Thursday, July 30, 2009

What bored soldiers do (part 5)

Time to revisit the antics bored soldiers do since I am running dry on blogging ideas of late.

Monday, July 27, 2009

overkill - password

Computer access at any establishment for employee is almost always password protected. I understand the need for this. But sometimes the requirements for an acceptable password is overkill. My work for example requires that password has to be at least 7 letters with Upper and lower case combination plus numbers in it. And you can not repeat the last 5 passwords you have done. The password has to be changed every 6 months. So in essence they want us to create and remember a new complicated password twice a year. I say this is overkill. This is not a million dollar account or the CIA that needs protecting, it is just work. Nobody with computer outside of the hospital will be able to use my password should it be stolen. This password works only for work computers. The threat of unauthorize access is disproportionate to the password requirement.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Superb a capella

Compare the original movie score of The Simpsons with this a capella group.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mobile phone helpful facts.

Ok, my coworker sent me an email with these 4 useful facts about mobile phone/ cell phone. I am not sure if it works cause I have not had the opportunity to try it. Here are the 4 helpful and sometimes life saving mobile phone facts.

1. The emergency number worldwide for all mobile phone is 112. This works even when you are out of area coverage or even if the keypads are locked. Good to know!

2. If you locked your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your mobile phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from the car and have the person at home press the unlock button, holding it near their mobile phone. This will unlock your car. How interesting. Well won't work for me cause I live alone...

3. If your mobile phone is very low on battery, press the keys *3379# to activate a power reserve. And the reserve will be recharged back when you charge your mobile phone. I got to try this!

4. To check your mobile phone's 15 digit serial number, press *#06#. When your mobile phone is stolen, give the serial number to your service provider so they can block your handset even if the thief uses a new SIM card. Well at least the evil thief won't benefit from stealing your phone!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Snow White and the 7 Drag Queens

Tonight I saw with my friends a show from Midtangent Production for the second time. The first one was thoroughly entertaining and this second show proved to be just as diverting. The title is "Snow White and the 7 drag queens". It is written and directed by Tony Lewis. Shown at the Hydrate Nightclub. It stars my friend Cecilia/Madame X/Edman. I tell you it was hilarious, campy and just a whirlwind of delight. The story line follows that of the Disney Snow White story. But instead of 7 dwarfs, you got 7 drag queens all aptly named Grumpy Hangover, Happy Rosebud, Bashful Bubbles, Sneezy Maxipad, Sleepy Pillowtalk, Dopey Dupree and Doc. Instead of the evil queen, you got an evil landlord Millificent DuVille. Millificent has a magic hand mirror that told her that one of the Drag queen will surpass her beauty as the most fierce drag queen in boystown. So she got back at them by increasing the rent. Of course the drag queens can't afford the rent so they placed an ad for another roommate. Enters Snow White in their lives. But she can't afford the rent too so she instead offered her services to beautify the drag queens so they can make more money at the Gay nightclubs where they work. Of course Snow White was able to transform all the drag queens to these fabulous creatures. Then the magic hand mirror told Millificent of the threat so she disguised herself as an Avon lady and gave Snow White a poison ruby lipstick. Snow White drops dead and came the Harry Prince to kiss her back to life. He got poisoned too and drops dead. So the magic hand mirror told the drag queens that if enough people believe in drag queens, both of them will live. Audience participated in proclaiming "we believe in drag queens" so the prince and Snow White came back to life. Happy ending ensues.

Some of the actors actually sang their own songs from popular tunes but the lyrics were changed to be more gay and Chicago relevant. In particular Snow White had a good singing voice and she even did tap and ballet numbers. Madame X of course sang her own song too and as usual it did not disappoint. The other drag queens lip synch to Britney, Pussy Cat doll, Cher, Fergie and Madonna songs. It was all very appropriate to the story and comical. And for only $10, I could not ask for more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Marat: hot or not?

Marat Safin is retiring this year from what I heard. I did not include him in my Tennis Hotlist cause I found some of his photos to be unappealing and sometimes he is really cute.

Here are examples of some blah photo of him.

Here on the otherhand are some yummy photos of him. Bonus Mikhail in one pic too!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The greedy pig

Some men have the tendency to be what I call a greedy pig. They want their cake and eat it too. I have two examples of these kind of men.

My friend had an ex Mike who is a perfect example. He has other faults but one that I will highlight here is his tendency to be a greedy pig. Mike like ethnic guys and he always surrounds himself with ethnic guys. He makes good money and he is generous to his ethnic "friends". That is probably how he maintains these so called "friends". When Mike met my friend he was chasing him. When they became an item, he gave my friend an ultimatum to move in with him or their relationship will fail. So my friend succumb to this and when Mike finally secured my friend, he was on to his next conquest. He can never be satisfied with one guy that he needs to be chasing after another one when he already has one living with him. From his dating history, he is always changing boyfriends like he changes clothes. He is a greedy pig. Always want something new.

