Sunday, February 27, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category, some sort of meme

Eight for the 80’s

A new meme! Had a brainstorm, here’s how it works: Copy & paste the following question in your blog, then link back (ping, trackback) to me or whomever you got it from.

This week, the first, I’m focusing on the best part – FASHION! :lol::oops:

1. What was your hair like?
– sad to say, pretty much like it is now, but blonder.
2. What did you *wish* your hair was like?
– what I wished it was like back then was long and with a spiral perm, like Madonna’s in her Desperatly Seeking Susan look.
3. What was the coolest item of clothing you had back in the 80’s that is totally embarrasing now?
– Just one? Let’s see… there were the legwarmers, the fingerless gloves, the harem pants…
4. What was a cool fashion trend that you didn’t understand back then, and still don’t?
– Day Glo. ’nuff said.
5. What was a fashion trend you *wish* would come back?
– Real punk, when it was fresh and new.
6. … or that you were happy to see did come back?
– Well, I wasn’t happy to see legwarmers. 😯
7. Who was your 80’s fashion icon?
– Mostly Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. The Go-Go’s too, and when I was feeling “sophisticated”, Duran Duran.
8. Describe your best (or worst) look for the eighties.
– Should I start with the braces or the things I could change? :mrgreen: Well there was the bright yellow big shirt I had, just like Boy George’s, except I wore mine with big black belt, pinstipe black pants and Peter Pan get-aways, those suede ankle boots. Remember those? The worst part of this outfit is I have many pictures of me wearing it.

Let’s see how long I can keep this up. Got suggestions for questions? I’m all ears. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to answer in the comments.
(edited to answer my own questions. Doh! :oops:)

Great. Now I am singing, “Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love, all over your body,” over and over in my head.

Sunday, February 27, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Time for a change

So the van had a little problem there on Friday, and since it needed some work done in all other areas, we told Friendly Mechanic Guy to work on the whole list and rented ourselves a snazzy car.

Remember that alien movie from the 80’s? The one where the kids came in contact with the green aliens who learned about earth by watching tv? And they stole their dad’s spacship? I’m totally thinking of the part where the guy alien says, “It’s a brand new car!”
Ten points to whoever (whomever?) remembers the title.

Nice car. Niiiiiiice car! So nice, it has brought to the forefront of our brains that it is almost time to get a new vehicle. And downgrade from our full-size Beauville 8 passenger van with room for cargo. We have one kid with a foot out the door and rarely lug stuff anywhere anymore. We’re also thinking we hardly *all* pile in and go somewhere, especially far away, more than a few times a year. It’s kinda like . We call it our bus. :mrgreen: And the gas? You don’t wanna know how much gas goes in there.

Note to self: buy lottery ticket. 😉

*Edited to add: Kat got it right! It was Explorers. Gah, took me ages to think of the title.

Sunday, February 27, 2005 in humour, I Forgot To Pick A Category

Do you think we’ve seen Nemo too many times?

The other day, I went upstairs to get Ron out of bed. “Good morning!” I said, extra cheery just to annoy him, as I opened the curtains.

The sleepy voice said back, “The sun is shining, the tank is clean…”

Saturday, February 26, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category, Them kids o' mine

Sarah, upon seeing my hair

“Way to bring back the eighties, Mom.”

Friday, February 25, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

All fixed

And it only took until practically lunch time today. It was pretty nasty. And before I get more advice, Ron knows what he’s doing; he’s a programmer, remember? He’s the guy all our friends call up when *their* machines get infected.

So – this virus was pretty smart. It not only waited until people used IE, it was just like I said, perfectly designed for it. These things install themselves, usually in the toolbar and everywhere else. Delete it manually from the register and it would put itself back. Run a spyware program like AdAware, and it (the virus) would notice and reboot the machine, thus preventing its own demise. We finally found one that would get most of it before shutting down the system, and on the second time around actually killed it. We’re nice and clean now.

Our system set-up has just Windows on drive C. Any program we install goes on drive D. We also have drive E, F, and G for safety and backup issues. 98% of the problem was (you guessed it) on drive C in Windows. I know the commenter below probably meant well, but the last thing I would use is a virus checker from Microsoft. You do know it’s checking your whole system and reporting back to them, right?

While we were in the middle of that, Ron went to leave for work and discovered the van died. Not a good morning all around.

Much better now, though. So don’t worry, you know who you are… 😉

Thursday, February 24, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category, I'm a computer geek

How many times do I have to say this?

I had to check something in Internet Explorer. It took me less than TWO MINUTES. During that time, *something* worked its way onto my machine. I’m getting pop-ups from IE literally every 30-60 seconds as I type this.

And I’m speaking with some knowledge here – virus software isn’t the problem or the solution. Never turning on the stupid *%$*^%#* program is. 99% of the crap out there is written explicity to get through IE – doesn’t matter what virus protection you are running. It all exploits MicroSuck.

(And I am not in a good mood – I just sat here screwing stuff up for an hour and a half when it should have taken me 20 minutes, tops.)