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Thursday Thirteen #11

Thirteen favorite TV shows of Bubba

  1. M*A*S*H. The rest of the shows are in no particular order, but this one is definitely the best show ever put on television. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, well-developed characters, a ton of cameos by famous actors, and (according to interviews I’ve read) incredibly realistic, even employing a doctor full-time to ensure that anything medical on the show is accurate. If you don’t like this show, you haven’t given it a chance.
  2. Two and a Half Men. Definitely not the most moral show on television, but this is probably the funniest sitcom I’ve seen in a long time. Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer play two brothers, one incredibly rich from writing jingles, the other one a broke chiropractor staying with him. Angus T. Jones plays Jon’s incredibly funny son…and the rest of the cast has such an incredible chemistry that makes for a half-hour to anticipate each week.
  3. 7th Heaven. A weekly drama about a minister and his family that portrays people that should be nothing more than stereotypical goody-two-shoes as the real humans that we should all be. Eric and Annie Camden have seven kids, four of which are grown…and there are so many storylines written over the past 11 seasons that I can’t do it justice here. Well-written and acted.
  4. Cheers. No description needed for this sitcom set in a Boston pub.
  5. Sports Night. The best sitcom you’ve never heard of, it takes place on the set of a nightly sports news show, and only lasted for two seasons on ABC. It is probably classified as a drama, but had more than its fair share of humor without a laughing audience or canned laugh track. Unfortunately, this brilliant gem is now only available only on DVD, not being listed on any channel in recent memory.
  6. The Sopranos. One of a few entertainment pieces that motivate the audience to root for the bad guys, HBO is the originator of this series in its sixth (and probably final) season of following the mob in New Jersey and New York.
  7. Monty Python’s Flying Circus. This BBC series, run in perpetuity by PBS stations around the country, is a series of sketches done by a troupe of actors that possess the most warped but funny minds ever. If you have any appreciation for British humor, this is the show that started it all.
  8. Doctor Who. Another BBC product, this is imaginative sci-fi at its best. This show is the longest-running sci-fi show in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records, with the first episode airing on November 23, 1963. A unique feature of this program is the fact that (as of today) ten different actors have held the lead role of Doctor Who.
  9. The Cosby Show. I believe this NBC show was one of reasons that racism has decreased to the level it exists today. Portraying a successful African-American household, this show showed problems that exist among all families, and some cultural differences without being divisive.
  10. All In The Family. Another show that I believe helped to decrease racism, using a much different approach. Created by CBS, it ran from 1971 to 1979. Even though it is one of my favorites, I still marvel at how this show made it for 9 seasons. The main character, Archie Bunker, was racist to the core, displaying equal disdain for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Jews. In spite of such a lead, this show was successful commercially and socially because it displayed bigotry as the ridiculous and ignorant belief system it is.
  11. Press Your Luck. A game show that only aired 4 seasons, original episodes still run on the Game Show Network. Contestants answered trivia questions to earn spins on “The Big Board”, which contained cash, prizes, and Whammies. If a player stopped the seemingly random lights on a Whammy, all previous winnings were lost.
  12. Friday Night Videos. If you remember this show, the first thought you have right now is “Bubba has lost his mind!!” However, Bubba grew up in a place so remote that cable is still not available, hence, he grew up without MTV. This was the only regular place Bubba could watch music videos, and find out what the rest of the kids in school were talking about.
  13. Hockey Night In Canada. Another testament to where Bubba’s childhood home exists. I was blessed growing up being able to watch Canadian sportscasters describe the action. Don Cherry was (and still is) entertaining, funny, and controversial in The Coach’s Corner…27 years after his debut in 1980.

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I swear on the Koran…

No, not me, silly. I am unabashedly Christian, and make no bones about it.

However, the headline is inspired by a freshman congressman from Minnesota, a Democrat, who states that when he takes his oath of office, it will be done with a copy of the Koran, not the Bible, as every other official has done since the birth of the country. Generally speaking, Republicans are dead set against the idea, stating that if he doesn’t use the Bible, he will be changing everything on which this country was built.

