This Week’s Special…

30 01 2008

Okay, so I’ve finally figured out a new page.  Something I’ve been contemplating for some time.  Check out This Week’s Special.  A new and exciting page where I’m going to take all the wonderful material that everyone keeps sending me.  Photos, jokes, there’s really no limit.  Oh yeah – yes there is!  No porn!  I’m trying to keep this site G rated, or at least PG, okay people?

New Look

30 01 2008

Okay, so I changed the theme again.  I thought this one was more appropriate.  The picture at the top is of a Pantone color fan, and since I use them on almost a daily basis, I figured, why not?  After all, I am a designer!  I’ve gotten a couple of comments about the old one not fitting properly in Explorer (I bet those are the people who still use AOL dial-up….), so I’ve changed it.  There.

So let me know what you think!

Speeding tickts and other comments….

30 01 2008

Okay, so I had a friend post an interesting thought on his blog. You can check it out here…. Digital RV

It’s about the second speeding ticket he’s received in more than a decade. So now you’re thinking – so what? Everyone gets speeding tickets. Well, apparently not. I have only gotten one ticket in my entire driving lifetime. So, there must be more like me out there. And apparently, other drivers like myself are getting the short end of the stick, just like my friend Rich.
No, what makes me mad about speeding tickets is about the way that they’re obtained. Of course, some people deserve them because they thumb their noses at the law enforcement and intentionally speed everywhere. (see my comment below) The officers are coming up with “creative” ways to catch speeders, even if they’re only going 1 MPH over the limit. Sorry, but the last time I checked, it’s virtually impossible to keep the speedometer needle right on the numbers. And that’s not taking into account the slight variation in the actual speed coming from so many factors, including reaction from the acceleration pump and gravity (like going down a slight hill).

There is a very diverse group of drivers around here. We have the snowbirds from Canada that like to turn left from the right-hand lane, we have the newbie drivers that think cars are meant for racing, not transportation, then there are the elderly drivers that can’t see over the wheel and drive 20 MPH UNDER the limit! Oh – don’t let me forget. The blondes that talk on the cell phone while applying makeup in a SUV that they can’t drive. There are very few drivers around here that drive like they should. I hear about complaints from people that think we should get rid of the driving test and just let people drive! HELLO?!?!?! I’m a fan of increasing the frequency of driving tests, and limiting the expiration dates to 4 years. I personally think that everyone should have to re-take the driving test every time they renew their licenses. I’m also a fan of not allowing high schoolers to drive, especially on field trips or other school functions. Kids should be allowed to get a permit at 14 (it’s 15 here in Florida), but have loads of restrictions, that gradually lighten up every year. Then at 18 you can get a real, fully functional license.

Of course, you don’t want to get me started on the officers and tickets around here. These cities around the country are beginning to get out of hand. There are several places here in Pinellas County that are doing the same trick. One sign for a 4-lane road (two lanes each way with no median strip) and then nothing for another two miles. Not fair to the drivers. They should be promoting safety over revenue. Personally, I’m getting sick of how much time these officers spend on speed traps instead of looking for drivers that are actually speeding. Just yesterday I had someone on a crotch rocket fly past me on a highway. I was going 70 (speed limit) and he passed me like I was standing still (or going backwards, take your pick). Petition anyone?

“New” Marketing Strategies

24 01 2008

I was perusing the Internet today, and I saw a tag that intrigued me.  Nothing really new to me, as my mother and grandfather taught me how to beat the ‘big box’ retail stores, and I later worked for one…

But I thought all of you might find it interesting.  These are true-&-tried marketing strategies that just about every retail store uses.  (Take it from a pro!)

Oh… and another thought – one really great way to save while shopping both at the mall and the grocery store….  Never go to those on an empty stomach or near a mealtime.  Your almost sure to buy things that you don’t need!

Just a special consumer warning!  🙂

Stock Photography

19 01 2008

As a graphic designer, I often am in need of good pictures for layouts and marketing materials that I’m designing. I’ve used lots of stock photography websites like Comstock, but they are REALLY expensive. And of course, I have to build that cost into my design, unless I buy a package from them that has thousands of photos and clip art that I can’t use.

Well, recently my good friend Rich told me about this site called Dreamstime. It’s where users like you and me can purchase cheap, but good resolution photos, designs and clip art. I’ve always been into photography, and if you have a good digital camera, you can even sell your photos on their site as well. Not everyone is good enough to get images accepted by Comstock (those snooty people), and Dreamstime is a little better. Your shots don’t have to absolutely perfect according to a 12-point composition scale, but Dreamstime does have a review process. Mostly to screen out the really bad photos.

So far I’ve only submitted one photo, and it was accepted for purchase. You can click here ( to see my personal images. I have more in the review process now, and should have the answer in a couple of days. If you decide to join Dreamstime, be sure to tell them that you heard it from me, Infinity Graphics. Yes, I get a referral bonus and credit for the referral. Hey, every little bit of credit helps. 🙂


9 01 2008

of more than just Florida.  Sorry folks, I’ve been sick with a nasty cold and allergies all at the same time, but part II of the relatives IS coming.  Another day or two and hopefully the cold portion of this crap is done with.  Allergies I can handle, but not with a cold.  A double-doozy is not fun….


