Hurricane preparation in the deep south…



Spotted at Rotolo’s pizza/bar in Baton Rouge.

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Thanks for the pic Brandi!

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Mind Game for the weekend



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Are you in the 2% or 98% of the population?

My friend MyKL turned me onto this cool little exercise… it’s quite fascinating – give it a try!

Image from explodingdog.com

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Penguin named Colonel in Chief in the Norwegian Army



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An Edinburgh resident has been promoted to one of the most senior ranks in the Norwegian Army after a special ceremony at his home. But Colonel in Chief of the Royal Norwegian Guard, Nils Olav, is no ordinary soldier. He is in fact a penguin.

Proud penguin Nils Olav was today inspecting his very own guard of honor. Nils was adopted by the Norwegian Army back in 1972 and as well as being designated their official mascot, was awarded the rank of Lance Corporal in the Royal Norwegian Guard. He has been promoted four times since then and was today given the top job – Colonel in Chief…

But does his promotion mean he will avoid active service from now on? Major Egelien said: “He will have frontline fighting duties.”

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How does on go about joining the Royal Norwegian Guard? I’m thinking our Colonel in Chief may need an assistant.

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Shamed at the gym.



Things have gone downhill since getting married. I don’t care about personal hygiene the way I used to. That’s not to say I only shower and floss for Saturday night lovin’ – it’s not really that extreme.

It’s all in the details.

I really noticed it at the gym this past Thursday evening. There I am getting changed, about to tackle my second cycling class, which BTW, I refuse to call spinning. I haven’t taken one of those classes until now because I hate that term. What a dumbass pansy name, but I finally gave in.

So I’m there pretty much alone, pulling my pants off and not really thinking much of it. In waltzes a very attractive woman, say 55ish. She’s precisely dressed (must be a Virgo), super fit and awfully friendly and inviting. Mom-vibe fills the room and I’m suddenly stuck holding an extra large slice of self-consciousness.

I survey myself and what I discover makes me shrivel in shame.

* the seams are shredded on either side of my underwear, both barely held together by the top and bottom elastics
* the underwear itself is probably from 1989, the giveaway being white cotton daintily decorated with red flowers (hi, I’m 14)
* the armpits of my gym t-shirt are totally yellowed despite the fact that it’s just clean from the wash
* the armpits are not only yellow, but also hosting some weird baked-in pit-juice buildup, consistent to something I can only call dry paste (deodorant layer cake?)
* my gym socks boast these totally fashionable fishnet-like ventilation systems at the toes and heels (not quite holes yet)
* said gym socks are not quite white, not quite grey, both looking like they’re ready to retire to the land of the blue hair

I threw those socks out today, I had to get one last wear out of them before putting them to rest.

What an overall mess. Now, I don’t think the gym is the place for a fashion show (oh god… listen to that mother-chatter) but I do think I gotta get me some pride in the basics – clean, functional, non-bacteria laden socks and underwear.

Gym mom, I’ll change my ways. You’ll see, I’ll make you proud.

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