Sunday, January 29, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Project

"The Wife" asked me to help her with a project this afternoon. I got all giddy as my eyes spied what appeared to be a blank "Twister" mat. "The Wife" then proceeds to inform me that we have to draw and color 20 hearts on this blank Twister mat. Now my giddiness turns to glee as I think to myself that "The Wife" has entered us in the Valentine's Day Twister finals, and we were designing our practice field. I dove right in, then just a we were about to finish the project "The Wife" lets me know this is for her Kindergarten class so they can practice their "Word Wall Words". Well at least I caught a buzz from the markers......

Lets Waste An Hour

Fastr is a game that uses flickr images. It loads ten images that all share a common tag, one by one, and you guess what the tag is. When you guess right, the tag will turn blue. Then you can watch the pictures until the next set begins. The faster you guess, the more points you get. The points are reset every five minutes. Don't forget to enter a player name.

Funny Picture Of The Week

Those baseball guys are a real handful.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I Still Would Rather Have a Rolex

If you have a great affinity for platinum and have a spare $220,000.00 laying around then this just maybe the "watch" for you. Wasn't it Robin Williams that always said "Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you make to much money". That line may have to be re-vamped after seeing this. Plus for that kind of cash I would at least like something on my wrist that doesn't resemble a gas meter.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Fact Is Stranger than Fiction

No one could have written a better story. Man hits skids, heads for rehab, gets clean, writes a book (lies/stretch/fabricates the truth), ends up on Oprah, book sells (imagine that) even more copies, book ends up on the best seller list, all is good, "The Smoking Gun" starts snooping around (all is not good), rumors say that book is not all true, man goes on Larry King, Oprah calls into Larry King and defends man, oh no Oprah's fan are disappointed and feel mislead, Oprah call books publisher and asks to have author back on show to save face, man goes back on Oprah and gets slapped around a little bit by Oprah.

What a great story, what a great country. Now will Borders move this book over to the fiction section?
Dooubleday (the publisher) is more than likely trying to figure out what they can give Mr. Frey as a thank you gift for the recent spike in sales for this book.
I wonder who will play James Frey in the movie, yes there will be a movie........

Friday Fun


For Those who Reed and Right
We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why
shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

Let's face! it! - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor
pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England. We take English for

But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work
Boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is
it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't
groce and hammers don't ham?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of
them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man
and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your
house can burn up as it burns down,

in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm
goes off by going on.

If Dad is Pop, how's come Mom isn't Mop?


Copyright explained:

When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write,
if the copy is right.

If however, your copy falls over, you must right your copy.

If you write religious services you write rite, and have the right to
copyright the rite you write.

Very conservative people write right copy, and have the right to
copyright the right copy they write. A right wing cleric would write right
rite, and has the right to copyright the right rite he has the right to
write. His editor has the job of making the right rite copy right before
the copyright can be right.

Should Jim Wright decide to write right rite, then Wright would write
right rite, which Wright has the right to copyright.

Duplicating that rite would copy Wright right rite, and violate
copyright, which Wright would have the right to right.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Insensitive Picture Of The Week

"It's seems that there are just some things you shouldn't say when the microphones are on, are these things on?"... Mayor Ray Nagin Wonka

It's A Brand New Year

I was in my office the other morning and looked down at my "Paper Airplane A Day" calendar. I noticed that the date on the calendar was 1/4/2006 I then looked at my watch and saw that the date was really 1/18/2006, so I guess my kids are right I am living in the past.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Deal Of The Day

I picked up this jewel of a DVD for less than $5.00. Now I am not a stark raving U2 fan, but they will go down in history as one of the most influential bands. "Rattle and Hum" filmed almost 20 years ago, shot in black & white with Miami Vice style editing this DVD is as timeless as the movie was when it was released.

I've Been Looking For These

The Frick's World clan went to Target (the official sponsor of Frick's World) this afternoon to pick up a few things. "The Wife" and I now know what do with the kids when we want a night out or a weekend away. We can just run by Target and stash the kids in the "Youth Storage" area .

My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma

I am a big believer in "Karma" especially when it comes to travel and even more focused when it involves airlines/airports. I never miss the chance to help someone lift a bag into the overhead or offer them my paper when I'm done reading it. I guess I figure that all this niceness will come back to me in the form of catching an earlier flight, getting an upgrade or not being subjected to a weather delay as I am trying to get home. Hey, what goes around comes around.......
Yesterday I arrived at the West Palm airport a few hours early in hopes of catching an earlier flight home, no dice, maybe not enough available karma. The upgrade list had over 15 names on it, again maybe not enough available karma. Well we finally board and guess what there is an empty seat between me and the slightly stressed out PBX sales chick. An empty seat next to me, really maybe some of that karma stuff is kicking in, I just knew I had some left.
I raise the arm rest and start letting my body expand so as to take up as much of Delta's precious real estate as I possibly could. All of a sudden in the row in front of me a lady with baby takes up residence. The key word in that last sentance in case you missed was "BABY". An 11 month bundle of someone's joy. Mother and daughter get the diaper bag, purse and backpack stowed and proceed to sit down and buckle in for the flight. Then all of a sudden from left field the stressed out PBX sales chick taps Mom on the shoulder and offers to switch seats with her. I am totally taken back by this offer for a couple of reasons.
  1. Right now we don't have a baby sitting in the same row that we are and we have an empty seat too boot.
  2. Once the stressed out PBX sales chick has her offer accepted she still won't be sitting in the same isle as a baby.
  3. I don't like anyone trying to out karma me, especially when it comes to travel karma. Cause I was getting ready to offer the new Mom my seat so she and her little bundle could have some extra room, well not really..........
Well of course Mom and the baby accepted the stressed out PBX sales chicks offer. And another flight home begins