Well, Bubba’s gonna shoot off his mouth again. What this country was built on, folks, was the Constitution of the United States of America, and its subsequent amendments. While our founding fathers were Christian, they fled England because they didn’t care for the brand of Christianity that was being forced upon them. Therefore, they came here and founded a new country, based on the belief that there would be no state-sponsored religion, and an American would be free to worship or believe what they wanted.

The future Representative, Keith Ellison, is merely stating that he is going to use the Koran instead of the Bible, because it is the book of his religion. If Christianity is not the state religion, why are we up in arms about this? What is an oath, anyways? An oath is a person affirming that they will do something, and in the case of public office, they are swearing on the Bible that they will uphold the Constitution. The Bible is used because supposedly people take that seriously, meaning if they swear by the Bible, that will make their promise extra-special or something. Well, this gentleman is saying that he doesn’t believe in the Bible, but will swear by his religion’s holiest book. That, folks, is what Bubba would call a serious oath.

Besides, if you’re a Christian, and you want people to swear by the Bible, you might want to try reading it. James is quoted as saying ‘Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.’ (James 5:12, New International Version) So, if I read this, I shouldn’t swear on anything…including the Bible.

I am on several mailing lists that issue almost daily bulletins about Christianity being under attack in America. You want to know why Christianity is constantly under attack? Because Christians are constantly complaining about other religions trying to exist. It also speaks to a lack of faith. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus go around attacking other religions. Instead, he speaks to the Jewish leaders of the day, calling them hypocritical. If you are worried about other religions, you may want to read Gamaliel’s advice to the elders of Israel:

35Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:35-39, New International Version)

There you have it, kids. Leave this representative alone, let him take his oath on the Koran, or whatever book he wants. Bubba says ’nuff said.

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November 28

Thought I’d throw together a quick update.

Went to my psychiatrist today. He thought there may be a mental illness component to what I’ve been suffering, but the first thing that he did was prescribe provigil, which is supposed to help with the fatigue. I start taking it tomorrow, so we’ll see how that goes.

I also have been to a couple of aquatics classes at the gym. My first impression was that it would not be too tough, but it’s definitely a workout. I have an orientation tomorrow where a personal trainer is going to see what exercise I need to reach my fitness goals (being able to stay awake, etc.)

Other than that, I am taking the time that I have off and starting to do a couple of things around the house, like laundry and cleaning.

Oh, and Trevor is home from the hospital! Please keep praying for him, though, as he has more chemo to endure.

Well, that’s all for now.

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Finally…a real domain name

For those of you that think my page name is too long…here’s a new development. I bought the domain name for azbubba, so here’s the new webpage address:

http://www.azbubba.com

That’s all you need to access the most trivial, useless, and unorganized page on the internet.

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Isabelle on Turkey Day!






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Thursday Thirteen #10

Can’t believe this is my 10th TT. This week…I’m outing my friends.

No, no, no. I’m not announcing their sexuality to the world; I’m merely putting their names in a public place and why I love them. If you don’t know me personally, it will be a glimpse into the people that make Bubba as messed up as he is. If you know me…well, you’ll probably be on here. Please don’t sue.

Thirteen friends of Bubba…
…in no particular order.

