Thursday, March 31, 2011

f|break: thursday morn

inspiration ... with @craigyferg (on twitter and the late late show), my current crush*, has a nice inspirational interview. for this morn's fiber break, wendy booker (over here) became the recipient of craig's (via carrie fisher) kangaroo balls. (yes, testicles) her story is fabulous. her mission is inspiring. she shares -
Exactly what your mission is doesn’t matter. What truly matters is that you find a way to push beyond the obstacles in your life to discover your passion and achieve more than you ever thought possible.
for whatever reason, i thought about this interview this morning, so here are wendy and craig. and for completeness, the "bonus" fiber break of carrie fisher bestowing of the kangaroo bits.

enjoy a thursday morning fiber break with craig (over here)
for ~ 10 minutes with wendy booker


enjoy the carrie- harvested kangaroo scrotum - craig moment
(over here) for about 11+ minutes

* crush on craig, you say? ... previous posts include his ruckus interview with aaron eckhardt, with sid (here, here ), with dr. who fabulous musical bit, and there are many in the queue to be posted.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

f|break: tuesday (and every day) ...

mouse trap ... don't bother me. i am completely addicted to mouse trap.

no really, i'm totally addicted.

leave me alone, please.

(thank you.)

Monday, March 28, 2011

uncharacteristically blog-quiet ...

indeed ... 5 posts over the past two weeks?! yes indeed - quite uncharacteristic. time for shirlnutkin to get back to characteristic. time to gather some nuts (again)!

for starters ... social food fun and yip-yap on saturday - a been-a-long-time breakfast buds morning, so the quiet will slowly let up. although not at much ruckus as breakfast buds new year's napkin fun at ella's, we caught up at 900 grayson - catching up on dating, non-dating, and what's dating(?) stories. trips planned and still in the planning stages. learned what it REALLY means when the host's mutters "it may be about 1 hour and 20 minutes". and finally, knowing that without planning a breakfast buds moment, there will be other breakfast buds moments in the future. (always fun times!)

side note: always love 900 grayson (on yelp and their site). it's not just their cheese grits - it's their almond macaroon, alfajores, specialty sausage offering, fresh ingredients, and fun-fun-service (which includes the decoder ring).

nudge from a friend ...
thanks to my buddy, yvette, who gave me a little nudge saturday afternoon - "i hope that's simply because you're busy with other stuff and isn't reflective of discouragement of any sort."

my response ... my note back to yvette included words and phrases such as - "work ... pretty major ... sick mon + tues ... bundled up ... bit of discouragement .. slow train wreck ... catch-up ... life observed ... regular fun/creative things ... housecleaning ... funky-ness ...". with cubeopolis life being quite the contributor to how i spend my time - day-time AND a few evenings here and there - the past 2 weeks have spoken ... get clarity and (re)focus!

a bit o' social stuff ... however, amidst the meh-blogging over the past 2 weeks, i have had a bit o' social activities that have included attending comedy shows last week, a very awesome brunch where i met my friend's baby girl (10-months old) for the first time, happy hour and dinner with a buddy, and breakfast buds yip-yap (which included chomping on a TASTY(!) alfajor). ALSO, i have LOVED the flurry of FB fluevog sisterhood shares and comments among glady, dorothy, and joanne.

reconnecting with what i've missed ... as i am playing catch-up, i realize that it is time to reconnect and get my ass in gear. for good or bad, i'm still in the search mode as i was back in mid-january. time to get jump back onto love2011 and health month posts, and given the out-and-about food stuff i've been doing, a few food posts are in the future. the daily reverb10 has evolved into a monthly reverb11 or re11, with my contribution to february's prompt over here, and a yet-to-be-posted-response for the march re11 prompt (hmmm ... what a prompt?!)

i am a couple of months behind on my nutshells, with january as the most recent nutshell (though february is teed up somewhere in my drafts). and for me, there is the catch-all yhd2011, for which i recommitted in march. B3 (or blogger gals) is still a go (yippee!!!), and although kit's cyccyl (on facebook and yet-to-be-revamped site) is in hibernation, i still keep my kit kick going on. and in the world of cubeopolis, intending to continue to be involved activities that make the workplace an enriching experience.