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

New Orleans Mayor Says God Mad at U.S.

It seems as that Mayor Nagin is now a psychic (no not psycho, psychic) "LINK"
God apparently is mad according....... You know what never mind, maybe God's not mad maybe he just got the hell out of New Orleans


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Free Wi-Fi

Richmond International (still haven't figured out what's international about it) Airport has free Wi-Fi.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Revenge Of The Nerds

Why Am I In This Handbasket

And Where Am I Going??????
I flew into Baltimore last night (and boy are my arms tired) and on the way out of the airport I decided to grab a quick sandwich. After the president of the local mensa chapter took my order. (Do you want chicken with that? Yeah genius, that's why it's called a chicken sandwich)
I wandered over to the soda bar to fill my 12oz. "Super Jumbo"sized cup and saw this below.

Now the camera phone didn't take the greatest picture but what your seeing is a bucket labeled "Spoons" filled with straws. Not one or two misplaced straws in the spoon bucket. No this spoon bucket now was the official straw home. I looked back at "Mr Mensa" "Do you want that super-sized?" and wondered if this was his handiwork. No it couldn't be, this was to far advanced for him it must of been the super-genius in the corner, the one on break, asleep with his head peacefully resting on the table.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mice - 1 Humans - 0

It seems like Mr. Mouse got the last word on this one "LINK"

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Too Cool

I found this site the other day. Harry Eng and his impossible bottles. Nuts, bolts, books, decks of cards or whatever all intact and inside of bottles. Amazing. Here is one "LINK" but there are many more.
I am amazed because I have a hard time packing 5 days of clothes in a 22" suitcase.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

They Say It's Your Birthday

We celebrated Pop-Pops's 70th birthday this afternoon. All the locals invaded "Frick Manor North" for an afternoon of food, stories and general non-sense.
The 70 theme weighed heavy through out the afternoon. "Goose" gave him 70 boiled peanuts, "H" gave him 70 hotel room keys, "The Wife" gave him 70 paper clips to help him keep it all together and I showered him with 70 "Varsity" hats and cups.
He also got a scrap book with each years history for the day of his birth for all 70 years (it was a very thick book) and autographed copy of Andrew Weil's latest book "Healthy Aging"
We even managed to snag a picture wearing our official Varsity hats. It took at least 3 of us to figure out the self timer on the camera plus I needed another second or two to get fully into the picture.
I am not sure if eating at the Varsity lends itself to healthy aging or not, but damn they have got good hotdogs..................

Frick's World Travel Tip #19

If there is patio furniture in your bathroom, you might want to change hotels.
If there is patio furniture in your bathroom and no pool on the property definitely change hotels.

I spent the night in "Lawrenceburg TN" and the above scenario was what confronted me when I opened the door to my room for the evening. I am generally not a real bathroom intensive guy but I guess it was nice of the hotel to think of my comfort, in case the seat that was already there wasn't comfortable enough for me.

Past Tips
Travel Tip #18
Travel Tip #17
Travel Tip #16
Travel Tip #15

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Blonde Joke

Here is a funny, funny blonde joke that I saw this morning "LINK"

Monday, January 02, 2006

Yet Another Female/male Difference

Friendship Between Women:
A woman didn’t come home one night. The next day, she told her husband that she had slept over at girlfriend’s house.

The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship Between Men:

A man didn’t come home one night. The next day, he told his wife that he had slept over at a buddy’s house.

The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there.

My Continued Hatred For Squirrels

Welcome to the New Year Mr. Squirrel. There have been a few rule changes for the coming year and I am here to make you aware of them.

Rule #1
*Boo Kitty has been promoted to the level of "Outdoor Cat". All of Boo Kitties meals are to be harvested outside by Boo Kitty herself. Guess what Mr. Squirrel you like outside and sometimes life sucks.

Rule #2
Refer to Rule #1

Rule #3

Again refer to Rule #1

* For those not aware Boo Kitty is a 15lb no nonsense ball of angered fur. She has taken on a 220lb full grown man in the dark and will have no problem with a small bushy rodent in the light of day.