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Heavy Metal Rockers Before They Were Stars

What is heavy metal? For some people, that topic that can generate more controversy than religion or quarterback Tim Tebow . Over the years, metal has split into more genres and subgenres than we have room to list here. Bottom line: We say you know heavy metal when you hear it. Now that that’s settled, here are some pretty tame pics (and hair and clothing choices), that our friends at Snakkle.com dug up for us, of some of the heaviest rockers out there before they were music legends.



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Eye-Popping Sidewalk Paintings

Pavement artist Julian Beever is a master of illusions.


His art is amazing. 🙂



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Transcript of two women talking in heaven.

1st Woman: Hi! Wanda.

2nd Woman: Hi! Sylvia. How’d you die?

1st Woman: I froze to death.

2nd Woman: How horrible!

1st Woman: It wasn’t so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death.. What about you?

2nd Woman: I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV.

1st Woman: So, what happened?

2nd Woman: I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.

1st Woman: Too bad you didn’t look in the freezer—we’d both still be alive.

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7 Things Your Husband Wants to Tell You

While you may not buy into the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, when it comes to communication, men and women do express themselves in different ways. “For women, the purpose of communication is most often to relate; for men, it’s usually to share information,” says Karen Gail Lewis, EdD, relationship therapist and author of Why Don’t You Understand? So while it may seem to you that he disregards your feelings, he might be wishing like crazy you would just tell him what you want. Read on to learn seven things your husband wants to tell you in order to help bridge the communication gap.

1. A small “thank-you” makes a huge difference.

You might think, “I do plenty around here, so why do I have to say ‘thank you’ whenever he pitches in?” But he probably doesn’t agree: “I’d cook, clean, do the dishes and laundry much more happily if my wife said ‘thank you’ more often,” says James.* Just like you, he needs appreciation and, yes, a little ego-stroking. “Studies have shown that happy couples give compliments often. Offering a simple ‘thank-you’ is an easy way to show appreciation and make him feel significant,” says Todd Creager, licensed marriage therapist and author of The Long, Hot Marriage.

2. I’m more likely to offer you concrete advice than a shoulder to cry on.

When you come home from work and start complaining to your husband about your demanding boss, to him it sounds like you’re asking for help—even if all you want is a sympathetic ear. Dave* encounters this often: “The other day my wife was venting about a problem. Every time I came up with a solution or suggestion she would interrupt and dismiss it. She thinks I’m telling her what to do, or implying that she can’t think of solutions on her own.” Know that when he gives you advice for handling that bad boss or overbearing sister-in-law, “that’s how he shows that he cares,” says Dr. Lewis. Try not to confuse his advice with criticism, but don’t be shy about telling him, “You know, I’ve tried that, too. I think what I really need now is to just vent!”

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3. If you want a chore done by a certain day, tell me that.

You asked him four times to fix the wobbly cabinet door to no avail, so your complaints about him not doing it seem justified. “My wife does this all the time. I know I have things on my mental to-do list that she wants me to handle, and I will! But unless she tells me it’s urgent, I’m going to get to it when I can,” says Don.* When he hears you ask for a task or chore to be done, all he’s hearing is that you want it done—not that you want it done based on a time line you’ve set but haven’t shared with him, says Dr. Lewis. “He wishes you knew that he’d be very happy to fix whatever you want fixed, so long as you’re specific: ‘It would be great if you got that cabinet door fixed by the time my parents arrive on Sunday.’”

4. Tell me directly what’s bothering you.

Since human beings lived in caves, men have probably sat around bewildered by their mates’ fluctuating moods, wondering why she won’t just say, “I’m pissed off at you because…” instead of, “I’m fine” through clenched teeth. The thing is, he knows there’s something wrong, thanks to the exaggerated sighing and stomping around. “You may think you’re not communicating, but you are. What you feel is being transmitted,” says Creager, just not in a healthy way. The key is to express it directly––“I’m upset that you came home and went straight to the computer”––rather than being passive-aggressive.

Learn how to move past the same old fights for a happier marriage.


5. Please don’t ask me how you look in that dress.

First of all, there’s no right answer to a question like, “Do these pants make me look fat?” Then there are the times you ask his opinion even though you’ve already made up your mind: “My wife seems to ask things like ‘Should I buy that dress?’ to confirm her choice, not to get my real opinion. And if she asks me how she looks in a dress, I know well enough to say ‘I love it!’ no matter what I really think,” says Alex.* So either don’t ask at all, or be specific, advises Dr. Lewis. “Ask him, ‘Do you think these shoes match this dress?’” And definitely think before you ask things like “Does my butt look big in this skirt?” If you want a blanket “You look great to me all the time, honey!” then you’re fine as long as your husband’s willing to play along. But if it’s honesty you’re after, be careful what you wish for.

