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Up in Flames: The BP Martini September 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor.
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Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island, invented a drink to raise funds for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund:

All proceeds from the sale of the BP Martini drink will be forwarded to the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund set up to aid victims of the BP disaster.

The BP Martini contains beautiful turquoise Gulf waters (top shelf vodka and Curacao), an explosion (flaming 151 proof rum), spilled oil (chocolate syrup & chocolate cream liquor), and tar balls (coffee beans).

Here’s how it’s made:

After mixing the BP Martini, “we lie to you about how much alcohol is in it.”

Related story:  AMI Bar Creates BP Martini

Fun with Numbers: Take Charge September 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Sustainable Living.
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Wikipedia ~ Taiwan Money Card (in Public Domain)

Many Americans are in debt up to their eyeballs.

They want more than they can afford.

They want the latest and greatest, even before they’ve finished paying for their last spending spree.

Personally, I’d rather put something aside for a rainy day, than shop until I drop, but to each his own.

However, if you are in debt due to excess consumption (rather than loss of employment), please don’t play the victim.

The other night, an advertisement came on with the central message:

Credit card debt can happen to anyone.”  

The message really struck a nerve with me, since it implied that a debtor in the target audience had somehow been acted upon, instead of being the actor who pulled the card out of his or her wallet while uttering the magic word, “Charge!”

Tornadoes can happen to anyone.  Floods can happen to anyone.  Credit card debt does not happen to anyone.

Take charge of your card, and you will be in charge of your life.

Related article:  Strategies to Pay Off Credit Card Debt (Wallet Pop)

Related posts:  I Need A ThneedYou Better Stop Shopping Around * Those Alluring Lures * Annie Leonard & The Story of Stuff 

You Rock September 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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The party of the first part (hereinafter “ME!”), having received the coveted “You Rock” Award from Soul Dipper this morning, hereby bequeaths, conveys, and delivers duplicate originals of said award to the following deserving blogs and bloggers (hereinafter collectively referred to as “parties of the second part”) who shall receive all right, title, and interest to said duplicate original award, including, but not limited to, the right to post, re-post, blog, re-blog, convey, give away,  and/or obey said award.

Write on!  And Rock on!

(1) James McShane ~ Aardvarkian Tales:  Like life and its mysteries, there’s more to this mischievous Aardvark than first meets the eye.

(2) Rik Scott ~ Uphill Writing: Writing is indeed an uphill battle at times, but Rik takes it in stride, while bringing us along for the ride . . . to post #1000!

(3) Nancy Curteman ~ Global Mysteries: From modern-day San Francisco Bay to ancient Paris, NC takes us on a global quest for miracle and mystery.

(4) Jodi Milner ~ My Literary Quest: Jo realizes that writers do NOT live by bread alone ~ they need C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E.   (Hold the adverbs, please!)

(5)  Paula Tohline Calhoun ~ Reflections From A Cloudy Mirror: Even with one hand “tied behind her back,” Paula offers us heart-warming laughter.

(6) Tammy McLeod ~ Agrigirl’s Blog:  With wit and whimsy, Tammy gets us thinking about where we’re headed, and whether a course correction is due.

(7)  You.  Yes, you!  Stop looking over your shoulder and go look in the mirror.  You’re awesome.  Rock on!     

Before closing this official deed, document, and transfer of title, the party of the first part would like to say: 

* Congratulations to Naomi, Cin, and the other recipients of Soul Dipper’s award ceremony this morning!  Write on with your bad selves! 

Thanks Amy!  You Rock!

Absolute Balderdash! September 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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More Fun with Words!

Take any word from the English Dictionary, and supply an alternate meaning that tickles your funny bone.

Or makes you GOL ~  Groan Out Loud.

A few examples (culled from anonymous e-mails) to get you started: 

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj.  Astounded by recent weight gain.

3. Abdicate, v.  To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, v.  To attempt an explanation while inebriated.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Unable to copulate; impotent. 

6. Negligent, adj.  Neglectfully leaving the house wearing only a negligée.

7. Gargoyle, n.  Olive-flavored mouthwash.

8. Balderdash, n.  A rapidly receding hairline.

9. Pokemon, n.  A proctologist.

10. Rectitude, n.  The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

More Fun with Words on the way!