Archive for August, 2007

31
Aug
07

Sex Doesn’t Sell

For the most part, gambling lost its lure for me many years ago. About the only thing that I really like, wager wise, is betting on NFL games. Not enough to make a dent in the lunch money, just something to play with. A long time ago, I had an account with BetUS.com. But given all the legislation and credit card company BS surrounding online gambling, I stopped betting with them something like 3 or 4 years ago. That has not stopped them from trying to get me back, though. It seems like every other week I get something in the mail from them. Emails come every week and I even get a phone call about once a month asking me to re-up. I’ve asked to be taken off all their lists, repeatedly, to no avail. About the only highlight is when the annual BetUS calendar shows up at the beginning of the football season.

Scantily clad, well endowed tartlettes demonstrating their wares is usually an enticement for football gamblers. I make a tradition out of taking the calendar down to my neighbor’s house. It’s a solemn occasion. I hand him the calendar, he peruses it methodically and makes comments about each one of the young ladies. He then takes down last year’s calendar and puts up the new one. We have a Scotch and then try to figure out how many games the Texans will lose. Tradition… Oh, and I still haven’t re-upped my account…

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31
Aug
07

Gay or Not Gay?

Is this the face of sombody who is gay and would solicit anonymous sex in the public bathroom of an airport? Resignation of this dude, from the US Senate, is being considered. I know that this isn’t news, but either he is lying about it or the cop that made the bust is lying about it.

31
Aug
07

1000th Post: Mortgage Crap

President Bush may very well have done some less than bright things while in office. But he’s got plans to bail out stupid people with stupid mortgages. Please do not get me wrong. This is not a race thing or a class thing. It’s common sense. When you buy a house, you put the asset (the house) up as collateral in the event that you default on the loan. This means that if you stop paying your mortgage, you lose your house. It’s the same with a car loan. If you do not understand this concept, you should not be borrowing money for the purchase. You should also understand the terms of your loan. If you don’t, get somebody to explain it to you. Understand what happens if you default.

Way too many people bought homes that they really could not afford. Or they bought homes with mortgage products that were simply stupid. Adjustable rates that guaranteed that the rate would go up, negative amortization loans, flex-pay loans. Or high interest (sub-prime) loans. This is insanity. If you were stupid enough to get yourself into this bind, you deserve consequences. And those consequences should not, under any circumstances, involve the federal government coming to your rescue. President Bush will direct Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson to work on an initiative to help troubled mortgage holders get services and products they need to keep them from defaulting on their loans. Bush also has other initiatives that equate to a federal bail out.

I call bull shit.

30
Aug
07

You CAN Go Home Again

Two years later, city officials estimate that there are still 90,000 Katrina survivors still living in Houston. In order for New Orleans to rebuild, folks are really going to need to call it home again…

30
Aug
07

But It’s a Dry Heat

I’ve returned from insanity. 3,000 miles later, I’ve completed a solo drive from Houston to Tucson, Tucson to Las Vegas, Las Vegas to Lubbock, Lubbock to Coleman, and Coleman to Houston. Except for parts of Texas, I was driving in the desert. The main destination was Vegas where the temp was an average of 105 degrees. That’s hot. “But it’s a dry heat!” you say. Baloney! Hot is hot. Go stick your head in an oven and tell me that it’s pleasant. It’s just a different form of misery. On the bright side, the last day I was in Vegas… it rained! That makes something like the 5th time in a row that I have been to Vegas and rain ensued. It’s me…

26
Aug
07

I Coulda Been There

Houston – 28
Dallas – 16

“Offense, defense, we just didn’t play well.” – Dallas Head Coach, Wade Phillips.

I know it’s just pre-season, but it’s always fun when the Texans topple the mighty Cowboys.

25
Aug
07

Deep Sleep Chair

A German left his dead mother seated in her favorite armchair at their shared home for two years because he could not face organizing a funeral, police in the southern town of Fuerstenfeldbruck said Friday. True story. Ick.