Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bunco Babes

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Mama’s lock up your sons. The Bunco Squad is headed out for a weekend of SPAing, drinking, lounging and after all that will surely come carousing. Am I right Ladies???

It is a very tight knit group these Bunco playing Babes. They all have mcmansions and coincidentally all reside in Brain Surgeon’s neighborhood. I have met a scant few of them and they do not disappoint. I am proud to be allowed into the traveling escapades of this sisterhood.

I really hope they don’t whip out the dice and start exchanging recipes because if that is the case, I will surely be a fish out of water. If the e-mail exchanges are any indication, nobody is bringing any dice. It was requested by more than one of them that I bring the ole martini back pack and a couple of appetizers. Others are bringing numerous bottles of wine, red and white, beer, champagne and a few concoctions I have never heard of but am anxious to try out.

So if you will excuse me, I need to figure out what clothes to bring along for the times we are not lounging around in fluffy white robes sipping lemon water and relaxing. Also, I need to start my liver exercises so that I can try and delay what surely will become cirrhosed soon enough.

Off to the mountains where I will surround myself with mood lighting, the sound of trickling water, soothing lotions and potions to purify and de-age skin and assuagement.

Try not to miss me, too much.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Brain Tumor Society's Race for Hope

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This year the Family Wicked has decided to support the Brain Tumor Society by participating in their Race for Hope.

If you happen to be in DC on Sunday May 6th and you run into Brain Surgeon, Sous Chef Mermaid and myself, cheer us on. This race is near and dear to Brain Surgeon for a few reasons, the first being that this is her area of expertise. The reason we are joining is to support one of her collegues. A family member of the collegue is suffering from an inoperable tumor and we hope that by cooperating to the cause other's will be more fortunate.

This being a relatively private blog, I am not too keen on giving you a direct donation button to our team. However, if you are so inclined feel free to donate by going here.

It's certainly a worthy cause and we are proud to be representing.

Family Wicked is in the House!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Stipulation Upon Further Review

Until recently, I just did not quite grasp the whole wisdom appearing with age concept. This month it not only made an appearance, I used my finesse to get my point across. Are conditions ideal? At the moment for me, impeccable.

I don’t understand the entire process of the circumstances. I believe they will come to light as time passes and scenarios take place. I do have an extensive perspicacity of the fraternity. It is a very transparent congregation. No better or worse than myself, mere mortals.

There is no failure to communicate, rather a grand decay of epic proportions. Or is it really?

For now, I am satisfied. Those who know me are aware that if the mood strikes, things can change rather expeditiously. I am content to control the center for the best mobility and forward progression.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mother Earth

Thank you for giving us the most beautiful Spring weekend after a rather chilly and chilling week. I promise to be more Green. In fact here is just a sampling of what I am capable of:

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Happy Earth Day everyone.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


I have chosen not to write about the horror that took place on Monday at VT. It’s been over done and even though I don’t personally know anyone who was either killed or injured, it hurts. I can’t explain it. You will have to trust me on this one.

Instead, I want to pass this along to you all. If it means something to you please participate if not, that’s okay too.

Hokie Hope: Orange and Maroon Effect - Friday, April 20th 2007
Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20, an "Orange and Maroon Effect" day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday and to to show support for VT students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends.

We invite everyone across the country to be part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday and wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost and support the school and community we all love so much.

Find all your loved ones, family, friends, whatever it takes and give them all a huge hug. We all need it.

Beam Him Up

Sanjaya, don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

Good riddance!

That. Is. All.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Happy Birthday to Them!

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(Holden Beach, NC circa 1998 - my favorite photo of my Parents)

They are the wonderful people who give just so much,
and who bring joy to the lives that they touch.
They are the two special people who are willing to share.
Who are never too busy to listen and care.
They're the ones who encourage and patiently guide.
Who think of their children with enormous pride.
And because their devotion and loving is true,
their family ties last a whole lifetime through.
~Author Unknown~

Please join me in wishing my Parents who share the same exact birthday; month, day and year, best wishes and many happy, healthy returns. My sisters, nieces, B-I-Ls and I are so very lucky to still have them in our lives. Even though dealing with issues that arise with age, we wouldn’t trade the time we get to spend together for anything else in the world.

Happy Birthday Mom and Dad, we love you very much!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm...

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(Kudos to HFS for bringing this to my attention)

Just how well can you swim?

Go Google driving instructions from NY, New York to Paris France. Pay particular attention to item # 23.

Personally, I prefer flying.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Be Afraid, VERY Afraid!

