December 31, 2006

Stroke of Midnight

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Inside the Fortress,What the hell?,You Suck — Katrina @ 4:51 pm

And now, for an annual, champagne-soaked edition of…


So today is New Year’s Eve. It is the night people around the world watch the clock and when it strikes midnight, they cheer, get drunk, and try to sing Auld Lang Syne. Well, except for some people. People who irritate me to no end. So who sucks today? People who don’t stay up until midnight tonight.

And they get all cocky about it. “Oh, I didn’t want to do that. I was tired. I don’t need to do that. I’m better than you.” Whatever, loser.

So stay up tonight and watch the clock strike twelve. I command you! :doitnow:

On another note, I did it! I have made an entry every day of December now, as I promised. Thank God for Christmas. It has lots of stuff worth an entry. If I were trying to do this in like September or something, it would be much harder. Now I’m worried I won’t have much to rant about next December. Shouldn’t worry, though. There’s always something.

Oh, and go, Detroit Lions, for humiliating the Dallas Cowboys at home today. 😀

December 30, 2006

Eek! People!

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Teh Interwebs — Katrina @ 5:50 pm

You Are 64% Shy

You are a very shy person, and it has started to impact your life in a negative way.
If you can avoid human contact, you usually do. And as a result, you miss out on a lot.

How Shy Are You?


Not surprised.

December 29, 2006

Coffee Please?

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Foodz,Rants,You Suck — Katrina @ 11:52 pm

Now for a caffeinated, customer service lacking edition of…


Office Depot. They seriously suck.

So, at work, we’ve got this little single serve coffee machine with a bunch of little cups of coffee and tea that go into it. This one company supplied it for us, and, honestly, their service sucked ass. As does the coffee itself, but it’s all we’ve got. They got orders wrong. Orders got delayed. Major mess.

So then they get bought out by Office Depot.

And, if you can believe it, they are even WORSE!

December 28, 2006

One Year

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Here's To You!,Inside the Fortress — Katrina @ 5:47 pm

Now for a celebratory session of…

Here’s to You!

So I raise my glass and say, “Here’s to you, Eight Mine Fortress!”

That’s right, folks. Today the Fortress is one year old! Began with Sure, Why Not? entry This Is Eight Mine Fortress, Miscellaneous short story Crisis in the Pool, NYRA Tales song parody 88 Lines about 44 NYRA Forums Members, and Goodies Reposted list Top 10 List: Computer. And from there it went. Crowd pleasing. Pissing off self-righteous idiots. Opening Eights. Raising my glass in a toast to stuff that is awesome. Calling out stuff that sucks for how much it sucks. Sacred decrees. Chasing buses. All kinds of good shit.

So hang on tight. You’re in for another year. 😀

December 27, 2006

Not Over Yet

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Decrees! — Katrina @ 7:59 pm

I hereby decree…

Christmas is not over!

Damn, you people are so quick to put all the ornaments and lights away. Just because you’ve already opened your presents and gotten sloshed on egg nog doesn’t mean it’s all finished and time to pack it up. Hell no. There’s another week and a half left. Really, its only purpose is leaving the decorations up, but, hell, why not?

It’s still Christmas until January 6, folks. I’m sure you’ve heard the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” a lot and wondered to yourself “what twelve days are they talking about?” Well, I’ll tell you what twelve days. It runs from December 25 to January 5. And January 6 is Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day.

So, our decorations are STILL up. I’m STILL wearing my Santa Claus pin. Our tree is STILL lit. You are STILL a moron. That clear? Good.

December 26, 2006

Feast of Stephen

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 9:16 pm

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen…

And all the other days it is. Boxing Day, too.

Not sure what these days are exactly. I’ll wander over to Wikipedia eventually and look. Meh.

Oh, let’s not forget good old Kwanzaa. Heard of it for years and I must repeat the question of that book on Futurama.

What the hell is Kwanzaa?

Yawn. Second Day of Christmas. Boring day, but still didn’t have to go to work. Coming down from the joy and excitement of the holiday. Oh, well. Still have “get drunk and stare at the clock” night coming up. 😉

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!

Filed under: Check It Out,Christmas Time!,Inside the Fortress — Katrina @ 3:47 pm

Not sure what to say, so I shot a video of me rambling in front of the tree.

Took forever to upload, but whatever.

It’s password protected so bots don’t download them and run out my bandwidth. They are huge files. You’ll need Quicktime to see them.

UN: xmas
PW: tree

This will only be valid for about a week, too.

And, yeah, there are two videos. For also included is the NEVER BEFORE SEEN video from last year’s Christmas!

But that’s my present to you. So rather than just reading my ramblings, you can see and hear my ramblings in my horrible voice. Enjoy!

December 24, 2006

Night Divine

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing,The Occasional Godliness — Katrina @ 5:23 pm

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, “Alleluia!”

Christ the Savior is born.
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

December 23, 2006

Christmas Songs

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing — Katrina @ 9:08 pm

They’re awesome. For the most part. There are also some pretty terrible ones. They suck.

Oh, what are some nice ones? Carol of the Bells is great. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is pretty. The First Noel isn’t bad at all. Deck the Halls is fun. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is cute. Up on the Housetop!!! Oh, and The Little Drummer Boy rules.

Both Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem each have two entirely different tunes.

December 22, 2006

Story of a Song

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing — Katrina @ 10:15 pm

What did I do today? Got off work early because of the holiday. Sweet. Where did I go? Home? Nah. Not yet. There was something else I wanted to do first. Rode a couple of buses to a small Mediterranean food store on Randolph Road called Asadur’s Market.

