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The Final Thursday Thirteen….

Thirteen favorite movie quotes of Bubba

We have been informed by the creator of the Thursday Thirteen that this will be the last one. Personally I’m a bit sad, because I’ve gotten to know some great people through this meme. Hopefully we can all find another one that’s just as fun to keep connected.

I will attempt to keep this blog somewhat PG-13 rated, so I am censoring some of the words listed below.

  1. “What do we have here, a f_____g comedian! Private, Joker! I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you, you can come over to my house and f__k my sister!” Full Metal Jacket, 1987. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman played by F. Lee Ermey.
  2. “Ouiser Boudreaux: Oh! Well don’t you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin’ God-only-knows-what! They’d probably make me eat a live chicken!
    Annelle: Not on your first visit!” Steel Magnolias, 1989. Ouiser Boudreaux is Shirley MacLaine, and Annelle is Darryl Hannah.
  3. “Be advised, I’m mean nasty and tired. I eat concertina wire and piss napalm and I could put a round through a fleas ass at 300 meters. So why don’t you hump somebody else’s leg mutt-face before I push yours in.” Heartbreak Ridge, 1986. Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway played by Clint Eastwood.
  4. “People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.” The American President, 1995. Lewis Rothschild, played by Michael J. Fox. A really true saying.
  5. “From a Marine in Da Nang: “Captain Hauk sucks the sweat off of a dead man’s balls.” I have no idea what that means, sir, but it seems very negative to me.” Good Morning Vietnam, 1987. Private Edward Garlick, played by Forrest Whittaker. I still laugh when I hear it.
  6. Marsha: That sounds so *fattening*. Is every dish here cooked in *oil*?
    Grace Briggs: No… some we boil in Swiss water.”
    Return to Me, 1990. Marsha played by Holly Wortell, Grace played by Minnie Driver.
  7. Kate: What were you raised in, a barn?
    Doug: Honey, where I’m from we stand for the national anthem.” The Cutting Edge, 1992. Kate played by Moira Kelly, Doug played by D.B. Sweeney.
  8. “Well, I’ve been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I’ve come to the conclusion that my guts have s__t for brains. “ High Fidelity, 2000. Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack.
  9. “So, what happens is my dad and uncles, they fight over who gets to eat the lamb brain. And then my aunt Voula forks the eyeball and chases me around with it, try to get me to eat it, ’cause it’s gonna make me smart. So, you have two cousins, I have 27 first cousins. Just 27 first cousins alone! And my whole family is big and loud. And everybody is in each other’s lives and business. All the time! Like, you never just have a minute alone, just to think, ‘Cause we’re always together, just eating, eating, eating! The only other people we know are Greeks, ’cause Greeks marry Greeks to breed more Greeks, to be loud breeding Greek eaters.” My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002. Toula, played by Nia Vardalos.
  10. “Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” Animal House, 1978. Bluto, played by John Belushi. Lots of classic lines in this movie.
  11. Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Jake: Hit it.” The Blues Brothers, 1980. Elwood and Jake, played by Dan Akroyd and John Belushi respectively.
  12. Elwood: We’re on a mission from God. Mrs. Murphy: Don’t you blaspheme in here! Don’t you blaspheme in here! This is my man, this is my restaurant, and you two are gonna turn around and walk right out of here – without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and without Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy!” Once again, The Blues Brothers, and Mrs. Murphy is Aretha Franklin. Yes, THE Aretha Franklin. This is the only movie with two quotes on my list…because it deserves it.
  13. “Well, first I was gonna pop this guy hanging from the street light, and I realized, y’know, he’s just working out. I mean, how would I feel if somebody come runnin’ in the gym and bust me in my a__ while I’m on the treadmill? Then I saw this snarling beast guy, and I noticed he had a tissue in his hand, and I’m realizing, y’know, he’s not snarling, he’s sneezing. Y’know, ain’t no real threat there. Then I saw little Tiffany. I’m thinking, y’know, eight-year-old white girl, middle of the ghetto, bunch of monsters, this time of night with quantum physics books? She about to start some s__t, Zed. She’s about eight years old, those books are WAY too advanced for her. If you ask me, I’d say she’s up to something. And to be honest, I’d appreciate it if you eased up off my back about it. [pause] Or do I owe her an apology?” Men In Black, 1997. Detective James Edwards, played by Will Smith. For those of you about to argue about my identity of the character, he doesn’t become “J” until after he accepts the position at MIB.

