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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Way Too Many Halloween Quizzes

You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To

Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.
Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.
But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?
It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.

What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever

What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth

Actually the thing I would like the least is not being to have garlic any more! I put garlic powder in ALMOST EVERYTHING I eat!


What Kind of Candy Are You?


Nutty and gooey - you always satisfy.


You Are A Vampire

You have a real thirst for bliss, and you consider yourself a true hedonist.
And you're not afraid to walk alone in life, if it means getting what you truly crave.
You truly enjoy entrancing people. Not to mention the ensuing pleasures of the flesh.
Your tastes have been called decadent and bizarre. You usually give in to your temptations, no matter how primal

Your greatest power: Your flawless ability to seduce and charm

Your greatest weakness: Human flesh

You play well with: Werewolves


You Are Scary

You even scare scary people sometimes!



Never mind the 5-second rule -- you'll eat anything off the sidewalk, anytime. Patient, social, and organized by nature, you once waited 54 hours in line for Springsteen tickets.

You can carry an object five times your own weight, and thus are often called upon by friends who need to move pool tables and sectional sofas to new apartments.

Forget Them, it's all about you, baby.


Which Horror Movie Are You?
Psycho (1960) - You are INSANE. Yes, that's right - out of all of the results, this is the only one that can confirm that you are legally insane. All I can say is get help - before you dress up like your mother and go on a 'stabbing-girls-in-the-shower killing spree'.


Could you last in a scary movie??

You make it to the end thanks to your friend

You listen to what your friend tells you to do, you can never make a decision for yourself. You would be dead but your friend saved your life.

Awwwww! It's good to have friends. :)


Your Halloween personality is TRADITIONAL
Your idea of the perfect Halloween is a night filled with candy corn, jack-o-lanterns and dunking for apples—you have celebrated the holiday like this since you were a tyke and you plan to continue—why mess with success? This Halloween, pick a classic costume that never goes out of style! Be a witch, a pirate or a cowboy and enjoy a night of trick-or-treating with friends!
What is Your Halloween Costume Personality?


Which horror movie should you watch at Halloween?

You like horror movies with a decent plot, and creative ideas, but also a few frightening moments. Your perfect horror film should be more mystery, and less splatter or disgusting. I recommend the following movies: The Ring, Gothika, The Skeleton Key, Sleepy Hollow, The VillageMessage me if you have any questions.
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Which Fantasy Character are you? (Vampires, Werewolves, Dragons, etc..)

You're a Ninja! Kind of obsessed with you job and slaying things. A little on the mysterious side. You work for your master and ONLY your master. Unless you like to work alone just for the fun of it.Here's what the others think about you:Vampires- Eh, they're kinda like us, just.... No fangs and eternal life.Werewolves- I see them flying through the forest all the time, it's nothing new to me.Dragons- Grr.... They have a history of killing Dragons, but also befriending them.Ninjas- Ahh, my fellow comerads.
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You're still human, but nobody can tell, because you're moaning hungrily and stumbling around with the zombie masses. You aren't in the mood to get involved in an exhausting zombie battle. You just want to live and let live (or let not-live, for the zombies). It seems like the easiest solution is to join the undead mob for now. It'll work out alright, as long as they don't pick up your delicious human scent. Fake zombie life isn't perfect – it's like being at a lame party where nobody talks much, and the snacks are really gross. But still… it beats hanging out at home until this zombie war is over, right?

Would You Survive a Zombie Invasion?


The Zombie Movie Survival Quiz

Like Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy, you are the hero. Congratulations. As the chainsaw toting king of witty one-liners, you certainly know how to handle any of those undead nasties heading your way, don't you?
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What are Your Chances of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse?


Zombie Survival Quiz
Shambling Corpse

You are a failure in every possible way. With no regard for your own safety, the safety of others, or even basic common sence, you won't last a week. As one of the most ignorant beings on this planet, you will have the honor of ushering humankind into a new era of darkness and despair. Way to go!

Zombie Survival Quiz

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Monday, October 29, 2007


CULTURE/SOCIETY: My Blog and How It is Visited

This is me, OlderMusicGeek, writing, not a reprinted article. :)

I use a site called sitemeter. It's pretty sweet. It let's me know how many visits and page views are at my site each week. I can even see where in the world the viewers are from.

Surprise, surprise, most are from the United States. Though I get a few popping in from other places, mostly I think through search engines like google. I've listed before some of the weird searches that made my site pop up.

