madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini & I)
The first sentence from the first substantive post* for each month in 2010, with clarification where needed.

* Substantive, as in, skipped things like birthday wishes. Then, I started thinking about the whole thing and how it reflected fairly quickly things happening during the year. So I included a link to, and possibly some commentary on my own about the post. Be aware, if you follow the link, that several of these are part of my Pic'o'Day project and bypass the cut. So if you're on dial-up, may take a while for the posts to load.

And now, the meme:

January: Woke up around 07:00 this morning I expect more or less by habit. Read it Here. (Meditating after reading this post, an odd feeling that at the time I was still, officially, in Old Job and not back in the OR again. Rather a few changes this past year...)

February: Please put this on your status if you know someone (or are related to someone) who has been eaten by dragons. Read it Here. (I AM the Dragon...)

March: Swallows on their nesting box, overlooking a salt marsh on the inland side of the dunes at Sandy Neck, Massachusetts. Read it Here. (Actually, the 'second' line, because it is more pertinant to the post than the actual first line.)

April: The upcoming weekend is >canceled<. On Friday evening, proceed directly to Monday. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Read it Here. (Four entries this date; birthday greetings, an April Fools or two with one being how I listed the staff in OR on the Communication Board and the Pic'o'Day.)

May: While I don't recall seeing as many bighorn sheep on the second trip out to visit Sister & Bro-in-Law, that trip did occur during the summer months. Read it Here. (Again, 2nd line because. This is another Pic'o'Day posting.)

June: The Otterz Mob gathering for a group portrait at FredCon. That's Fat Fred Himself in the back, wearing shades and a trademark Hawaiian shirt. Read it Here. (Right, two lines, tough. Another Pic'o'Day posting, so it follows to use both.)

July: This is another one which, actually rather seriously, started off with such a Con art show as Necronomicon. Read it Here. (Both a Pic'o'Day post, and an experiment at posting a poll with the photos. What I recall is first couple of polls got a big response, then things tapered off.)

August: The rain and thunder yesterday went a long ways to cool it off in the evening; we'd waited for it to stop to unload the feed from Forrest NissanPickup. Read it Here. (I skipped the Birthday Greetings post, and didn't use the Pic'o'Day post line. That one came after this post, however, so it is all placement.)

September: I've posted this before I think, however this one is re-worked for the High Key theme next week with Camera Club #1. Read it Here. (Pic'o'Day, with a poll. At this point, I mention that all 'first lines' also are taken from first day of month postings. This I attribute to either time off from work, or the Pic'o'Day posting exercise. Also, in retrospect, the High Key work didn't do particularly well, because nor was it particularly high key.)

October: Well, after a couple days more or less not on-line, I'm here and in recovery. (Heh. Go read this one. Promise, nothing really bad. Read it Here.

November: So much wandering through the reading stream leading to thoughts about this, that, and a Japanese proverb. 'Chase two rabbits, catch neither one.' Read it Here. (Feeling rather contemplative in this one...)

December: We spent some time this evening, and actually Herself spent quite a bit of time this afternoon, tucking in the Ranch for a hard freeze overnight. Read it Here. (First of the three hard freezes experienced here on teh Ranch in North Central Baja Jorja this month.)
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Ryu-Tatsu)
Please put this on your status if you know someone (or are related to someone) who has been eaten by dragons. My wish for 2010 is that people will understand that being eaten by dragons is not something to be ashamed of. Dragons are nearly unstoppable and are truly terrifying. 93% won't copy and paste this...they have...been eaten by dragons.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini&I)
The So-Called Rules:
1. Reply to this post with 'Icons!', and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

I thought about posting direct to the responses, since I'd posted this once already, and opted not to because, well, Fun!

The Otter's Quest )
From Down Under )
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Kitsune)
The So-Called Rules:
1. Reply to this post with 'Icons!', and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

[ profile] merimask played this recently, and so I mentioned the appropriate word over there (though in reverse, that doesn't seem to have affected anything), and these are what she chose.