and a few adders in the mix ... with my recommittment to yhd2011, i am using my droid's springpad and thinking space (mind mapping) much more so i can capture, organize, share, and act on ideas that keep flying ... and just in case my phone is not around, i've got my purse-friendly paper-pen moleskine grid journal and action runner notepad. while doing a bit of human-spring-cleaning, i am getting read to work with human performance expert, tracy, at t2 performance solutions, and i am signed up for a greenleaf center course on the foundations of servant leadership, which i was introduced back in 1999.

to r|cat or not to r|cat? that amidst cubeopolis ... and go figure, for whatever reason, i have been pondering a complete overhaul of r|cat - not at all what it once was, while retaining the same vision and values. dunno where that's coming from, but i'm going with it for now to see what pops out at the end. meanwhile, yes, i'm sticking with cubeopolis.

oh those?
that's the pair of fluevogs i'll own

after this week's cubeopolis
i'll get them sooner and
sleep with
stare at them
wear them after this week's cubeopolis

Sunday, March 20, 2011

f|break: sunday morn

#love2011 + music ... @jeremypassion may not have known that after listening to the first 3 lines of his song stephanie, tears would stream. i thoughtfully listened to every track of the passion CD - saturday afternoon as i was driving to a friend's annual brunch/open house. and i had NO IDEA why i started tearing up and crying when i first heard this song yesterday.

after doing the obligatory google-stalking for my own curiosity, i found a few bits and pieces ... and because of those pieces, i am reminded of my dear friend, jengyee, and other dear friends. this morn's post - a little love project 2011 and a fiber break.

love2011 ... i have been participating in yvette francino's the love project 2011, which i also describe over here. (join any time!) with weekly assignments rooted in self-exploration of the concept, attributes, and actions of love, music can serve love well. i certainly can appreciate, as the listener, the expression of love through music that a songwriter and singer shares. and for that, i am grateful for jeremy writing and singing stephanie.

remembering jengyee ... after learning the back story of the song, i was immediately reminded of my connection to my friend jengyee. i shared a little about jengyee's charity and life during week 7 of the love project - kindness. stephanie is a young woman with lupus/rheumatoid arthritis; jengyee likewise had lupus for which she died at 25 years old.

although i am not yet sure why i had my immediate emotional reaction to jeremy's song (given i had no idea about the back story at the time), i do know that because of this song, i am reminded of my friends who have overcome pain and health issues, as well as those who have not or are certainly engaged in striving to beat the conventional odds. and i am thankful for knowing that music can touch my soul.
fiber break ... friday night i picked up passion, and when the last track, stephanie, came on, i was overcome with emotion. the tears started with the first 3 lines and just continued to move me. with a little google-stalking, i came across a clip of jeremy performing below.

enjoy this touching fiber break with jeremy (over here)
for ~6:38 min as he shares the the back story

she strums her guitar
the rosewood is stained with the tears from her eyes
her phone has twenty missed calls
she didn't realize she's been crying all night
she said she's too young
always rushed to get older
now she's running out of time
don't wanna believe the doctor's orders
just awhile ago things were fine

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes, lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there
are you there
are you there

she keeps a diary of all that she feels
and hides from the world all her pain
she's speaking to Jesus though she doesn't know
whether to trust or to blame
she faces a wall and just wants to get over
but her body is too tired to climb
rest in his arms and cry on his shoulders
the battle is not yours to fight..

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there

i don't know the answers to all of my questions
why this had to happen to me
but my heart is trusting in you
can you set me free ...

stephanie, beautiful beautiful stephanie
she smiles for the world though she knows that sometimes
life's not fair
oh stephanie, stronger than anyone thought she'd be
she closes her eyes lifts her head to the skies
Lord are you there

i am here
i've been here
i'll never leave you, nor forsake you
i love you
i've been here
thanks for love and music ...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

f|break: saturday morn music

music ... @jeremypassion (on his website, facebook, tumblr, youtube, and twitter) is touring now.

at yestereve's late show at sj improv with jo koy (over here on his website, facebook, and twitter) - the two of them together singing with little smatterings of jo koy's verbal hug fest and lovin' for jeremy ... absolutely fabulous!

here are three clips to settle in and get to know and hear a little jeremy ...

enjoy your fiber break with
jeremy and his friend melvin (over here)
for ~6+ min singing beautifully cater 2 u

(this clip/song mentioned last night as part of the beginning of jo's lovin' for jeremy)

enjoy mrs. intuition (over here), an original from jeremy, for ~ 4:30+ min

enjoy jeremy's recent twitbook medley jam session (over here) for ~ 8+ min

thank YOU, jeremy,
for your beautiful music and voice

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

f|break: tuesday early morn

comedy ... sid, the naughty bunny, of the late late show is my obsessive crush (as past blog posts over here and here) - simply put.

enjoy a quick fiber break with sid (over here)
for ~2:50 min with trace

... the raisinator ...
the first interspecies, public gay kiss ...

