Friday, December 31

A Brand New Day

I like New Years because it's all about transformation. Much like the proverbial "Phoenix rising from the Ashes"... we get to set the counter back to zero and start again.

When I finally hit the showers tonight, I'm going to be sure and wash off all the dirt of 2010.
Cause tomorrow morning I'll want to hit 2011 running - with a fresh set of diapers.

I am sure that 2011 will be full of plots and plans... and with them New Canards & Capers.
Happy New Year folks

Saturday, December 25

Santa was good to us

I got an iPad

Eddie got a 55 inch 3D tv

Rocky got some ribbon to play with

Last night we were in the hot tub. Mainly just so we could say we did. We like to rub it in.

So what did you all get?

Merry Christmas

Posted via my HTC android on I-10 driving west
(I'm not the one driving, relax)

Friday, December 10

The Random Rocky Picture of the Day*

Santa Claws is coming, everyone look busy.

Let's play Where's Waldo Rocky

Can you spot him now?

*Not a daily feature

Thursday, November 25

Thanksgiving day

6:30 dessert time - kahlua pumpkin cheesecake, marionberry cobbler, vanilla ice cream. It's good to be king

4:00 potatoes mashed, turkey sliced, prosecco popped. time to dine

3:30 the bird is out, the cobbler is out, the potatoes are boiling

3:00 the berry cobbler is in the oven

12:30 the bird is in the oven

Monday, November 22

Junk pile

I am travelling to Austin today. I went through security and wanted to assure everybody that my junk was left intact. I will provide junk updates as events warrant.

Because I know you care.

Sunday, October 31

Halloween year 2

We had help from the Halloween Elves Union

I'm a happy fellow this year

Somewhat cat-like

And here's Pawand Maw

Happy Halloween everybody. It's 90 degrees here today. Ha ha ha.

Saturday, October 30

Another Birthday Already?

Seems like it was only last year, but here we are again with another notch on the martini swizzle stick.

If I recall, we said we would take it easy this year. And we did.
Only some light digging in the backyard.
A few sprinkles of rain.
Some tile work.
Some more tile work.
Boycotts and Girlcotts.
Couple of hot months.
Window screens.
Attic insulation.

Sometimes, you just need a wee drinky-poo.

Thursday, October 21

Autumntime, and the livin' is eas(ier)

It is autumn time.

When I was a kid, I never cared much for the fall season. Summer is over, the weather turns cool, and children have to go back to school.

Now that I'm an adult, I find I actually look forward to autumn. Summer is over, the weather turns cool, and children have to go back to school.

Funny how the same things look different when you are on the other side of them. So now that fall is an enjoyable time of year, I am developing an enjoyment of the colors and symbols that reflect the season.

I notice when I travel to the east, there is much more on display in the neighborhoods and yards. I have always found that to be fun and festive, so I am interested in bringing some of that here to the C+C household.

Monday, September 27

Before & After

What a difference a day made
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain

My yesterday was blue, dear
Today I'm part of you, dear
My lonely nights are through, dear
Since you said you were mine

What a difference a day makes
There's a rainbow before me
Skies above can't be stormy
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss

It's heaven when you find romance on your menu
What a difference a day made
And the difference is you

What a difference a day makes
There's a rainbow before me
Skies above can't be stormy
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss

It's heaven when you find romance on your menu
What a difference a day made
And the difference is you

Sunday, September 12

Sunday Funnies

Least Competent Criminals
Veteran criminal Nathan Pugh, 49 walked in to a Wells Fargo bank in Dallas on July 26 and presented his holdup note to a teller (claiming to have a 'bom'). The teller told Pugh that she could not release large amounts of money without proper ID and convinced Pugh to turn over both a Texas state ID card and his Wells Fargo debit card, both in his own name. Police arrived just as Pugh was leaving and after an attenpt to grab a hostage, he was arrested. (He even failed with the hostage--a woman carrying a child---who still managed to take Pugh to the floor.) [Dallas Morning News, 8-5-10]

We always get our man. No, wait. That's the Canadian Mounties.
Thanks to my dad for the submission, via News of the Weird

Saturday, September 11

Saturday, September 4

Your Saturday Silly

What's going on up there in Central Pennsylvania?

I was just up there last week, and I didn't notice anything...unusual.

Butts Arrested in Boob Murder Case
POTTER TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY - Police have arrested a third person in connection with the murder of Samuel Boob.

Boob was shot and killed at his home in Potter Township, Centre County, on the morning of August 23rd, 2009.

Kermit Butts, 26, of Madisonburg, is accused of driving the suspected killer to and from the crime scene on the morning of the killing. He was charged with aggravated assault and assisting a murder suspect and placed in the Centre County Prison.
I certainly hope they get to the bottom of this case.

Tuesday, August 17

The Random Rocky Picture of the Day*

It's Rocky vs Helio, the Balloon.

