Very petty annoyance

Ok, so a few days ago when I did my “Yay! Obama won!” post, I really, really wanted to supplement it with a video clip of Homer Simpson doing his “USA! USA! USA!” chant, but I couldn’t find a clip anywhere on YouTube, Google Video or MySpace video of it. And being a trained librarian (though i’m not working as a librarian), I tried all kinds of search terms. You’d think that since Homer’s USA chant is such a classic part of pop culture (at least I think it is!), it would be readily available. It looks like Fox hasn’t gone crazy taking down Simpsons clips, so why hasn’t someone put up any of these (or one of those medley videos some people post, that would have done too)?

Anyway, it feels nice to be bugged by something stupid like that for a change. I think now that Bush & Co are gone we can get bugged by things like this again. 🙂

Since I’m talking about Simpsons, I’ll put a couple clips I came upon up. The first was one from this past Sunday’s episode when Homer tried voting for Obama, but the voting machine kept jumping his vote to McCain:

A Ralph Wiggum video medley:

Dr. Nick:

Lame joke of the day…

I just saw this joke today:

One sunny day in 2009, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Ave, where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the US Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”

The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

The old man said, “Okay” and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”

The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.”

The man thanked him and, again just walked away

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same US Marine, saying “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I’ve told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow, Sir.”

What’s wrong with Alaska?

I think we’re all learning more about the state of Alaska politics lately. Sarah Palin’s insanity and now Ted Stevens is on the brinks of winning his Senate seat again, despite just being 84 and a convicted with 7 felony charges. And here we were hoping maybe Sarah Palin could get booted out when she’s up for re-election, but they just might vote her in again.

So much for my dream that most Alaskans were cool like the characters on Northern Exposure (which was actually taped in Washington State, a little outside Seattle):


It’s a Sunny Day in Philadelphia!

We did it! Obama is the President of the United States! Last night I watched my coverage on MSNBC and it was great seeing favorite newscasters following the race throughout the night. We’re so lucky to have Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow in our media now. And Chris Matthews was great to have on there last night too. Every time they announced a “key” state I cheered and I was jumping around my apartment with tears in my eyes when they finally announced that Obama won. I know my cats thought I was a nut case. I called a whole bunch of my friends and everyone was just so indescribably happy.

Outside my apartment, I heard cars honking their horns, firecrackers (at least I hope they were firecrackers) and some cheering.

This morning at my train station, everyone was walking up with a huge smile on their face and cheering at this historic and great news. At a stop a few stops after mine, a young woman stepped on the train and said, “Good morning!!” really loud and the whole car cheered. She talked about how she had no sleep last night and was running on adrenaline.

I’m so very happy for our city and for our country. I haven’t felt this proud of us for a long time and I feel like a huge burden has been lifted. I was hoping to get a copy of the New York Times today, but every newsstand I stopped at was sold out. I sent a couple of my New York based friends out looking for a copy for me too, but that was to no avail. So….if any of my readers have an extra copy of today’s NY Times, I’ll be happy to buy it off you!

As for me, I’m very happy that they’re rerunning Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert’s election special right now. I started watching it last night, but, as much as I love my boys, I think Colbert’s comedy was making me too antsy at a time when I was getting anxious. It makes me happy watching it now. I know how the game turns out so I can just watch and really enjoy, reliving the excitement of last night.

I will sign off first with Obama’s acceptance speech:

And then here is the unofficial song of Obama’s campaign, Sign Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder

Today’s Dilbert

Today’s Dilbert was great:

Phone banking for Obama

During this election cycle I haven’t done as much volunteering as I did during the 2004 election. There are a few reasons for it, I won’t go into them, but I haven’t gotten around to doing anything until today. I was going to do some canvassing, but I ended up using this phone bank tool and making calls from home. I made about 75 calls today. Most of the people weren’t home and I left messages. I had one guy say he was voting for McCain, some people wouldn’t tell me who they were voting for and many were enthusiastically supportive of Obama. My lists were varied. Some had me calling areas in Berks County and Lancaster County, some were folks on the Main Line, Norristown and areas of Chester County.

I generally don’t feel comfortable cold calling people, the folks saying they didn’t want to be bothered threw me off. Of course, coming from someone that receives calls, I do understand their feelings about getting call after call after call. But there is an occasional person who you are really able to help that can make a real difference. One person said that her family had moved recently and was planning to vote at her old polling place. I did know that that’s what they should do and gave her the polling place for her daughter at their new home (their daughter was the one I was making the call for).