6. I wish you didn’t think we had to talk all the time to be close.

You both get home from work, or finally get the kids into bed, and then you just sit there watching television. You call this togetherness? The truth is that he does, even if to you, it’s not “being together” unless you’re actively having a conversation. “The silence in the room, and just your presence, feels like closeness to a man,” says Dr. Lewis. “He doesn’t necessarily need, as you might, to be engaged in conversation in order to feel connected to you.” So every now and then, reach out and squeeze his hand, and if you want to talk, say so––but don’t assume that silence equals lack of interest.

Find out 10 things that turn men off.

7. I wish you wanted sex more.

You may be thinking that your hubby always wants sex, but what you don’t understand is that by rejecting him you’re making him wonder what he’s doing wrong. “Many men think, ‘I must not be so good at it,’” says Dr. Lewis. It’s not just about his needs; it’s also about pleasing you. “Both men and women want to feel intimate with each other, and what women need to understand is that men often derive intimacy from sex––whereas oftentimes women need intimacy in order to have sex. So talk about what you both really want, and find compromises that work for you,” she adds. And if you are in the mood? Act on it! He’ll not only love that you initiated it, but also appreciate feeling desired by you.


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GSA selling lighthouses

For sale: Historic waterfront property with a spectacular, 50-foot-high view of Lake Michigan. Featuring solid, century-old cast-iron construction, painted distinctive red. Comes with its ownFresnel lens for signaling ships.

If that sounds attractive, act now: the Kenosha North Pierhead Lighthouse in Wisconsin is up for auction by the U.S. General Services Administration, but bids are due by Wednesday afternoon. If you miss the deadline, there’s still the Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater Light in Ohio, which is open for bidding until July 20.

“There’re a number of people who like to say, ‘Hey, I own a lighthouse.’ It’s good cocktail party conversation,” said John E.B. Smith, the deputy assistant commissioner for Real Property Utilization and Disposal for the GSA’s Public Building Service.

As of Sunday afternoon, after several bids early Saturday, the Kenosha lighthouse price was at $13,000, while the one at Conneaut Harbor had received one bid for $5,000.

If the price is too high, GSA is also offering 12 historic lighthouses for free, though takers must be eligible state or local entities, nonprofit corporations, historic preservation groups, or community development organizations. “The U.S. General Services Administration is looking for a few good stewards to preserve a key slice of the nation’s maritime history,” the agency said in a recent news release.

The lighthouses are being made available as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The federal government owns about 250 lighthouses, which are maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Once critical for navigation along the nation’s coastal and inland waterways, many have been made obsolete by the advance of radio, radar and satellite navigation.

Under the terms of the legislation, if the Coast Guard decommissions a lighthouse the government tries to find a caretaker agency or buyer rather than see the structures demolished or fall apart from neglect.

“They’re in varying states of repair or disrepair,” Smith said. “They’re not cheap to maintain.”

Over the last half-dozen years, 54 lighthouses have been transferred from the federal government, including six to public agencies, 16 to local governments, three to states and 29 to non-profit organizations, according to Smith. Another 22 have been sold to the public, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $260,000.

The first choice is to find a qualified entity to take over a lighthouse. Interested parties are subjected to “a rigorous application process,” according to the GSA, including a review of whether they are able financially able to maintain a lighthouse.

The entities have responsibility for upkeep and must make the station available for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes to the general public.

If no takers can be found, the lighthouses are put up for public auction. “If they’re sold, a lot of the restrictions come off,” Smith said.

Buyers have included doctors, military officers, couples looking for a weekend getaway and others who want to open a bed and breakfast, according to Smith.

The GSA has a network of potential buyers, including people who have registered online and receive e-mail updates when lighthouses go on sale. Others are reached through ads in local newspapers or publications appealing to lighthouse aficionados.

The GSA Web site includes a countdown clock marking the time until the close of bidding. “Usually we see the bidding pick up” in the final days and hours before deadline, Smith said.

“Once we close, there are a number of steps to make sure [the bidders] understand what they’re in for,” he added.

The 12 lighthouses being offered for free are the Ile Aux Galetts Light, Port Austin Reef Light, and Alpena Light in Michigan; the Brandywine Shoal, Ship John Shoal and Miah Maull Shoal in New Jersey; Race Rock and Orient Point in New York; the Point Tuna Light — also known as Punta Tuna — in Puerto Rico; the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse in Wisconsin; the Fowey Rocks Light in Florida; and San Pedro’s Point Fermin Light in California.

“GSA is committed to ensuring that these national beacons of light and life are transferred to new stewards dedicated to preserving their historic significance,” said David Foley, deputy commissioner of the Public Building Service.


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Hide Your Kids….Hide Yo Wife

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