Okay, sport. You caught it. Now what do you do with it?

* Not a daily feature

Tuesday, August 10

Celebrate National Remote Control Boating Month

...the thing I just now invented.

Anyway, here is Thirsty Howell the Tird taking the ol' SS Mildew out for a three minute spin, a three minute spin.

Saturday, August 7

Saturday Linkorama

I am envious. I wish I were able to write golden nuggets dripping with diamonds like these folks. They are my idols. Enjoy, and click the links for more.

Shocking: Levin Johnston Shopping Tell-All Lie Book About Sarah Palin
"...After all, he's accomplished so much -- he had unprotected sex with a younger girl, got her knocked up, and then abandoned her. And then, fearing that he soon might have to get a real job, he tricked her into accepting a false marriage proposal so he could sell the story to Us weekly for $100,000 (and also shop a reality show about the sham marriage)..." - Ace of Spades
Can We Dispense, Now, With The Myth That They Feel Our Pain?
"Honestly, I don’t care about the frequency with which our King and his Queen vacation from the tough grind of their having to talk out of both sides of their mouths. And I’ve long since grown accustomed to taking a shiv in the back at the 4th rib from the Monarchy on a fairly routine basis.…but, can we please stop now with the nonsense of being asked to believe that our rulers are just private folk?" - Redstate
Robert Gibbs: Obama’s Economic Team ‘Exhausted’
 "...We know Gibbs has a flair for the ridiculous, but he’s somehow managed to out-do himself. Besides, who cares how hard Obama’s economists are working? Gilligan worked hard to get off the island too — so what?" - Doug Powers at
So tasty, too. Just like candy.

Thursday, August 5

Sometimes, Irony is Just Easier

Having principles and consistency is hard work. Being a hypocrite is much easier.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor.

"For a lot of our members, it's really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else," explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing.
Something else, like watching my Maury and Judge Judy reruns. So look for the union label, printed up by some 10 year old Honduran kids probably.

I found this from my hero, Ace of Spades, who got it from the Wall Street Journal.

Saturday, July 31

They Say It's His Birthday

I think this is what they call politically tone-def.

Democratic leaders and major party donors plan to hold a lavish 80th birthday gala for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan next month, despite 13 ethics charges pending against the veteran lawmaker.
The mind reels. Exactly what do you have to do to get kicked out of the House of Representatives.

That is a rhetorical question, of course. I'm starting to miss Mark Foley.

Not to worry, our gal Miss Maxine is warming up in the bullpen.

Thanks as always to Hot Air.

Tuesday, July 20

Random Rocky Picture of the Day- Special Guest Stars- Joey & Vinny

Today's Guest Stars are Rocky's "business associates" from the Mid West,... Joey & Vinny.

Who are Joey "6 Finger" and "Minny" Vinny you ask?
Don't ask.

All youse guys needs to know is that when Rocky has a problem,... he makes a call to Joey & Vinny. Problem ?? I don't think so. Fugheddabout it.

As you can see,... one misplaced key stroke, and "Bada-Boom Bada-Bing"....
Your credit rating is toast.

Update 7/25- See picture of Vinny added during apprehension by local Authorities. He is currently under House arrest (this does include the patio).

Wednesday, July 14

But we worked hard for our pariah status

Public support for Arizona's controversial new immigration law has increased slightly, a new CBS News poll shows, with 57 percent of Americans characterizing the law as "about right" in the way it addresses the issue of illegal immigration....Another 17 percent said it doesn't go far enough.

How high does that support have to get before it stops being considered "controversial"? Just wondering.

Red-faced Boston  city councilors who boldly voted to shun the state of Arizona over its new immigration crackdown are now showing signs of boycotter’s regret.

Yes, that's Boston. As in Massachusetts.

Americans' initial reactions to the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit against Arizona's new illegal immigration law are more negative than positive, by a 50% to 33% margin....The margin of opposition to the lawsuit is highest among those who are following news about the law most closely.

Well, you can't trust Gallup polling, can you?

Friday, July 2

Some Good News

Enough negative nelly stories. Here is something nice that is happening.

Charity Joins Top Home Builders' Ranks

Habitat for Humanity Keeps Putting Up Houses as Nation's Biggest Companies Cut Back;
'A Lot Less Tied to the Market'
From the Wall Street Journal

EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y.—A dozen female volunteers gathered recently in this blue-collar Long Island town, enduring the heat to help form the entryway of an 1,100-square foot home for Cheri Sabolenko and her two young children.

The Sabolenko house will soon join more than 5,000 other homes expected to be built, repaired and rehabilitated in the U.S. this year by a well-known addition to the upper echelon of America's largest home builders: the nonprofit group Habitat for Humanity International.

As the housing and financial crisis struck several years ago, the large publicly traded builders, including D.R. Horton Inc. and KB Home, pulled back. But Habitat kept building.

