Tuesday, August 14, 2007


This week finds me in Atlanta, and boy is it hot. What is making it worse is that I picked up one of those nasty summer colds last week and spent most of the weekend in bed. It's taken all the energy I could muster to train and entertain my customer.

But here's another "first" for me. This morning when I went out to the car to go to work, I discover there were ants inside of my rental car. Apparently the previous renter spilled a soft drink in the console, and National Car Rental didn't bother to clean it up. I tried to wipe out as many ants as I could, but all day long I felt like I had ants in my pants. Gross huh?

The only thing worse than having a car full of ants? Having a car full of Ants.

Friday, August 10, 2007

A Podcast Worth Listening To (End in a Preposition)

If you don't already subscribe to Window to the Magic's podcast, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't have an iPod or MP3 player, go to the site and download Podcast #107. One warning: usually episodes are about an hour long, but this one is two hours. After the first five minutes, it's the best Podcast I've heard in some time.

Here's the link:

So what's the big deal you may ask? Well, The National Fantasy Fan Club (NFFC) hosted a special chat with the following people who help make the beloved Disney characters we love live on today. There are parts that move you to tears. (What's with me this week and all this crying?!?) Here are the "Cast of Characters" in no particular order:

Bill Farmer, voices of Goofy, Pluto, Horace Horsecollar and Sleepy
Russi Taylor, voices of Minnie Mouse, Webbigail Vanderquack, Huey, Dewey and Louie
Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse
Tony Anselmo, voice and animator of Donald Duck
Eddie Carroll, voice of Jiminy Cricket
Susan Blakeslee, voices of Cruella DeVil, Lady Tremain, Maleficent, Evil Queen and Hag
Corey Burton, hundreds of voices including Ludwig Von Drake, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Grumpy, Dale, White Rabbit, and Haunted Mansion narrator

I love them all, but especially Corey Burton. What a talent. Of course I only listed their Disney credits, but many of them do other work with which you are familiar (this time not ending in a preposition).

So go listen. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Finally Finished! (No Spoiler)

Well, I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But I promise not to talk about it in case you're not. All I'll say is today I cried on the bus and must have looked like a fool. But I don't care!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and job well done to J.K. Rowlings.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Open for Business

I also share embarrassing stories about myself. Here's one.
Today I walked from the condo, to the bus stop, from the Mall of America, to my office, got my coffee, talked with a couple of coworkers, got to my desk, and then realized that my business was open.

Thankfully my shirt was untucked and that I wasn't going commando.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Everything's Okay Here

On a serious note, I am thankful that I and all my dear friends in the Minneapolis area are okay and accounted for in light of the horrific bridge collapse. I have a few friends that are in that area frequently, but we're all okay here.

But our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and those affected by the tragedy. For the grace of God, it could have been someone dear to me.