Monthly Archives: January 2011

Say It Ain’t Snow!

Just what we need… more snow. And it’s still January at least until Monday. So far, we’ve at least 4 feet (yes, feet) of the powdery white stuff to date and the meteorological winter ends on February 28. One can only hope Punxsutawney Phil does NOT see his shadow come Wednesday morning — Groundhog Day for those of y’all keeping score — because our beloved state can’t afford six more hours of winter, let alone six more weeks. I’ll take the winter chill, but the snow has got to go.

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How Rude!

Bostonians don’t do hugs and Seattleites are cold. But there is one city that took the title as America’s Rudest City… and it ain’t New York City.

The winner — I mean loser — is Los Angeles. But New York did make the list, landing on the number 2 spot, followed by Philadelphia at number 3. Other cities to make the list are Boston, Baltimore, Washington,  D.C., Dallas, and Miami to name a few. On the flip side, Charleston, South Carolina is named the Most Polite City in America.

Funny, I always though New Yorkers were rude. L.A. can count me out as a tourist. But what about Hartford — we’ve got some rude f**kers people out here, too.

Changing Signs

If you’re mad because even though you thought you’re a Scorpio, some obscure changes in the zodiac had just made you a Libra, blame it on astronomer Parke Kunkle.

Last time I checked, there were TWELVE signs of the zodiac. But Kunkle says he believes the zodiac isn’t quite as accurate as it was 3,000 years ago. Let’s be honest: when you’ve got something that works so perfectly and gives you damn good results, you don’t mess with it.  The reason that the zodiac hadn’t been updated in some 3,000 years may be due to the discovery of the thirteenth sign called Ophiuchus.  It sounds like Oh-f… never mind.

Great, now I’m gonna have to follow the Pisces and Aquarius horoscopes.

Anyway, here is the list of the NEW zodiac with the addition of the Oh-f… you get the idea:
Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

White Out

Snow-mageddon. Snow-pocalypse. Snow-tastrophe. Call it what you want, but it is BRUTAL!!! The state got walloped with more than 12 inches of snow where some parts of the state received up to three feet. Naugatuck, a verrrry hilly town, bore the brunt of the storm, topping the 30-inch mark.

But we at Connecticut weren’t the only ones dealing with the snowy snarl. In Atlanta, the ice kept many travelers stranded at a Greyhound terminal. The slogan for Greyhound during the blizzard would be: Go Greyhound… unless the road looks like a freaking skating rink. We have to watch the temperatures for next week carefully. In 1977, the snow was so heavy on top of the Civic Center — now XL Center — that the roof collapsed when temperatures rose. The days leading up to Christmas in 2007 were greeted with the falling of ice on Central Row in downtown Hartford closing businesses on that street and rerouting CT Transit services around the accident.

As for today, I will consider myself snowed in. Don’t go out unless you really have to.

Tucson Tragedy

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

This past weekend was filled with shock and sadness as 20 people were shot in Tuscon, Ariz., including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Of those 20 people shot, six of them died. Among the dead were a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl by the name of Christina Green.

Giffords, many may not know this, is known as a “Blue Dog Democrat” — or a fiscally conservative Democrat — and sometimes votes along with the Republicans. One of which includes her colleague John McCain, also an Arizonan. The gunman was identified as Jared Lee Loughner. He was charged with the attempted assassination of Rep. Giffords, and the killings of six people.

The shooting of Rep. Giffords is a grim reminder of the consequences of the use of “second-amendment remedies” as we have heard from the Tea Party candidates. In the 1960s, the airwaves were filled with news of assassinations. John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., et al were among those who were assassinated in the 1960s. If we learned something from those tragedies, it’s this: we must tread lightly when mentioning the second amendment, that is, the right to bear arms.

From Rags to Riches

The man with the golden voice is making headlines nationwide, including his home state of Ohio. Everyone’s talking about him… but now so must I.

It’s Ted Williams, who had been homeless for 20 years, was recently called for auditions to do voice-over work for Kraft as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Yes, THOSE Cleveland Cavaliers…The team LeBron James allegedly bailed out on to move down south.) Anyways, you can’t put a price on talent, or for that matter, a dream.

Birds That Fall From Sky

Is the sky falling? No, but as many as 3000 dead birds did fall from the sky and landed in a little town in Arkansas called Beebe. If this is supposed to be a New Year’s joke (if that exists), the people of Beebe, Arkansas weren’t laughing at all.