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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Of Mohawk Haircuts and Other Weirdness

Okay, first the other weirdness.  As a bespectacled person I have determined that the problem with looking for my glasses is that while I can't see them, they can quite clearly see me.

On with the headline proper.

Mohawk haircuts.  I had hoped the hairstyle had ended it's heyday with the demise of the A-Team from the airwaves.  Sadly, the reports of it's death were greatly exaggerated.

The fad has once again gotten out of hand..  The evidence I offer here is undeniable proof that this has, indeed, happened, with out doubt or question.

I saw something that damn near made me heave up my half eaten Subway sandwich.

A guy, who appeared to be about fifty, grey hair and all, sported one in the local mall's concourse.  He didn't even have the sense to shave the sides.  It looked completely ridiculous.  This spiky hairstyle didn't make him look cool. It didn't make him look like an old punk rocker.

It only served to make him look like a never was.

It only served to make him look uncool.

My unshaken sense of conservative styling hopes that the hairstyle came from some stupid wager the person- I wanted to say gentleman, but the haircut renders that word impossible to use- lost.  The more likely truth that it was something his misguided mid life crisis hormones encouraged him to take on notwithstanding.

Even if its some kind of world's greatest shave thing, can we just stop it?  I'm all for finding a cure for cancer but not at the expense of seeing something like that.  Especially over lunch

I will unequivocally say that Mr. T. remains the only living person who can pull off that hairstyle, everyone else is just a fool and a sucka.

All of which serves to remind me, its time for a haircut...

Friday, 22 June 2012

I Know What You're Thinking

You're thinking "For guy who has an opinion on everything, this bastard isn't saying much."

You'd be right too.  My computer is fucked. As soon as I repair it, I'll say more.  For now, all you get are my cheeseball updates.  So, it starts with my fucked puter.

It goes on with the fact that I have switched jobs. The away from home requirement means I won't be blogging as often as I have in the past, but I may still blog as much.  Just in bursts.

I did get my redundancy package, so I'll be buying a new computer as well as getting my old one repaired.  This tablet typing, and I use that word loosely, sucks chocolate salty balls.

It also means that I'll be able to pay my biker mechanic, once again saving my face sudden rearrangement.

We have 2 foster kids with us.  A 5 and a 7 year old.  Working nights I have grown accustomed to a certain level of peace and quiet in my life.  I can honestly say I am not ready for it.  At the very least, it will take some getting used to.

I am trying not to ignore you, but I am finding that, at the moment, my pesky life keeps getting in the way of blogging.

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Why of my absence

It's not rocket science. Simply put, my computer farted and then shit itself. I think windows vista and my nvidia graphics card has had their marriage end in divorce. I think vista got the hard drive and the card got the RAM in the final settlement.  All of my attempts to mediate in the situation have left me frustrated as they have ended, after marathon sessions, in failure.

It's not all bad, I think, as I have gotten that other job, I'm going to buy a new computer with the redundancy money.  With windows 7.  I hate vista!

So now I'm writing this update on my Samsung tablet.  Ok for net surfing but a thrice cursed nightmare for blog posts.  I swear I could have written this post three times over in the same amount of time with a simple keyboard. Stupid touchscreen. Too damn high a PITA factor (pain in the ass).

Thank you, Jen, over at Widdershuns and Skeleton Keys, for being the first to try my good bad and ugly challenge.  i had a good chuckle. Sorry about not properly linking you blog.  I'm having difficulty with this tablet nonsense.  She is the last follower on my list.  Check out her blog.  A brilliant writer with a solid sense of humour.

Monday, 11 June 2012

A Challenge to All and Sundry

I'd like to issue a challenge to all of you lovely people who follow my blog, or anyone reading this for the first time.  If you aren't a follower, please leave a comment here to let me know you have completed the challenge so that I can go and make comment on it.

I'd like to see you do a "Good, Bad and Ugly" post on your blog.  It can be real life, or for a character you are developing for your writing project, doesn't matter which. 

