Halfway Down the Stairs

Halfway Down the Stairs

If you are a Muppet fan, you probably already know the world lost an incredibly talented, creative man Thursday night. Jerry Nelson passed away at the age of 78.

If his name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps his characters do. He performed many, many, characters, including Count Von Count, The Amazing Mumford (“A la peanut butter sandwiches!”) and the original Snuffy on “Sesame Street,” Gobo Fraggle, Pa Gorg, and Marjorie the trash heap on “Fraggle Rock,” and Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, and Robin on “The Muppet Show,” as well as voice-overs such as “Pigs in Space!” and the announcer voice in Disney’s “The Muppets.”

*Characters represented are property of their respective companies. No copyright infringement intended.*

Aw, Shucks!

SbazoInSlowMo of She Can’t Be Serious has nominated me for another award. This one is called the Kreativ Blogger Award.

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to the awarding blog. Thanks SbazoInSlowMo!
  2. Answer 7 questions about yourself.
  3. Provide 10 random factoids about yourself.
  4. Hand the award to 7 deserving others.

The questions:

  1. What is your favorite song?I have to pick? Uhmmmmm…Right now I’ll “Particle Man” by They Might Be Giants. Mostly because it’s the one that came to mind first.
  2. What is your favorite dessert?Easy: chocolate. In any form.
  3. What do you do when you’re upset?Listen to music. What music depends on how upset I am.
  4. What is your favorite pet?Considering I only have one, I’d have to say the dog.
  5. Which do you prefer, white or whole wheat?Wheat for me, though my favorite is sourdough.
  6. What is your biggest fear?Honestly, I don’t know.
  7. What is your attitude mostly?Mostly I try to stay positive.

The factoids:

  • I still collect Rugrats videos. As in VHS tapes. That I watch on my VCR.
  • I also collect CDs. You know, those little round discs that contain music. We used them when music used to be sold in actual stores.
  • I also have a mean collection of video games, from the 80s til now.
  • I still own a PDA that is separate from my cell phone.
  • I always have trouble coming up with these random facts.
  • I play piano, flute, guitar, saxophone, recorder and percussion.
  • I taught myself to play the saxophone within a day.
  • Even though I did really well in school, I completely dislike the whole system and never want to repeat such an experience.
  • I’m taking three online classes through the library system at the moment, despite my dislike of school.
  • I just wrote this whole thing in HTML, thanks to one of those courses.

The part where I ignore the final rule:

I have been horribly out of the blogging loop, and I apologize. That means I don’t really have any nominations to pass this on. So I’ll let you decide. If you want the award, you’ve got it. Just leave me a comment so I make sure I go see your post.

I’m Melting, MELLLTING

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I swear this thing has been lying to me all week, saying it’s only 90s when it’s really been in the 100s.

I have been unable to concentrate on much for more than a minute this past week. It’s because the temperature here in the valleys of LA has been at least 102 for a full week straight. Add to this the fact that our house has no working air conditioners and I’ve been lying (laying?) on the floor in barely more than my underwear in 110 (at least) degree weather after work every day.

It’s so hot that by the time I get home around 2pm, the water coming out of the faucet is near boiling no matter how high you turn the cold. So washing the dishes is out. Plus, you really wouldn’t want to stand across from the gas stove for very long in the middle of the day anyway.

It’s so hot that even my brain shuts down. Well, not exactly. I guess it just becomes preoccupied with thoughts like, “It’s too hot. Must cool down. Need more ice.” Not really the types of thoughts that help writing or drawing.

The fan aisles of the stores look like the soup aisles of a pre-snowstorm East Coast market. There are one or two things there, but they are beat up and half open already.

I’ve decided that I’m going to find someone with a swimming pool nearby, make friends with them, scope the backyard for security cameras, and then sneak in when they aren’t home.* Because nothing ruins a good afternoon float in the pool like the owners being there.

How’s the weather where you are? Got any tips to beat the heat without A/C?

*Not really, and I am not suggesting that anyone else do this. If you do, I’ll deny ever suggesting such a thing.