Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Immortal Dick

I don't want to jinx the guy, but I have the feeling that former VP Dick Cheney will outlive us all.

His heart may be a giant wad of scar issue (ask his specialists), as cold as ice (ask a Democrat), or shotgun pellet-proof (I bet Harry Whittington shot back), but the veep just keeps on keepin' on.

And strangely enough, he's really the only Republican who gets under the collective skin of Obamarama. He doesn't need a tele-prompter, just his trademark smirk. And Democrats get all flustricrated. One smirk and he's like Saturday Night Live's old Mr Subliminal, shooting out key messages - "Soft on Terrorism!" "Weak on national security." "Hot Sex".

Yuck. Maybe not the last one.


Recessed about the Depression or thereabouts

Reuters today said U.S. consumer confidence is the lowest it's been since 1983. Sounds about right. One friend lost her part-time job in December, and there is NOTHING in sight. Two other friends still have jobs but say business is getting harder and harder and paying less and less.

And here, Down Under in New Zealand, I've quit a big job that didn't suit, ended 30 years on deadline, and set out to rebrand, re-invent and revitalize mah own self. Right in the midst of a global depression/recession/shit storm. It's all veddy scary.

Then I remember my grandma Moew's favorite story, which she must have told me a hundred times. When my granddad died in the 1930s, she had $10 in the bank, three kids, and no business skills. Sure, she could pick cotton, and cook and clean and wash and care for her family, but making a living?

Miraculously, she made it - cooking at Oklahoma University fraternity houses until she was in her 70s. She worked and scrounged relentlessly, and when she died left her three kids a paid-for house and impressive bankroll to divvy up.

I wish Moew's story could have been in Chicken Soup for the Soul's Count Your Blessings edition. But maybe it wouldn't have been warm and fuzzy enough. Her story included abuse, hard ugly times, self denial, isms and emotional blackmail. But it continues to amaze and inspire me. She was a tough old lady who saved my life.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Shih Tzu!

Sounds like a holiday greeting, in China maybe? But way down in New Zealand, Cassie is our Happy Shih Tzu.

Like many Shih Tzu's, Cassie has crappy genes. Bless her heart, for all her 12 years, she's spent more time scratching her itches than Tiger Woods. No homeopathic salve or store-bought medicine has cleared up her skin problems.

And in the last year or two, her eyes have gone buggy. So often itchy, infected, or covered with matter. Or filled with medicines. And now the lights seem to be going out. Cassie looks but does not see, or probably won't for much longer.

And yet I wish I could be as happy as this fuzzball of bad genetics.

Cassie is always smiling. Her tail is always wagging. Even if she's been scolded for having an accident (she IS an old lady - what - 84?). Within microseconds she's back in waggy mode.

I don't think this is a Chinese thing. No, my Chinese wife does not wag her tail all the time, though she is doubtless happier than her gweiloh husband. And not all Shih Tzu's I've known were perpetually happy. Our Ling Ling dog, who died at 14 last year, was supremely content and irresistibly cute. But not always waggy. Not happiness personified, er, dogified.

Nope, I think it's just Cassie. If I weren't Catholic and believed in reincarnation, I'd like to come back as Cassie. Despite the itches and bad genetics, I'd be happy. Happy every day. Happy just to be with my pack. Happy when alone and rubbing my face on the carpet. Happy when on my side, pretending to run (when I don't think anyone is watching me).

Happy Cassie. That would be me.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Toyota creates employment bounce

At least one commentator says unemployment will "significantly drop" when quarterly statistics are released.

Some 1.2 million previously idle lawyers and BMW salesmen are now working thanks to class action lawsuits being prepared in all 51 states, including Canada, against the world's leading automaker.

"We are shocked and deeply concerned because of the potentially squazillions of deaths and tragic injuries (real and imagined) to all people (real and imaginary) who have owned, rented, or possibly walked past a Toyota in their current or past lives. Mere proximity to these vehicles could leave lifelong physical and psychological scars (and passive income streams) to virtually any tragic-looking or really cute Americans (living and dead, with the possible exception of Tiger Woods). Our team of skilled litigators are working round the clock (when they are not sacking groceries in their day jobs) to protect the rights of all injured Americans and ensure they get what they deserve.

A spokesman for Government Motors declined to comment, saying only: "We take no joy in this sad chapter on Japan. It's not like the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. And we simply don't believe reports that all Toyotas ever made were lined with asbestos, plutonium and trans fats. We're not so sure, though, about Toyotas being linked to impotence, baldness and making women's butts look really big. Buyer beware."


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Best Hars

Oldies but goodies...

Horse goes into a saloon. Bartender says, "Why the long face?"...

How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans...

How do you keep a moron in suspense...

Rimshot please...


Sunday, February 14, 2010

He's 'No Dave Barry'


This morning's email from my friend Staci has a photo of Obama telling Tiger, "Seriously, I've screwed more people than you."

Funnier than Tea Party Sarah's line, "How's that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?"

But the gold goes to New Zealand - Durex condoms names Prime Minister John Key the country's sexiest politician, and he spends Valentine's Day pressing the flesh at the Big Gay Out.

(Disclaimer: decades ago, a critic said I was, 'no Dave Barry.' 'Nuff said...)