I can’t believe this is the last Thursday Thirteen. I don’t know what went into the decision to not carry the meme any longer, but if you’re reading this, it has been a privilege and an honor to be a part of your community. Thank you, and God bless. Oh, and thanks to IMDB for movie reference help.

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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February 20

I have been lacking a lot of personal updates, so that’s what I’m going to do at this time…kind of bring you up to speed on what’s been going on with me. If that kind of stuff bores you, it’s probably because I’m not that exciting.

If you’re still reading…well, all I can say is you’ve been warned.

Last week I got to watch a couple’s dogs while they went on vacation. Holly is a golden retriever mix, and Petra is a pit bull mixed with what I think might be Australian Shepherd. I visited them before the couple left, and then just came over a bunch until they got back. I loved the fact that I had a couple of dogs to play with for a week! I also stayed over a few nights….and boy, was that interesting.

The couple have a waterbed, which I personally don’t mind because I used to have one for years. However, the two dogs made it really interesting. Yes, they both wanted to sleep with me. What can I say…I’m just a great guy to sleep with! Anyhoo, Holly is 65 pounds and wasn’t too bad. Even though she likes to snuggle up to you, if I moved around for a bit she generally kept to a corner of the bed. Petra was another story. She just HAD to be snuggling up to me at all times…and what was the funniest is her favorite spot. Which was between my legs. If I was on my stomach, her favorite pillow was my butt. If I was on my back….well, you use your imagination.

I took them for a walk every night (except for one, when it rained), fed them treats, kept their water and food dishes full, and kept them company. For most people this wouldn’t be too bad, but I realized at the end of the week how much it took out of me. When Monday came (yesterday, that is) I was absolutely exhausted.

I also spent part of last week helping my friend Jodi plan her move to Phoenix. If you’ve read this blog for a long time, I think I’ve talked about her before as a long-distance relationship I used to have. We’re still good friends, though, and I was glad to help her and her two teenage kids down here safely. She got the keys for her apartment yesterday, and later today we should be unloading the truck to get her moved in. I’m glad to have another friend in the area, even though it seems her kids want us to be a couple again. Sorry to say, that doesn’t look like it will happen.

Today I got a letter from the short-term disability folks at work. The gal in charge of my case sent a letter saying that she’s going to need more documentation to substantiate my claim. Well, I’m not sure what she’s looking for, because I’ve been diagnosed with illnesses that don’t have any blood tests or cures. I guess I will call her tomorrow and see what she wants.

People have been asking how I’ve been doing financially because I don’t have any income coming in at this time. Well, in a word, I’ve been doing whatever I can to keep my head above water. As I mentioned before, I believe that God is going to provide for me, and so far that has been the case. When I’ve needed to get out of the house and get something to eat, someone or other has called and taken me out to dinner. When I needed money for something, either I’ve had tax returns, friends, or something else help me out. In case you’re wondering about the donation button on the side, no, I have not received anything from it. And no, I’m not using this as a forum to get anyone to feel bad and click on it. If you like my blog, and it’s semi-entertaining, you can make a donation. Don’t click on it if you feel sorry for me, or need a tax-deduction, and for Pete’s sake don’t click it if you are wondering if me or the cancer patients need it more. Give it to them. But, if you do happen to give, thanks.

I had been pretty faithful in going to the gym, but slipped up last week. I was just too busy, tired, or both to go. Partially because of how busy my week was, and partially because I had been overdoing it. No, that’s not my judgement call…that was the instructor’s call…she felt I was overdoing it when I went, and she is the one telling me to slow down.

I talked to my ex-wife yesterday for a bit. A lot of small talk, but she also told me that the second of two cats that we had together as pets was losing a LOT of weight in a short amount of time. She feared that he was getting old and that she might have to have him put down. Well, her fears came to realization last night. I was having dinner with her mom, and she got a phone call saying that Rocks (the cat) was having a lot of trouble breathing, and it was probably time to let him go. She then had a friend drive her to the vet, where they put him to sleep last night for the last time.