Cut, even though only icon photos so small, for the non-interested )

Now, I'd made a wee bet with Meself that [ profile] merimask might just ask about the icon used with this post. Only a wee one, though. This is Kitsune, and is one of the masks which Meri made. *G*
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Attitude)
With some amusement I've been watching this and contemplating. Seemed pretty one-sided, pardon my outlook, as being a pretty gender-oriented meme.

Still, [ profile] betnoir is the first I saw handing out the requisites in a manner which allowed a buy-in, as it were. So the deal is, you get three people to shag, marry, or defenestrate. Bet said cliff, which results in the same thing, but since Office her in Hospital is on the fifth floor, I opt for defenestration. You find some pics, you post your response.

She set before me Kaylee (Firefly), Friday Jones (Heinlein), and Jadzia Dax (DS9).

Yup, them there are three of my biggest fandoms, allright... )

A Meme

Feb. 24th, 2009 08:57 am
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (RN Self Teacher)
Nicked from [ profile] dianavilliers
Comment on this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with.

Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

These are the subjects [ profile] dianavilliers gave me:
1. Border Collies.
2. Portraiture.
3. Goats.
4. Old. Rural. North Central Baja Jorja.
5. Nursing.

And the Answers Are (The Envelope Please)... )

Icon Meme

Jan. 9th, 2009 07:13 am
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Default)
This Meme Takes Too Much Work/Time. What does that say about my morning?
Cut because some of my icons contain nudity )


Dec. 16th, 2008 07:47 am
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini & I)
Below are the top 100 movies of all time (adjusted for ticket price inflation). Bold the ones you've seen. Italicize the ones you'd like to see. Nicked from [ profile] goth_huntress. Shamelessly.

Gone with the Wind (1939)
Star Wars (1977)
The Sound of Music (1965)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Titanic (1997)
Jaws (1975)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Exorcist (1973)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Sting (1973)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Graduate (1967)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Fantasia (1941)
The Godfather (1972)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Mary Poppins (1964)
The Lion King (1994)
Grease (1978)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Thunderball (1965)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Love Story (1970)
Spider-Man (2002)
Independence Day (1996)
Home Alone (1990)
Pinocchio (1940)
Cleopatra (1963)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Goldfinger (1964)
Airport (1970)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Robe (1953)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Bambi (1942)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Batman (1989)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Superman (1978)
Tootsie (1982)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Finding Nemo (2003)
West Side Story (1961)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rocky (1976)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Twister (1996)
Men in Black (1997)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
M.A.S.H. (1970)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Aladdin (1992)
Ghost (1990)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
House of Wax (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Sergeant York (1941)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Top Gun (1986)
Shrek (2001)
Shrek the Third (2007)

Wow. I've seen a few.
Now (so as to help if you should like to do this meme, simply being able then to copy and paste the above without my editorialising) my editorialising:
Love Story (1970) and i want that time back
Home Alone (1990) and i want that time back also
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and shame, shame, on lucas
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) let's do the tiiiiiime waaaaarp again! also, I blame this one on [ profile] marjai because she is one hot, hot Janet.
Duel in the Sun (1946) actually, I may have seen this one, I'm not sure.
House of Wax (1953) actually, I may have seen this one, I'm not sure.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Default)

Originally uploaded by Mad Shutter-bug

I picked it up from [ profile] mactavish

"It works like this: if you use Flickr, go to the sixth page of your photostream and pick the sixth picture there, then post it to your blog, and pass it on to six other people.
I therefore give you this. Wheee!"

Rather than tag, though, I'll say, "Hey, do this if you want!" (which is pretty much verbatim from where I nicked it. *G*)

Today it is this one.

madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini & I)
Seen several places...

