Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Not Unless Round Is Funny

I'm not feelin' it. I'm just not. Among all of the things that I do feel: fat, grumpy, a spot of soft flowing hair near my ankle that I've missed the last 6 times I've shaved my legs, I don't much feel like writing and I haven't felt very funny. I think I can safely (for the moment) blame it on the presidential campaign.

I've been riveted to the news every night and yet writhing in agony and frequently leave the room screaming or begging MDH to turn off the TV because of all of the ridiculous things I'm seeing and hearing.

My biggest pet peeve in human form at the moment is one Mr. Joe Wurzelbacher, real occupation unknown, who can't seem to keep his stupid trap shut on national TV and probably confirms my perception of what people in other states perception is of my home state of Ohio being filled to the brim with dim-witted mouth breathers. I'm beginning to wonder myself.

Anyhoo... Joe the Buttplug bugs me on several levels and he makes an entire state look bad.

Rant over. But I must say I saw the picture at the top of my post for the first time the other day and it's now my desktop background. It gives me a ripe fit of the giggles every time I look at it. What happened? Was the old man coughing up a hairball or suddenly struck with an urge to grab Obama's ass when he thought no one was looking? Either way, it gives me great joy to look at this photo so I thought maybe there's a chance that you haven't seen it and I would share. I'm a giver, that's me.

I've been so busy hanging on to every sliver of campaign coverage that I forgot to tell you: MDH and I went to Chicago this weekend. Yes we did. We met up with MDH's friend O'Pint, visiting from Ireland and his lovely girlfriend K. I had never met either of them before but have been hearing drinking stories about O'Pint for a very long time. K is a somewhat new and charming development and we find O'Pint to be a very lucky man.

We introduced them to wet Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago style hot dogs with pickles on poppy seed buns, and Old Style beer. Sunday night we took them to Second City and then out for beer (not Old Style) and ribs at the Twin Anchors. I don't even live any where near Chicago and I was showing it off, all proud like I owned the damn place.

MDH and I had some alone time on Saturday afternoon before R and K's flight arrived from Dublin so we hung around at the Art Institute, where we spent a good deal of our time enjoying a leisurely, wine-soaked lunch in the fancy restaurant (as opposed to the food court) and then walked around and for some reason I took a million pictures of chairs.

Here are some of the pictures of our visit - chairs included:

It took me a very long time to figure out the trick to embedding a Flickr slide show into my post - Patience! By the time it was done I found I had gone completely gray and grew a long white beard, so you'd better enjoy the damn thing.


SkylersDad said...

Very cool slideshow! Nice job.

Chris said...

Seems odd to me that Joe the Plumber is a national spokesman for the "Party of Values," seeing as how he's been working without a license and owes a buttload of back taxes... Yet he must make over $250,000 a year, 'cause he claims Obama's gonna raise his taxes...

Anonymous said...

We've been following the US debates and campaigns very closely too all the way in Australia. It's exciting....Goooooo Barack!

I hope you feel better soon and find your funny gene, you DO have it. It's there somewhere!!

Gwen said...

Did you see this? His name isn't even JOE!

I watched every slide. Very cool. Now, how did you do it? Spill.

Renaissance Woman said...

Love the slideshow! And I feel so much better knowing that you have the same patch of hair that is always missed during shaving! Thanks for the laugh...the pictures made me laugh out loud!

Del-V said...

I freaking loved the hot dogs in Chicago. Why can't we have food like that here on the East Coast?

Tara said...

Mmm, hotdogs. I want one now. I'll have to go to the store after work to pick up a package and all the fixings.

I am already done with voting. Went absentee ballot-style. But I can't wait till the whole thing is over. Tired of the commercials.

Churlita said...

Agreed, agreed, and agreed on all of it.

I still miss Chicago food and I haven't lived there since 1979.

If that's you having lost your funny, then I don't think I've ever had mine.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Skydad - thanks man!

Chris - Joe the Plumber is a lying weasel head. He probably infuriates me even more because when I worked in the contruction biz I knew a hundred lying weasel heads just like him. He's like the typical sub-suburban Ohio guy. Insert shudder here.

Sparsely - it goes on and on and on - and I'm dying for election day (hoping that the lines won't be horrifically long) to get this shit over with so I can go back to watching make over shows..

Gwen - like I said to Chris in an earlier comment: Lying. Weasel. Head. I know that you hate that kind of punctuation, but I have no other way of expressing this unless I start recording my voice and embedding it in my posts and I don't know how to do that.
However, I DO know how to embed a Flickr slideshow now:

On your Flickr page start the slideshow you want to embed and select the "Share" option on the top right of your screen - then select the HTML text - copy it and paste it where you want it to go in your post (you have to be on the HTML file tab).

Then hit save, click over to the other file tab (I can't see it at the moment), and then wait. And wait. And then wait some more. Like go make yourself a sandwich kind of waiting. Like call your mom kind of waiting. Then come back and check on it (mine said 1 item downloading for a VERY long time). I had to walk away. But when I came back I had a Flickr slideshow in my post.

Renwoman - I am leg shaving challenged - but it's probably a matter of "practice makes perfect" in which case I'm doomed to continue to miss that spot as I only shave my legs... um... well not very often.

Del-V - Yes. Poor you. Nothing good to eat on the East Coast at all. (insert eye roll here - try living in Western Michigan buddy) You poor lambs must be half starved to death. Well it's a good thing that Portillo's can be Fed-Exed right to your door.

Tara - in Ohio of course you must have a chili-dog with onions, mustard and shredded cheese. Enjoy!

We didn't get our applications for absentee voting turned in on time and when I say "we" I mean MDH. I wish Michigan had early voting and I'd have gotten it over with long ago.

Churlita - you should get your butt to Chicago soon while gas is still relatively cheap. MDH and I usually drive halfway and take the train into the city so we don't have to screw with parking. We used Hotwire for our hotel and got a great deal.

Linka72 said...

Mmmm..those chairs make me wanna sit on my increasingly spreading ass..and eat one of those hot dogs..without all that crap on it...I know, I know..sacrilege!!
(The flogging of Linka will begin promptly at 3pm, snacks will be provided)

Michelle said...

I, too, am waiting for the end of the election! But I will say I'm a little excited to cast my vote!

Loved the slideshow, and if I remember correctly, the weather wasn't too bad! I moved here in 1981 and I had never seen an Italian Beef before...suffice it to say I've seen WAYYYYY too many since then!

another good thing said...

awesome pix- got to learn that flickr trick myself...
am so tired of elections and stupid commercials and signs signs signs. Isn't there a war somewhere?