Yeah, this site even shows what links brought people to my site. Here's the most common ones. Number 1 and 2 are a big surprise. - I'm sure they're the link I always put at the end of my letters.

1. http://oldermusicgeek.blogspot.com/ (69 hits)
2. http://www.oldermusicgeek.blogspot.com/ (9 hits)
3. CULTURE/SOCIETY, SCIENCE and POLITICS: My Results on a Morality Quiz (5 hits)
4. POLITICS: Letter to Politicians on a Judge Allowing Gay Marriage in Iowa (4 hits)
- 5th place is a four-way tie with 2 hits each
5. SCIENCE: The Quest to Design the Perfect Yawn
5. CULTURE/SOCIETY: Does Your Name Suit You?
5. CULTURE/SOCIETY and SCIENCE: Results to a Personality Test
5. December 2005

As you can see, my site is a heavily visited spot on the internet!

But there is two times a year when it is visited a lot more than the other times! October and December!

During the past year, except for October and December, my site had between 46 and 96 visits during a month - and between 52 and 148 page views during a month.

But in October last year, it had 178 visits and 315 page views. And in December last year, it had 176 visits and 235 page views. -- Apparently, most people like Halloween better than Christmas - or at least my Halloween posts better than my Christmas posts. Oh well, I'll live!

I can't tell you how things are going this October, because my temporary change - for Halloween - to Beautiful Nightmare's Stupid Stuff has messed sitemeter up, and it list my hits as zero. :)

But it's cool with me that my site is visited more in October and December. I enjoy making the Halloween and Christmas blogs. Those are my two favorite holidays! So enjoy.

All my Halloween posts

All my Christmas posts

POLITICS and CULTURE/SOCIETY: Ten Reasons Gay Marriage is Un-American

I found this hunting around the internet. No explanation was given for it was originally from. - OlderMusicGeek.

Ten Reasons Gay Marriage is Un-American

1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Mary had a little lamb. This surprised the doctor.

Okay, I need to add a little political comment here. I DO think children tend to do better if they have a male and female parent at home. But I do think a child is better raised by a single parent who is their parent than in an orphanage. And I think gay parents can definitely raise children far better than any institution or a series of foster parents.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Thirty is the New Black?

I found this on one of the blogs I keep an eye on my netvibes.comhomepage. Being in my 40s, I found this amusing and have added a few comments of my own at the end. - OlderMusicGeek.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
thirty is the new black

When I arrived at work today, I saw that signs had been posted around the building notifying everyone that today was the birthday of H., one of our HR girls. There was a big, colorful "Happy Birthday" banner outside of her office and smaller signs had been taped to various walls and doors saying "H. is 30 today!" These smaller signs also had some sort of clip art on them, but it wasn't until I got closer I noticed it was a picture of the grim reaper with the words OVER THE HILL!

Ah, how I remember those days when I had aunts and uncles making a big deal about turning 50. Then there was the year my dad turned 40 and everybody at his office wore black armbands and passed out black roses to all the employees. But 30? Is this really the new scary age? Most people don't even figure out who the (intercourse) they are until their mid-twenties, and that's if they are incredibly fortunate, which doesn't leave much time to win the Triple Crown before being put out to pasture (Yeah. I know. But I've spent the past year living in two of the biggest horse cities around. So sue me.)

What does this mean for my relationship, where one of us is over the hill and one of us is still climbing it? (And, just by looking at our blogs, I'm fairly certain it's pretty obvious which one of us is still in the prime of her life, given that I have the fun, pink, perky layout. Oh. Wait....). A six-year age difference doesn't seem like much, but when looked at from this perspective, why, it's practically a may-december romance.

I'll be 27 when I graduate with my master's degree, so I suppose it's best to know this sort of information sooner rather than later. Though it's a little daunting to think that as soon as I get a job I'm going to have to start planning my retirement from it. I guess it's just a good thing I was smart enough to spend my twenties going to school for careers that guarantee lots and lots of money.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Halloween Brings Feelings of Nostalgia

This is an article I found while on google. It's from the school newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator. - OlderMusicGeek

Halloween brings feelings of nostalgia
By Colleen Shea

Halloween is a couple of weeks away, which means now is the time to start thinking about what we want to be on that very special day.

