Saturday, May 31, 2003

early morning grumblings and ramblings....

About this time every morning, about an hour before I get off work, the poison ivy acts up. I have really, really, tried to be good, but it got the best of me this morning.....and now I think I may have a patch on the back of the other leg, which would mean that the dogs are still finding it out there and it's finding me!

The roof pouches at L.L. Bean are out and wouldn't be available until July. My own bad for not checking sooner. I'm hoping that one of the stores within a few hours of us might have one. how obsessed is this......I went and called the nearest store to the campground and pre-ordered our copy of the new Harry Potter book.

Called the campground to check on our site yesterday and pay the deposit, almost went into a hissy fit when the the nice young woman said that the site was taken at that time by someone else.....luckily that someone else was us! Just under my first name - big sigh of relief.

One of my dogs got mad at me the other day because I took the other dog with me when I went to sleep that morning. Aeryn Sun has laid claim to my room and D'Artaganan never gets to come in there anymore, but I missed him, so I took the D'Ar with me. Aeryn then refused to have anything to do with me for the rest of the day.

Saw the mini chip yesterday morning, he's so cute!

And today's forecast..............rain, rain and some more rain. I wonder if I can get the lawn mowed before it rains? I've wanted to get the front of the house painted, but I think I have to wait until it dries first.

Gonna go see if there are any of those great Entenmann's cakes on my way home *G*

Friday, May 30, 2003

Profoundly bored - early morning musings

Why is it that things that are "thoughtful" and "deep" are usually incredibly annoying and devoid of humor. Why does serious get more respect than funny does? Why is the scowling person, or the remote person viewed as being "intense" or introspective? I guess, as I've gotten older, the allure of all that has lost it's sheen. I tire of so called deep moving cinema getting all the awards, why doesn't Jim Carrey get to win an award, or Steve Martin? I think, although my acting experience itself is limited, however my experience with watching actors "in action" is larger, that it is far more difficult to be humorous than it is to be sullen or even intense. What's really talented is when you can be both, ala Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck". It's a fave of mine. Cage's character stands as a symbol of all those that are too deep for themselves. Given a choice, I'd much rather watch the Marx Bros than American Beauty over and over. I wonder sometimes if the people that don't think that comedy deserves the accolades that I do, are devoid of life themselves, do they need to experience another's pain? Or do they need to validate their own pain by seeing others in pain? I like historical movies, historically accurate ones any way, not like the recent Leo DiCaprio farce that twisted history for cinematic drama. Maybe I've had drama in my life and I don't need to watch it. Variety is the spice of life though.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Poison Ivy

I have poison ivy. Luckily, it's a fairly small patch just above my left knee. Everyone's reaction -"don't come near me!" News Flash - poison ivy *is not* contagious. It's damned annoying and itchy though! I'm already about 7 days into it, they say it takes about 14 days to get rid of it. I went to the doctor yesterday, I thought it was a bit of some kind. I was surprised to find out that I may have gotten it from the dogs. We have a somewhat wooded backyard and if they brushed against it, they can bring it in on their fur and the oil can remain there until they bath. This isn't good.

My Avon order should be in today. I forgot to order my receipt books, so I'll have to type up receipts.

Monday, May 26, 2003

Back yard Wild Kingdom

The back yard has been filled with birds, ducks, chipmunks, squirrels and the rabbit family, the last few days, I imagine that the rain makes things difficult for them. Its a shame that the squirrels can't share better, one of them was even going after the duck. Last week he was attacking the baby chipmunk. Speaking of the baby, it's hard to tell who is who now, he/she has gotten bigger. The Northern Flicker was back again, I think they're gorgeous, but my favorite is still the cardinals, they're out there now. The birds will come and bang on the back windows of the house when I don't feed them fast enough.

If you haven't taken a look, the Peregrine Falcons over on the Kodak Birdcam are adorable!
Okay...time to go catch the last day of the sale at Payless, buy 2, get 1 free.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Weekly Wrap Up

1. What was your favorite book as a child? Why?

Aesop's Fables. I never seemed to tire of the stories and the lessons within, they just fascinated me

2. How often did you read as a child? Describe your preferred reading area or situation.

Constantly. I'm not sure what's meant by reading area or situation - I read anywhere

3. What children's literature series did you read when you were younger? Why?
The Happy Hollisters. Why? Because I liked them and they arrived in the mail when we were at the lake house, made it extra special

4. Do you still read children's literature? Why or why not?
We already have Harry Potter on order *G*, so yes, I still read children's literature.