I met a guy Paul online who was visiting from Toronto. He spent over a week in Chicago and has met other guys prior to meeting me. We met on his last full day in town and we agreed (3 days prior) to spend the afternoon with me and later that evening watch a concert at the Grant Park. After showing him Graceland Cemetery, gay Andersonville and the "gay" beach, we head back to my place to eat before heading to the concert. It was during our drive back to my place that he got this text from another guy he met online that he wanted to meet in person. Evidently this other guy was unable to prior commit a time to meet Paul that he only texted Paul last minute when he found himself suddenly available. So Paul changed his mind about watching the concert with me and instead wanted to meet this other guy. I understand that I can't control who he meets while he is here but to break his word on agreeing to watch the concert with me just to meet a guy last minute showed me how greedy he is. He wanted to meet as many guys as he can while here and keeping his word meant nothing. Very uncool and very greedy.

A greedy pig will always be waiting for someone better to come along. He has no qualms leaving what he already have in pursuit of another. Just like a true greedy swine. While it is already heartily eating in one bowl and when it sees you pouring another food in another bowl, it will transfer to that new bowl in a heartbeat.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Biking, blogging and me

I try to bike to the gym as much as I can specially now that the weather is warm. And I always find peace just meandering through the tree lined streets of my neighborhood. I take the small local street rather than the big major street as much as I can. I am not about to tempt faith by being stupid. It is during those bike trips to and back from the gym that the wheels of my mind turns. I find a lot of blogging ideas from those bike rides. I would be forming sentences and paragraphs in my mind as I bike. And by the time I get home, I am on my computer typing away my thoughts.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Helpful home remedies?

My aunt emailed this to me and I thought it is rather interesting. Just wanted to share it with everybody. I wonder if it works.

> Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

> Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

> Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

> Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

> Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

> Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

> Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

> Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

> Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

> Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

> Smart splinter remover: just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

> Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ... cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

> Balm for broken blisters ... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

> Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

> Kills fleas instantly... Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

> Rainy day cure for dog odor ... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

> Eliminate ear mites ... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear ... Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

> Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ... It's not just for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Serena got it all

My heart goes for Andy Roddick. He played excellent tennis today at the Wimbledon Gentlemen's finals but Roger Federer outplayed him by only two games. Both players had two sets each with the 5th set score at 16-14. I did not realized I wanted Andy so badly to win that watching the match was too much for me to bare. I was a nervous wreck that I have to turn off the TV and not rather know until it was over. Don't give up Andy. You are destined for another grand slam. I know it in my heart. Congratulations Roger for a record 15 grand slams title. You are the greatest male tennis player indeed. Perhaps retirement would be nice?

The Bryan brothers did not fair as well as I hoped it to be. They got beat by Nestor and Zimonjic in the Gentlemen's Doubles final. Look ahead Mike and Bob. There is the US Open for you guys.

And the clear winner for this year's Wimbledon would be Serena Williams. Not only did she outplay her sister Venus in the Ladies final, she also got the Ladies Doubles final title along with Venus. You go girl. You may be ranked number 2 but clearly we know who is the true number 1.

Wimbledon 2009 was good to the Americans. Not only did the Williams sisters sweep the titles in the Ladies side, the men were not too shabby either for being runner up. Too bad it was not an all american sweep. That would have been sweet for the 4th of July celebration.

Friday, July 03, 2009

online insecurities

We all have some form of insecurities or another. Nobody is that secure about himself. And I have noticed several ways guys manifest their insecurities online.

> That guy I mentioned in my earlier blog was so insecure about his hairy body that a mere inquiry about it triggered an angry defensive reaction. Obviously he is not happy about it.

> A chicken hawk guy who is insecure about getting older would often claim to be younger so he can still be desirable to the youngins that he so much covets. If he does not lie about it, he would conceal that information in his profile until being asked about.

> A short guy who is insecure about his height will lie about being taller in his profile than he really is. My 5'4" friend has a neighbor, who is no taller than herself, claims in his online profile to be 5'6". We totally busted his lie.

> A guy who is insecure about his ethnicity will often omit writing his race in his profile. And he would have of course a headless picture that would not reveal his true ethnic background. Of course that is very counter productive if the object of his affection has racial preference.

> On a similar token, a guy who is insecure about his face will only publish headless shirtless shots in his profile. It may work a bit if he has an awesome body. But in many instances of headless shirtless pics I have seen, the body is so unspectacular. Likewise, a guy who has body image issues will have all head shots or photos that conceal his body.

> A guy who is insecure about his job will often be as vague as possible when asked about it.

> A guy who is insecure about the size of his member will sometimes evolve to be total bottoms or total oral bottoms. That way the attention during sex is never diverted to their member. Sometimes, he develops a preference to a racial group that is not notorious to have big members (black men). That way when they are both naked, his small member will not appear to be that small. Size is after all relative.

I am not at all saying I have no insecurities but at least I don't make it so transparent. Some of us are not that stupid not to notice after all. And also as I mentioned, it is very counter productive to lie or conceal. The truth will always eventually come out and that is just stupid.