4 01 2008


Okay, I know that seems pretty mean, but when you’re hosting family for 3 weeks, it’s nice to be rid of them.  My mother always taught me to be the ultimate hostess, howeer, being the world’s greatest hostess gets really tough after a week or so.  After all, there’s only so much that you can do to entertain your guests.  Knowing that they were going to be here for 3 weeks, I told myself that I was going to have to pace it.  A little there, a little here, and as always, leaving out the board games for anyone to play at anytime.  Usually we can get a game going of something amidst all the cooking (and cleaning….)  12 people in one house leaves something to be desired…. like a maid!  It’s hard enough picking up after my own boys on a regular basis with all that we have to do, but adding more people to the house (and those people that have NO CLUE how to pick up after themselves…) just adds more insanity and chaos.

Here’s a small sample of what I’ve been going through.  Two people come in Dec. 19th.  Still here, but they don’t spend much time at the house.  Three more people came in Xmas Day, around noon, and it’s them that I’ve had to keep picking up after.  Two women and a baby.  Hmmm.  Think about that there.  These are two women that had a baby 9 months ago.  They’re over-obsessed with neatness at their house.  Only Organic foods (ALL THE TIME), no plastic toys for the baby, no painted wooden toys for the baby, and he’s practically never put down.  Always in the arms of one of the mommies.  One little cry and they’re both just jumping up to get him.  Talk about whipped.  One of them works in a lab, so go figure that she would always be careful about germs.  That’s a given.  But they’re both obsessed with germs.  And I thought I was bad being a Jewish Mother.  These two take the cake.  They don’t use anything but paper towels to clean up a spill, and then they’re washing their hands for the next 20 minutes.  But it’s okay by them that the now sick-laden baby (from the flight) can drool over everything and them not clean it up.  Or that putting wet towels in the clothes hamper is okay since they’re all going to be washed.  Eeewww. Gross.  Anyone who has ever washed towels know how bacteria laden they can be when left wet to rot in a hamper with other clothes, not only causing nasty smells, but ruining the clothes as well.

Overreacting, am I?  Not so.  These are also the same 5 people that leave their clothes all over the floor in their rooms to trip on, then complain about it.  They use the washing machine to wash clothes, then leave them partially wet in the dryer overnight, then complain about the smell.  Eeewww.  Gross.  Sound familiar?  They also left out pots and pans (without washing, of course) after they used them for themselves or the baby, then proceeded to leave them on the stove, then complain when there weren’t any pots to cook the nightly dinner in.  Oh, and yes, the moms of the baby went out and bought all new food for him at some health store that claimed to be ‘organic’, although I had just gone to the store the day before and bought their requested items.  Apparently, buying food from the local farmer’s market from local growers that only use compost for fertilizer isn’t considered to be ‘organic’ enough by them.  I pointed out to them after they got back the foods that they had just spent a fortune on not only cost them 4x the price, but weren’t truly organic in the first place.  The ‘brands’ that they bought are known to use pesticides and other non-organic crap on their foods, not to mention the genetic engineering that those companies support in order to proliferate crops.

Let us not mention also that they complained about every single meal I cooked.  Good, old-fashioned, good-for-you food, with minimal salts and fats, yet they were tasty, and requested meals by everyone that was going to be staying with me.  Hello?  How can you complain about a $100+ prime rib?  And yet, they did.  Apparently, they thought it was far too overcooked, despite the fact that I had called them to dinner with a 30 minute warning, 15 minute warning, 5 minute warning, and then proceeded to call them for almost 20 minutes after the meat was out of the oven.  Sorry people, but this was an absolutely PERFECT meal.  You have no right to complain.  It’s not my fault that I cooked and cleaned for 3 hours to make that meal special.  Idiots.

Okay, so this is beginning to sound like a rant.  Well, to all my friends out there, I’m sorry if I ignored you these past three weeks.  I surely did not mean to.  It’s a curse, I guess, this being programmed to be a perfect hostess.  Well, I learned my lesson this year.  No one is going to stay for more than a week, and I’m going to let everyone else cook.  I may not be able to eat much due to their inability to cook, but at least I’ll lose those 10 pounds I’ve been trying for (just kidding.)  It’s time to go now, as I need to take person #4 to the airport, so I’ll continue this post in Part II.

Happy New Year!

2 01 2008

Okay, so just to be different, I decided not to post anything for New Year’s.  I’m sure all you bloggers out there are busy attempting to catch up on your blogs from the past few days, so I decided to wait and post something on the 2nd of January, just to confuse people.  Yes – you are reading this right, I’m saying Happy New Year on January 2nd, and no, you don’t still have a hangover (or do you???)

Speaking of New Year’s, you know those pesky resolutions that everyone seems to make, but cannot ever seem to make it past February with?  I’ll tell you the one that I made about 10 years ago.  And somehow, I’ve managed to keep it going every year.  Talk about some real willpower.  Any takers on a guess?  No?  Okay then.  My resolution made back on Jan. 1, 1997 was to never make any more resolutions!  How about that?  That’s one I’ve managed to keep.  It’s a good one and I recommend that you make that resolution today!