Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Back From Vacation

I spent the week in the towns of French Lick and West Baden in Southern Indiana. These towns have a lot of history. There are two giant hotels/resorts in the area, The French Lick Springs Hotel & Casino and the West Baden Springs Hotel. Honestly, it's hard to imagine why these two luxury hotels are there, but it goes back to the healing springs discovered in the area in the 1800's. Guests would flock to this area for the springs and some smart business people figured out how to capitalize on it.

We actually spent our honeymoon in the area at the nearby villas. These are condos that can be rented which sit on a hill overlooking the French Lick Hotel & Casino. I may post more about this place and add some pictures later. It's all worth seeing.

More later.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm Lovin' It

I have a niece that I call, "Digidy Dog." Sometimes I spell it differently...not sure why...but that's not the point. A little over a year ago, she used to refer to her favorite restaurant as "Bin Farmy's." I made up a little graphic to remember it and forgot to share it with the rest of the world. You can probably figure out the real name if you try really hard...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Terror Threat at Local School!!!

Just the other day here in Central Indiana there was some sort of a terror threat at one of the area high schools. Officials determined that the threat was serious enough to warrant closing the school and sending the kids home. As you can tell from this picture, they were horrified and sadly disappointed...

Is this a case where the terrorists win or did some kid forget that his Science Fair project was due?

Friday, February 12, 2010

There's Beauty Here, Too

It's winter and I get a little tired of hearing people complaining about it. It is what it is and sometimes it is spectacular...

I'm not a great photographer but once in a while I get lucky and take a good shot. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Another Noteworthy Blog

I had a comment from a blogger at The Connective Lens today so I stopped by to take a look. He takes great photos of small town life--something I can appreciate since I grew up in a little town in Northeastern Indiana. Be sure to stop by.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Coke Flavors

Today my friend Brian woke up in the middle of the night because he had a dream about a new wonderful product from the makers of Coca-Cola---Diet Coke with Bacon. While it probably doesn't exist, someone took the time to mock it up via Photoshop or some other image editing software. They did a nice job. I'm not sure where this came from, but I'd be happy to give them credit.

Of course, it reminds me of my own creation taken from my Zucchini Conspiracy post a year and a half ago. Some of my own Photoshop work:

Oh, and here's a fun fact: Did you know that a 12 ounce can of Coke has 140 calories while Pepsi sports 150? Drink up!

Friday, February 5, 2010

New Blog to Follow

I don't normally get too excited about other blogs, unless it's another MAN BLOG. I used to keep a list of these on the right side of my blog, but many of them have gone off to blog heaven (i.e. they only post on Facebook).

But I REALLY like Some Blog. Be sure to check it out.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Breaking News

There's a lot going on in the world today. Thankfully, I live in a big city with journalists who dig deep to find the news that really matters. The Indianapolis Star doesn't just reprint press releases from major companies. This is hard hitting stuff. Let's see what's going on today...

That's right, Heinz is unveiling new ketchup packets!!!!! Don't even think about trying to get anything accomplished today. This news has devastated us all and will change the way we live.

Facebook Ads for Forty Year Olds

Many of you are familiar with Facebook, as am I. As slick as it is, it's hard to believe that they make so much money on advertising when I regularly see stuff like this (left).

Obviously, Facebook looks at my age to create my personalized ads...or is that just a coincidence? (Note sarcasm--I need that new punctuation mark for sarcasm I've been hearing about!) By the way, who has a Driver's License picture like that, anyway? Could you imagine that whole scenario? Let's try...

BMV* LADY: Ok, just stand here in front of the backdrop and I'll take your picture so you can have your new license.

STUD GUY: Ok. Does my hair look ok?

BMV LADY: Uh....sure...whatever. I have 72 people waiting behind you and I need to take a government approved break where I just sit and do nothing. Let's keep it moving.

STUD GUY: Well, I guess it's ok. Now, tell me, what's my motivation in this shot?

BMV LADY: What? Your motivation? I guess your motivation is that you need a new license or you won't be able to drive. Now, PLEASE look into the camera.

STUD GUY: Perfect. Let me get there. I'm a method actor.....[long pause, people can be heard screaming in the background.] WAIT! This doesn't seem right. It needs something.

BMV: Sir, all I need to do is push the button so you can move on and I can get my break.

STUD GUY: I got it. I'll take my shirt off.

BMV: Sir, that's really not necess....oh, ok.

Since I'm 40, I qualify for $12/month car insurance. I'm sure that has to be real, right? (still need that SarcMark) Plus, I can get a FREE Apple iPad

*That's right, I said "BMV!" Here in Indiana it's the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and not the DMV.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sales Cliches - Part 4

It's been a while since I visited the subject of sales cliches and yet I still hear some of the most bizarre, made-up-on-the-spot cliches every day at the office. Just yesterday one of our sales managers was on the phone with a customer and said,

"you may be trying to skin the cat that has two layers of fur on it."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

You Can Do Anything You Want! - Example 1

Like I said, "You Can Do Anything You Want." For instance, you can wear your pants any way you want and no one can tell you otherwise. If they do, you have the right to assault them--even if you're a young man and you need to assault a woman.

(From today's Indianapolis Star)

Sagging pants lead to student's arrest
By John Tuohy

A 14-year-old high school student who wouldn't pull up his pants was arrested Tuesday after taking a swing at a police officer.

Indianapolis Public School Police Officer Dawn Austin had asked the John Marshall High School student to pull up his pants and tuck in his shirt but the student ignored her and kept walking. The boy also ignored the vice-principal and a teacher who also asked him to stop and tuck in his shirt, according to an IPS police report.

At the end of the hallway, Officer Damon Boyd tried to make the boy stop. When the student refused, he told him he would be arrested. The student struggled with Boyd and knocked him against a locker.

Austin tried to put handcuffs on the boy and he started swinging at her, with the dangling handcuffs hitting her in the hand, according to the report.

After officers subdued the boy, he was charged with resisting law enforcement, battery of a police officer and disorderly conduct. Boyd tore his shirt and injured his left hand and left shoulder. Austin hurt her right hand. Both officers went to a medical clinic. The boy was sent to the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center
Pants on the ground! Pants on the ground! Lookin' like a fool with yo pants on the ground! Sheesh.

You Can Do Anything You Want!

"You can do anything you want."

Those are powerful words. It's the American way. If you just apply yourself to something, you can make it happen. For the most part, it's true and it's what makes our country great. However, the other day I was thinking about that phrase and the fact that it has a double meaning.

"You can do anything you want."

No one can tell you what you can or cannot do because you can do anything you want. This is America and no one should be able to get in your way of doing anything...anything! No one can tell you what to do with an unborn fetus. You can do anything you want. No one can tell you that your lifestyle is wrong and damaging to the rest of society. You can do anything you want.

Of course, there's a double standard today as the government regularly tells us what we can and cannot do. I'm just rambling, I know. It could be worse, I could try to formulate my thoughts in the form of a Haiku.

Messed Up Blog

I'm in the process of changing and/or reformatting my blog. That explains the weird line through the middle of it. Hopefully I'll have it fixed soon and it will not cause the universe to explode.