Halloween has always been one of the best holidays of the year, but celebrating it in college is different than it used to be when we were kids.

Over the years, the jack-o'-lanterns, glow-in-the-dark spider webs and spooky sound effects have slowly been replaced with skanky costumes and Hunch Punch.

Don't get me wrong - I love Halloween parties as much as the next person. It's just that college students seem to have forgotten the true spirit of Halloween.

Let's take a trip to a more innocent time - a time when our costumes were more than just underwear and body paint and when we dressed up in homemade costumes of our favorite, fully-clothed Power Ranger.

Figuring out what we wanted to be was still fun back then, but the real fun was trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with friends.

I don't know about you, but in the years before beer pong, the mounds of free candy were the best part of Halloween.

I'm not one to brag, but I will admit that I was pretty skillful at getting the most candy, mainly because I treated trick or treating like a covert military operation. It didn't matter if I had to suffer through rain, cold weather or blistered feet - I was absolutely determined to fill my entire bag (or pillow case) with hundreds of delicious goodies my mom would never let me eat otherwise.

After a few years of trick-or-treating in the same neighborhood, I could usually predict which houses to hit and which ones to skip. The best houses were the ones that gave out king-sized candy bars or those goody bags filled with different types of candy.

And of course, the worst houses were the ones that gave out crossword puzzles, Dum Dums and, most horrifying of all, toothbrushes.

After a long night of scurrying from house to house, I would come home and take inventory of the massive bag of candy I acquired in the span of a few hours. I usually separated and counted each piece of candy and then ranked it by order of deliciousness. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were usually first, followed by M&M's, Skittles, Butterfinger and then Twix.

After sorting and ranking the sweets, I would set up trade agreements with my brother and sister. "I'll give you five Tootsie Rolls for one Snickers," I would try to negotiate. "Six, and it's a deal" was my older sister's usual response. She was a pretty savvy 7-year-old.

One thing really scared me about Halloween, though. The haunted houses, ghost stories and cackling witches were pretty spooky, but nothing compared to my mom's warnings to watch out for needles and razors that might be lurking in my chocolate bars.

Oh, Halloween. What a great holiday. It's doubtful anyone really knows why we celebrate it, but it's great that we do. And this year, if you are stressing over which costume to choose or which liquor to buy, just relax, and remember that the party is just half the fun. The other half is being able to act like a kid again.

Colleen Shea is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Her column appears on Fridays.

CULTURE/SOCIETY: The Best or Favorite Part of Halloween?

This is OlderMusicGeek - or Beautiful Nightmare if you prefer :). But this is NOT a reprinted article. It is me writing, though using reprinted stuff. :) Confused? You won't be, after this blog of...OlderMusicGeek's - or Beautiful Nightmare's? - Stupid Stuff.


We have a weekly supplement that our newspaper puts out to compete with the weekly alternative paper - which it really doesn't compete since a lot people pick up both!

Anyway, the weekly supplement asked their staff what was the best part of Halloween - and some gave some amusing answers.
- Tooth decay.
- Zombies. Or chocolate. Maybe both.
- Scaring the crap out of people as they walk up for candy.
- Hiring dwarves in costumes to harvest candy for me.
- Masks. No one knows it was you who puked on that car.
- Lacing Hershey's Miniatures with arsenic.

So I decided to google "favorite part of Halloween" on the internet to see what would come up. Yes, the paper "the best part of Halloween", but I remembered it wrong and used "favorite part", all right? Fine, I'll google "best part" too! Sheesh!

Anyway, these are the most entertaining things that came up - at least in my opinion! Well, that is until I got bored.

Clara, last night: “Daddy, do you know what the best part of Halloween is?”
“No, Clara, what’s that?"
“The part where the candy goes into your bucket.”
She confirmed that she likes that part even better than the part where you actually eat the candy. I have to say I agree.

You know what the best part of halloween is that you can be someone or something your not. I mean how many times did your parents tell you to be yourself...

What’s your favorite part of Halloween? The crisp air, and enjoying my children (my husband eats all of the candy).

But my favorite part of Halloween is decorating the house with my Norman Rockwell Halloween Plates collection
from the Shamilton Mint. All the old favorites are there, looking just as they did on the covers of Saturday Evening Post years ago...

My favorite part of Halloween when I was a kid was when my mother would tie donuts from a string and then blindfold us.
Obviously the trick was to try and find the donut and eat it. Sort of "Bobbing for Apples" meets "Pin the Tail on the Donkey".