Monday, March 14, 2011

#love2011: week 11 on gratefulness

the love project ... this week 11 assignment - gratefulness.
(image from artist:
kelly paige standard)

yvette, the project's creator, is giving us an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge those around us by sharing our gratefulness.
Assignment 11: Be consciously aware of the people in your life each day who help you and thank them, either with a heart-felt 'thank you,' or by following up with an email, a card, or some other token of thanks. If you write a blog post or comment, let me know, and I'll feature you on Website Wednesday.
(last week's assignment: week 10 on romance,
but i didn't do the assignment; will do a make-up.
meanwhile, my last, last week's assignment - week 9 on celebrating age)
oh reverb10, how you revisit me! ... as soon as i saw this assignment, i smiled. i remembered a previous week's assignment that involved my response dealing with gratefulness - week 5 - ONE WORD (over here). it was my thoughts on week 5 that included a bit about gratefulness. for ease of rolling into week 11's assignment, i'm going to reminisce a little more about what i shared in week 5.

"it's a gift" ... to this day, i ALWAYS remember the little 1994 "it's a gift" story. and just to restate, it goes something like this -
  • a friend commented on how lovely i looked in a dress i was wearing.
  • i said, "oh, this is just a dress i got, ...".
  • she cut me off reminding me, "please don't take away the gift i gave you. you brightened my day. this is when you simply say - thank you."
interestingly, yesterday i was catching up on my dvr and watched the most recent episode (patient siberia) of the mentalist. in the last scene, a man offers during a heartfelt scene a saint's medallion as a gift and thank you to patrick jane (aka the mentalist and hottie simon baker). initially, patrick does not accept the medallion - saying he doesn't believe in it. ultimately, he does accept it. ... i was glad to see the scene end with patrick being thankful.
daily thanks ... one of the blogs i visit is that of a woman, yvette, whom i met through my reverb10 experience. long story short - her blog titled ramblings includes daily - YES, DAILY(!) - thanks. yvette shares three things each day. it's awesome! she's awesome! quite inspirational, i tell ya!
healthmonth ... finally, as one of my march health month rules, i have list things you are grateful for every day. here is what i chose for today's entry.
you're welcome!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

f|break: sunday evening

bruno mars ... i crush bruno mars (his website) and loved his version of grenade on the graham norton show (show's website), of which, by the way, i loves me my graham norton, too! (here's the official video for grenade.)

enjoy a song fiber break with bruno (over here)
for ~3:36 min with graham norton (about graham)
I'd catch a grenade for ya
Throw my hand on a blade for ya
I'd jump in front of a train for ya
You know I'd do anything for ya ...
BONUS: bruno's interview
before singing grenade (over here)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

thursday morn craig-fix

comedy ... i crush craig ferguson of the late late show, AND i crush aaron eckhart (at imdb). aaron was on craig's show to promote battle: los angeles (official website, on imdb). the interview was completely all over the board, random stream-of-consciousness-ish talk, and at least for me - fun! and during the mouth organ segment ...

aaron: why am i even here?!
craig: 'cuz you told that great rattlesnake story.
enjoy a longer fiber break with the late late show (over here)
for ~9 minutes with craig and aaron
things aaron says ...
i had meat in my mouth in the '80s ...
what are you drinking out of?!

i bent down to get some breath, and there was a rattlesnake ...
you know, i come on the show to promote my movie
what you don't understand ... reflexology ... or the pylon in your head ...

things craig says ...
you can't donate blood.
it's a snake cup ... well, i'm insecure about my penis ...
what do you mean you bent down to get some breath?! ...
... i'm beginning to see holes in your story and ... hobo jumping a train?
... you do, you look great.
are you smelling your finger?

at the 94th annual white house correspondents' dinner, 2008 (over here),
with craig - "a first time, uncommitted voter"
(thanks CSPAN for having this clip available)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

h|month-terview (march '11): preview questions ...

