bad memories…

so yesterday, i’m watching the weather channel in the morning.  stephanie abrams was in nyc and holy crap, while there weren’t any crashing and thundering waves, the swelling waves* pictured were even scarier…

sorry about the jim cantore…

roiling water like that is just more ominous…with thundering and crashing waves, you KNOW there’s danger if you fall in…but those sneaky swelling ones…well, you just don’t know what’s under there and how high they are going to rise, do you?

the danger you know is always preferable to the danger you don’t know…back in the spring of ’97 we had a horrific flood which came after a hellaciously long, snowy and bitterly cold winter…that was my first year on the air and kdio and i quickly learned to NEVER update your weather related announcement spot until the second you were walking out the door to go home…i did, however, become a master at editing those cuts…anyhoo, in early april, the lake was rising because, duh, it’s spring and  all the snowmelt in the hills to the north was flowing in at a rapid rate…then the rain hit…we had something like 6 inches in an hour…and it didn’t let up…then it decided to snow AND rain at the same time…i get the shudders just thinking about it…

odessa is located to the southeast of the dam in hooterville along the minnesota river…there was a very real fear that the dam would give way and bye-bye odessa…our house is on top of a hill, so we weren’t really worried about ourselves, but the town of odessa is much lower and in a pretty low and swampy area anyhow, so we were all evacuated…in the middle of the night…

hubbkf was battling strep throat at the time, the engineer was in vegas at convention and the transmitter went down…what else would you expect it to do in the middle of a weather event?!  i had to drive hubbkf to the transmitter building some 20 miles away and relay information between him and the engineer…in the middle of all that, both moms called to tell us we were being evacuated…so we got as much done to the transmitter that we could and headed home to pack up…

lest you think the good times ended there, they didn’t…one of hubbk’s employees stranded themselves at a friend’s house and couldn’t make it to sign on at the station the next morning…i say stranded themselves because they knew damn well they had to work and that it would be incredibly stupid to leave town given the current conditions…so, hubbk dragged himself off his deathbed after a night of zero sleep and filled in the shift…this time driving over 30 miles in a blizzard/rain storm…

they say you can’t go home again…and they are right…especially if you have a sick husband, two kids with adhd and a dog…we did survive, however…thanks to the salvation army (hotdish three times a day!), beer and long work hours…

so cheer up, folks who are misplaced due to sandy…chances are, you’ll make it too…

*stop it!

dissonance, projection, whatever…it hurtz my brane…

the doofuses (doofi?) over at the journalistic megalith breitbart have their panties in twist about eva longoria’s tweet that referred to mittens as a ‘racist/misogynist twat’ or some such…they are shocked, shocked! i tell you at the ‘flat out vulgarities’ of hollywood.  oh my…whatever shall we do…some hollywood bimbo called mittens a slightly naughty name…can you imagine if she wouldn’t have used the word twat?  full on vulgarmedgeddon, that’s what!

interestingly enough, blartfart is quite proud of icky has-been gene simmons for having the balls to say obama’s a piss-poor president…cuz if anyone knows from piss-poor, it’s got to be gene simmons… 

but yeah, it’s okay for a vulgar, marginally talented former rockstar to use the term ‘piss poor’ regarding the sitting president, but the sky is supposed to fall when a hollywood bimbo calls romney a twat? how does no one in wingnuttia not notice the double standard?  is there some short of short between their eyeballs and their brains?

my other favorite here, is that gene simmons…star of a reality show all about his family passes judgement on obama being a family man…granted it’s positive, but really, when you parade your whole goddamn family life onto the teevee, you should really just stfu about everything except what a sell-out media whore you are…

news buster or big fat whine baby? you decide…

why do people who don’t like the modern world and its proclivities feel compelled…nay, duty-bound, to warn the world about it?  how are they not aware that they are doing the exact same thing they used to laff at the old folks for doing?  i don’t know…i guess a scold’s gotta scold or something…or maybe simmering in your outrage over poops and penis’ is really, really gratifying…in a hair shirt kind of way…

brent bozell, blusterer extraordinaire, recently subjected himself to the atrocity that most folks call the oscars…click on the link to find out that brent does not like potty humor or weiner jokes…shocking, i know!  as typical of those who demand that entertainment return to chivalry and clean comedy, brent sure seems to have watched a LOT of  ‘family guy’ and ‘american dad’.  if it’s so awful, brent, turn it off…don’t watch it…ignore it it and it may go away…we don’t care what you do, just quit bitching about how humor has degenerated…most humor has always been low…i bet if the serpent would have had a finger, it would have asked eve to pull it before tempting her with the apple…

me suspect that also, as typical of moral arbiters, brent probably has a few icky things he enjoys in his private life, that he doesn’t want bandied about in public…which is actually the real motivation here…if brent’s repression and moral code do not allow him to publicly enjoy and/or laff at ribaldry, nobody can!  and i really hate that…and i’m juvenile enough to watch degenerate programming just to spite him…also, i like brian the dog and stewie…

so, really brent…stop sacrificing your delicate senses to warn us of the fartoclypse that we call television…also, really?  it’s the oscars…it’s been a flagrant display of bad taste and excess for the last thirty years…oh, yes…also typical of prudish scolds…the next thing you know, brent will be squawking about that long haired fellow gyrating his hips on ed sullivan…