Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Stroller Modification, Bicycle Harassment, Organizing Your Crap


Trying this "Random Tuesday" stuff from The Un Mom.

Trying to generate random thoughts.  Squeezing head.  Oh..a bunch of stuff just happened.

Thinking about how to rig up the Chariot Cougar II (bitchin double stroller) to my dog's drafting harness.  It seems like it's possible.  That reminded me of a couple months ago when some friends were visiting from London (he's German, she's Indian).  We went for a walk to the park near my house.  Had our little twins in a stroller, and the big dog pulling our friends' two kids in a wagon.  It looked like the circus was in town.  A lady had to slow down to let us cross the street.  She scowled.  I said to no one in particular, "What kind of person can look at the spectacle of us walking down the street and not smile?"

"A German," replied my German friend.

For some reason, this reminded me of a time when I lived in Virginia and was out for a lunchtime bike ride on the country roads near where I was working on a construction project.  A couple rolled up next to me in a primer-gray pickup at a stop sign, and the grizzled woman in the passenger seat rasped at me through broken teeth as she exhaled a cloud of mentholated cigarette smoke: "Gettin' some exercise, sexy-boo?"

There was another time when I was riding up the hill that gets you to Monticello, out of the saddle and hammering for all I was worth (which was not much, but a lot more than I'm worth now), and two little kids in the back of a pickup yelled at me: "Hey you, shiny-heinie!" scaring the bejeezus out of me,  and almost causing me to ride into the ditch.  I guess they found my lycra-clad ass somehow amusing.

I'm not sure how to spell the word that is pronounced "hai-nee."  Anyone else know?

Random recommendation I have been meaning to make: Somehow, in aimlessly drifting around the internets, I was made aware of this site called Alltop.  It helps you organize all of the garbage that you look at online in one spot.  Somebody described it as a digital magazine rack, I think.  Anyway, it's an apt metaphor.  You make your own page, with links to all the junk you look at organized into categories (you can also choose from the millions of suggestions they provide).  There's a box for each site you have chosen that shows what recent activity has taken place there.  Then you can roll the cursor over the boxes for previews of the articles before you decide whether to visit the website or not.  You can also recommend sites you think should be listed there (e.g., your blog).  It's much easier to use than it is to describe.  You should just go check it out.  My old Ed Tech professor told me it's legit, so you don't have to just take it from me.

Now you are supposed to click on the button and play the randomness game.  I think.


  1. What are we spelling? And I lmao @ the sexy-boo woman :-D

  2. You get a prize for being completely random, dude. Here's a sentence with four missing words to drive you crazy:

    The for time are three and 4.


    PS: I bet that primer gray pickup truck had rattly rusted exhaust, huh? And maybe if it was front wheel drive, a bad cv joint. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  3. Kathy--I was trying to spell what I wrote as "heinie." I put it into brackets to indicate phonetic spelling, but Blogger thought it was bad HTML or something, so it disappeared. That's my theory anyway.

    Frank--As I recall, the truck was stuck in 4-low. GGGGRRRRRRRRRRR. Thanks for helping drive me crazy.

  4. Too funny! I would have totally smiled at the spectacle crossing the road! What kind of neighbors do you have? At the very least, the lady could have smiled a "I'm so glad I'm not you smile," which you would have taken as "Oh, aren't you guys so cute!" smile.

    Love the random!

  5. Crazy--I hope she wasn't a neighbor. I'm going to believe she was a tourist.

  6. Just came across your blog , think I found it searching "vibrator giveaway" ha

    Thanks for the late night laughs ! Following you now :]

  7. I always spell it "hiney." I think it's one of those words with which you can take liberties, though.

    LOVE your banner picture - I think it's the scarves that really put it over the top.

  8. Missy--You're in luck! I'm going to have a vibrator giveaway later this month (pending sponsorship from one of my many local adult toy stores.) Guess I better offer something for the fellas too. Thanks for following!

    Piecemeal--Thanks for the spelling advice. The racecar babies pic is courtesy of one of their crazy aunties. Look for more like that in the future.

  9. Heiney. Done. I swear by heiney. The spelling and the body part.

  10. Steamy--

    Thanks! I will defer to your unASSailable mastery of all things butt-related.

  11. I was going to add my two cents, but Steamy has spoken. I will now spell it her way.

    Just found your blog and I'm enjoying it.

  12. Other--Thanks a bunch! It doesn't seem wise to disagree w/ Steamy.


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