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Posts in April 2008

To blog or not to blog?

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-04-30 10:23:32

That is my question.  Recently I've considered allowing my self to fall victim to the phenomenon we know by the term blogging.  I have mixed feelings about bearing my soul to the world.  I used to write an email to friends, every so often, updating them on my life, but I got lazy.  I figure blogging may be able to fill the gap.  Many of my friends have started, but I don't think I could give in to the "dark side" on this one.  If I were to do it, I might go all out, personalized webpage etc. This may be more trouble than it is worth. Furthermore, how much does one include on a blog? Alas, this is my predicament.


Garden Party

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-04-29 14:08:16

"But it's all right now, I've learned my lesson well.
"You see, you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself"

--Rick Nelson

Turning the Table

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-04-23 18:35:05

I've noticed a strangely sick pleasure I've developed since turning 25. As I get along in years, the unabashedly single gal that I am, I tend to get these looks of sympathy or questions as to why on earth I haven't up and married yet. As though I'm just beating them all away with a baseball bat, resolute on never settling down (we can't all be el Seco), or living my life locked in a tower while some powerful evil force prevents me from escape. In fact, last year my own mother sold me out, giving me a bouquet of flowers and some strange motherly knick-knack on mother's day. When I asked, "what the heck is this!?" My mother replied, "It's because I know you want  to be a mother someday, and I didn't want you to feel left out!" I simply muttered to myself that the idea had never crossed my mind, but that I was oh so appreciative for bringing it to everyone's attention.

At first, when hearing people offer advice or an opinion regarding my singlehood, I'd simply give a meek smile and nod in the hopes that they'd just shut up and leave me alone. Now, I realize I somehow take a certain amount of joy in turning the situation around and making them feel as uncomfortable as possible.


Time Magazine Cover

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-04-22 15:31:23
Time magazine has done a lot of stupid things, but I think this takes the stupid cake. It is a disgrace to all our nation once held dear. 

A note to the ranters.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-04-20 02:14:04

I have just performed some extensive behind-the-scenes changes to Rant Fever. Please be on the watch for any errors that come up, and let me know by email (or by comment on this rant) what happens.

The changes had to do with a permissions system for Rant Fever. Having the permission system in place allows me to (finally) work on the other long-awaited for parts of Rant Fever such as the 'Recent Comments' and the 'Shoutbox.'  

While the vast majority of the changes are completely unnoticeable to y'all, you will notice that there is no longer a 'manage password' menu item. In its place is a link called 'manage account.' That particular link might be worth looking in to.

That is all... let me know if you have any questions. Cool


Tax Day

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-04-15 17:14:39
Well, the fateful day has come and unless you have filed an extension you are late in reporting your life to the federal government.  Some lie, some cheat, some look the other way, and there are even some who are honest in their dealings, even with the government.  Since the Poll option is yet to be added to our glorious Rant Fever 2.0, I will simply as the question directly.  Where do the Ranters fall when it comes to Tax "Returns."  The scale is "I 'owe' a small fortune, why I have no idea." to "The government is returning a lot of my hard earned money. I wish I knew why they took it in the first place."Read more...

Commencement Speech

by: Russell Updike | on: 2008-04-10 10:00:38
I read this and absolutely loved it. This is a speech that Neal Boortz would love to deliver as a commencement address but will never be allowed, because it does not support the educational goals of the day. Read it, it may be eye opening.

The Olympics

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-04-09 22:06:58

I've seen a lot of articles on different groups who are boycotting the olympics, but I have yet to find one that tells me why.


What's the deal here?  Is it because they killed all those cats to clean up the city?  


If you know, please, fill me in.


How to leave Denver before you're dead

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-04-07 15:50:56
Almost 10 years ago, I graduated from High School.  I remember feeling extremely jaded during the entire event, sitting in a stadium full of kids that I hardly knew.  Afterwards, some of my friends got together to watch the movie Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion (yes, we were that lame).  I remember thinking to myself that when the time came, my high school reunion would be utterly pointless.  I barely knew the people in my senior class, and it would hardly be worth the round trip ticket to Anchorage from wherever I would end up 10 years from then.Read more...

Nothing in this life that's worth having comes easy.

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-04-04 17:22:57

I recently found myself trying to comfort a friend. She had a bad spell. I held her in my arms and let her cry and cry. I recall once hearing my good friend ArizonaBoy tell me that he can't take a woman crying. I understand what he means. It is like kryptonite to most men. We would do whatever we have to to get her to stop. I recall a scene from a television show where a nerdy guy walks in on a girl sitting alone in tears. "Who did this to you," he asks. He is ready to find the offending cad give him a nerdy-thrashing.

I suppose that not all women's tears are caused by men, but a lot are. This was no exception. I was not in a position to punch the jerk in the face for my troubles, and so I just held her and let her cry.

I suppose that not all healing takes years of effort and patience, but enough does, and this was no exception. This is the only life that we have. This is as good as it gets. It is left to us to determine what we make of the ups and downs of life. It certainly isn't easy.

Nothing in this life that's worth having comes easy.


by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2008-04-03 13:10:20

I agree with the idea that wild animals should be treated like wild animals.  Elephants, for example, shouldn't be ridden in the circus.  They should not put on shows, and they should not be expected to be tamed.  


That said, this elephant is either highly trained, or just plain talented, and he makes me happy.Laughing




9 Words Women Use

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2008-04-02 10:28:13

1.) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.  

2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour.  Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.  

3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in 'fine'.  

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!  

5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)  

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.  

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome. 

8.) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F%*# YOU! 

9.) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to #3.