Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Awards

As the year draws to a close it's time to start handing out awards. Take a gander at the "Worst Parents Of The Year" award "LINK" What about a "Worst Kids Of The Year" award?

If Guitar Hero Isn't For You

try "Handbell Hero" choose from 3 holiday classics plus you don't have to pry your 13 year old away from the XBox.

How do you get two handbell ringers to play in perfect unison?

Shoot one.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Woman spends three days inside Lilburn Wal-Mart shopping

Woman spends three days inside Lilburn Wal-Mart shopping
By Christy Smith
Staff Writer

LILBURN - While Gwinnett County's three malls fill with last-minute shoppers, the Wal-Mart in Lilburn hosted a woman on a three-day shopping spree last week.

Lilburn Police Detective Matt Lake said the 70-year-old woman spent three days inside the Wal-Mart at 4004 Lawrenceville Highway (U.S. Highway 29). She ate at the Blimpie, he said, although no information was available as to how she slept in the 24-hour store.

The woman's name and the accompanying police report was unavailable at press time.

Assistant Manager Danny Black declined to comment. Members of Wal-Mart's public relations staff did not return calls for information by press time.

"She spent three straight days in Wal-Mart," Lake said. "Employees called the police department. She asked an officer for a ride home, she paid for her merchandise and the Lilburn police gave her a ride home."

No information was available as to what the woman purchased or the cost of the merchandise she had amassed during three days of shopping. "LINK"

This is why Wal-Mart rules, where else can you spend 3 days warm from the cold, dry from the rain and safe from the flying bullets. Watch a few DVD's play some Halo3, need some exercise just pull a bike down off the rack and go for a spin. Need some rest test one of the recliners out, upset stomach head over to the pharmacy.
I like to think of Wal-Mart as a biosphere with a Blimpie's

Back After A Few Months Off

Due to a general lack of time and just needing to allocate time to other things I needed to jump of the information highway for a few weeks which became a few months.
I think I'm back.....................

Sunday, October 28, 2007

View From Here

Anderson SC
Hampton Inn #223
Mountain Brok AL
Hampton Inn #401
Ft. Myers FL
Hampton Inn #212

Sunday, October 14, 2007

View From Here

Gastonia, NC
Fairfield Inn #408
Anderson SC
Hampton Inn #323
"Google Maps"

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Membership Has Its Privileges

and when you don't have a membership with that airline chances are you're gonna get to sit in the last seat of the plane.

Bald Middle Age Rock Star

Caught Jimmy Page here waiting for his luggage. Looks like he has "Guitar Hero" ax safely stored in his backpack.

View From Here

Richmond VA
Holiday Inn #646
Lexington VA
Hampton Inn #232
As you enter the city of Lexington, Virginia this is your first sight of the majestic manor house Col. Alto, built in 1827, just 2.5 miles from Interstate 81 at exit 188B. This Hampton Inn Lexington hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Virginia. The Col. Alto Mansion is the starting point for your unique Virginia hospitality experience. Wind up the driveway, around the formal boxwood gardens, and view our courtyard setting with magnificent columns and 76-room Hampton Inn hotel, designed to replicate the architecture of this Virginia Historic mansion. "LINK"
Glen Allen, VA
Comfort Suited #209

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Frickmas #43

We held the 43rd annual Frickmas celebration this morning. The celebration began with me un-wrapping my gifts!!!!!

First up a new iPod iTouch. Which means the old iPod gets passed down to the youngest.
In typical Apple fashion it was out of the box up and running in less than 5 minutes. It connected with my access point imported my internet bookmarks without a hitch. The screen works just like you see it on TV. Touch, tap scroll I'm holding my breath since this is a first generation iTouch that it won't be laden with bugs & glitches,
Landed (3) new t-shirts for those dress up evening outings.

My parents gave me tickets for the Ga Tech North - Carolina next month including dinner at the Varsity.
My Aunt laid some cash on me which will go for iTouch accessories, gotta feed the beast.......

Friday, September 28, 2007

Life Tip

No matter how helpful you might think it is don't mention to your better half "It sure would be nice if you folded the toilet paper like they do in the hotel bathroom" I'm just saying........

View From Here

St. Petersburg, FL
Hampton Inn #429
"Places I've Stayed & Ate"

View From Here

Boca Raton, FL
Hampton Inn #312
"Places I've Stayed and Ate"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yankees Clinch Wild Card

and I got to see it. See it sitting right smack dab in the center of Yankee territory, those are some passionates fans. We were in St. Pete last night and decided to break up the week with an evening game. I never thought $6.50 could taste so good.

