December 31, 2008

Notes 2008

Filed under: Christmas Time!,NYRA Happenings — Katrina @ 11:41 pm

It has been the year 2008, a year that for the preceding year and a half I knew would be turbulent, full of changes, and having just about anything happen. I don’t know why I got that sensation, dating all the way back to mid-2006. Just did. Had this strong feeling that upon going into 2009, the world would be a very different place. And you know what? This year has pretty much lived up to it! So let’s review! 😀

December 29, 2008

Not Again

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

So I was at the grocery store today and needed some more soda. I go to the aisle and see the 12-packs of Coke are on sale. I always get Vanilla Coke because it’s awesome stuff.

Except this time, there didn’t seem to be any.


You know, I like totally got hooked on this stuff when it came out in the summer of 2002. Like regular Coke but with a bit of vanilla yumminess. Then 2005 ended and it disappeared from the shelves. :irked:

But not long later it returned. Yay! I was happy again.

And now it seems to be gone again. 🙁

Goddamn it, Coca Cola, stop jerking me around. It’s bad enough you don’t sell Five Alive in this country anymore and I’d have to go all the fucking way to Canada to get some. Then you’ve got this yo-yo act with Vanilla Coke. You fucking suck! :doitnow:

December 28, 2008

The Third

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Inside the Fortress — Katrina @ 11:44 pm

Year, that is! 😀

Today we wish a Happy 3rd Birthday to… Eight Mine Fortress!

Moving along like before, despite a rather sparse year of entries on here and even sparser on new content for the other sections. More than half of this year’s entries are this month alone!

Here’s to year four!

December 27, 2008

Above the Anti-Drug Influence

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Decrees!,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 10:59 pm

I hereby decree…

Make those horrible, mind-numbing, downright insulting anti-drug ads go the fuck away!

I swear, I want to break something and stab the nearest kitten in the eyes whenever an anti-drug ad comes on TV. Especially that particularly bad one they’ve been running that’s apparently about a boy watching his sister smoke pot in her room and the sight somehow traumatizing him and the ad somehow implying the pot is harming him just as much as her… What?! I haven’t the slightest idea what it’s supposed to mean, if anything. I’m quite sure the sole purpose is to make people whose IQ’s are above 50 want to take a few hits off a bong to ease the pain of the sheer stupidity, just so the Office of National Drug Control Policy can be like “oh noes, so many more people are smoking pot, pot will KILL YOU!!!11!”

December 26, 2008

Stupidity Is Forever

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Estrogen,You Suck — Katrina @ 11:39 pm

Now for a super concentrated, sparkly edition of…


What is this obsession over diamond jewelry? What is with this cult-like indoctrination that all women ever want as a gift is diamonds?

It’s bad enough having to see the mind-numbing jewelry store commercials all the time. Oh, he went to Jared? Translation, he gave a blowjob to a guy named Jared to afford the $20,000 bracelet he just bought you.

December 25, 2008

Feliz Navidad

Filed under: Christmas Time!,The Occasional Godliness — Katrina @ 10:28 pm

Once more, Christmas has come upon us. Christmas of 2008, the year which has proven to be truly a year where anything can happen and most likely will. Yesterday, was another Christmas Eve, living up to its reputation, to me anyway, of being the longest day of the year. From still having to go to work, to having to stay at work a little after when the boss told us to go on home (11:30am) to wait for some FedEx package that I ended up giving up on, to finishing the wrapping of presents, to annoying family, to briefly stopping by a party being held by my mom’s Greek friend (i.e. there were like 100 people there and a fuckton of Greek food!), to getting to the late night Christmas Eve church service where I totally wore my Santa hat the whole time!

And an amazing thing happened.

Well, okay, it’s not that amazing. Anyway, near the end of the service, after communion, came time to sing Silent Night. Usually, with the lights low and everyone holding candles and the general mood of it, one can get a little emotional and teary-eyed. Not this time!

