Monday, March 31, 2008

Public Display of French Kissing!

It doesn’t get more public than Union Square!
Olivier-Joseph Van Temsche and Rasmus Michau staged their "Kiss-in" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008 in Union Square.
Strangers gathered together and kissed the people to the left of them and to the right of them.
Temsche and Rasmus are Frenchmen, so you know the kind of kissing there was.

Leave it to the French to use the Guinness Book of World Records as an excuse.

Sponsored by Van Temsche and Michau's Paris-based Institut Bonheur (Institute of Happiness), the "artistic performance" will then travel around the world in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record by creating the longest and most populated French kissing chain the world has ever seen.

I never got the memo! :(

Kisses to all, have a great week!

Lee Ann

Friday, March 28, 2008

Texting and Walking: Dangerous Mix

I found this article very interesting.

Friday, Mar. 21, 2008 By HILARY HYLTON

Pedestrians walk past padded lamp posts in Brick Lane in London. The padded lamp posts have been introduced to combat the 6.5 million street injuries that occur from walking and texting each year.

You might call it an avocational hazard.

A recent ITN News video in the UK shows that some London pedestrians have become so preoccupied with emailing and text messaging on their BlackBerrys and cell phones, that they can't make it down a city block without crashing into lampposts or trash bins.

One of the most hazardous streets for "walking while texting," according to the Monty Python–esque video clip, is East London's busy Brick Lane, lined with trendy boutiques and curry shops, where people have been filmed walking head down, ricocheting off various stationary sidewalk objects.

The solution?

Wrap Brick Lane's lampposts with fluffy, white rugby goalpost cushions.

Keep your head up....
Have a great weekend!
~xo Lee Ann

Monday, March 24, 2008

I had one of those black clouds over me...

...last week.

My apartment manager sent me a reminder note that my renewal lease comes up in June.
Of course they are going to increase the rent.
I sent them a nice letter stating how much I enjoyed the community and would really like to stay but I was disappointed to see the rent will be going up, when in fact the value of my apartment is decreasing. In the short of it, I explained that in the 3 years that I have lived there several things needed to be maintained or replaced.
Several good things came from this.
I got new floors in my foyer, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
They fixed a few other things and shampooed my carpet.
Prior to the shampooing, I moved the furniture in order for the carpet cleaners to have easy access with the maximum amount of space to clean. They only clean what they have access to, they do not move any furniture.
When I got home from work on the day they cleaned the carpet, I found a big mess.
They had knocked over my rocking chair, side table with lamp and a large plant.

The lamp was broken and the plant and planter were broken.
I took pictures and called the office.
I cleaned it up (which took two hours). I was really upset and to top it off, it was the first day I had been back to work after being sick the week before.
The manager was gone for the day, but would call me back the next day.
The next day, the manager contacted the carpet cleaning vendor.
He was very embarrassed and could not believe it had happened.
Then said, it must have happened after we left because we would have never left it that way. (I find it completely amazing that my rocking chair turned itself over and partially jumped on top of the ottoman).
He said he would pay for the damages.

Once I got home from work that day, I picked up my mail as usual. I got a reminder notice to pay a citation!
I could not think of when I got a ticket. So after calling the municipal office, I found out it was a parking ticket, I was baffled.
I looked at the issue date of the ticket and car was in the shop during that time.
I had been "rear-ended" the week before Christmas and I had taken my car into the shop at 8am on the morning the citation was issued.
The citation was given at 3:06pm just a few blocks from the body shop!
The manager was out for several days due to a family death. Once he returned, he gave authorization to have a check issued to pay for the ticket.
They could not figure out how or why my car was a few blocks away getting a parking ticket.
I am glad they paid it, that was the right thing to do.

Then, on Saturday, I had gone to the store for a few items.
On my way home, just as I pulled onto the turn lane of the busy highway, I noticed a deer sitting on the grass right at the curb of the road.
I thought, awww look at that deer, then I noticed it was breathing hard and as she turned her face toward me, I saw she was bleeding from the nose and mouth.
She had been hit by a car.
I got so upset and started crying. I called Howard and asked if he could come help it. I cried the whole way home.
Once I got home, he was on the phone with the Game Warden. He told Howard that anyone that could help was out at a funeral. After talking to Howard for several minutes, he asked if Howard would shoot it to put it out of it's misery.
Howard took off to keep the doe from suffering any longer. He called me once he got there and told me the deer had already died and was lying in the grass.
I will never forget the look of that deer sitting there.

I was so glad when that week was was a rough one.

Now I have to look at the floors, clean carpet, new lampshades (2 so they match), new planter, signed lease with a rebate (so now I will end up paying only $20 more for the entire renewed lease) and the citation was paid.

The sun is shining now and it will be a beautiful week. Hope you have a great one!
Lee Ann

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring!

Happy Easter!
Lee Ann

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A unique dining experience!

Click on the photos to enlarge

This definitely gives the term "dining out" a new meaning!
I wonder how they are seated! There is no aisle behind the chairs. They must get seated before it is lifted into the air.
Would you try it?
Have a great week!
Lee Ann

Monday, March 17, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008


1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?

2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

6. Why does "slow down" and " slow up" mean the same thing?

7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

10. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?

11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?

16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?

21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

23. How come abbreviated is such a long word?

24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?

25. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

27. Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

28. Why do they call them "Apartments?" Shouldn't they be "Togethers?"

29. As cats seem to enjoy licking their butts, why don't they just make Butt flavored cat food?

Have a great weekend!

Lee Ann

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ahhhhh....the Golden Years!

Looks like they are having fun!
I think that scooter racing looks fun...and apparently gramps in the wheelchair still has "game"! :)
Hope you have a great week!
Lee Ann

Friday, March 07, 2008

Lions and Tigers and.....Ligers.... oh my!

On a typical day he will devour 200 lbs. of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100 lbs. at a single setting. At just three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.

His father is a lion and his mother is a tiger.

He is the unintentional result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both his parents."Ligers are not something we planned on having," said institute owner Dr. Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then lo and behold we had a liger." These two cats don't normally have the opportunity to breed in the wild, as most lions live in Africa and most tigers in Asia.

50 mph runner...Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies but likely to kill one another. But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II.

Today there are believed to be a handful of ligers around the world and a similar number of tigons, the product of a tiger father and lion mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers and take on more physical characteristics of the tiger.

Look at the size of the head on this animal.

Check out the fangs!

That is one big beautiful animal.

Have a great weekend!

Lee Ann (whose father is Lee and mother is Ann ~ well at least their middle names) :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Patriots in the making...

Since we (US) have never had a woman president, here are some ideas...
Do you recognize any of the faces?

Some of them look pretty good as women!
Have a great week!
Lee Ann