Rocks was an amazing cat. Most of his life he tipped the scales around 20 pounds, and he was a polydactyl, meaning he had more than four pads on each of his paws. He was very skittish around people he didn’t know, but once you got to know him he was a very affectionate and fun cat. My memories of him include a routine that we used to have. He would sit on the back of the recliner, and wait for me to walk by. If I didn’t pet him or otherwise acknowledge is immediate prescence, he would smack me with his hand. Yes, I said smack me with his hand. We all know this little limp-wristed, half-hearted attempt that most cats make in a playful attempt to hit something, but he instead swung his front paw like it was an open hand on a human arm. I also am sad for his passing, but probably not as much as my ex. Please pray for Jen tonight…I know she could use some comfort right about now.
RIP, Rocks.
1992-2007
That’s about all from me right now. If you have read this, please leave a comment to say hi.
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Thursday Thirteen #18

Bubbas visit to the Heart Attack Grill

I got an email from The Heart Attack Grill with this advertisement:


All I can eat???? BURGERS???? FREE?????? Wow…on my budget this is exactly what I need! So, knowing that they’ve been in the news (see their website for the tons of media coverage done on this place), I decided to go with my trusty Verizon LG-VX9800 (aka the new enV) and take some pics and video.

I’m not going to do any numbering with this TT; it’s hard enough to get Blogger to do what you want with pictures anyhoo.

I get there at about 10:55 am, and already there’s a pretty decent line.

As you approach, you realize that they make some pretty outrageous claims. First of all…Food Worth Dying For? Yep, right here!

It seems to get serious when you’re greeted by a doctor at the door.

And a nurse.

OK, so it’s not that serious. If you couldn’t tell already, it’s a place built on fun…mostly for guys that don’t shy away from the sight of scantily-clad women serving them burgers, beer, and fries. I am a strong enough man to be able to endure this experience. =)

Here’s the menu. Short, sweet, and to the point.

When I get inside, I knew it would be busy. It’s a pretty small place, but everyone seems to be in a good mood and enjoying the fun of free food and fun girls.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that there really wasn’t a whole lot of innuendo going on…everyone was just having fun. There were also a group of soldiers having lunch that were before me in line.

Thanks for your service, guys.

Bubba loves any place that has two TVs…and an American flag.

The nurses, AHEM, waitresses were serving us as fast as they can…

…and the doctors, er, cooks, were preparing the slabs of tasty processed bovine as fast as they could too!

They did a great job serving us. They were very friendly in a non-sexual, barely flirtatious manner. They did a lot of talking to customers.

They also did a lot of posing. Sometimes for me because I had a camera phone, sometimes just to be posing.

These next pictures definitely need captions. I was there, and can’t really think of funny captions for these.

“YOU WILL EAT YOUR BURGER OR I WILL SHOVE IT DOWN YOUR THROAT!!!!”


“And they think they’re tough! Check ME out!”

Well, that’s the best I could do. If you leave comments, try your hand at your own captions!

On normal days, if you finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass burger, they will take you to your car in a wheelchair. Since it was so busy, though, the ones that needed the wheelchair the most were the waitresses.

But, there’s only one wheelchair…and if more than one waitress was tired, they just sat on top of each other.

In summary, good burgers, no frills, and a lot of fun. On my way out, I ask Doctor Jon for a picture. As you can see, he was quick to ham it up with the staff.

Well, that sums up my visit to the Heart Attack Grill. Thanks for the free burger and fries…I will be back!

I also have a video on You Tube…not sure if this link will work, but the video should be HERE.

UPDATE: Video is up…see it just below!


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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Pictures of Isabelle

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long…so I’m gonna flood a bit with pictures!
Yes, they’re all of Isabelle (and her mommy, my sis). Enjoy the snow first….


And she now has a big people bed!


And lastly, Isabelle and Chrissy wished me a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Baby Beyonce

With all the serious stuff today, here’s a funny…you have probably already seen this.

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A simple lesson about Iraq

From HamNation, via Michelle Malkin and You Tube. There is much more to this story than I can put here…so if you want more detail after viewing the video, link is below. However, view the video, which is an adaptation of Captain Travis Patriquin’s power point slide show on part of the situation in Iraq. Below is the summary from You Tube:

A tribute in felt to Capt. Travis Patriquin and the men and women who fought alongside him in Iraq. His is one of the greatest, simplest explanations of the situation in Anbar.

Links
“Great in the Woods” – Godspeed Captain Travis Patriquin
ABC News reports on the Captain’s presentation
Contribute to the Patriquin Family Memorial Fund.

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RIP Molly Ivins

I was saddened first thing this morning, when I found out that Molly Ivins had passed away. For those of you that aren’t political junkies aware of Ms. Ivins, Molly was a columnist that wrote syndicated opinion items, mostly from a liberal point of view.

Hailing from Texas, Molly took the stereotypical toughness of her state and infused it into her writing in a way that was both entertaining and informative. Since she was unabashedly democrat and liberal, the times that her and I saw eye to eye were few and far in between. However, I still found her extremely entertaining, intelligent, and engaging.