"We're a lot less tied to the market as a whole," said Mark Andrews, Habitat's senior director for U.S. operations. "We've been able to keep chugging along at a pretty solid pace."

As a result, Habitat, a Christian group founded 34 years ago in Americus, Ga., around a philosophy of constructing and rehabilitating homes for low-income families, was recently ranked as one of the nation's top 10 builders for the first time in a closely watched industry list compiled by Builder Magazine.

Habitat was ranked eighth, based on the number of homes sold and closed, placing it above Ryland Group Inc. and behind Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Habitat's closings, which include new homes and rehabs, were down 3% to 5,294 in 2009. Ryland's tumbled 30%, while Hovnanian's sank 50%.

But this is the part that I really like:
In June, Wells Fargo announced an $8 million contribution to Habitat, which said the funds will help its neighborhood rehabilitation program. Last year, Habitat completed 710 rehabs, a count that should increase this year, while its new-build count could fall by about 8%, the group estimates.
Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter of Habitat, both through contributions and volunteers. I'm proud of the work we do to help in our communities.

Thursday, June 24

Me Fail Geography? That's Unpossible

They grow them real smart up there in Laverne and Shirley land

This is Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West. Let's all give her a round of applause.

First heard about it from KFYI
Expect this to go viral... I hope

Tuesday, June 22

The Random Rocky Picture of the Day*

Rocky goes talkie again. This time to complain about the interloper birds.

*Not a daily feature

Saturday, June 19

Let's have some fun with demographics

Here's an interesting interactive map from Forbes. It shows graphically the migrating patterns across America, using data from the IRS. (See, they are keeping track of you.)

Here's what the Phoenix area looks like. Black lines are inmigration, red lines are outmigration.

I'm not surprised to see all the black lines from the northeast and upper midwest. We also get more than our fair share of California refugees. I am surprised to see as many red lines. I suspect our 20-year population boom has slowed or ended. Or there could be some snowbird migration showing, particularly to the north.

Oh, here's the map for State College, PA

Hmm, mostly red lines. But I can see a black line moving from Pima County, AZ. Wonder what would have caused that??

Go to the website and have some fun with other counties. If you want a real laugh (or cry), be sure to click on Detroit and Los Angeles. Gives new meaning to the concept of hemorrhaging.

I do want to thank Ace Of Spades HQ for alerting me to this.

Monday, June 14

Keep Your Laws Off My Body

Alternate title: When Congressmen Attack

More from Hot Air

Perhaps some people took all that talk about ass-kicking literally?

Sunday, June 6

Random Rockie Talkie Picture of the Day*

Rocky goes tocky!

*Not a Daily Feature

Inauguration Day

Summer's here, the time is right
For jumping in the pool.

It's triple digits, that means the water is warm enough for me to get in.

Enjoy your summer

Tuesday, June 1

Tears for Fears (and a jaunt to Palm Springs)

Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There's a room where the light won't find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I'll be right behind you
So glad we've almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you'll never never never need it
One headline why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world
All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Tuesday, May 25

Birthday: Coda

The inevitable conclusion
No, I didn't eat it all................. Ed got one piece

Sunday, May 23

My Birthday Friend...

... has a worldwide reputation for enjoying his sweets.
In honor of his B-Day I made him a Rum Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
It only took me 2 tries (and two trips to Basha's).

I think he enjoys sneaking up on his prey before the pounce.

I will spare you all the "post-kill" carnage.
Happy Birthday Keith, I'll try to do better on the cake next year.
Maybe we'll stick to Chocolate?

Sunday, May 16

Quiz Master

Are you ready for a quiz?
My dad is world famous for these, they are a staple of birthday celebrations.

Here is the quiz that is all about

My answers are in the comments. Feel free to add your guesses, or correct mine.

Have fun, work in teams.

1. Is 43 a prime number?

2. What are the prime factors of 43?

3. What is the Roman Numeral designation for 43?

4. Does the 43rd line of West Longitude circle the earth?

5. What is the 43rd book of the Bible?

6. How many books of the bible have at least 43 chapters?

7. How many times is the phrase ‘forty-three’ or ‘forty and three found in the Bible?

8. Numbers 26:7 These are the families of the __________________, and those who were numbered of them were 43,730.

9. What was the 43rd State to join the union?

10. Who was our 43rd president?

11. 43rd verse of Gen: And the gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. What is bdellium?

12 The sum of which two prime numbers equals 43?

13. If you open a book, the number 43 means what?

14. On Interstate-43, if you pass exit 43, and then mile marker 43, which direction are you generally traveling?

15. On which day would a horse have to be born in order for it to be a ‘yearling’ for 43 days?

16. What is your cardinal age?

17. What line of longitude lies directly opposite of the 43 degrees West line of longitude?

18. In a number system with a base of 43, how would you designate the number 44?

19. How would you designate ‘43’ in binary code?

20. What time would it be if it was 43 minutes before 3:00 am?

Thursday, May 13

Our Attorney General - Eric Holder

Since we don't read Budgets why would we read Bills ??
Student receives a Failing grade.