#healthmonth ... we are continuing our get-to-know team CDWL@edi (aka Caloric Dolls Who Link at eco dork inn - an anagram - formed in december over here) through h|month-terview - a faux-interview of sorts, albeit truthful responses.

(SIDE NOTE: this our our team's add-on-fun, inspired by healthmonth and is NOT formally part of the on-line healthmonth experience. but hey! spurring on creativity is a good thing, too!)

previous h|month-terviews ... visit the past month's interview questions for january (based on the inside the actor's studio questions) and february (from my life, my card questions of a credit card company), and see some team members' responses for january and for february.

aigd's 20 questions ... this month's interview is poached from based on a 2006 american institute of graphic designers article of 20 questions, which i answered in 2006 over here. (i'll be (re)answering the questions.) want to know a little more about aigd? here is a little about them over here and an excerpt from their page -
"AIGA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. The disciplines represented in the profession range from book and type design through the traditional communication design disciplines to the newer disciplines of interaction design, experience design and motion graphics. In addition, AIGA supports the interests of those involved in designing from other disciplines, professions and business who share designers’ commitment to advancing understanding of the value of design."
and there is an SF bay area aiga chapter with various events, including the popular design lecture series and d.talks.
[OPTIONAL] share an image ... in addition to your health month image/pic that will be part of your h|month-terview post, feel free to share an image of a symbol sign - something that you may see everyday or something that surprised you. (yes, i'm assuming you have a camera phone or eye-fi for your camera.)

1. What talent would you most like to have?
2. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
3. Who is your hero?
4. What irks you?
5. What movie title could also be the title of your biography?
6. Where would you like to wake up tomorrow morning?
7. What’s the new black?
8. What will be your legacy?
9. What is the most consistent conflict you face?
10. What is the best snack food?
11. What is your most treasured possession?
12. Favorite artificial flavor?
13. What is your greatest fear?
14. You have an extra $100,000, whom or what will you give it to?
15. Crunchy or smooth?
16. If you could master two tasks at one time what would they be? (i.e., walking and talking, etc.)
17. What is the greatest invention of the past 100 years (give or take)?
18. What is the most beautiful word in the English language?
19. Animal, mineral, vegetable?
20. What’s next?

until the next
team CDWL@edi h|month-terview ...

f|break: sunday morn

comedy ... sid, the naughty bunny (on facebook, and over here on twitter as @cussingbunny), is among the pool of craig ferguson's puppets on the late late show. following a month after my sid fiber break over here (where he is usually doing the monologue), here's sid closing out the show.

enjoy your fiber break with sid (over here)
for ~ 1:34 min on the late late show


Saturday, March 5, 2011

f|break: saturday morn slow-down reminder

from peggy ... a reminder to slow-down - mindfulness, kindness, and awareness. this reminder was sent from peggy, who back in early december was part of whirlwind 6 - cubeopolis training. peggy, who was our 7 habits trainer, has since forwarded to reminders for each of the 7 habits. we have come to our last reminder, habit 7 - sharpen the saw, and with that, she also sent a story.

slow-down ... peggy sent over the story about joshua bell. as featured in a washington post story, pearls before breakfast - can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? let's find out (by gene weingarten, april 8, 2007), there was actually one woman who cut through the fog.

enjoy your morning fiber break in the d.c. metro (over here)
for ~ 2:36 minutes with joshua bell

forwarded from a friend of peggy ...
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold December morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that a thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced
them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour:
Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
enjoy a weekend of
kindness, and

Friday, March 4, 2011

health month '11 primer

what (or where) is health month?
health month is an on-line healthy-habits and social game over at it is described by creator health month's buster benson in the origin story (over here) and about how to play (over here). here is my little post (over here) on being part of the monthly fun. individually or as part of a team, health month can and will make a difference! ask anyone who has been part of it for even 3 days.

where can one check it out?
there are four site where one can check out the fun -
who is part of shirlnutkin's team CDWL@edi?
first of all, our team name is an anagram for 2 rules that the founders shared in our first month - allow alcoholic drinks and cook dinner.
Team CDWL@edi, formed in 12/03/2010,
with carlito as our godfather.

