Ten Things of Thankful #57

Despite the apathy plaguing me for the last week (depression’s a bitch) and my muse being in hiding, I still have plenty of things to be grateful for.

I have had DSL internet at this trooper’s headquarters for the last year and a half. DSL is ridiculously slow. After looking around, I found out that Time Warner offered broadband (which is 8x faster than what I had) for 10 bucks less a month. So I signed up on Monday and after three days of ridiculously inept customer service from their “tech support” I finally convinced them to get a tech out here. Once he ascertained the problem (the wire was disconnected at the box outside my headquarters), I had flawless and ample internet service. Baby C can now watch his Thomas the Train YouTube videos and play PBS Kids without lag.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Monday also saw the release of the new “Weird Al” Yankovic album. Longtime followers of this here weblog know just what a huge fan I am of Weird Al, and I finally picked up the new album this morning. One of the songs from this new album has already gone viral, and it’s one his best ever, in this trooper’s opinion. That song has become a rallying cry for grammar nazis everywhere. If you haven’t heard Word Crimes yet, give it a listen…

The 16th was a very special day. It was my brother Revis’ birthday! Because of our schedules we have not had time to celebrate together, but hopefully we can figure something out soon.

The twins had been pestering me to see the new transformers movie for the last couple of weeks. On Wednesday,  I finally had a chance to take them. The movie was pretty good, but needlessly long. The amount of time spent on the background of Mark Wahlberg’s character was excessive, and the predictability of his disdain for his daughter’s suitor is a tired story. Still, the movie was pretty entertaining.

Lastly, because of my new high speed internet connection, I was finally able to have a video chat with my favorite Brit, Lizzi, who informed me that my laptop wasn’t laptoppy because it doesn’t have a webcam. She also found it mildly hilarious when I said “ohhhhhhhhhhh” when I finally grasped understanding of something. It was good to finally meet her and have a conversation with her. She also met the twins, and apologized to Baby A for his frequent deaths while playing Mass Effect.

So, despite my demons dragging me down, some good things happened this week. Take THAT, demons! Assholes.

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68 Comments on Ten Things of Thankful #57

  1. I love this video. I was posting it all over the place the other day and begging my teacher friends to use it in their class rooms. Obviously it’s not as cool as School House Rock, but it’s pretty f*cking great.

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  2. Ha! Great song TD – “hireacunninglinguist” Ha! Glad you had a chance to go to the movies.

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  3. When time warner works, it’s great. I find I have to reboot my router frequently though, because they are run by a bunch of MBAs who barely have enough tech skill to turn on the lights.

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  4. The video is classic. Love it. : ) I hope you are doing well. Tough stuff.

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  5. Oh I love that word crimes song too! Hooray for video chat – yay Lizzi! I skyped for the first time last myself – crazy! Sorry this week has you a little down – being grateful is always a good spoonful of sugar : )

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  6. I think you need to Transform those Depression Demons!

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  7. Oh I love Word Crimes too. Brilliant!

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  8. FOURHUNDREDANDSEVENTYEIGHTH!

    YAY to vidchatting with you. *loved* it, even more than our little voice messagey things we send. And I do love when you say “ohhhhhhhhhhh” – there’s a particular cadance to your voice at those times which, for whatever reason, I find WONDERFUL 🙂

    I’m glad we chatted. I’m glad you found Good Things and that I got to meet the twins and commiserate with the dying one. OH and you taught me what a popsicle is, don’t forget that part. And I ESPECIALLY like the Weird Al (though I’m still sore you didn’t share it with me properly)/

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  9. I have loved Weird Al since I first discovered him in, um… maybe grade 5…and agree that this is one of his best. Did you also like Doctor Demento?

    Glad you came up with a decent list for this week… was a little surprised that Emma Stone’s lipsync wasn’t included…perhaps a guilty secret pleasure? 🙂

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    • LOL. I forgot about that, honestly. I was busy with C while trying to write this at the same time, so I was a bit scatterbrained. I almost forgot to include Weird Al…

      No, I never listened to Dr. Demento. I discovered Weird Al because my dad had the album 3-D on vinyl and I used to listen to ALL the time. Then he got me Even Worse as a birthday present and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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  10. Weird Al always puts a smile on everyone’s face.

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  11. Hurray for broadband! Happy Birthday to your brother. Hope the twins enjoyed the Transformers movie.

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  12. Lol! for showing them (demons)! Yay for speedy internet. Your muse? Am I allowed to ask?