  1. Pat. Yes, my ex-mother in law. I have had the good fortune of still maintaining relationships with my ex’s family. Pat and I have done almost everything together, including road trips, movies, church, and divorce in the same year. She’s been there for me whenever I needed something. No, she doesn’t read this blog, so I’m probably safe for this one.
  2. Brenda. More than just the former leader of our Sunday morning group, she’s also social director, communicator, and a good listener when needed. She’s one of the people that did the 3-Day walk for Breast Cancer…which means if you know a woman, she’s your friend too. Thanks for all you have done for me (and others). Oh, and tell your daughter to quit visiting websites that put viruses on her computer!!!
  3. Travis. I’m glad I’ve struck up a friendship with this guy. Helps me keep a younger perspective on life, especially when I feel like being a grumpy old curmudgeon at the ripe ol’ age of 39. I don’t think he reads this either, but I’m glad I have him as a friend.
  4. Jay. My “brother from another mother” is going through some hard times right now in another state…and I try to remember to pray for him daily. When he’s not dealing with family crisis, he can be found teaching, singing, and just being a very compassionate friend to have if you need help…no matter what it is.
  5. Jeff. I could write a novel and not tell you what is “weird” about this guy…with the disclaimer that I’m probably “weird” in the same way. Jeff is the person that got me addicted to Starcraft (thanks…), sang with me in choir, and helped me laugh out loud at any number of area restaurants. We’ve never been kicked out of any of these foodservice establishments, but we either get smiles or really odd frowns because of the party-like atmosphere that seems to occur every time we dine out. Jeff’s talents include reciting songs and skits from The Muppet Show (along with the associated movies), playing trumpet without any metal hardware, and being a connoisseur of classic rock. Oh, and one other thing…he’s married to…
  6. Marney. Anytime an ear is needed, she’s been a true friend to me. Marney is not only compassionate, but extremely intelligent, and true to her core beliefs. She knows what she believes, and isn’t afraid to share those beliefs with others. What an amazing person.
  7. Jodi. One of the friends I made online during the time I was experiencing my divorce, she’s been nothing but a true friend. Even though she doesn’t live near me, we have visited each other a couple of times, and have had a lot of smiles and laughs together. She has two kids who can be trouble at times, but have great smiles and truly unique personalities to match. I am so glad I met this family!
  8. Lezlie. One of my Divorce Care co-attendees, Lezlie is a non-stop bundle of energy, the life of any party she attends. I am lucky enough to see her greeting at church every time I go. She entertains at home, shows true interest in what’s going on with me, and has done nothing but try to show me the positive side of what’s going on. She has also grown a tremendous amount over the past couple of years, and become an even better person (if that was possible!)
  9. Lee. I actually met Lee through his spouse Maggie, because I used to work with her. Lee is a tremendous cook, and has a lot of imagination to come up with dishes that are different and delicious. He has a great heart, and always made me feel welcome at their home for dinner. When I had to find a home for my dog because of divorce, they took her in, and their only reason for not keeping her is because Sabrina (my puppy!) didn’t get along with their dogs. But lest you think their dogs aren’t nice, Pepper and Gracie always loved to see me come over, and would harass me to play with them until they got tired. I miss this family, and hope they make it back to Phoenix soon.
  10. Judi. One of my co-workers, Judi has been through a lot in her life, but never let that deter her from being a true friend to me. She’s compassionate, loving, and would not hesitate to give the shirt off her back if she thought someone else needed it more than her. She continually thinks about her friends, and does a lot for anyone fortunate enough to know her.
  11. Gayla. I might not know Gayla as well as I’d like to, but I’ve been lucky enough to stand by her side while head-banging at a concert, going to the movies, and attending church with her on Sundays. Yes, I know. Funny combination…but this is a very multi-faceted person we’re talking about here. Gayla is smart, funny, and will help anyone if she is able.
  12. Jana. I met Jana while in high school….and sometimes we are able to stay in contact, sometimes not. However, we always seem to reestablish contact and then talk for a long time. She remains one of the people in my life that I am unable to convert to Republican, but I still love her anyway. When not harassing me, she’s mom to three kids, husband to Andreas, and a wonderful psychologist.
  13. Mary. One of my poker night buddies, she has been an acquaintance to me for a while. As you can see by the above list, I have several friends that are compassionate, patient listeners. Mary is unique, though, in that she gives me the feeling that she really does understand some of the changes I’ve endured over the past couple of years. I also run into her every once in a while on Pogo. It’s always great when you have friends that you can play with online.

If I didn’t list you here, either I don’t know you well enough (yet), or because it’s almost 1 am here and I’m experiencing brain farts. Whether you’re on this list or not, if you know me, I love you. Happy Thanksgiving.


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Pumpkin Crunch

OK, there are enough requests..here’s the recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well and spread into the prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture and pat down. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top of the cake mix then drizzle the melted margarine all over the top.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 1 hour but no longer than 1 hour and 20 minutes. Top cooled cake with whipped topping when ready to serve.
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Thursday Thirteen #9