second of all, to actually chose our team picture - well, that's another story. it involved the magic 8-ball and a total of four picture options (over here) from which to choose.  and third of all, we are simply a group of friends and friends of friends coming together.  in december, there were 3 of us. january brought two more members. and in february, we are rounding out with 7 members - progressing to encourage others to have fun with us!
  • our mission - eat more plants and grains. eat less meat and carbs. have more fun. watch less tv. have fun with anagrams. (and boink?)
  • requirements to be on team CDWL@edo -
    • DAILY DO smile at least to one stranger.  
    • DAILY DON’T roll your eyes.

    you can go solo, form your own team, or if you want to join team CDWL@edi, keep it short to let me know via email, facebook, twitter, or as a comment on this blog post, and then i'll bring it to the founders to noodle on it. (wink.) if you want, you also can ask to be invited.

    health month fun - a work-in-progress
    with my nutshell monthlies, it is apparent that health month fun can (and will) be regularly posted. so a much easier way to share this will be in on this page. related posts have a label for health month.
    (last updated: 02/05/11)

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    yhd2011: time to recommit

    the daily love ... i love #TDL over here, here on twitter, and here on facebook - created by mastin kipp (on twitter).

    last year when i first got on twitter, my friend, reggie, shared TDL with me, and i've been hooked. i'd often retweet TDL or find myself saying something - or better yet - doing something that was shared through or inspired by TDL.

    lately, it has been a mix of saying/doing and checking out the website. time to just get my TDL email. get yours, too!

    thanks for the reminder, the daily love!

    recommitting to 2011 goals ... yesterday's post, it's march 2011! time to recommit to your goals! was a fun quick reminder. mastin shared -
    "So, 2 months have swept by and we have 10 full months left. This is a great time to look back at your New Year’s resolutions, check in with your intentions, review your goals and see where you are.

    Have you kept your promise to yourself? Are you keeping a high standard for your goals, intentions and resolutions?"

    and i shared my thoughts about this in a comment. (mastin mentions about his recommitting to his health goals, so needless to say, i shared about health month.)

    recommitting and revisiting yhd2011 ... this immediately reminded me of my little tradition with your heart's desire. and this year, i'm approaching yhd a little differently - keeping some traditions, adding a twist, or adding something new altogether.

    (tradition) i have a table with each of the 10 areas listed. this year, (a twist) i've gone back to my crazy paper-tracing paper (a few steps short of napkin-planning) and (new things) am using little apps on my phone - mind mapping with thinking space and taking notes and some journaling on springpad. (admittedly, i am not as consistent with springpad; note to self - get on it!) and with the pick the brain share of monthly goals, (new thing) this month's goal will be recommitting to yhd.

    yhd check-in ...
    (tradition) i will do a quarterly check-in of my yhd2011 just to see where i'm at in the 10 areas - a qualitative check. with TDL's recent post, (a twist) i am going to switch it up and check-in sooner throughout the coming weeks. (tradition) half-way through (in june or july), i'll revisit yhd a little more formally. (new thing) however, i also will incorporate a little of the reverb11. sounds anal and structured, but for me, its' actually a more creative and fun process, especially with self-reflection from reverb11 (via reverb10). plus, with the many thoughts, goals, and dreams going on in my head that will see the light of day, it's necessary just to sit still with my yhd.

    what goals are you recommitting?
    what goals are you fine-tuning?
    how are you celebrating your commitment?

    thanks TDL for the reminder!

    (by the way, i'm doing pretty well with my yhd2011,
    HOWEVER, i do have to step up reverb10 beyond avoidance,
    which happens to be my #1 yhd2011 (and achilles heel) - ah taxes!)

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    #love2011: week 9 on being over 40

    celebrating age ... i remembered a note a friend, aurora, sent out a couple of years ago (april 2009) about an andy rooney piece. turns out the original piece was from in praise of older women, by frank kaiser (of suddenly senior). therefore below, i've copied the frank kaiser piece, AND the andy rooney piece.

    either way - age always is something to celebrate, whether younger or older. when you are celebrating your age, you are celebrating you are alive. and in keeping with the love project, you have the opportunity to be loved and to love.

    celebrate the love around you and celebrate yourself! check out yvette's 51 ways i celebrated turning 51.

    in praise of older women by frank kaiser (over here)
    © Copyright 2000 — Frank Kaiser

    One of the perks of dufferdom is an increased capacity to appreciate people. Friends. Spouses. And, for me, women. All women.

