Saturday, August 15, 2009

See, It All Started Like This....

I decided that it's time for a new look. I had noticed the past few times I've changed my blog background, there are now matching headers for some of the backgrounds. This time, I decided that I'm going all the way. New background, new header, might as well toss in some pictures on the header since you can do that, you know!!!

Well, that was several attempts ago. I only succeeded to waste entire, precious night shifts on nothing more than monkeying around with what "they" claim as a very simple procedure each time I attempted to get this fancy blog set up.

Next, after many tries, I decided that maybe it's time for me to purchase a cheap "PhotoShop"-like program to help me figure this whole thing out. Additionally, this type of a program can be so fun to alter pictures with! I couldn't wait....I had actually tried the free version that this blogsite touted also as a very simple process. It. was. NOT. Several tries of just downloading this free program produced a big nothing!

Okay, now here I am. Fast forward, mmmmm, at least a month and a half, two months later. Purchased a cheap, reasonably-priced program...only to realize it was far from easy to figure out.

I got a call from this company about a few days later asking me if I realize that this version that I purchased, this cheap, reasonably-priced, not to mention simple program I purchased, is an old, slightly outdated version of a wonderful newer program....a program that is much more user-friendly that comes with a user manual, many prompts while using this program....all for a slightly higher price. One that if I purchase it, I will be reimbursed my other money I put towards the cheap, reasonably-priced, not to mention cheap program. Sounds good. Sounds downright EXcellent!!!

I have since received this wonderful user-friendly program.

Now guess what! My C: drive is too full to download and install this new and improved photo altering program. And, try as I might, I cannot get enough deleted to satisfy this no-good, broken down, washed up, has-been computer to install this program!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Not-So-Family-Friendly Side Show

Okay, for reasons that will be obvious after you read this post, there will be no pictures to accompany this little story.

This evening, before getting ready for work, I was cleaning a bit. I was in the middle of sweeping the dining room when I realized that it had become really pretty dark and almost greenish looking outside. I told the kids that were home that it looks a little tornado-y outside and I wondered if the sirens were going. I went to the patio door and opened it to hear a little better.

What I heard wasn't sirens. What I did hear was some drunkish sounding voices over in our neighbor's backyard, by their pool. I glanced over there to see a woman standing there and stating over and over, "You purposely did that! You did!" and so on. I heard the neighbor guy saying, "I did not. Now come back in the pool!" This was accompanied by laughter and such.

I was about to look back to the sky when another woman came out of the pool. I noticed that her swimsuit was a very light could have been mistaken for skin! When she turned around, I realized, it was skin!!! She was naked! Buck naked! Then the first lady I had seen came over with a large towel and wrapped it around the naked lady and herself so they were wrapped in it facing each other. And kind of jokingly exhibited some lewd behavior. Gag!!!!!!!!!

Then, as I was turning away, the neighbor guy came climbing out of the pool in all his naked glory! All I saw was very, very white bum cheeks and I had seen enough!!! I turned away. I warned the girls away (just my oldest and my toddler were there).

About a minute later I heard some really loud shouting and exclaiming! I still was a little in disbelief, thinking, maybe what I saw was some very white Speedos and other such various thoughts, so I glanced over (Now, ladies and gentlemen, you must realize, it is simply a glance out our patio door or picture window for full view of the neighbor's poolside, like pretty much from anywhere near the windows, a glance toward the neighbor's...we're slightly uphill from them). This time I was privvy to a lovely shot of Lady #2, naked. Neighbor Man, naked. Running! NOT a pretty sight! Front view. NOT good. And Neighbor Lady, wrapped in towel. Surely with suit still on. She's NOT the naked type. I finally had had enough. I went to the patio door and yelled out, "Okay, you guys. GET some CLOTHES on! My kids are over here, able to see everything! I have to keep them away from the windows right now!" No response. I shouted again. No response. I put my fingers in my mouth for a very sharp, very loud whistle. No response. Either these people are ignoring me, have drinking-induced deafness, or have music going that I can't hear above their excited shouting. Absolutely no response.

I shut the door in disbelief. I told the the girls to stay away from the windows if they want to avoid visual disturbances and possibly permanent, lifelong mental trauma and scarring. I was assured that they would.

I called the neighbor on the other side of them and asked what I should do. I told her I really didn't want to call the police on them since they periodically let us use their pool. Just kidding. I said that I would prefer to resolve this without police intervention since they are super neighbors and probably would be horrified if they realized that we saw everything. She told me that I should probably call the neighbors themselves, but then she remembered that they don't have a home phone anymore, only cell phones. I didn't exactly want to go knock on their backyard fence door since I didn't want to be greeted by someone displaying privates!

Her suggestion was to wait until they are sober and tell them, "Um, I'm not sure if you realize this but we have a very clear view into your pool area right from our living room and dining room. We saw some nakedness (or something like that) from our living room the other night...." I think that I will be informing them of that pretty much on our way to church Sunday morning! Or right when we get back! I really, really didn't like that side show!