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  13. Yeah! Take that demons! I hear ya! It’s too bad I missed the vidchat the other night. It would have been nice to talk to you ‘face to face’. I don’t get a chance to join in very often but the last time I did, Lizzi and I were up half the night…well, all night for her. She actually saw the sun coming up when we signed off! Lots of Weird Al fans this week on FB and all over the blogs. It is a good song and I know some folks who should take heed. I may or may not be guilty of at least one thing…
    I hate our DSL. Hate. It. We’re all bundled with our satellite and landline so pain in the ass, but I would love to change it.

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    • Oh, Sandy. I’m so sorry to hear about your internet connection. Or lack thereof. Satellite is even slower than DSL.

      I had to cut the chat short because the battery on my phone was about to die, hence another reason why I need to get a webcam. Hopefully we can meet up soon!

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  14. Sorry for those asshole demons, but thanks for the video. I had seen some links, but hadn’t had a chance to watch it.

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  15. I watched the Transformers movie and it was great!! Hi to another Weird AL fan!

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  16. Have you ever seen the Weird Al episode of Behind the Music on VH1? It’s really good!

    Wasn’t that Transformers movie something like three hours long? That would give me a fucking headache.

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    • No, I haven’t seen the BTM for Weird Al. I’ll hafta see of it’s on YouTube.

      Yes, the movie was 2 hours 45 minutes long, and it certainly didn’t need to be. There were a lot of unnecessary parts, especially in the beginning. Still was enjoyable overall, though.

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  17. Your one-way video chat sounds awesome! 🙂

    I’m thankful that the giant mess I created demolishing the tiled walls around the tub Monday is now a beautiful new tub surround as of yesterday. The remainder of that bathroom should be finished by end if this coming week. Woot woot!

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  18. Word Crimes needs to be played daily in every classroom across America!! I’ve watched it a million times and love it more and more with each view.
    I love your one sided chat …hahaha!
    Have a good week and stay thankful : )

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  19. It would be quicker to mention the things I am not thankful for… like Dick Cheney…

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  20. That song is great. Love me some Weird Al too. Seems like just yesterday I was in the back seat of my mom’s car laughing hysterically at his song “Eat It.” Lol. Glad you’re up and running with proper internet speed now, that’s important. Also glad you’re finding light in some otherwise dark moods. Keep your chin up pal. There are lots of us out here who think you’re a great guy.

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  21. I am thankful that you posted the video. I was tipped off to this parody’s existence by my Mom (of all people), but forgot to look it up. I agree, it kicks ass, and Weird Al hasn’t lost his mojo one bit. There is no reason at all the man shouldn’t be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame…

    I wonder how many of Weird Al’s grammar rules I just violated in this comment?

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  22. Hey, you got to take the twins to the movie. All right! I enjoyed Weird Al. He’s been gone for some hasn’t he? I can see this video being used in schools. It’s entertaining and educational. Glad you got to talk to Lizzie. I hear so many great things about her. Yay, for a fast connection!

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  23. Love, love, love Weird Al. He had said he thinks this is his best album. I have about 15 of his albums and 3 dvds. I like to listen to his music when I need a smile. This song is just great, but the video makes it. Glad you’re feeling better.

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  24. All these comments about how awesome Weird Al is (which of course he is), but not one person wishes me a happy birthday….. how rude….

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    • Happy Birthday Revis!!!!!

      Happy Birthday to You
      Happy Birthday to You
      Happy Birthday Dear Revis
      Happy Birthday to You.

      From good friends and true,
      From old friends and new,
      May good luck go with you,
      And happiness too.

      YEAH REVIS!!

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  25. I read that acknowledging the things we are grateful for actually helps promote feelings of happiness. i am always reminding my kids to look for the things to be thankful for when they feel like life is unfair, but I don’t always do it myself. Thanks for the reminder!

    And Weird Al is a genius. I was giddy when I watched “Word Crimes,” and my husband was a little disturbed by my permanent smile as I stared at the laptop. I have come to realize that I kind of want to be him when I grow up. Speaking of which, do you have his children’s book “When I Grow Up”? If not, get yourself onto Amazon pronto and order it for Baby C. It is one of my favorite children’s books on our shelf. And one last reason to love Weird Al (at least in my book): he opened for The Monkees during one of their tours in the 80’s. I never saw it, but I am sure my head would have exploded…but not literally. 🙂

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  26. Woohoo! You got to connect with Lizzi! Something to be really grateful for!

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