When I was a kid, my favorite part of Halloween happened after the trick-or-treating. It was fun to don a costume and run through the neighborhood in packs, ringing doorbells, collecting treats, and occasionally playing a prank when nobody answered our ring and the lights were out. But the best part was at the end, when my brother and I got home, tore off our costumes, and dumped our huge cache of candy on the living room floor, his candy on one side and mine on the other of a Maginot line running from the television to the kitchen door. It was the climax of the evening, for now it was time to sort and organize the candy. I spent hours on this. Every year I developed elaborate systems. I would organize by size, shape, brand, and quality. I had a chocolate gradient.

I don't know about you, but in the years before beer pong, the mounds of free candy were the best part of Halloween.

My favorite part of Halloween is not the candy corn, nor the pumpkin carving, nor even the gathering of friends to celebrate such a special holiday. Rather, let us consider the Non-Trads - that autonomous group of students that always sit on the perimeters of classrooms and only speak up when the topics of politics, children, or sex arise. For some reason these creatures, while remaining dormant for most of the semester, choose Halloween to express what they've been holding back all this time.

Wigs are, quite frankly, my favorite part of Halloween. I first indulged in my effort to be a redhead when I went as Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Showin high school, and subsequently made all the guests at my party that year participate in the Time Warp.

My favorite part of Halloween was dressing up with boyfriend Roy as adults for parties and dances.

My favorite part of Halloween isn’t that it’s the one time a year I allow myself to eat SweetTarts, or looking on MySpace on Nov. 1 to see everyone has changed their profile picture to them having what we are to believe is the best drunken time ever in their Sexy Judge or Slutty Cupcake costume. No, it’s seeing all the pictures of small dogs dressed up in humiliating costumes that their crazy owners post on the internet!

The best part of Halloween parties, in Dan's opinion at least, was the acceptability of indiscriminate flirting that would be gauche under normal circumstances.

The best part of Halloween for me is seeing all of the dead people.

He said the best part of Halloween Haunt is "a victim curled in the fetal position on the ground with me lording over them."

What's the best part of Halloween? When all the trick-or-treaters have finally gone home and I can drink alone, in peace.

Without a doubt, the best part of Halloween is the costume. A shocking number of females use Halloween as an excuse to wear as little as humanly possible while still covering up certain body parts. I'm not complaining, I'm just observing. An equally shocking number of males each year are compelled to wear tight and skimpy women's clothing while still covering up certain body parts. I am complaining.

But honestly, haven't we lost sight of the best part of Halloween? By that I mean:Okay, back to slutty.

OH! I almost forgot to mention the best part of Halloween. Girls use it as an excuse to wear the sluttiest outfit they can put together which is usually very little clothing at all...and thats always a good thing...unless they are like 300 pounds with a beard...then its just not right.

Skanky costumes are the best part of Halloween. The skankier the better.

The best part of halloween is how regular chicks get to dress up (and often act as) hookers. I'm not sure how or why and I don't really care. Clean girls acting like dirty girls is AOK with me.

I love Halloween. The leaves are falling, a chill is in the air, and you can smell the wood burning in fireplaces all over the neighborhood. Wonderful!. But the best part of Halloween is lighting a match to that bag full of dog(
poop) on Mr. Goldbaum's front porch and ringing the doorbell.

A link to all my Halloween posts.

CULTURE/SOCIETY: A Blogger's Look Back on Halloween

I found this Halloween post from the blog, Clawing Up from Under, when I was doing a google search. I liked it, so I'm reprinting it here. :) - OlderMusicGeek

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Boo SCARY, Veronia!

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, ever since I was a kid. It wasn't just the candy.

I loved thinking of a cool costume. My frugal mother didn't allow us to purchase halloween costumes -- I mean, you only wear it one night and if you're a kid, you can't fit into it next year anyway, nor would you want to be the same thing. It's just not prudent.

Forced to be creative, I came up with some pretty good stuff: mad scientist, my father, Native American Princess (complete with felt headband and feathers), a superhero that I made up, a powdered egg (I used a sheet and stuffed it with pillows, and then dumped baby powder all over my head), and of course, a witch -- the ghastlier the better.