5. What children's book would you recommend for a child's library? Why?

Aesop's Fables and Winnie the Pooh

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Wednesday's Musings

The forecast, is for rain, rain, more rain and then more rain for over the next week. I can't believe that I'm considering turning the heat on to take the chill out of the air in the house.

I finally went and got my nails done again. Naturally, I had them done in red. I love red. I've never gone to one of the many, many nail places that we have around here. They don't seen to have names, it just says Nails over the door. I went to a place that two of the other girls I worl with go to and ended up with a nice young guy named John who they are very fond of. My thumbs were just a tad shorter than the rest of my nails and he added this paper strip with this gold design, and then the crystal wrap over it, amazing how it makes a fake tip like that! They look nice, I was really pleased.

There was just Northern Flicker in the back yard, we seen it before, but rarely, I think they're beautiful.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


We watched the Buffy finale last night. I'm sure not everyone will think so, but I think they did a nice job. I got a little teary eyed a couple of times, but all in all, they didn't pull at the heart strings. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll wait until others have seen it. I would like to comment on part of what it's meant to me though.

Buffy came on when my son was 11, it was a show that we watched together, it had good looking guys and vamp action for Mom and cute girls and vamp action for my son. The stories were well written and thought provoking, with the exception of the whole Initiative story line, couldn't stand that. There were holes in the plot line sometimes and other times it seemed that Joss Whedon had painted himself into a corner. Many over the years commented on how it was a mother/daughter show, but for us, it was a mother/son show, which is interesting because Joss Whedon was apparently influenced by having a strong Mom. Thanks Joss for many hours of fun, introspection, goofiness, laughter and tears and for giving us something fun to share.

Monday Musings

Yes, I know it's Tuesday morning, but I haven't gone to bed yet, so I can still write about Monday! (so there! *G*)

The beach was gorgeous today. There weren't too many people there, about 5 surfers and a one fisherman and only two couple who really needed to "get a room". And only about a handful of people who were cruising the sands like us. The water wasn't too awful cold and my feet adjusted, either that or they just went numb....not too many shells, a few nice ones and a couple of pieces of beach glass. Doesn't matter, we had a nice walk.

Stewarts is open! YEAH! Nothing like a Stewarts cheeseburger, great fries and a mug of soda! And the company was pretty darn good too.

Sunday, May 18, 2003


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Random Musings late on a Saturday night, or early on a Saturday morning....

It was and continues to be, frellin' cold out.I just ran out with a bag of garbage. All day it was like this, it's May, the middle of May and it's 43 degrees Ok, so that isn't butt freezing, but it's enough that I have to turn the heat on occasionally to take the chill out of the air.

Speaking of garbage, we got a new robocan, actually we added a second robocan. It's really a ripoff. You have to pay $85.00 for a second robocan and it doesn't even belong to you, when you move, it stays with the house, you can't even move it with you, even though you might be moving to another house in the township.

Met the new canine last night, he's beautiful and a real headstrong according to his human partner. Couldn't have asked for a better partnership though, they should be wonderful together.

Bought a new lawn mower the other day. The grass was getting unsightly, I was waiting for the neighbors to come out and cheer. Really, it wasn't all that bad, but we live in one of those manicured areas where most people have a lawn service. I don't really understand why they pay a bunch of people to come mow their lawns as they jog off to the gym......wouldn't it make a lot more sense to just mow the lawn yourself, get the exercise, save the lawn maintenance fee and the gym fee? Oh...what was I thinking....Now I just have to deal with the electric company or actually the fact that the person who comes to allegedly read the meter thinks we're still living in the 80's by the outfit she wears. If you were to put rollerblades on her outfit would fit right into that movie Burt Reynolds did about porno, I can't remember the name, but Heather Graham was running around in little short shorts on skates, this woman, not a young girl, a woman in her 30's was running around in little short shorts and a skimpy T with the sleeves rolled all the way up. I thought that fad was over? Anyway, she had construction boots on with socks, another fashion faux pas that I thought had seen it's day and she complained that she couldn't get to the meter because of the holly bush. And besides, "there might be ticks!" she squealed..err, exclaimed. Funny, the guy who came 2 months ago didn't have a problem, but then he was wearing a uniform and I guess reaching past the few branches wasn't an issue for him. Now I have to wait for a supervisor to assess the situation. If there response time is as good as it is to wires being down, it should be next year some time. Oooh that was bitchy.

