely disappointed.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

learning to knit

learning to knit, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

mappy camper is teaching me how to knit! woop woop!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


going to pick up the mappy camper in charlotte, getting ready for a week of MEGA-FUN! obviously.

Friday, February 15, 2008

heart nose

heart nose, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

worst idea

BILF onesies

Thursday, February 14, 2008

rock groups and singers

rock groups, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

my first true loves, valentine's day 1984, second grade

Febuary 14, 1984
"Rock groups and singers"

Romanticks Micheal Jackson
Vanheilen Paul McArtney
Quiet Riot Cindi Lauper
The Police
Duran Duran

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

vegas tradeshow

vegas tradeshow, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

where t-shirt gold meets its middlemen

late night remodeling

late night remodeling, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

buying a house is a huge deal. fixing it up completely by yourself is also a huge deal. i am highly impressed with the remodeling talents of my friends in asheville. they are able to do all the plumbing, electricity, and master carpenter wooodworking by themselves.
here brian paints his new kitchen ceiling with a long roller at 1am and admires the electricity that will be an under-the-cabinet light.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


pornography, originally uploaded by skippy haha.


leash injury

leash injury, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

if you have a dog on a retractable leash and the dog starts hopping and bounding towards another oncoming dog, do not grab the cord of the leash hoping to stop the dog.

Monday, February 11, 2008


noobs, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

everybody's a noob sometimes

Sunday, February 10, 2008

industrial entrance

industrial entrance, originally uploaded by skippy haha.


subarus, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

greenlife parking lot
more than half the cars are subaru wagons

Saturday, February 09, 2008

sunkist ad 1981

this commercial is absolutely seared into my memory from watching it when i was 5. when i came across a vintage sunkist t-shirt today with the same brand logo, i remembered the hands peeling the spouting oranges and the dripping orange at the end so vividly but thought it could've been an ad for something else. so thankful youtube had it. watch grandma mash an orange into her face -

Friday, February 08, 2008

the panty christ

Thursday, February 07, 2008

root root root

the ones i want to win
are losing
nothing i can do
from here
not enjoying this
hard lounging in my
easy chair
the battle's won & lost
in real time
red blood runs when
big men fall
epic scale of acrobatics
chasing orange
bouncing balls

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

ees no block weedow

after killing a spider behind the dryer last month, i looked at all the windows and corners of the house and found a couple more webs and spiders i thought could be black widows. i called my landlords and they had their friend who has a terminix business come over to look and spray. i showed him and the landlord the webs and the dead spider behind the dryer and the exterminator who is from brazil said "Ees no block weedow." i said "are you sure? it had a red spot on it?" he just shook his head chuckling & said "Ees no block weedow. You know block weedow? Ees big. Ees no block weedow" like i am a nutty broad. he said the spiders and webs i showed him are not poisonous spiders but he went around spraying all the corners with some horrible chemicals anyway just so i wouldn't worry & pronounced me spider free.

well i'm worried. the dryer needs real attention so i finally went down with tweezers & a plastic bag & put the spider carcass in there so i could look at it. how could an exterminator laugh me off that this is a black widow? it shrunk from being sprayed with bleach, but isn't this a red spot?

and still in the same window that i originally showed him is this lovely animal. is this not a black widow? am i a nutty broad? help me out here guy.

baby widows on the way?

won't you help to sing

irie bob marley day!

robert nesta marley
feb. 6 1945 - may 11, 1981

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

voting controversy from the vintage vantage site

it's been 4 years since this all happened. this is right from the vv site:

It all started with Kat Storemski. The outspoken 21-year-old from Florida complained to MTV that our voting t-shirt was giving young people the wrong idea about voting. MTV News ran the story, and what followed can only be described as a media explosion. We were soon fielding early morning calls from the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR - everybody wanted to know why we hated democracy so much.

Even Russell Simmons was talking poop. Then Harvard University chimed in and our shirts were banned from stores across the country.

Uhh, what?

Our favorite part was when Fox News came to our house to cover the story - while we didn't answer the door, we did let Holden and Nacho (dressed in voting t-shirts) out to play with our new friends. They got along great! Look, they're kissing!

When the dust cleared, we collected some of our favorite quotes on the subject - click here to check em out.

Our vicious attempt to poison the minds of young people.
But the story doesn't end there! With election day fast approaching, we posted an offer on this website - free voting t-shirts for anybody who promised to wear the shirt to the polls. The response was overwhelming, as the Camp Cool faithful proved once and for all that young people can appreciate irony and participate in the political process at the same time. Click below to see photos from the polls.

go out & vote this year, old people

Monday, February 04, 2008

these sticks are uncrossed

there was a camp game called 'these sticks are crossed, these sticks are UNcrossed' where everybody sat in a circle on the floor and passed around two sticks (like from trees. the littlest branches.) and as each person passed them she said either "these sticks are crossed" or "these sticks are uncrossed" and the trick was it had nothing to do with whether she was crossing the sticks in her hands - it was whether her legs were crossed or not. so if she was indian style but holding the sticks parallel she had to say 'these sticks are crossed' or else everybody who 'got it' already would say 'NOOOooo!!' and she passed them to the next person.

i am very comfortable sitting down completely twisted up, my legs crossed once or sometimes twice, and i know this is not good for my circulation or joints or muscles or probably every system i have. it's probably like when a hose is bent and gets a kink. in the past i've tried nailing slippers to the floor so i could put my feet in them and they would stay straight, but the slippers were too easy to slide out of and unconsciously i would be crossed within minutes. i was considering snowboard bindings under the desk or a chair like teylor in the pumpkin patch.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

pup of the day

dozer nacho


tracking green through town
adroit bar claws nails from boards
mix like a wizard

Saturday, February 02, 2008


saw, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

i saw 'into the wild' at the brew & view last night. he seemed foolishly unprepared to me, his trip almost a suicide mission. he also looked like offspring of taylor hanson (mmmbop) and wheels chipotle. here's a diagram. i should probably read the book before forming any more opinions about it. the soundtrack was excellent, eddie vedder everywhere.

this is a shot of a table saw at a fun construction site i visited today

Friday, February 01, 2008


flower, originally uploaded by skippy haha.


insomnia, originally uploaded by skippy haha.

relax your shoulders