I think my favorite part of Halloween was trick or treating with my Dad. It wasn't JUST the candy (although that was of course, key) it was stomping through our neighborhood...AT NIGHT. Growing up in New England I can't speak for the rest of our fair country, but New England Autumn nights are just creepy. There's bats. There's a lot of darkness (not a lot of street lights and NO sidewalks where I grew up). There's odd noises of the nocturnal creatures, and of course, centuries of ghosts and legends and supersitions that have sunk deep into the land only to wait all year to ooze upwards around mid-September.

The coup de grace was our next door neighbor's driveway. It was TOTALLY dark, gravel, and about a 1/2 mile back from the road to the house, surrounded by thick unspoiled woods on either side all the way down. The house itself was a converted barn -- the neighbors were muckity-mucks in New York City. In fact, the five houses on that side of the street were all built on the same farm land (including ours) in the 50's, and the barn was the farm's barn until it was remodeled.

Their property had another barn just for his cars, and a horse stall and corral. For a few years they had two horses that I used to feed long grass to, I'd cut through the woods between our houses and stand on the outside of the corral fence and pray that Barney or Captain would notice me.

Our neighbors were really nice, and knew their driveway was super spooky, so they used to give out FULL SIZE Hershey bars on Halloween, to reward our bravery for walking down there. It was a lot easier to be brave with my father holding my hand, but my brother and I (and my sister when she was finally old enough) always saved our next door neighbor's driveway for last.

One year the neighbors hired a few high school kids to hide behind the horse stall and jump out at the trick or treaters. I almost DIED when they did that, because for years we walked down there with no incident. The two dudes jumped out wearing sheets, like ghosts, and I screamed louder than I thought possible and flung my arms around my Dad -- unfortunately, I was STILL holding my pillowcase full of candy, which swung around my father to hit my sister full in the face, knocking her four-year-old butt to the ground.

Years later during my foray in to paganism, I found that Halloween (and All Saint's Day, in my church) was a pretty big holiday -- Samhain -- when the curtain between the living and dead was thinnest. This resonates with me because I can FEEL it. I know that Christianity co-opted a lot of pagan beliefs to draw them into the church, for why else would we honor our dead on November 1st, the day after "All Hallow's Eve"? I loved disguising myself and trying to see how scared I can be without completely freaking out.

I think I'm more scared this year than any other. I brought my guys to the local Party Depot to go Halloween costume shopping after a failed attempt to get them to create their own costumes with what we had around the house. TSW insisted on something Star Wars, and RSW chose to be a vampire -- all he wanted was some fangs and fake blood because we have a creepy vampire cape and medallion already.

I was wandering around the costumes while the boys were doing their thing and a dawning horror overcame me when I realized that every single costume I saw for women and EVEN for little girls were, frankly, sexy. I would rather die than let my niece or daughter (if I had one) wear something like this. This isn't cute -- it's SEXY. Halloween is supposed to be a time where it's OK to be ugly or creepy or scary or gross. I don't think a girl should feel pressure to be this Vampira sex kitten at age 9!!!

The adult costumes are worse -- they all seem like naughty fantasy wear from Fredericks of Hollywood! Naughty Nurse, Jail bait, vampire, sexy glittery witch -- everything involves short skirts, mad cleavage, and fishnets. Naturally, the plus size section is slightly LESS overtly sexy, and more expensive.

When did this happen, and where was I? Two years ago I dressed up with the boys to go trick or treating. I bought a long black wig, put white goth makeup on my face and lined my eyes with red and black -- I was a zombie. RSW said he couldn't look at me because I was creeping him out. The Sigoth dressed accordingly, complete with top hat, cane, and cape.

My age is showing because I feel like Halloween is messed up. It's not supposed to be a time to out-sexy each other. It's supposed to be a time to delve into the dark and mysterious, the frightening and sacred. It's time to feel the earth slowly dying as winter approaches. It's time to gather around and tell creepy stories and listen to the night sounds and feel the finger of fear tickle the back of your neck. It's time to jump out at each other and giggle insanely in relief that it's NOT your worst nightmare, just your brother. It's time for cider and walking on crunchy leaves and smell the smells of Fall for the short time they're in the air.

I'm no prude, and I'm not nay saying anyone's personal choice to costume themselves however the heck they want, but I think this crap is ridiculous. Especially for the little girls -- they're only little for such a short time, why sex them up? What is this teaching them? Why can't they wear something that isn't so GIRLY? Why aren't they offering something creepy, like zombie or alien or mummy for them? Why does everything have to be so friggin' "pretty"? Can't girls be scary too?

