August 16, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 34

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A chairman's job is never done. The other day, my seven-year-old heard me mention something about being chairman of our parish's pastoral council. She said, "Daddy, what does a chairman do? Do you set up chairs?" So I told her yes, quite often I do set up chairs before our meetings!

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Last weekend was the sales tax-free holiday in Texas, and every year I have the same routine: I stay as far away as possible from stores. Let's face it, I hate shopping all year long. But it's especially painful when stores are crowded. If not for the Internet, I'd never buy anything.

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Fans of The Facts of Life and Three's Company must be really disappointed when they get to my blog. I was looking at my page stats and some of the search terms that have led people to this site. Strangely enough, there are people in cyberspace who actually do web searches for pictures of Mrs. Garrett and Mr. Furley. But it must be a big letdown when all they find here are a Christmas post and the post about my middle school French teacher who used to dress like Mr. Furley. C'est la vie.

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Every time I see this billboard in the Austin area, I always think of Phil Hartman's Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer bit.

Courtesy: The Austin Chronicle

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer - Courtesy: The Baltimore Sun

Don't you see the resemblance? Anyway, I have passed by one of these billboards regularly but never knew anything about the guy until this week when I discovered that a couple of local media outlets have done stories about him. There probably aren't too many attorneys/rock stars/tennis pros out there. 
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The family and I will be packing up the minivan and taking a little vacation soon. But I won't tell you exactly when we're going just in case you are a burglar. Also, I won't mention anything about having a rottweiler, a doberman and an attack-trained toucan guarding the house. And what about land mines in the yard?

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If I were a rooster, I'd be the bird on the right:

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Speaking of introversion, I finally remembered to do something on Facebook that I've been forgetting to do for several years. A few days ahead of my birthday this year, I deleted my birth date from my profile so Facebook will no longer remind my "friends" about the big day.
Call me crazy, but it was way to overwhelming for my introverted taste to suddenly get inundated with "Happy Birthday" posts on my wall. Sure, I appreciated people's well wishes, but it always left me with the awkward feeling of not knowing what the rules of etiquette say about acknowledging dozens and dozens of birthday posts. Do you have to reply to each one individually? Do you have to hit the like button for each one? Or is a single "Thanks" post sufficient? This year I won't have to worry about that.

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  1. I'm visiting from Conversion Diary. That's sweet that your daughter things your job as chairman is to set up chairs.
    3-2-1 Party

    1. The innocence of children's questions is amazing.

  2. I relate to the chicken cartoon. I "borrowed" it for future use.
    I wonder if the DNA test would show me as introverted...something to think about. Thanks.

    1. There are places online where you can take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test which will give you more than just introvert vs. extrovert.