Monday, September 24, 2007

View From Here

Lookout Mountain, GA
Chanticleer Inn #18
"The Wife" and I went away for our 21st anniversary.

The top of Lookout Mountain
Fat Man Squeeze which I actually made it through
The falls at "Rock City"

Friday, September 21, 2007

View From Here

Anderson, South Carolina
Hilton Garden Express #417
"Google Map"

View From Here

Roanoke, VA
Holiday Inn Express #229
"Google Map"

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Patience Is A Virtue?

Except when it comes to baking cookies. The girls around here apparently don't have the patience to wait for the oven to heat up and then wait for the cookies to well, actually cook. They just eat the cookie raw right out of the tube.

Hooter's New Employee Fitness Program

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Only In South Georgia

Do you drive your tractor to the local filling station. Possibly the tractor gets better mileage than his SUV.
If you are ever in Cordele, GA and have a hankering for some beef jerky stop by the "Salt Lick Sausage Company" and pick you up some.
You gotta like any place with "Lick" in the name.

View From Here

Tallahassee, FL
Hampton Inn #133
"Google Map"
50,000 mile on the Pacifica and I still can't park it between the lines.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Travel Tip #22

It's been a while since we've had a travel tip and as I was packing I came across something that I use everyday. It's those "Glad Ziplock" bags in the snack size. They're the perfect size for my essentials and keep my suitcase & laptop case somewhat organized. No more digging for loose change or trying to find where I put my morning vitamins.

Here's the previous tips "LINK"

I'm Not Acting Confused, I Am Confused

We've always seemed to have a wide variety of "animals" and creatures around "Frick's World".
Some have been mainstream and had not strayed much from their animal description.
But this little confused tree frog has managed to set up shop in one of the backyard birdhouses, no telling where the former occupant relocated to.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Picture Of The Week

We saw this site just down the road from "Frick Manor".
We came up with 3 possible reasons why someone would put a bow on a new house and a new car.
Buy this house and get a new Jaguar at closing.
Buy this Jaguar and get the house thrown in for nothing.
We have the most faith in the this one
The husband must have done something really, really bad..............

The Pussification Continues

School Bans Tag After Parents Complain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Colorado Springs elementary school is banning the game of tag on its playground --
after some children complained that they'd been chased or harassed against their will. Assistant Principal Cindy
Fesgen of the Discovery Canyon Campus school said running games will be allowed, as long as students don't chase
each other.
Chase each other, yeah that pretty much describes tag. Lets see what other running games are left?
Football - you get to run, but it's to violent, no good.
Baseball - you get to run but you risk getting beaned by a baseball, no good.
Tennis - you need a court for every two or four kids in the class, no good.
Dodgeball - what are you nuts, no good.

Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the ban, but most parents and children didn't object. Two elementary schools in the nearby Falcon School District did away with tag and similar games in 2005 in favor of alternatives with less physical contact.
Less physical contact than tag? What's the name of that game? Have you been to an Elementary school lately? These kids are out of shape and overweight. Kids need to run they need physical contact (except for my 17 year old daughter).

Officials at Evans and Meridian Ranch elementaries say that encouraged more students to play games, and helped reduce playground squabbles.
Kids squabble they're supposed too, it's how they train for marriage, careers and such
The next playground game to disappear will be Hide And Seek - Everyone is hiding from me. This isn't fair I'm lonely, no one will be my friend.
We used to play "Kill The Man With The Ball" could you imagine playing that in this day and age? Some kids liable to bust a "MAC 10" out of their book bag and play the game literally.

Colorado Springs schools are not alone. Schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., Spokane, Wash., and Attleboro, Mass., have banned
tag at recess. A suburban Charleston, S.C., school not only banned tagged, but outlawed all unsupervised contact sports.


Friday, August 31, 2007

View From Here

Savannah, GA
Hampton Inn #200
"Google Map"

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Future Of America

I'm glad she is cute.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

An Excellant Source Of Protein

I'm at the grocery store this morning and I came across "Healthy Hemp" bread.
5g Fiber, 7g Protein and Omega 3-6-9's in every slice. I did see a couple of the local High School students trying to light a slice.