Went to Tar-get and bought the new Mickey Mouse alarm clock, it's adorable.

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Friday Five

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?

2. What are your favorite flavor of chips?

Lays - especially the All Dressed ones that we can only get in Canada!

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?

Probably the shells with beef and mozzarella and sauce, I know not terribly adventurous. Toss up between that and the homemade chicken fingers.

4. How do you have your eggs?

Depends on who is making them. If it's my son, then with cheese and olives. At a restaurant, usually over medium.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?
My son and it was excellent!

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Things I Found While Blog Surfin’

From Easy Bake Coven -
- Write on Bart Simpson's blackboard

Over at Maura Mind the MSN Buffy article

Stop by and wish Lili a Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Women in the Military

Ith sent me this link. They're having a discussion about woman in combat, it's interesting reading all the comments. Thanks Ithy!


So, one of the booby twins has taken the prize. That didn't shock me as much as hearing that Heidi has a higher IQ than Dave! I was pleased that Jenna at least acknowledged that she was a spoiled brat and that she had growing up to do. A million dollars should be a big help. It will afford her the opportunity to choose what she wants. I would rather have seen Matt win, he really did grow on me.

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but whoever did the editing slipped up, my son is the one that caught it here. Prior to the final challenge, they showed Jenna with red in her hair, making it almost look like a henna treatment, but it was the red from her face paints and there was no way that she would be doing one of those interviews if she'd been booted off.

I wonder what the psychological and moral ramifications are from being on Survivor. It must be very difficult for some people, I would say especially the earlier ones voted off, they aren't even given an opportunity, like say Matt, to grow on us or for us to see more of their personality or moral fiber. I think it would make a great thesis for someone, maybe it already is.

Speaking of Matt, wow, did he look different!

This-or-That Tuesday

1. Packrat or minimalist?


2. Computer: desktop or laptop?


3. Seashore or mountains?

That's an easy one, considering I live at the shore. What I really like is Maine, where you can combine both

4. Carpeting or bare floors?

Hmmm....depends on the room. We presently have wall to wall carpeting in the entire house, but just yesterday I was saying how ridiculous it is for us to have it at the front door and by the back slider where the dogs go in and out. We never use the garage to come into the house, always the front door and that gets a lot of sand traffic that needs constant vacuuming. I love to put ceramic tiles down there.

5. Drinking water: bottled or tap?

Bottled and I'm damned picky about brands too, ove Poland Springs, can't stand Dasani or Aquafina

6. Shopping websites: eBay or Amazon?


7. Cute little kitties or big scary tigers?


8. Front door or back door?

Front door

9. Lots of jewelry, or little/none?

Really depends on the mood. Sometimes I just remove all my rings and earrings and leave them off for a month or so.

10. Thought-provoking question of the week: At the last minute, you obtain tickets to an event you're dying to attend. However, you have to work that day! Do you ask the boss for the time off, or just call in sick?

Not too much thought really for me, my job allows this type of day off, just take a personal day or a vacation day or whatever type day and it doesn't require boss asking, it's in our contract. I prefer not to abuse my sick time.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Happy Mother's Day!