100 things meme
Bold what you've done:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables (Lived with people who did; is how discovered the Infamous Black Thumb *G*)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I'm counting this one because of our goats, and bottle-feeding kids)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (At least once.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial (And photographed it, several times,)
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House (Does the outside count?)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini & I)
Office, here at Hospital, is doing Secret Santa. Gift exchange. To this end, we each received a 'Wish List' to complete to help the Secret Santa. I learned something about myself, something suspected a bit recently when I contemplated the fact that many of you that I read do fill in things like Yahoo's Wish List, or Amazon Dot Com, etc.

I don't particularly like doing Wish Lists. I believe I blame my Dad for this. It's all good, no problems, just... damn. This was hard.

No, I'm not... well, maybe I will include what I answered for these. OK, here's the Not-Meme (or make it a meme, really, just not obligatory).

Secret Santa’s Wish List

Favorite color?

Favorite smell (i.e. body lotion, candles, etc...)?

Favorite movie(s), or type of movies (i.e. drama, action, comedy, etc…)? Or Movie wish list?

Do you collect anything (i.e. snowmen, angels, elephants, coffee mugs, etc...)?

Favorite singer/band or genre of music? Or Music wish list?

Favorite Hobbies or Pastime?

Favorite food or restaurant?

Favorite store(s) (can also be shopping websites)?

How would you describe your home’s décor (i.e. Contemporary- All in “Green” colors, Ocean/Beach and Palm Tree Theme, “Loved” with lots of knick-knacks and unmatched pieces)?

Anything else you want to let your Secret Santa know... *hint- the more detail you give, the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find you something you’ll like!

The answers are:
And the Envelope, Please... )


Nov. 25th, 2008 09:31 am
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Minion)
From [ profile] fatfred who will not own up to it. *G*

What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since beginning to read my lj? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?

Post this in your own journal and see how you have surprised people.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Attitude)
If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?

Come on now, folks, you know you want to play. Put it in your LJ's too?

Nicked from many friends.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)

Satyr & Daughter Satyr & Daughter
Just because I do like this particular meme, and I can say (now) that I also nicked it from [ profile] salamet (who added the wee bit extra) and [ profile] jehannamama, and because [ profile] marjai certainly qualifies withing the rules...
1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two. (and NaNoNov, LOL)
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.


Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:36 pm
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Default)

Originally uploaded by Mad Shutter-bug

Nicked from [ profile] goth_huntress who Snicked from [ profile] jennawaterford

1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.

And, well, hey, it may not be a 'reasonably-sized' picture, but it is a link to one.


Oct. 13th, 2008 04:27 pm
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Ninja Pyrates!)
Thanks to several sources now.

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now (even if we don't speak often or ever), please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your lj and see what your friends come up with. Or not.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Expostulation)
[ profile] angilong gave me an 'A'. So I tell 10 things I love that start with 'A', then you comment and I give you a letter, and you post 10 things YOU love that start with that letter. Ready?

The Letter A: Aaaaaaayyyyyy )

Okay, who's next? Only if you're interested.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Expostulation)
Because I'm not particularly feeling up to continuing the Weekend Estivation report just yet. Could be, I'm still estivating.

Behind the Cut. Long-ish )

Music Meme

Jul. 17th, 2008 10:22 am
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Expostulation)
Lifted from several places now...

That Music Meme
Go to
- Search on the year you graduated from high school and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
- Bold the songs you like
- Italicize the songs you liked then, but don't now
- Strike through the ones you hate
- Underline your favorites.
- Do nothing to the ones you don't remember or feel neutral about.

I do recall correctly that I did this one before. Results are Here, because they didn't change much over time.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Chanoyu)
Seen several places and most recently at [ profile] saluqi and [ profile] lolleeroberts places.

Go to and read until you find five quotes that speak your truth.

Never... ever suggest they don't have to pay you. What they pay for, they'll value. What they get for free, they'll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear.
Lois McMaster Bujold

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra (1925 - )

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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