Another Friday Night And I’m A Dumb Ass

I left Ft Lauderdale last night at 5:00pm with an expected arrival in Atlanta at 7:00pm. Pretty easy and sound plan, yeah right.
This is your Captain speaking we are in a holding pattern as there is a storm sitting over the Atlanta airport, we’ll keep you apprised of any changes.
This is your Captain speaking Ah yeah we’re still in a holding pattern if this continues much longer we are going to have to divert to Columbia, SC to take on additional fuel.
This is your Captain speaking we are heading to Columbia, SC for refueling.
We land in Columbia, SC for refueling.
The moment we land the entire interior of the plane lights up with the glow of cell phones. The typical conversation We’re in @*!#$ Columbia, SC. Yeah, weather in Atlanta Yeah I’m going to miss my connection.
I’m lucky I live in Atlanta no chance of me missing a connection.
They toss us some token water and crackers. This is where several people exited the plane and headed to Hertz and a 3:00 hour drive back to Atlanta. I should have followed the smart people and exited the plane, but alas
I’m a dumb ass.
We are fueled up, the paper work is signed and we head for the runway.
The engines shut off, not a good sign.
This is your Captain speaking Ah yeah the Atlanta airport has invoked flow control and we are going to be sitting here for a while.
I’m still a dumb ass
This is your Captain speaking, Ah yeah we have a wheels up time of 9:50. My dumb ass points are increasing by the minute, no make that the second.
I'm a dumb ass.
The surfer dude sitting next to me asks the Flight Attendant if she could put a movie in while we are waiting, good thinking. What does she put in but "Jam & Jerusalem" , you ever heard of it? Me neither. Yeah the Flight Attendant pulled a good one over on us, what a brutally painful show.
I’m such a dumb ass and so is surfer dude.
The standard "any devices with an off/on switch needs to be turned off so we can be ready for take off".
Again, the standard "any devices with an off/on switch needs to be turned off so we can be ready for take off".
Across the isle from me Ricky Bobby begins holding his powered off cell phone above his head. This continues for several minutes. I call him Ricky Bobby because he’s wearing his black #8 baseball hat and matching black #8 shirt. Go "Little E".
More on Ricky latter
We are airborne but
I’m still a dumb ass.
We land in Atlanta.
The second, and I mean the second we land Ricky Bobby stands up and starts heading up the isle. He makes it about 7 rows and turns around and head for the back of the plane turns around again and goes back to his seat. Surfer dude turns to me and says What the $%@#.
This is your Captain speaking, Ah yeah there are 180 planes on the ground and only 110 gates we’re going to be sitting here for a while. If I had exited the plane in Columbia, SC I would be home in my bed by now.
I’m such a dumb ass.
Ricky Bobby is standing in the doorway of the plane writing down the Flight Attendants names, Ricky Bobby, is a dumb ass.
Maybe he was going to report them for making us watch Jam & Jerusalem, I sure hope so.
I’m finally home.

A Few Good Men

That's why I say "Always get a receipt".

View From Here

Miami Fl
Hampton Inn #600
"Google Map"

View From Here

Richmond, VA
Holiday Inn #443
"Google Maps"

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hot Hot Hot & Dry

The heat coupled with the absolute lack of rain is producing "crispy" landscaping around here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Beer Review

Generally when I partake in the hops it's usually of the dark and full bodied variety. Well the marketing guys at "Miller Chill" hit me right between the eyes with the slick green bottle and snazzy label. At 110 calories and 6.5g of carbs per bottle you have the freedom to polish off the whole six pack without getting that bloated feeling. Oh yeah it's a light beer, but I'd buy it again.

View From Here

Oxford, AL
Hampton Inn #402
"Google Maps"

Monday, August 13, 2007

And The Stupidity Continues

Woman calls police about 'fake' cocaine
Mon Aug 13, 4:32 PM ET

ROCHELLE, Ga. - A woman was arrested after she called police to help "get her money back" after she was unhappy with the crack cocaine she purchased.

Juanita Marie Jones, 53, called Rochelle Police late Thursday night after she purchased what she thought was a $20 piece of crack cocaine, according to police reports.

She told officers she broke the rock into three pieces and smoked one, only to discover the drugs were "fake."

She took Officer Joel Quinn and Deputy John Shedd of the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office into her kitchen and showed them the drugs, police said.

She was promptly arrested on charges of possession of cocaine. "LINK" "VIA"

What in the hell are you doing at the age of 53 buying crack? And then to top it off you buy fake crack and then if that's not enough you call the cops to help you get your crack cash back.