I'd like to see it done in a similar to my previous post.  Some items can be serious, and some with humour.  The idea is that you have fun with the post.  I'm looking for a minimum of three items in your "Good, Bad, and Ugly" list.

Good luck and have fun!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Last Few Weeks in Torggil's World: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Insanity describes my last few weeks, accurately at that.

It truly is all happening, and its been a mixed bag of treats.

Good: My wife had her surgery and has recovered in good order.

Bad:  We've been on one income.

Ugly:  Money's tighter than speedos on a sumo wrestler.

Good:  The stepdaughter and her husband are moving out.

Bad:  There was fight with the in-law because the lazy ass wouldn't get off the couch.

Ugly:  Residual bad blood remains.

Good:  The Wife goes back to work, finally

Bad:  First night back she has a fall and severely sprains her ankle.

Ugly:  Needs a few more days.

Good:  I may have a line on a new job.  Coincidentally the school for which I work is offering redundancy packages.

Bad:  A maybe does not a job make.  I have to stay put until I actually have a job.

Ugly:  If I do get the one I apply for, I may be unable to blog more than once or twice a month.  And my night position ends at the end of the coming week.  They'll want me on days.  I don't particularly want a day shift.

Good:  My little Honda is back on the road.

Bad:  I still owe my mechanic $500.

Ugly:  My mechanic is a biker.

There's more, of course, but you get the general idea.

So my life has been a bit of a wild ride these last few weeks.  Things are stabilizing, though, and I hope to be back up to three blogs a week for as long as is practical.  If I do get that job, I'll let you know and give you notice so you know what to expect.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Finally! A Use for Reality TV

Reality TV has been with us for about 50 years.  Early shows include "kids say the darnedest things" and "Funniest Home Videos."  It has spawned into a pathetic slew of crap including  "...Got Talent", "Dog the Bounty Hunter," and "Cake Boss."

Don't even get me started on "One Born Every Minute" (A favourite of The Wife).  And she makes me watch it during dinner.  I don't wanna know about comes out of there.  I'm a man.  I'm about what goes in.

The "drama" that develops between the various game players I'm sure is as contrived as professional wrestling.

And save me, please from real estate shows. Someone, please... don't make me beg.

I don't want to watch this shit, storage wars aside- that Dave Hester is right Bastard, but that's why he makes the bucks, and makes me laugh- I prefer shows with story.  "Game of Thrones" or "Babylon 5" or even an old episode of "Green Acres"- anything but the crap being passed on as TV these days.

Until last night.

I was listening to ABC News Radio last night, and a Dutch entrepreneur has developed an idea for a practical, constructive use for Reality TV.

He has a plan.  A rather creative plan to use reality TV to finance in part.. Are you ready?

Martian Settlement.

He is proceeding with recruitment very soon, and although he has not yet actively canvassed for applicants, he already has over 400.

Using his personal fortune, and building a reality TV show around the colonisation effort, he believes he could have colonists living and working on Mars by 2024.  That is real science fiction on my TV.  It will be Big Brother in Space.  What a concept.  He believes he will be able to sponsor multiple trips with this concept.  Creativity like this needs to be celebrated.  The man is a genius.

Would I watch it?  Hell yeah.  I'd sign up myself, but I'd take up three berths and the cost of sending me into space wouldn't be an efficient use of money.  Or maybe I will go on that diet.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

It's all Happening!

Just a quick note.  Because, no, I haven't forgotten about you.

I have a couple of new posts in the works including:

Finally!  A use for Reality TV

Torggil Luck Strikes Again


A Driving History: Part 14 (I think)

As an award winning Blog (Thanks again Ermie) I have a standard to maintain, I do not want to let you down.

But when the shit hits the fan, sometimes its hard to concentrate until the stink goes away.

Tomorrow night the stories begin.  If you're lucky, I'll even give you a WTF is happening that keeps pulling me away from you.