Good. Getting emotional like that is a minor loss of self control. Instead of the message being an emotional one, now the same tune and words, they brought happiness and a smile. Why? Emotions are weakness and a vulnerability. What good is being an emotional idiot over some religious passage? None. Instead, the words meant pretty much nothing, and there was merely a triumphant smile.

Yeah, Jesus is born, here to save us, blah blah blah… whatever. I do what I want. So I’m happy! And it’s the only way good can get done regardless of motivation. It’s a nice story, sure, and whether or not it’s true doesn’t really matter that much to me. That’s all fine and good, but the real question is what specifically I’m supposed to do about it. If anything, no different from what is done already. So what difference does it make?

Okay, one difference. And I’d rather be happy and smiling.

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2008

To Young and Old, Meek and the Bold

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing — Katrina @ 2:42 pm

This night we pray
Our lives will show
This dream he had
Each child still knows.

This night we pray
Our lives will show
This dream he had
Each child still knows.

We are waiting…
We have not forgotten.

We are waiting…
We have not forgotten.

On this night, on this night, on this night,
On this very Christmas night.
On this night, on this night, on this night,
On this very Christmas night.
On this night, on this night, on this night,
On this very Christmas night.
On this night, on this night, on this night,
On this very Christmas night…

December 23, 2008

Home for the Holidays

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 7:58 pm

That’s another Christmas song and phenomenon that irks me. I mentioned it last year in the Fallible Family entry, but I keep hearing this song so I’m thinking of this again.

“If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home!”

The whole song is basically “leave wherever you are and go home several states away!”

December 22, 2008

Die Hippo!

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing,Rants — Katrina @ 11:10 pm

It is one of my sincerest wishes that whoever came up with that awful song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” should be tied down and stabbed in the ears with a long sword. That way, they’ll know how the rest of us feel whenever the song comes on the radio. I wish a similar penalty for whoever decided to put it on the air to begin with.

I mean, what the hell? It’s a horrid thing to hear and it’s just trying to sound all “cutesy” because the little kid is saying the whole word “hippopotamus” and that it sort of rhymes with Christmas. Not to mention it’s a ridiculous thing to want as a gift. On all counts, it’s right up there on the annoyance level of “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”.

December 21, 2008

Mary Magdalene

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Decrees!,Estrogen,The Occasional Godliness — Katrina @ 11:01 pm

I hereby decree…

Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute!

It’s a sort of “common knowledge” tidbit about the Bible that gets circulated around. Everyone is all like “ooh, Mary Magdalene was a hooker and then she found Jesus and was changed.” It gets believed she was the woman they were throwing stones at when Jesus made his famous declaration that only he who is without sin may cast the first stone at her.

But if you actually read the passage in the Bible (it’s in Luke somewhere), you see the woman there is not named.

So where are you people getting this?

I mean, it makes for a bit of an inspiring little story that even this unclean whore could still rise up to being one of Jesus’s disciples, in an unofficial sense. Or his wife depending on who you ask. But that is just not what’s in the story, whether the canon gospels or the lost ones.

Hell, isn’t there enough made up shit in scripture as it is? Must we add to it?

December 20, 2008

fye on Them!

Filed under: Christmas Time!,What the hell?,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 9:24 pm

So I was just Christmas shopping today at the mall, and sure enough, I’m walking by the f.y.e. and what do I see there to annoy me but a taped up sign saying “All f.y.e customers under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.”

Ugh. So, I then had to abandon my Christmas shopping for a bit and go out to my car to get my trusty flyer about how age discrimination is illegal in Maryland. I returned to the store to try to talk to an employee about it and get them to remove the sign.

December 19, 2008

Little Drummer Warners

Now, for a divine, animated edition of…

Here’s to You!

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

I made of mention of this in last year’s Secular Specials entry, where I mentioned the reasons some Christmas specials tend to not touch the story of Jesus’s birth much (or it at least might seem that way). Basically, it’s safer not to. With all these oversensitive Christian morons running around, one false step on the sacred ground that is the nativity story could have like 5,000 midwestern churches wanting your head on a platter. Yet you might have these same people also whining that Jesus is being phased out of Christmas, a doublespeak typical of evangelicals. They want Jesus to get more of a mention, but if you try, they pipe up with “YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!” And because doing the nativity story can have the side effect of coming off as proselytizing, makes it all the more appealing to just stick to other Christmas stories.