Anyway, I’m finished for the day. I might make some calls tomorrow night if I have energy. I will leave with a few phone call appropriate tunes:

Call Me by Blondie

Telephone Hour Bye Bye Birdie

Getting down to the wire…

Only a few more days till our election and I’m so very anxious. I know that the past 2-3 weeks I have been completely hooked on Huffington Post. I look at DailyKos and Crooks And Liars too as well as a handful of other blogs, but mostly Huffington Post.  On HP I stumbled upon a survival guide, hosted on 236.com that might help several of us make it through Tuesday (and probably Thursday or later, considering this election might stretch that long if things go shady.).
Eight Ways to Survive the Next 8 Days Without Losing Your Frigging Mind

And I’ll leave with some John Lennon (and one Beatles) to keep us inspired the next few days:

Power to the People by John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon

Let It Be by the Beatles

Trader Joe’s doozies

I am a huge Trader Joe’s fan and always love to try new things there. I have my favorites, of course, and i’m always finding new favorites. I could write a several page long post about my favorites. Now that I come home later and don’t have much energy to cook after work, I love Trader Joe’s for quick meals and microwaveable, frozen foods since I know their food isn’t chock full of unidentifiable chemicals like convenience foods from traditional grocery stores are (and TJ’s doesn’t break my bank like Whole Foods tends to).

Anyway, I had one of the rare doozies tonight. They were the portobello, asagio, marscapone cheese ravioli. I guess I was expecting more cheese? But they really weren’t wonderful. I have more left and will have the rest for dinner tomorrow (in these times, I can’t waste food), but I won’t be buying these again.

Thinking of doozies, I mean doozers.

That melatonin…

I’ve started taking melatonin and Valerian root, switching between the two each night, to help me get to sleep. They both do work really well to get me relaxed and I sleep better with them. The only thing, though, is that they both bring about some wacky dreams. I’ve found Valerian root gives me wackier dreams and with both supplements, I recall my dreams pretty clearly when I wake up in the morning. I’ve thought that maybe I should keep a dream journal again about my melatonin/Valerian dreams.

Last night, though, the melatonin kicked up a real doozy of a dream. I’m feeling good about Obama’s prospects and have a mix of confidence and extreme nervousness about next Tuesday. I kinda just want to hide until next Thursday and make it all be over. I know I’m not the only one feeling all this right now.

Anyway, maybe I shouldn’t say what my dream was, but it was basically about me waking up and reading the headlines that the election didn’t go the way I’m hoping it goes. I guess my fears about the election filtered into my subconscious. The dream jolted me awake. Luckily I fell back to sleep, but ack. Hopefully I won’t have any more dreams like that.

I will leave with a few peaceful songs to counteract last night’s dream.:
Return to Innocence by Enigma

Caribbean Blue by Enya


The Lady of Shalott
by Loreena McKennitt

Pondering the “What if’s”…

I will admit Tim Russert wasn’t always perfect, but in reading through my usual round of blogs, there’s always a discussion and update about what happened on the Sunday morning talk shows. I have wondered how Tim Russert would have handled an interview with Sarah Palin or McCain. I would imagine Tim Russert would really ask Sarah tough questions and leave her leaving with a blanker look than she had during her other interviews. I’m sure he’d ask Obama & Biden tough questions too, but I think there’s so much he would be able to corner McCain/Palin with that they’d be stumped with. There’s absolutely no one on the major networks now that I can see doing the kind of job he would have done. Tim Russert was actually intelligent, had a vast knowledge of history and was really an all around great guy and I think in this election circus, his voice is one that is sorely needed.

Of course there’s nothing we can do, but you can always imagine.

Thinking of people I wish had stayed around until at least next year, I’ve been thinking how much fun George Carlin would be having right now with Sarah Palin (and McCain). I don’t have the creativity to think of the kind of jokes or cracks Carlin would make, but comedians now are having so much fun with McCain/Palin that a legend like Carlin would probably one up all of them. Of all the folks I watch now, I think the one closest to Carlin’s comedy style has to be Bill Maher. I think Maher touches on many of the thoughts Carlin would have during this whole cycle, but I think Carlin would add his special Carlin touch that no comedians now have.

Anyway, when Russert and Carlin died earlier this year, I did think of how much we would need them during this election and now that we’re here, I’m really noticing their absence. So, once again, Russert and Carlin, rest in peace. But I’m grateful to have Bill Maher here making us laugh during this election.

I will leave with some recent clips of Bill Maher’s New Rules:

Oct 24, 2008

Oct 17, 2008

Oct 10, 2008

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