Why is it that I don't remember such overtly girly things when I was that age? Witches back then were ugly. You'd think with all we know, and several waves of feminism it would be better, not worse.

I'm full of crap though, because my costume this year is a simple pair of devil horns. I'll wear street clothes and devil horns peeking up through my hair. They're red, and glittery.

posted by Laura Bora from Bufadora at 10:50 AM 7 comments

A link to all the Halloween posts on OlderMusicGeek's Stupid Stuff

Friday, October 26, 2007

CULTURE/SOCIETY: My Work Newsletter on The Corporate Home Town

This is me, OlderMusicGeek, not a reprinted article.

The newsletter at my work included a brochure from its hometown, Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota. It said the following things about its hip and happening hometown...

-National Geographic has been to Fargo Moorhead. So has National Public Radio, which recently aired a piece noting our budding “reputation for high-tech jobs and hipness.” The Los Angeles Times characterization was even more straightforward: “trendy.”

-For those who live here or have recently visited our thriving community of nearly 188,000, this is not news. Fargo Moorhead is a diverse, stimulating and family-oriented city with all the amenities that make for a satisfying and fulfilling life.

-Those with firsthand experience talk about Fargo Moorhead’s exceptional K-12 and higher education systems, world-class health care, affordable housing, relatively low cost of living and myriad cultural and entertainment opportunities. They mention stress, crime and traffic jams, too, but only to say there isn’t much of that here.

-CNNMoney.com ranked Fargo as the 9th least violent city in the nation.

Then hidden later under photos, we find out why it's the 9th least violent city in the nation and why there's no crime. And why this such wonderful town has less then 200,000 people and can't get any higher!

average winter high: 20 F/-7 C
average winter low: 2 F/-17 C

CULTURE/SOCIETY: Cruise Control In The Rain

sent me an email about this. And will be happy to know that I checked it's authenticity! And below is what I found at Living Internet. - OlderMusicGeek

Internet Myths -- Cruise Control In The Rain

I had a wreck a couple of weeks ago and totaled our Lincoln Town Car. I hydroplaned on Hwy 135 between Gladewater & Kilgore, Texas. I was not hurt, just emotionally rattled! ... I learned a lesson I'd like to pass on to you.

- The only true email chain letter

There is only one true email hoax, just to show it's the exception that proves the rule.

There have been uncounted billions of hoax emails circulated around the Internet since it's creation, but, just to keep things interesting, there is at least one email with all the usual earmarks of a hoax that is actually true and potentially a useful safety tip.

The "cruise control in the rain" email began circulating in November 2002, and claims it is unsafe to drive a car using automated cruise control in the rain. While it is unknown if the story in the email is true, it is true that it is unsafe to use cruise control during a rain, or afterwards while the roads are still slick or puddles of water remain. The reasoning is that if if the wheels hydroplane on the water where there is no traction they can unpredictably change speed, putting the car's stability at risk both then and again as the wheel regains contact with the dry road with lots of traction designed in.

Resources. The following sites provide information about this true myth:

BreakTheChain.org - Cruising out of control

TruthorFiction.com - Don't Use Cruise Control in the Rain!

Urban Legends: Automobiles (Wild When Wet)

Thursday, October 25, 2007


This is an email from Ernest T Spoon. He's a little older than me, so he probably remembers this stuff better than me. :) - OlderMusicGeek, but not that old! :)

The perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care. Remember any of these?

Candy cigarettes

Plastic Army Men

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

Chief Pontiac Signs

P.F. Fliers

Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party lines

Howdy Doody

45 RPM records

45 rpm spindles

Metal ice cubes trays with levers

Roller-skate keys

Cork pop guns

Marlin Perkins

Drive in Movies

Drive in restaurants

Car Hops


Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush ManMy dad was a Fuller Brush man!

Sky King

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders


Erector Sets

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards

Penny candy

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

5 cent stamps

Gum wrapper chains

5 cent Cokes

Cigarettes for Christmas

Falstaff Beer

Burma Shave signs

Brownie camera

Flash bulbs

TV Test patterns

Old Yeller

Chef Boy-ar-dee

Timmy and Lassie

Ding Dong Avon calling!!


Aluminum Christmas Trees

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown-up" life . . ..I double-dog-dare-ya!

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