September 19, 2010

Shaking the Randomness

I came home from a trip to be met by Bones, "Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! The crickets... when you bought them last week, they didn't give us 12. We're out. You need to buy more. And we need to COUNT them. Only two died, so that means we should have a few left and we DON'T!"

Whatever. I was more along the lines of, "Who in the heck cheats someone out of crickets? Really? Work ethics are so bad that they can't bother to catch us 12 crickets? They can only give us 8 or 9? They cheated us out of... 30 cents?"

I let it slide.

After I was back from my trip, Ringo and I were riding to the Boston College seminar when he said to me, 'That last batch of crickets was really loud."

Me: Yeah. I noticed.

Ringo: I sleep right next to that room, you realize.

Me: Oh. Right. How bad was it?

Ringo: The first night, it was loud. I was pissed. So I went in and fed one of them to the Ghecko and it got quiet...


Ringo: I did it the next night too. I think I shook out two or three extra. The loud ones got eaten early. I would have just thrown them all in there, but I didn't want to kill the Ghecko.

Me: Do your brothers know you threw the loud crickets to the Ghecko to make the chirping stop?

Ringo, grinning: No. They just think we got shorted crickets...

Dang. Didn't I JUST post on how those loud ones had to die? Like mother like son. Ringo saw to it.

Smart boy.

We're now on our second batch of crickets. Twenty more days and Mr. Ghecko goes home...


I just started reading Band of Brothers. I've never seen the series, but I had heard it was fantastic. TGOO said the book was the best, so he gave me his copy to read.

I love the book, I can't put it down, I am breathless as I read because every page I turn... I worry one of them is going to die.

I told my eldest he needs to read it. After I'm finished, I'll just put it on his bed and see. Sometimes things just get read when you aren't looking...


I was with some girlfriends this weekend, all of us holed up in a hotel doing our thing. I used to go and room alone, but finances being what they are, I now room with them.

I resisted for years. This was my down weekend.

But... I have really grown close to these women and we laugh hysterically all weekend now.

I don't watch TV. We all know that as fact. We had a 'cocktail' party in our room before dinner the other night, and someone had turned the TV to check on Hurricane Igor as one of the women has a daughter that lives in Bermuda.

And... a commercial came on. I'll let you view it first.


There is so much wrong with this... I don't even know where to start. My eyes bugged out, as this was the first time *I* had ever seen it.

Said I, "Wait. What EXACTLY are these girls practicing for?"

Only $19.95 and you only have to do it 6 minutes a day.

Ladies, if you're contemplating this exercise 'toy', here's a little hint, "I think there are some guys that will let you do it for free... for 6 minutes a day. They provide the 'weight'".

Dang. Who thinks this stuff up?

Meanwhile, my BFF from high school is reading this and inside her head a voice is screaming, "She did NOT JUST PUT THAT ON HER BLOG! Her MOTHER reads her!"


Posted by Boudicca at September 19, 2010 09:54 PM

Please tell me that commercial is a joke.

Posted by: Erica at September 20, 2010 09:01 PM

I've not laughed so hard in a long time. But the odd thing is that I didn't get the joke until about 30 seconds through the ad.

Posted by: Carl Brannen at September 20, 2010 09:16 PM

Swear on the souls of my three sweet boys, not only is it not a joke, it played every dang time the TV was on. The girls I hang with are even making jokes of it now, that should I run for office in our org, that I should engineer some shake weight pin for all my supporters to wear. I said, 'Right. Can I take a pass on that?'

Posted by: Bou at September 20, 2010 09:18 PM

Carl- My husband didn't either! Two points don't make a trend, but perhaps this is a man thing?

Posted by: Bou at September 20, 2010 09:19 PM

Um....welcome out from under your rock....that commercial is from over a year ago. And there is a male version.

This Axe commercial is what has my jaw dropping....Look up "Axe Clean Your Balls" on youtube. This came on tv during a primetime show the other night and I couldn't believe it!

Posted by: Sissy at September 20, 2010 10:02 PM

My son met the Band of Brothers! The real deal. The ones who were able, made the trip to Germany while he was stationed there. He got his DVD boxed set signed by them which is just so incredibly cool.

Now that commercial. OMG!!! Holy Crap that is the funniest thing I've ever seen! No I don't watch television where that commercial comes on. That's as good as the Axe ball cleaning commercial Sissy was talking about. (LeeAnn posted the youtube on her blog the other day)

Posted by: Teresa at September 20, 2010 11:54 PM

Hahahaha!! I so did think that!!

Posted by: pfb at September 21, 2010 04:41 AM

we dump all the crickets in with our gecko. and if there are noisey ones left after she gorges herself, my husband dutifly pulls off one rear leg of each cricket. No more chirping.

but I find leg pulling to be disgusting and cannot do it.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 21, 2010 08:35 AM

The Axe commercial was on last night during the football game and it had been edited. I wondered how long that would take.

Also, my buddy lost out on the SHAKE WEIGHT commercial to the guy in the men's commercial. He's very thankful.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 21, 2010 03:30 PM

You might suggest this series to TGOO. I've just finished the third book, and they're pretty damned good reads! In fact, I'm making myself take a break and read a couple of other books before I buy the next one in the series, lest I OD and Mr. Benn can't keep ahead of my rapacious reading habit...

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at September 21, 2010 03:57 PM

Aw, phooey. Here's the link:

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at September 21, 2010 03:58 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I checked my library. They have four of his books.

Posted by: Angus of Iona at September 21, 2010 09:13 PM

The Band of Brothers series is one the best "War Movies" ever made.

Will the Ghecko eat potato chips? They do on TV. Potato Chips don't chirp.

Posted by: Yabu at September 22, 2010 08:12 AM

Heh! You missed it when I posted it on my site a few months back. I also posted the parody. Both of them really cracked me up.

Posted by: Denny at September 22, 2010 12:16 PM


Posted by: Lemon Stand at September 22, 2010 01:31 PM

I don't know about that shaking thing. It seems a bit too energetic to translate to other activities. Might yank it right off, ya know. I can see the lawsuits now ...

Posted by: PeggyU at September 23, 2010 11:24 AM