Settling on the Eve of Trial
So it’s over, I wash off
the war paint, stow
my weapons, go home
and have a glass of wine.
After two years of full speed
ahead, a wild roller coaster ride,
someone pulls the switch
just before the final plunge
And leaves me stranded,
suspended, my body tightly
coiled, ready to spring.
Somewhere in the far
distance a fog descends
on truth, and justice sways
in the breeze. I await
the slow uncoiling.
-- Joyce Meyers, Esq.
You know the difference between red, white and clear chowdah
You consider a car journey of longer than one hour a day trip.
You know the basic rules of DuckPin bowling.
Your oldah brodah is a retad.
You had a "wickit" good time at the beach.
When you hear an amazing fact your immediately reply is "no suh!"
You own garden tools from Job Lot.
You have tried to drive the measured mile in less then 45 seconds.
You know what the expression "side by each" means.
You have used the expression "Not For Nuthin" or "bubbla".
You serve bread with every meal.
You know what "3 all the way" means.
You load up on milk and bread before a snowstorm.
You feel compelled to hear at least one weather report a day.
You understand the humor of the Ocean State Follies.
You have pulled out of a sidestreet and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you could make a left-hand turn.
You consider your holiday season incomplete without a trip to Lasalette Shrine.
You have a bottle of coffee syrup in the fridge right now.
You've phoned into a talk show on WPRO or WHJJ.
You've gotten sick from eating too many clam cakes.
You own at least one coffee table book with a picture of a lighthouse on it.
You've boasted about the money you saved at the Christmas Tree Shop.
Your first live concert was at The Civic Center or Rocky Point.
You were born at Lying-In Hospital.
You still call the Rhode Island Mall the Midland Mall.
You have close relatives who work for the state.
You have used a demolished landmark when giving directions.
You secretly watched "Providence" even though you told your friends you didn't.
You know what a burger "The Newport Creamery Way" is.
You have used the breakdown lane on 95 to pass someone.
You've personally met Vinnie Paz.
Your idea of a dream house is a raised ranch.
You have relatives who have been to Edgehill Newport, Codac, or Butler.
You have driven more than 5 miles out of your way to save less than two bucks.
You been on a RIPTA bus less than 12 times in the past 6 years.
You can sing the Rocky Point theme song.
You know what a "governor-preferred" plate is.
You know someone who works for the Registry.
You have a degree from RIC, CCRI or URI.
You think vodka and Del's is a great combination.
You've been to Twin Oaks for your birthday.
You know how to pronounce Pawtucket, Cowesett, and Narragansett.
You've been to Scarborough Beach but not Block Island.
You know where "The Pier" is located.
You've been on a Bay Queen cruise.
You can recognize a Cranston accent.
You drop the "w" in Greenwich, Kingstown, and Warwick.
You use the expression "down-city" for downtown.
You've eaten at Haven Brothers.
You celebrate St. Joseph's Day and know what a "zeppolla" is.
You have at least one gallon of Newport Creamery coffee ice cream in your freezer.
You know what "ProJo" stands for.
You still call CCRI "reject".
You know who Jack Comly, Sara Wye and Sherm Strickhauser are.
Your city house and your beach house are less than an hour away from each other.
You know the original name for Airport Road.
You always start giving directions by saying, "Well, you get on 95"
You know where "NiRoPe" comes from.
You know what "John from Alpert's" sounds like.
You can recite the license plates of all your family members and friends.
You know where "Harvard on the Hill" is located.
You refer to the movies as the Show.
You think lots of gold jewelery looks great on the beach.
You know you need "quahogs" to make "stuffies".
You know there's a West End but not a West Providence.
You think banana, vanilla, and idea all end in "r".
You put vinegar on your french fries.
You know what Allie's makes.
You've gone to Cumbie's for milk or gas.
You know that there is never any school in Fosta-Glosta when it snows.
The girl you ended up marrying lived no more than 6 blocks from where you grew up.
You've converted the basement of your house into an apartment.
You call spaghetti sauce, "gravy."
You tell friends that something is "on special", instead of on sale.
The meal at every wedding you've ever attended was chicken, shells and french fries.
You put celery salt on your hot dogs.
You are never from Providence, or East Providence, but from the East Side, Rumford or Riverside
You order an iced coffee in December.
You read the wedding announcements in the Sunday Pro-Jo and recognize at least 3 couples.
You know someone who knew the Farrelly brothers when they lived around here.
You know exactly which parts of Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Meet Joe Black and Amistad were filmed in RI, and you can tell someone exactly where that is.
You grew up with everyone you see at Stop and Shop.
You know where South County is, even though it doesn't exist.
You and everyone you know are either Italian or Irish, or both
While Republicans and their shadowy corporate backers fill people's minds with gross misrepresentations of and outright lies about President Obama and Congressional Democrats – "death panels," "government takeover," "tax increases" – the Democrats fail to communicate what they actually have done.
A few examples:
Republicans continually complain about the stimulus and say we need tax cuts instead. How many Americans know that one-third of the stimulus enacted by the Democrats was a tax cut of nearly $300 billion? Obama and the Democrats cut taxes for all but the richest 3% of Americans, with the average household receiving a cut of nearly $1200.
Republicans complain about deficits, but refuse to restore the tax rates on the very rich to what they were during the prosperous 1990s – when the budget deficit vanished.
Largely as a result of GOP policies, by 2007, the richest 0.1% of Americans were hauling in almost 12 percent and the richest 0.01% were raking in almost 7% of the national income, both the most in American history. Then the economy collapsed. These are the people paying for the anti-Democratic propaganda, with the goal of returning to the bad old days when they sucked up more and more of the nation's money.
Democrats in less than 2 years have:
- passed the largest tax cut in U.S. history;
- reined in credit card company abuses;
- stopped insurance companies from dropping people when they get sick or have pre-existing conditions
- saved GM and a million jobs
- passed a major financial reform bill to make huge financial institutions accountable
- increased access to and improved the terms of student loans
. . . the list goes on.
What Democrats haven't done is effectively communicate their accomplishments to the voters. So, please help share these accomplishments with your friends and family!
1 T chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp gr. cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lg egg white
2 cups shelled, unsalted raw pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1 cup shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds
(or substitute pistachio meats for sunflower seeds)
1. Preheat oven to 375'.
2. Spray cookie sheet with oil or cooking spray.
3. Combine spices.
4. Whisk egg white, blend in nuts, seeds and spices.
5. Spread on baking sheet.
6. Bake 10 minutes, then break apart and bake 10 more minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 20 (1/4 cup) servings.
From end of "Big Bang Theory"
"Chuck Lorre Productions, #240
A wise man once told me that we are all God in drag. I like that. Sometimes when I'm in a public place or sitting at a stop light, I'll watch people walking by and I'll silently say to myself, "He's God. She's God. He's God. She's God." Before long I always find myself feeling a warm sense of affinity for these strangers. The experience is even more powerful when I do this while observing a person who is clearly suffering. On occasion I'll test my little spiritual practice by turning on Fox News. Within minutes I become an atheist."
Yukon Cornelius: This fog's as thick as peanut butter!
Hermey: You mean pea soup.
Yukon Cornelius: You eat what you like, and I'll eat what I like!