I was in the store ten years ago today, on December 22, 1996. During that visit something special happened, a special event I cherish to this day, even if rather trivial at a glance. But I don’t care. It matters to me.

December 21, 2006

Southern Sun

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 6:20 pm

Happy Winter Solstice!

The winter solstice is cool. No, I’m not a Pagan. I’m allowed to think the solstice is cool without being a damn Pagan! Nothing to do with any kind of religious belief. More of a nature appreciation thing. Where is the sun shining and not shining?

Meanwhile, poor Santa Claus is in the dark these days. Maybe that’s why he makes the journey. North Pole is too dark and depressing. Although that wouldn’t explain why he makes the journey at night where it’s dark everywhere else!

Penguins have all the light.

So every December 21, more or less, I like to go outside at noon to see where the sun is. Wherever it is, that is due south.

Damn! It was cloudy today! :doitnow:

On another note, I finished my Christmas shopping. I’m afraid to look at my bank account. Sigh. Oh, well. Nothing says Christmas like spending your entire paycheck on gifts for your undeserving family. 😉

December 20, 2006

Bad Home or None

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Rants,What the hell? — Katrina @ 6:57 pm

Christmas is the time of year to think about the homeless. You know, because it’s the only time of year homeless people exist, right? Heh. Anyway, when you think of the homeless, you may think of some filthy drunken bum who couldn’t make ends meet and winds up living in an alley, subsisting on panhandling and soup kitchens.

There are others. They have homes, sort of. If you can call them homes. More like dens of perpetual psychological and often physical torture. Take your pick. Abused housewife. Young adult stuck living with parents who are excruciatingly controlling and manipulative. What do we tell these people? Exactly what they need to save themselves. Get out!

December 19, 2006

All About Christmas

Lights please! *holds blanket*

And there were in the same country shepherds, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:8-14

And that’s what Christmas is all about. Why thank you, Saint Luke.

Although, last year, I have my own say in what Christmas is about. Newest addition to Eight Mine Fortress section Lore Galore!

The Story of Christmas

Enjoy! 😀

December 18, 2006

Tinsel Sucks

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 11:10 pm

Seriously. Who came up with that crap?

You have a perfectly nice Christmas tree with lights and garland and a buttload of ornaments. Great. But no. You go one step too far and decide the tree needs tinsel as a finishing touch. If you weren’t a complete idiot, it might look halfway decent, but even then, tinsel is a pain in the ass even for those of us with brains.

Tinsel is a one way ticket from nice tree to stringy piece of crap. Save Christmas. Leave it off your tree.

Although the only good tinsel I know of is that stuff from the movie The Santa Clause which they use to bust Santa out of jail. Now that tinsel rocks. Regular tinsel? Not so much.

December 17, 2006

Mouths of Babes

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Rants,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 11:12 pm

Anyone else sick of this shit?

“The strangest things come out of the mouths of babes!”

The standard chauvinistic adult remark at some off the wall comment a kid makes. The basis of that stupid ass show “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. Yes, let’s not treat children like they are communicating. Let’s just laugh at them and their little naivete. Not like they’re people.

December 16, 2006

Don’t Xmas Him Out

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Rants,The Occasional Godliness — Katrina @ 11:47 pm


Are you people freakin’ kidding me? On my way to the mall today, my bus went by this Baptist church, where its marquee read “Jesus is the reason for the season. Don’t Xmas Him out.”

What?! :dubious:

December 15, 2006

Happy Chanukah

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 11:09 pm

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah. Light those candles. Spin that dreidl. Eat those latkes. Dance the hora. Spell the name of the holiday like five hundred different ways. Say “oy!” a lot. All in good fun.

What is Chanukah about? I have no idea. Something about long lasting candles. Something about a temple celebration. Its close proximity to Christmas has led some to believe it is a high Jewish holiday like Christmas is a high Christian one. But it really isn’t. Passover and Yom Kippur are more the high holidays. Chanukah is just sort of there.

December 14, 2006

The C Word

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Rants,You Suck — Katrina @ 10:16 pm

And now, for a festive, non-denominational session of…


People who are afraid to say the word “Christmas”. As if the political correctness gods will smite them if they do. That’s not all. On the other end of the spectrum are the asshats who throw a fit if you say anything other than Christmas.

December 13, 2006

Annual Gift Man

Filed under: Christmas Time! — Katrina @ 10:15 pm

Alright, let’s clear up something right now. Every Christmas it’s the same thing. We hear so much crap about our good jolly old rotund Arctic friend, Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas. Kris Kringle. Father Christmas. Whatever. Everyone has their say in what the deal is with him. And not one of these people knows what the hell they are talking about.

Look, asshats. What you’re hearing about Santa Claus all the time is a bunch of crap. Your parents are full of it. Your friends are full of it. Teachers. Coworkers. They all think they know what they are talking about and act like they’re giving you accurate information, but they are not. Don’t listen to them. Listen to me. I’m here to tell you what the real deal is.

December 12, 2006

The Post of Christmas Presents

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Shut the Hell Up! — Katrina @ 9:05 pm

This season of giving, I must tell some of you to…


God, I’m sick of these losers bitching about Christmas getting too materialistic. For this, I’m afraid I must borrow the line from the gun nuts that they spout ad nauseum. If people are getting too materialistic at Christmas, that is their own damn fault. In other words, Christmas is not materialistic. People are materialistic.

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