A few years back, my son and I packed the puppy into the truck and off we went on one of our infamous day trips. This time, we chose to head up to see a an old summer house that my family owned when I was a child. It was an adorable house that looked incredibly small from the outside with this wonderful peaked roof and an odd little window that was actually the window in my room. My room was very small, just big enough to fit a twin bed in front of the window and a small dresser. As child and even now, I had a large collection of stuffed animals. My mother would take a stuffed animal a day and put it in the window so it could look out and see what was what with the outside world. Our house was on the lake at Pinecliff Lake, NJ and the road in front our house led to the private beach club. As more and more people passed by, slowly the house gained the nickname of The Doll House and people would look to see what was in the window. The house was very deceiving in size. It had apparently been built by a ship's Captain and had a porthole and many, many antiques, including an incredible organ with the crows feet legs that grasped a clear glass ball. It had three floors, expanding out in the back. You would never believe that the house you saw from the lake was the same one when you passed it on the street. I learned to swim in that lake and spent many hours sitting on the little sandbar playing with crawfish and going out in the boat fishing with my father.
It was memories like this that prompted our destination that day. Like so many others have discovered, you just can't go back. With me, it's not really something I give a great deal of thought to, having moved so many times. But, it was disturbing to see that the present home owners had decided to build up and out and in doing so, destroyed the unique character of the house and replaced it with just another generic big box of a house. To each his own.
All was not lost though as we drove around the lake and admired the numerous log cabins that were still standing and enjoyed the mountain views and winding roads. We wound our way down one particular hill and around a curve and there was a sign for a drive-in movie theater. At first we assumed that it was just another abandoned drive-in, although NJ was the birthplace of the drive-in theater, we no longer have any. When my son was three, I had taken him to the last drive-in that was in our area, just so he could say that he'd been to one. I realized then that I had crossed over the border into NY a few miles back and here was a real blast from the past, this was an operating drive-in! A fully operating theater and only about 2 hours from home. To people like us who like to drive, two hours is nothing. They were playing The Mummy and even though we'd just seen it 2 nights before on opening night, we decided we couldn't miss this. That was four years ago. We've since added another pup, Aeryn Sun and she enjoys going off every other weekend or so from Spring to Fall to watch the people at the drive-in and get pet by lots of little children and adults alike. D'Artagan though, is the true *love me, love, me, love me dog*, hopping about and begging for anyone's attention.

Tonight's double feature at the Warwick Drive In is X-Men 2 (mmmm...Hugh Jackman!) and Daredevil (ok, so the music is good - Evanescence) The weather is threatening to go south but that's what windshield wipers are for.

People ask me why I want to drive that far, but they forget that those two hours in the car are two hours of quality time that I spend talking to my son. We discuss everything from comics to current events and often even have heated arguments of the present state of the world and politics, to say nothing of our religious discussions! *G* The annual Mother's Day trip is always a nice trial run for the puppies too, their preparation for the longer road trips of the summer.

Time to go and see if the Daily News managed to get itself delivered today. I just went and got the NY Times off the drive way, but the News was nowhere to be found, that would be 4 weeks in a row....

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Cary Grant

I just adore that man. Even when he's in a movie, like "Indiscreet", where he's playing a character that is absolutely annoying, I still love watching him. The tagline for this movie - "How dare he make love to me - And not be a married man!" Wonderful! *G*

I was reading Ithy's blog where she and some others have been discussing their view of the pres in a flight suit. Working with men in uniform all night and wearing one myself, the whole uniform allure just doesn't blow my skirt up. But, give me a man who can fill out a 3 piece suit and move in it like he's as comfortable as if he were wearing jeans and an old T-shirt, like Cary Grant can, sign me up! *G*

Random Thoughts about Blogging

Does anyone ever feel like they've walked into the middle of a party, or the middle of a soap opera and you find yourself trying to figure out exactly what's going on and how the blogger got to where they are at the present time? I read a couple of blogs where I really would like to know a few things - like how a couple met, or who it is exactly that they are having a problem with, or what brought them around to certain decisions. I don't think that I'm inherently nosey, but I do know that people fascinate me.

Friday, May 09, 2003


I know that previews are often designed to throw us off, but it disappointed me to see Buffy kissing Angel and Angel kissing Buffy. I thought Angel was all about Cordy now? I know Buffy continues to deny her feelings for Spike, but I wish someone would hit her over the head and make her take a good look at this guy. That monologue he gave last week is the kind of TV fairy tale that is designed to keep women believing that men like that could exist like that *G* Yes, yes, I'm kidding. Men like that do exist...somewhere and they're probably all married too! *G* It really was a beautiful moment, James Marsters is a fine actor and very easy on the eyes.


YES! One half of the booby twins is gone! I wish it had been the whiney, selfish one as opposed to the clueless, selfish one, but that's okay. One of them is gone.

GO MATT! Even though I didn't really care for the car, I'm glad Matt won the car. Matt has really grown on me, his wide eyed intensity bothered me at first, but even that seems toned down now.

Random Survivor Thoughts

Does Rob need a reality check?

What was Butch thinking and what were the rest of them thinking? Why didn't somebody say something about all that wood and why, if it was apparently so easy to get another fire going, was it necessary to leave the fire burning?

