Wednesday, February 28, 2007

found on another blog...

The Washington Post Style Invitational as readers to change any word beginning with E or F by one letter and define the result. Some of our favorites:

Epigramp: A maxim that brands the speaker as an old codger: "If God had wanted women to wear pants . . ." (Brendan Beary, Great Mills)

Educrate: To teach in one of the "modules" set up "temporarily" in the parking lot of an overcrowded school. (Ted Einstein, Silver Spring)

Emacidate: Go out with a fashion model. (Kevin Dopart)

Demoticon: A little symbol signifying bad news on an e-mail from the boss. (Roy Ashley, Washington)

Enguish: What elocution teachers feel when they hear the president on the radio. (Karl Koerber, Crescent Valley, B.C.)

Fistipuffs: Very minor squabbling. (Jim Lubell, Mechanicsville)

Flabboyant: Proudly displaying one's girth. "In his Chippendales skit on 'SNL,' Chris Farley was amazingly flabboyant." (Brendan Beary)

Fatulence: That squishing noise of thighs rubbing together. (Jim Lubell, Mechanicsville)

Forget-me-note: A Dear John letter. (Chris Doyle)


This photo was taken at the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, February 23, 2007. It was cold and windy that day, with rain showers and sunny moments. The bird is sitting on an ocotillo.

I was playing with the settings on Photoshop, and came up with these variations of that photo. I really like the black one.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Funny. Or Ironic.

The other day we were driving down Craycroft Avenue. At the corner of Craycroft and Speedway (a very busy intersection) was a man holding a cardboard sign that said "Repent. Turn to Jesus". I waved at him, but he didn't wave back. A little hint, fella -- try smiling.


Marilyn seems to have an evil setting on her camera. We downloaded her photos from Krista's wedding and whoa. Bad photos abounded. Or something. I don't think she could have taken that many bad photos on purpose...

Perhaps it is not so much an evil setting as a take the worst picture possible setting. Like this photo of Debbie and the back of Shirley's head.

Or this photo where Mom looks like she's sneaking a quick nap while pretending to look at whatever Shirley is showing her...

Then there are the photos where no one is smiling, and the ones where the subject is looking askance at someone or something.