(Pssst,... here's the Bill, Mr Holder..... you may want to read it.
It's only 16 pgs.)

Sunday, May 9

The Plan- Finale

... and in the end, a very inviting sight.

I hope that one day soon, you will be cock-tailing with us in sublime repose... in "Ye Ole Cemente Ponde".

We look forward to seeing y'all soon.

PS- Now Dad, that doesn't mean "Nov thru Jan". LOL -eddie

Tuesday, May 4

I Kid You Not

The Phoenix Suns will wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.

Um, the Spanish translation of the suns is los soles.

If I cared at all about the NBA, I would be embarrassed for them. I am in no way embarrased because of them.

You did very good to make all those baskets, Stevie.

Now all you players go back to waving your guns around, driving drunk trolling for oral sex, assaulting chauffeurs. Oh, and beating up your wife.

Stones, glass houses - some assembly required.

Saturday, May 1

We got BUZZED! (and Liquor wasn't involved)

What fun to watch during our morning coffee!
Best wishes to our Aerial friends. Come back soon.

Thursday, April 29

I feel smarter already

Shakira is in town today to get herself some learnin from the idiot mayor of Phoenix regarding the new illegal immigration law. She wanted to meet with the governor too, but the governor's schedule was already booked. Imagine that.

Don't know who Shakira is? She's yesterday's Lady Gaga.

"I can see Mexico from my porch"

Wednesday, April 28


Thank you

I guess this is considered reasoned debate now.

Note carefully, the reporter states more than once that the vandalism is coming from both sides, but see if you can see both sides in the examples shown.

Fortunately, our conciliatory post-racial president is doing his best to reduce tensions and appeal for calm.
"But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.”

I feel safer now.

Monday, April 19

The Plan- Penultimate Entry?

The Plan - 4/20/10

Great strides have been stridden with the pool. After much phiasco and phalderol, three torturous 10 hour days of nonstop tile cutting over the Easter weekend (yes, Sunday as well....), "Voila", THE DECK,... SHE IS DONE!

We were obliged to knock some heads together, resulting in a massive re-work with the re-laying of the entire deck. OBTW- adding an additional foot of width at no extra expense to C&C. Schweeet ...Cha-ching- $$.

Behold,... the new vitamin fortified pool deck (version 2.0).

Enjoy -e

Thursday, April 8

Birthday Salute

It's happy birthday time for my sister...... the dragon slayer?

She has the dubious pleasure of residing in the congressional district of one Representative Brian Baird, Democrat. You may not recognize the name, but you probably remember his comment:

"What we're seeing right now [referring to town hall protesters] is close to Brown Shirt tactics. I mean that very seriously."
After reversing his refusal to stoop to actually meeting in person with those he represents (see above comment), he held a Town Hall meeting last September. My sister attended and spoke. Let me have her tell it:

They held it in the auditorium at the community college which seats 500. They had an overflow room of about 100 and that maxed out too. We got there 30 minutes early and there was no room. Anyone who wanted to have 3 minutes to ask a question or give a comment signed up and got a number. Then they put the numbers in a lottery and drew them out. I was the 11th one picked. So I actually got to speak. I had to stop 4 times for people clapping too loud to be heard. I told the Congressman it was bigger than health care. It was TARP with increased Government regulations at tax payer expense, followed by the Stimulus, the Energy Bill which no one read because it was rush, rush, rush and this Health Care bill is again rush, rush on a bill that will change our whole country.

His response was he voted for TARP because everyone was told that the whole country would collapse if it wasn't passed immediately. He voted against the Stimulus. He held out against the Energy Bill but when he saw it would pass, he bargained to save the northwest forests and pulp manufacturing in exchange for his votes. And he says he was pushing for waiting on the health care. He actually has introduced an amendment for tort reform and is a cosponsor for the Audit the Fed bill. He has also introduced a bill that would require the bills be on the internet for 10 days before a Congress vote.

Well, I guess we know how all that turned out:

"Weighing the concerns against the benefits of the legislation, and considering that the status quo is unsustainable, I will vote for this legislation," Baird said in a statement.

So, what’s happened since that meeting? He announced his retirement last December, after six terms. Coincidence? You decide.

Congratulations to her and thanks for being willing to actively participate in our democracy. We should all do nothing less.

Saturday, April 3

The Plan(cont)- A Hot Mess

Update 4/3/2010 PM-

Update- 4/3/2010 AM
What a MESS! Starting at 7:30 AM... banging, sawing, pounding.
Amazing that 3 guys can generate so much dust.