How many people wanted to smack Jenna when she was talking about Butch? What a bitch. And just think, she'll get rich off this. Reminds me of Monica Lewinsky and when people call her a victim. No, she's not a victim, she consensually had sex with the president of the United States, a married man and she has profited amazingly for it. Exactly what this boobettes are going to do when they pose for Playboy or Maxim or whoever the high bidder is. These two made Gerri look like a ray of sunshine.

I loved the expressions from the jury last night, they looked like they wanted to ask if Jeff had started handing out drugs to the remaining survivor, because Heidi was clearly delusional.

How many people are rooting for Matt?

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Raed Is Posting Again (yeah!)

Check it out

You're kidding, right??

Ithy posted a link over on A Gaggle of Girls and One Guy for Spinsters.comwhere this article, from NRO is. It's about child support. I realize that there are two sides to every story, but this article only presents one side and in my opinion, it's a lopsided one.

The article states

Government claims of a child-support problem are almost entirely manufactured. No evidence indicates that large numbers of fathers are abandoning their children; the government has no compiled data to back its claims that they are not paying support; and no study has ever justified the expanding federalization of enforcement since 1975. Two federally funded studies have concluded that nonpayment has never been a serious problem. No public outcry ever demanded that government take action, nor has any public discussion of this alleged problem ever been held. The initiative has been taken throughout by government officials, who in doing so have vastly expanded their power.

Let me tell you about the other side of this coin. From what I've observed, women who are on welfare or some type of assistance have an easier time trying to get their child support paid and the medical bills paid. The Probabtion Dept in NJ, which handles child support, even contacts *them* and offers them assistance in trying to get refunds from their spouses for medical expenses. The same does not apply to those of us that work for a living and make a halfway decent salary. By halfway decent, I should really be saying *able to scrape by without assistance*. These are the people who are left out in the cold. They are required to get a lawyer in order to go into court and fight for the money that they are owed. Many people, male and female, opt to have their child support paid via the probation dept. Why? Because at least that way if the payor falls behind, there is some recourse, not much though. My ex fell behind, they weren't terribly concerned, they even had the nerve to tell me that I had no right trying to find out why payments had stopped. I get a touch over the bare minimum, I haven't received money for medical bills and I couldn't afford an attorney to go back and fight for the money or for a raise. He could though and you really don't stand too much of a chance against a lawyer. The court system is designed for the lawyers and not the public. You're left rying to decide which is worse, paying the bills or adding to them, for what? The principal of it all? The off chance that this will change their ways and they'll suddenly see fit in the future to pay? How lopsided is it when a husband cheats on his wife and she no longer wants to endure that and so she does leave (thereby adding to the statistics in the article about how women leave) and then she would like child support. Child support is supposed to be money that would maintain the same lifestyle for the child had the parents not divorced. But, Dad is off living with his new girlfriend now and they've started a family of their own. I can almost guarantee you that the new child will live in a far more lavish setting than the children left behind. Was this the case with me, are you wondering if I'm bitter? No, this wasn't my scenario, but it is one that I've observed. I've watched many women struggle with the aftermath of divorce. Of these women, I've only seen one that is somewhat successful in her financial dealings with her ex, he was very wealthy. I don't think it's fair to portray women as the ones who leave, most men I know aren't willing to leave because of the financial fallout and the fact that if they can get a way with cheating, they will. So, is this article saying that we should return to a time when women married for convenience and stature and turned a blind eye to the extra-curricular activities of their husbands? Maybe that's what the article is trying to say.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Roger Maris

Roger Maris *is not* in the Baseball Hall of Fame, I'm amazed by this. There's some people who would like to change that, please visit Elect Roger Maris to the Hall of Fame

People and Their Blogs

I wonder sometimes why people are so angry in their blogs? And it seems like it's a lot of the popular ones that are angry. Do people really have that much anger that they need to rant about? I wonder sometimes if it's that they don't see how other people's lives are, that there are handships worse than theirs. The long line at the supermarket or who is ranting about who this week seems trivial. But, then aren't I doing the same thing? Partially, yes, but I don't feel angry about it, I feel bewildered but that much anger out there.

Monday, May 05, 2003

Random musings

The Big Dipper was right outside the back slider tonight when I opened the door to let the puppies out. It was beautiful. I have this thing about the stars, knowing that they are up there no matter where you are, connects us all I guess, for me anyway.