Only if you are a triskadekaphobic. Otherwise, be happy that is it Friday.

Not much to report kids. Hope your day goes by fast and without incident.

Cocktails start promptly at 5:00. See you there.....

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Auditions for New Easter Mascot Being Held....

Oh dear!

There went Peter Cotton Tail. Evidently not hopping down the bunny trail fast enough.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Medical Jab

Back when my Father was doing his emergency department rotation as a lowly intern, he encountered a drunkard who had some how ended up with a very precise cut on his neck. It looked as though someone took a sharp object from behind and sliced him left to right. The wound required a layered closure which my Father was happy to repair; although his patient’s belligerence was keeping him from suturing. The injury was not life threatening but needed to be done.

My Father, being quick on his feet and tired of arguing with his patient, asked the nurse to get him another instrument from the other room. The nurse noticed that the instrument that he needed was already laid out on the tray in front of him. Dutifully, she left the room. Once she was out of sight, my Father tried once more to calm the drunk down to no avail.

The patient was simply not cooperating. Instead of wasting time debating with him, my Father hit the patient on the forehead with his elbow. It knocked him out cold. Why the elbow? My Father was already set up in a sterile field; his elbow didn’t need to be sterile.

When the nurse returned, without the instrument, my Father was almost done suturing the patient. She inquired as to the status of the patient’s consciousness. My Father said that he passed out from the alcohol. As he left the room, he asked the nurse to give him an ice pack for the goose egg on his forehead.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

The Easter Bunny is out looking for Punxsutawney Phil. Phil has some explaining to do, what's up with this chill?

I leave you with this cute Easter funny:

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A lady opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.

"What are you doing in there?", she asked.

"This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?",

To which the lady replied "Yes."

"Well," the rabbit said, "I'm westing."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Field Trip!!!

I know all of us are always searching for that new restaurant. I have found it. Feast your eyes on this:
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The World's First All-gla ss Undersea Restaurant Opens

The Maldives | 15 April marks the day that the first ever all-glass undersea restaurant in the world opens its doors for business at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. It will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views.

"We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives", says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Ma ldives Resort & Spa. "Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views - without ever getting their feet wet."

Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in New Zealand, Ithaa's distinctive feature is the use of curved transparent acrylic walls and roof, similar to those used in aquarium attractions. "The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of clear acrylic makes this unique in the world," continues Schieck, "We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to the spectacular views of the rays, sharks and many colourful fish that live around the area.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Baseball Season Trivia

On April 2nd 1931, 17 year old Jackie Mitchell became the first woman to pitch on a men’s professional baseball team, the Chattanooga Baseball Club of the Southern Association. As the starting pitcher in an exhibition game, she fanned two batters in a row – Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig!

Play Ball !!

Sunday, April 01, 2007


The Southerners enjoy their pranks. Maybe because there isn't much in the way of entertainment, the East Jesus Folks can't wait for April 1st to roll around. I will tell you first hand that they do not mess around with the April Fools Day hijinks.

April 1, 1995 I was letting my dog Dexter out into the front yard for his morning ritual of greeting the school kids. I used to live in the center of town, Main Street. My street was the only way in and out of town. As soon as I hooked up his lead, he began barking incessantly. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something in my yard. I put on something presentable, I didn’t want to scare or scar the kids, and went out front to find one of those storks set up in my front yard announcing to God and everyone that I just had a boy. I was neither seeing anyone nor gestational. I decided I would leave the stork there since whoever went to the trouble did make me chuckle.

All day long I was receiving phone calls from friends and townies. Some were asking me if Dexter had sired another round of puppies some were congratulating me, etc. The best call came from my lawyer, Max. He asked me the same questions and I told him it was an April Fools Day joke. He told me that he would be happy to assist me in retaliation. So I called up the local florist and asked him who had placed the stork order. I called Max back and told him the culprits were a nurse and a nurse practitioner in one of my remote clinics. He told me that he would send a Sheriff’s Deputy to the clinic with a summons and have them arrested. Why not, I was a temporary Southerner after all. I told him to go ahead. The deal was that the Deputy would call me before he set out so that I could be there when the "arrest" happened.

I made my way to the clinic like I usually did just to check in and see how things were going. While I was there the Deputy showed up. He came into the clinic with his summons and read the charges to both culprits, hand-cuffed them and as they were being placed into the Sheriff’s car I wished them all Happy April Fools Day! I so wish I had a camera that day.

What’s your best April Fools Day gag; delivered or received?