December 18, 2008

Second Verse

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing — Katrina @ 9:39 pm

Ever notice the second verse of “O Come All Ye Faithful”? Like, in the full version of the song straight out of the hymnal?

God from God, light from light eternal
He abhors not the virgin’s womb.


I mean, I know there are like 500 different songs all telling the exact same story but…


December 17, 2008

Tell It Like It Is

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing — Katrina @ 7:28 pm

That is one overused phrase.

“Oh, yeah, he’s tellin’ it like it is!”

Heh. Cute.

On NYRA and similar places, it’s a nice substitute for, well, actually saying something substantial.

Then I heard it during the ending of the Eurythmics’ version of “Winter Wonderland”.

I don’t know. Winder Wonderland doesn’t strike me as a “tell it like it is” moment.

December 16, 2008

Median Occupancy One

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Decrees!,Going Places,Rants — Katrina @ 7:38 pm

I hereby decree…

If I’m trying to make a left turn and am on the median waiting for cars to go by so I can make the turn, and you’re behind me, stay behind me before you cross the first part of the road until I move, and then you can come to the median!

Did that make any sense?

Seriously, I’m trying to make a left turn, and the car behind me wants to make a left turn as well. When the cars heading to my right have gone by, I drive forward to the little break in the median and wait there so I can make my left turn.

December 15, 2008

Same Day

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Random Crap — Katrina @ 6:17 pm

So I was at work today and around 9:30am I placed an order for something my coworker needed in the lab. I go through the normal process and everything and am told they’d ship it out today for tomorrow’s delivery. I said that’s fine.

Around 1pm I see a guy come into our suite with a box from the company I just ordered from that morning. Sure enough, it was the stuff I ordered.

Whoa! Just three and a half hours after I placed the order. That blew my mind.

True, this company is only about 20 miles away from here, but still. Amazing.

December 14, 2008

Dear Redskins

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Sports! — Katrina @ 4:12 pm

This is a message to the Washington Redskins.

You guys are awesome. I love you. Always have. Always will.

That said…


December 13, 2008

What the Swear Is this Curse?

Filed under: Christmas Time!,What the hell?,You Suck,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 5:30 pm

Now for a profane, wicked version of…


These morons all over the place who are whiny crying idiots over so-called swear words. Oh noes, don’t use such language on TV or in public, because people might be offended.

Does it offend you? If not, then you are at least marginally respectable. If so, GOOD! You deserve to be offended, dumbass. If you’re going to give mere words and sounds so much power over you, you deserve to be miserable over it. The rest of us will carry on happily.

December 11, 2008

Never Work a Day

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Shut the Hell Up! — Katrina @ 7:47 pm

Now for an industrial, career-oriented session of…


It’s a cute little bit of “advice” often given: find a career you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s often told to young people to encourage them to choose enjoyable careers. And, like most things commonly told to youth, it’s utter bullcrap.

Doing something for money has a strange effect on you, no matter how much you might normally enjoy that something. It still becomes work. Your job could be testing water slides and shooting off fireworks and eating ice cream, but everyday you’d still be grudgingly getting up to go all like “ugh, another day, got to go down another damn water slide and shoot off another damn firework and if I see one more spoon of ice cream, I’ll puke”.

December 10, 2008

Frosty’s Acceptance

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Think About It! — Katrina @ 7:47 pm

So this snowman just comes to life once some magic hat gets put on his head. Pretty cool. He’s all happy and laughing and dancing around.

But then comes a day that is a bit warmer. Alive and ambulatory and sentient though he may be, he is still somehow made entirely of snow, and his very existence is threatened by the gradual rising of the mercury.

How does Frosty the Snowman cope with this inevitability?

So he said let’s run, let’s have some fun, before I melt away.

You’re going to die, and soon, so what do you do? Shrug it off and just keep having fun! Good advice.

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