Thirteen events in the week of Bubba

  1. After not having worked since Friday, I went to the doctor’s office. No, he didn’t have anything to make me feel any better.
  2. I found out that my rheumy has given me a diagnosis of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) instead of Fibromyalgia. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter much. Both are currently incurable, and management of either condition is hit-or-miss.
  3. My doctor agreed with me that I should probably take the rest of the year off of work. Now I just have to try my best to get short term disability.
  4. I moved my computer, and added a wireless network. Seems to work faster. I can now watch TV and be online at the same time.
  5. I finally followed my rheumy’s advice and called the Arthritis Foundation to get information on a self-help group and aquatic therapy. All they did was point me towards their website…where I found out almost nothing. Except that I contacted someone that told me there are no more physical support groups in my area for either FM or CFS. However, she did tell me that my rheumy is one of the better doctors around.
  6. On the advice of someone on my online support group, I checked out a gym: Fitness Forum in Chandler. Not a bad gym…and they have a juice bar, showers, and a pool for laps and aquatic therapy. At $29.50 a month, I will probably join, possibly as soon as today.
  7. I had dinner with a certain floppy-haired fangirl last night. Valle Luna is a great Mexican restaurant if you’re in the Phoenix area. I really enjoy having her as a friend…I had a great time.
  8. I was invited to four Thanksgiving feasts. I will probably attend two.
  9. I am finding out how hard it is to cancel my Rhapsody service. I went to their website, only to be directed to call a phone number to cancel, where someone tried doing a sales job on me. I made it clear that I still wanted to cancel, and he said that he would send me an email to confirm cancellation…and I still haven’t received it yet.
  10. I filled a 55-gallon trash container with shredded documents and junk that I threw out from storage. I’m proud of taking a step towards curing myself of being a pack rat.
  11. I’m excited that the holidays are coming for one reason: I get to make my famous Pumpkin Crunch. It’s easy and delicious…if not horribly fattening.
  12. I feel somewhat relieved now that I’ve made the decision to take some time off. I now get to do exciting things like clean, cook for myself, and possibly get a sufficient amount of rest for the first time in a long time.
  13. After installing my wireless network, I found out that there is someone in my neighborhood that has an unsecured wireless network. Folks, if you have a wireless network in your house for the computer, secure it. If you don’t know how…leave a comment and I’ll be glad to tell you how.

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Playlist – November 14

I had a couple of people ask me what I’m listening to. Well, here you go.

CDs:

  • Matisyahu – Youth
  • Jars of Clay – Good Monsters
  • Train – For Me, It’s You
  • Fuel – Something Like Human

Yahoo! Music Unlimited:

  • Toto – Make Believe, Hold The Line
  • Jefferson Starship – Jane
  • ELO – Do Ya, Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  • Gary Wright – Love is Alive
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • Gino Vannelli – I Just Wanna Stop
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section – Spooky
  • April Wine – Sign of the Gypsy Queen
  • The Babys – Every Time I Think of You
  • Honeymoon Suite – Funny Business
  • The Hooters – And We Danced, All You Zombies, Where Do The Children Go

There ya go, eh?

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November 14

Howdy, sorry for the disappearing act.

I went home early from work on Friday, thinking that I would rest up over the weekend, and go back on Monday.

Like my momma says, that’s where thinkin’ got me.

Here it is Tuesday evening, and I haven’t been to work. Won’t go tomorrow, either, as I’m going to head over to the doctor’s and get a sanity check, so to speak. I’ve had something that feels either like a cold or the flu since Friday, and it’s not going away. I have also done some housework (laundry, cleaning, etc.) which hasn’t helped either…but I’m sick and tired of coming home to a dirty house and just collapsing from work because I don’t have energy to do anything else.

So, hopefully the doc will have some direction for me. Until then, I will be watching tv, and chatting on the computer for about an hour at a time. Right now my back hurts pretty bad, and so I’ll be doing the vicodin with my usual nightcap of ambien.

I appreciate your prayers for my sanity. I also got an update on Trevor: apparently he is doing much better, although he still needs a bone marrow transplant. ETA on that procedure is about February…and he’s having another session of chemo sometime this week. Please also pray things continue to go well for him.

There’s a lot I could talk about…but I’ll just mention one thing and go. While resting today, I watched a show on Bravo called Showdog Moms & Dads. I have to tell you…these people have lost their minds. Words fail to come to my fingers as I think about these people that…well, like I said, words fail me. I’ll tell you more later…but if you get a chance check it out.

That’s all for now. God bless.

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