    When I was 20, I had eyes only for girls my age. Any woman over 30 was ancient, over 40 invisible.

    Today, now in my 70s, I still appreciate the 20-year-old for her youthful looks, vigor, and (occasional) sweet innocence.

    But I equally enjoy women of my own age and beyond, and every age in between. I've learned that each has its own special wonders, attractions, magic and beauty.

    As I grow in age, I value mature ladies most of all. Here are just a few of the reasons senior men sing the praises of older women:

    • An older woman knows how to smile with such brightness and truth, old men stagger.

    • An older woman will never ask out of the blue, "What are you thinking?" An older woman doesn't care what you think.

    • An older woman has been around long enough to know who she is, what she wants, and from whom. By the age of 50, few women are wishy-washy. About anything. Thank God!

    • And yes, once you get past a wrinkle or two, an older woman is far sexier than her younger counterpart!

        Her libido's stronger.

        Her fear of pregnancy's gone.

        Her appreciation of experienced lovemaking is honed and reciprocal.

        And she's lived long enough to know how to please a man in ways her daughter could never dream of. (Young men, you have something to look forward to!)

    • Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off that you are a jerk if you're acting like one. A young woman will say nothing, fearing that you might think worse of her. An older woman doesn't give a damn.

      “If the Lord made anything better than a woman, He kept it for Himself.” — Jerry Lee Lewis

    • An older, single woman usually has had her fill of "meaningful relationships" and "long-term commitments." Can't relate? Can't commit? She could care less. The last thing she needs in her life is another whiny, dependent lover!

    • Older women are sublime. They seldom contemplate having a shouting match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive dinner. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

    • Most older women cook well. They care about cleanliness. They're generous with praise, often undeserved.

    • An older woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A young woman often snarls with distrust when "her guy" is with other women. Older women couldn't care less.

    • Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to an older woman. Like your mother, they always know.

    Yes, we geezers praise older women for a multitude of reasons. These are but a few.

    Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal.

    For every stunning, smart, well-coifed babe of 75 there's a bald, paunchy relic with his yellow pants belted at his armpits making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.

    Ladies, I apologize for my fellow geezers. That men are genetically inferior is no secret. Count your blessings that we die off at a far younger age, leaving you the best part of your lives to enjoy and appreciate the exquisite woman you've become. Without the distraction of some demanding old coot clinging and whining his way into your serenity.

    60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

    As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

    A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

    For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?', here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!
    celebrate age
    and celebrate those younger and older around you!

    (my past posts for week 9,
    celebrating age
    - over here and here)

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    #love2011: random thoughts for week 9

    celebrating age ... this week 9 love project assignment is allowing me to take a little short-cut and combine week 9 with dating.

    but first, my random thoughts ... i've been thinking not only about celebrating age (my prime age) but the ritual of celebrating other recurring events, such as anniversaries, memorials, work anniversaries. those that come to mind have the more common measure of years past. i'm giving thought as to what are the other celebratory milestones that are NOT measured annually. still thinking beyond celebrating the end of a semester in college ... the second date that leads to a third date and possible fourth date ... others?

    dating ... meanwhile, this morning i listened to yvette's sunday evening interview on the dating market place with nic & neely while getting ready to head to cubeopolis. it's a quick, informative and fun interview!

    ah-ha ... celebrating dating and age! enjoy my little flashback to this past mid-january ...

    and the outcome, by the way, was not a peep or acknowledgment from the 41 year old. however, i have since contacted a few other men younger than me. (note to self ... step up the meeting people.)

    as for the flip side of dating someone older, i've done so back in the day when i was younger. i've met a few men who are older than me.

    enjoy these reasons to date an older man
    (from my 30-year old friend),
    which means a man 48 years or older.

    f|break: tuesday early morn

    SNL ... shiny penny at its finest. when shiny penny andy and i were talking about randomness and one-off conversations, SNL's james franco character on SNL weekend update totally came to mind.

    enjoy your fiber break with SNL news update (over here)
    for ~ 2 minutes with the james franco character

    "college ... 127 hours ... oscars ... coat check room ... smelting ..."
    "i like having jobs"
    "editing james franco with james franco ...
    "i can't stop"
    "a rabbi ... underwear ad for jockey ... jockey ... wide receiver ..."
    "i love doing things"
    "i use my time oddly"
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