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Year of the

Uncle B bought these little fellas ages ago. They’re tiny little figurines; just a bit of fun to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. He tells me they were held up at Customs for some reason. I can’t imagine why.

He was born in the Year of the Tiger. I was born in the Year of the Rat. Many years ago – before we were married – I bought us a couple of commemorative coins from a shop in China town. The shopkeeper squinted, sucked his teeth and said, “Tiger man, rat woman…hard. Possible, but hard.”

And speaking of hard, I had to work until 5 today. I am impossibly salty about it.

How did I ever pull 12-hour days?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 1, 2022, 6:52 pm

Cigarettes. Cigarettes is how I pulled 12-hour days.

Comment from Pupster
Time: March 1, 2022, 7:09 pm

Cigarettes and coffee, and a fairly high level of vitriol is my formula.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: March 1, 2022, 7:20 pm

Cigarettes and frankly forgetting the sunk time over about an hour before. I’ve done 36 hours straight on more than one occasion and I don’t recommend it for anyone over 35.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 1, 2022, 11:24 pm

Mebbe this story will cheer you up.

My Dad woulda have done it, I think, cuz he grabbed a grenade and tossed it out of a foxhole he and a wounded soldier were hunkered down in.

@Stoaty…I’m thinking it’s the seasonal change…it’s not cold but it’s not warm either…I changed my top three times today…makes a person feel out of sorts.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 1, 2022, 11:40 pm

…they were held up at Customs for some reason. I can’t imagine why.

Do you have a Geiger counter handy?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 2, 2022, 12:04 am

I wouldn’t go by the old Chinese dude.
They claim Roosters are perfectionists – hah!

Now Mrs D, also a rat, there’s a perfectionist.

Unless we’re talking working code, “close enough for government work” could be tattooed on my forehead.
Perfection is the enemy of progress!

Comment from Teej
Time: March 2, 2022, 1:53 am

Anybody watching Joe tonight? I was gonna, to see him stumble around, but they always seem to get his meds dialed in for the BIG speeches.

Stoaty, I can barely keep awake for 12 hours, anymore, let alone work! I was going to volunteer at the local library’s book shop—but I was afraid they’d ask me to be there more than 4 hours at a time.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 2, 2022, 3:18 am

@Teej — Nope, not watching Joey. I’m doing something much more productive and worthwhile: I’m trying to train my two cats to dance the Paso Doble.

edit: I am making progress. They appear to have stopped trying to kill me.

Comment from blake
Time: March 2, 2022, 4:51 pm

Delightful Korean movie called “The Princess and the Matchmaker”, deals with the perils of being an honest astrologer in a corrupt bureaucracy.


It’s actually part of a sorta-trilogy all centered around the honest practitioner of some art (astrology, geomancy, physiognomy) surrounded by the dishonest and corrupt who destroy the fabric of society to further their own ends.

Can’t imagine why I thought of it, really.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 2, 2022, 5:36 pm

@Blake…now some online are postulating that this is a “white hat vs black hat op”. See Mom! I knew MAD wasn’t a waste of time.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 2, 2022, 6:51 pm

I hate the SOTU. All of them. Well, at least all of them in the last 30 years.

The party in power is all hopping up to clap every two seconds, while the party out of power looks like sulky teenagers. The invited guests are politically correct worthies and the president never says anything that actually happened or will happen.

Man, what would I give for a president who got up and said, “before I begin, I’d like to ask a special favor of my own party – I would appreciate if you remained seated and quiet.”

And then, when Thanksgiving rolled around, he’d eat the damn turkey.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 2, 2022, 7:03 pm

Anonymous was me. Forgotten by my own blog.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 3, 2022, 12:50 am

Always full of promises they have no intention of keeping, or making promises they can’t possibly keep.

Like asshat curing cancer, or pretending he has the power to lower prices. Which, heh, only Dick Nixon actually tried.
Remember Nixon’s phases? Good Times, good times.
Memory holed when he resigned.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 3, 2022, 3:19 am

Ole Nancy reminds me of a ’48 Buick Super the party buffs up to roll out as a distraction.

Comment from BJM
Time: March 3, 2022, 3:41 am

@Stoaty How did I ever pull 12-hour days?

The Spousal Unit and I were recently talkin’ about that when we passed three nice ski rigs heading to the lake in the late afternoon. We would get off work at 6…race home…load the boat with the picnic I made at 6 AM before work…meet friends and be on the lake by 6:30. Ski until dark, build a fire, eat & have a cold one, hose down the boat and be home by 11:30-ish.

Rinse & repeat all summer. Whew! I need a nap just thinkin’ about it.

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