I'm a little apprehensive about the the campground this year, sounds like it's going to be very crowded. There's only 10 sites, but there are overflow sites and tons of kayakers in and out. We're only there for a few nights this year though, not like last year when we stayed 2 weeks. That really got to be a bit much, I'd prefer to travel more, a week in one spot is really good enough. Haven't decided where we want to venture to yet though this year. Now I just hope that they don't schedule my school for that week!

The Big Dipper was right outside the back slider tonight when I opened the door to let the puppies out. It was beautiful. I have this thing about the stars, knowing that they are up there no matter where you are, connects us all I guess, for me anyway.

I'm a little apprehensive about the posted by Mickey at 4:54 AM

Saturday, May 03, 2003

Weekly Wrapup

1. When is your birthday?


2. How accurate is your zodiac sign?


3. What do you typically do to celebrate your birthday?

I get to pick a place for a day trip. I usually pick a fort or a park that I haven't been too before and we go and explore

4. Do you like to receive presents? Why or why not?

Yes, no reason really, tradition I guess and it's fun. My son gave me a one of those new Gameboys this year and a singing Tigger and Roo

5. Describe the best birthday and/or present you ever had.
Anything my son has given me, yeah I know, sappy and very motherly :)

Friday, May 02, 2003


Saturday, May 3 for a second year.

Go to the website to find local retailers participating in the event.

Comic Book company's: Archie Comics, Avatar Press, CrossGen, Dark Horse, DC, Dreamwave, Future Comics, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Gemstone Publishing A-Bomb, Alternative Comics, Avatar, Broken Tree, Dork Storm Press, Keenspot, Oni Press, Second to Some, Slave Labor Graphics, Angry Dog Press, Colburn Comics, Colonia Press, CPM Manga, Humanoids, Insight Studios, Landwaster Books, Lone Star Press, NBM, Sharkbait Press, Studio Foglio, Terra Major, and Top Shelf.
Media Outlets: Sci-fi Channel, Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Fox, MGM. Dark Horse Comics, TNT, TBS, NICK, Cartoon Network, Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

Free Speech

I'm really tired of everyone bitching about the fact that other people are bitching about what other people have had to say. So, Natalie Maines chooses to say what she wants about the President of the US. Ok. So, I choose to call her a coward. Aren't we both entitled to our opinions? Why is it okay for some people to talk about this or that, but the minute someone disagrees with them, it's censorship? Isn't it my right as a consumer to but or not buy what I like? Do we now have to explain why we do or don't buy a certain product? I don't condone what some people were doing the the Chicks, damaging their homes or threatening them, that's ridiculous and uncalled for. But, if I choose not to buy their CD, that choice should be mine. And yes, people should be permitted to exercise their free speech to criticize this, but it's really turning into a vicious cycle. And it's not the criticism that bothers me, it's the whole censorship issue, the accusations of blacklisting that are really the issue for me.


Christy got just a little too full of herself. Too bad she didn't just tell Rob that she would vote with him. The guy is a snake and out for himself only. I really hope that Matt takes it now.

Thursday, May 01, 2003


A joyous Beltaine to everyone!

Interesting reading - Irish Fire Festivals: Beltaine

Historic Beltaine

Tuatha de Brighid - Beltaine

Have fun, pick some flowers, buy yourself a bouquet, better yet, buy one for someone else.

Astro Boy
From this mornings entertainment news -

He is 52 years old. A superhero of the truest kind. His theme song explains, "He may be small but only in size … He is brave and gentle and wise." Who is he? Astro Boy the robot boy! Yesterday Kids' WB, and producers Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, Tezuka Productions and US distributor Sony Pictures TV announced the return of the diminutive superhero in a new 26 episode animated series, launching as part of the Kids' WB! 2003-04 Saturday morning season. Osamu Tezuka, credited with being the father of Japanese anime and manga, created and published the first Astro Boy comic book in post WWII, 1951 Japan. Tezuka was also a pacifist who armed his young boy superhero not only with super powers but also with bravery, a moral rudder and an actual birth date 50 years in the future on April 7, 2003. In 1963 the first animated version of the story debuted on TV, a second color adaptation of the series ran from 1980-81. Astro Boy has the distinction of being the first cartoon to be imported to the US from Japan.

Third Watch - TV Guide Interview with Amy Carlson

TV Guide