I'm not a big drug type of guy maybe an Aleve every so often for a hangover but that's the extent of it. I'm not a real smart guy either but I would be a smart enough "Crackhead" to figure out that if I'm calling the cops over some bogus crack I'm running a pretty good chance of ending up in jail.
Hasn't Juanita Marie Jones ever watched an episode of "COPS"?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million
by Justin D. Anderson
Daily Mail Staff

A Morgantown man, his mother and his friend are suing McDonald's for $10 million.

The man says he bit into a hamburger and had a severe allergic reaction to the cheese melted on it.

Jeromy Jackson, who is in his early 20s, says he clearly ordered two Quarter Pounders without cheese at the McDonald's restaurant in Star City before heading to Clarksburg.

His mother Trela Jackson and friend Andrew Ellifritz are parties to the lawsuit because they say they risked their lives rushing Jeromy to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

The lawsuit alleges Jeromy "was only moments from death" or serious injury by the time he reached the hospital.

"We're interested in seeing McDonald's take responsibility and change a systemic quality control problem that endangers the lives of up to 12 million Americans with allergies," said Timothy Houston, the Morgantown lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

Houston said his clients were in Morgantown in October 2005 and stopped at the Star City McDonald's on the way home to Clarksburg. Jeromy Jackson was living with his mother at the time.

Jeromy did his part to make it known he didn't want cheese on the hamburgers because he is allergic, Houston said.

He told a worker through the ordering speaker and then two workers face-to-face at the pay and pick-up windows that he couldn't eat cheese, Houston said. "Read More"

Poor Mr. Jackson it must suck having deadly food allergies, but has he never been to a McDonald's? The McDonald's folks have a hard time getting straws & napkins into your bag as they try to whisk you through the drive through in under 90 seconds.
Making a request that requires "Sir Make-A-Burger" to be able to read "No Cheese" and then to follow through with that, well that's where you found yourself Mr. Jackson.
Mr. Jackson I'm not sure if this will make it trial and I'm not sure if you'll get $10,000,000.00 (that's a bunch of zeros) but I will give you some free advice. Next time you go through a drive-thru and even if you don't make a special request open the damn bag before you blindly start stuffing your face, it might just same your life.

View From Here

Lexington, South Carolina
Hampton Inn #402
"Google Map"

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Walk Score

For those that travel it's real easy to get real fat real quick on the road. So to combat that you try to exercise but there's only so much "Fox News" you can watch while you are on a treadmill. Enter "Walk Score" input your hotels address and "Walk Score" gives you all the local attractions and the approximate distance to each. Hey if you gotta walk you might as well be walking towards the local BBQ joint or micro-brewery.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Copier Frustration?

The ultimate revenge? It's only a copier how pissed off can it make you?

@#!?% It's Hot

Columbia, South Carolina

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Nothing Good Comes From Alcohol

Woman runs over driving instructor

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published August 6, 2007

NAPLES - A man giving a 30-year-old woman a driving lesson had to be airlifted to a hospital after the woman accidentally ran over him, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said.

David Tanner, 51, was teaching Victoria Hosner how to drive Thursday night when she accidentally hit the gas pedal and accelerated backward, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Tanner was standing near the vehicle and was knocked to the ground. Victoria Hosner then ran over Tanner's leg.

"It was totally an accident," Victoria Hosner's husband, David Hosner, said.

Victoria Hosner continued to drive in reverse and caused about $6,000 worth of damage, authorities estimated.

Tanner was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers. He was discharged by Sunday, according to hospital records.

A deputy thought Hosner's eyes were bloodshot and her breath smelled of alcohol, according to the Sheriff's Office. A test measured her blood-alcohol level at .146, above .08, at which the state presumes a driver impaired.

Hosner faces charges of driving under the influence, three counts of driving under the influence with damage to property or to a person and driving without a license.

She was released on $4,250 bail Friday, according to jail records.

[Last modified August 6, 2007, 00:28:27] "LINK"

What did this lady think she was a "flight attendant"? Looks like a big week for drunks. How come the driving instructor didn't pick up on the bloodshot eyes or ListerBeam breath? And how fast do you have to be going in reverse do pull off $6000.00 in damages? Maybe she crashed into a $5000.00 statue, who knows..................
I would imagine if you were a driving instructor your biggest fear would be being involved in an accident while inside the car, this poor cat probably never imagined being injured while being on the outside of the car.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Back To School Time

I'd be willing to go back to school just so I carry one of these lunch boxes. "LINK"