Archive for March, 2006

Time, Time Time

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Seems most of my thoughts are about time. Lack of it, wanting more of it, yada yada. Everybody wants a piece of my time right now – I haven’t even had enough time to post my thoughts.

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me.
While I looked around for my possibilities,
I was so hard to please.
But look around, the leaves are brown,
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it’s bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned,
Carry your cup in your hand.
And look around you, the leaves are brown now,
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
Hang on to your hopes, my friend.
That’s an easy thing to say but if your hopes should pass away,
It’s simply pretend, that you can build them again.
Look around, the grass is high, the fields are ripe,
It’s the springtime of my life.
Oh, seasons change with scenery,
Weaving time in a tapestry,
Won’t you stop and remember me?
At any convenient time.
Funny how my memory skips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme,
Drinking my vodka and rhyme.
I look around, the leaves are brown,
There’s a patch of snow on the ground,
Look around…

Simon & Garfunkel – “Hazy Shade Of Winter”

Lost Pieces of the Past

Monday, March 20th, 2006

I guess I should just give up on the pieces of my past that it seem my ex took delight in throwing away. I’ve asked Megan every now and then if she’s seen anything that might be some of “missing” things. But I know the answer – they are gone. My high school diploma, my yearbooks (and especially the photos I stored inside – the prints of the pictures I took for the yearbook), my college diploma, my Gamma Beta Phi Certificate of Merit, my Air Force awards…

I started this quest last year to try and replace them – like the college diploma (might as well give up on ever seeing my high school diploma), my Gamma Beta Phi Certificate of Merit, and my military awards. Losing my Air Force Commendation Medal has been the toughest – for some reason it wasn’t noted on my DD-214. I remember it being mailed to me when we lived in North Dakota. I was so shocked when I opened up that blue case and when I read the citation that accompanied the award.

So the list goes on and on of things my ex threw away or won’t give back to me. Don’t get me started on my mom’s silver flatware – I have been trying to get that back for years.

Google doesn’t like me

Friday, March 17th, 2006

UPDATE: A very nice person from Google emailed me to explain the Blogger settings:

“telling Blogger not to list you means not to list you ANYWHERE”

Seems before I started using Blogger, my site used to be right behind the Spanish Professor’s listing – now you have to use “Leslie Nord” before it will even find www.leslienord.com Seems Blogger has it set to No Index, No Follow.

Looks like I should tweak my resume a touch too. Looks like I toasted it when I tried to make some updates.

The Tiny Kingdom

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

A life long Mountain Brook resident refers to it as “The Little Kingdom” but it’s also been called “The Tiny Kingdom”. I’d like to go through the community and do a photo essay – many of the houses do look like little castles. Kind of sad though – no garages. Even castles had stables for the horses.

The Brookies have the postage stamp size lots with these million dollar homes on them. If the house isn’t big enough the only way they can go is up.

Obviously, I wouldn’t fit in with the Brookie soccer moms. I have nothing in common with them and I sure wouldn’t want to hang out with the potty-mouthed woman who spoke at the blogging seminar.

Communication Tips

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Sounds like I need to give Megan some tips on how to communicate with her father.

Attend a class on ESP – she’ll need to sharpen her telepathic communication skills because her father expects you to read his mind.

After receiving “instructions”, repeatedly ask “And then?” (ala the scene at the Chinese drive-in from the movie Dude, Where’s My Car?

Find a Vulcan – ask him or her to do a mindmeld to extract all the information.

As I find more tips I’ll add them.