Ms. Ivins lost a six year battle with breast cancer on January 31, 2007. What is additionally sad is that her friend and fellow Texan, former governor Ann Richards, also succumbed to breast cancer on September 13 last year.

Too many women have fallen victim to this disease for us not to take it seriously. Please continue to support research for breast cancer. If you’re a woman, please, please, please do self-exams and get mammograms as recommended.

Links
Breast Cancer Info: here, and here
Molly Ivins’ columns

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Thursday Thirteen #17

Thirteen things that make Bubbamad

Hey…I made my first TT banner this week! I’m so proud of myself…hope you like it.

  1. People that have no mercy for others. There isn’t anyone wandering around Earth today that is so perfect that they have the right to not forgive someone else…no matter what they’ve done. Besides, holding a grudge only hurts us.
  2. Inconsiderate drivers. Sir or madam: you are piloting a heavy flying weapon of metal, rubber, and plastic at speeds that will kill someone else…or you. Making a turn? That lever on the left side of your steering column is not a place to hang your air freshener. It’s a turn signal. USE IT. If you make a mistake, don’t flip me off. Make some sort of gesture that says that you’re sorry…and we’ll both go on our day much happier. There are other things, of course…but share the road, and keep in mind that you have the power to end someone’s life every time you get behind the wheel. And that life that you end might just be your own.
  3. Having two thousand cable channels with nothing on. However, I fully realize…that in my case, this may happen because I’m in a pissy mood. But still…if a person with my varied interests can’t find something good on…it’s a problem.
  4. Not being able to think like I used to. Don’t know if it’s age or recent medical stuff…but the old gray matter doesn’t work like it used to. But I can’t memorize things, or even process information like I used to even three years ago. I used to be able to do pretty complex math in my head…now I can’t trust myself to add 12 and 15.
  5. Music, movie, and TV stars that express political opinions without sufficient facts. For brevity and other reasons, I won’t go into specifics, but I’m sure you can come up with some, no matter what side of the political spectrum you reside on. If you have an opinion, great…but remember, regardless of what Mr. Barkley says, you’re a role model to others. If you don’t want to be a role model, find a profession that doesn’t exist in the public spotlight.
  6. People that follow the stars mentioned above blindly. If someone expresses an opinion, and you take it at face value without thinking about it, you may as well start saying “moo”, because it’s obvious that you’re just following the herd. God gave you a brain. Use it.
  7. People that don’t know why they believe what they believe. I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat, Christian, Muslim, or anything else. If you believe something, you should be able to express to others why. I had a co-worker once that attended a political rally for a presidential candidate. When I asked why he was for that candidate, he said “I don’t know”. You don’t know? Then why bother? More accurately…if you can’t express why you believe something, it probably means that you’re letting someone else think for you. Blech.
  8. Permanently negative people. We all have bad days. Myself included. I’m talking about people that day in, day out, have a negative outlook on everything. Life is too short, folks. Find things in your life that make you happy…and concentrate on them.
  9. Excessive saturation of publicity for any event. I guess it’s Super Bowl week…and I’m really looking forward to the game on Sunday. But some of the publicity is just sickening. Right now I’m watching a live press conference from Miami. No, it’s not a Colts or Bears player, coach, employee, NFL, whatever. It’s Billy Joel. Why? Because he’s singing the national anthem before the game. The questions are fun too. “Do you still get nervous before a concert?” Sigh. Does this really belong on TV…live? Do we really need an NFL channel? Guess so…because Prince’s news conference is in 15 minutes.
  10. People that get mad for no reason whatsoever. I went to pick up our new HDTV DVR from Cox the other day. When I went to the nearest office, there was a sign on the door stating that they didn’t have any boxes at that office. No problem, I just went to another office. However, I know people that would go inside and complain about having to go to another office…usually with expletives. Once again, life’s too short. If you have a problem, think about a solution, and not a way to put your teeth marks in someone else’s butt.
  11. Insincere apologies. I mentioned this last week, so I won’t elaborate. But I’m having a hard time coming up with 13 things that make me mad.
  12. Things with moving parts. Cars, copiers, toys…all of these things have moving parts. Moving parts break. Broken things can be a real annoyance. If this one doesn’t make sense to you, I apologize. Really!
  13. The fact that other people have so much power over us. Pretty much every single thing I’ve listed here has to do with other people. As a person, you have the choice to spread positive feelings, or negative feelings. I hope that in everything you do today and from now on, you choose to influence others in a positive way.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


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