Wednesday, December 31, 2008


December 31, 2008

In my many years of English Speaking (and listening), I've noticed the overuse of a certain word. Overuse of anything, words included, turns it into the norm. (See Punctuation Overdose if you want more explanation of the exuberant use of things.)

The over used word in question? It's that amazing word. As in... Did you taste that sauce? It was amazing. Did you see that movie? That was amazing. Did you see how clean her toilet was? Amazing. Look at how the mailman delivers mail. He is amazing. Get it? When everything is amazing, nothing is amazing.

I do, however, have an exceptional and suitable use for amazing. Ready?

Right now, at this very minute, I do not have an opinion on anything.

That friends... is amazing!

(Okay, the not having an opinion is aside from my view of the word amazing. But as shown clearly in Punctuation Overdose this assesment is from the Ghost of Opinions Past.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008


Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Correspondence

December 22, 2008

Christmas Cards are my FAVORITE part of Christmas.


Don't see you and yours? Well send it to me already!
Note that if you e-mail me your card and/or picture, I'll print it
with my very own printer and paste it on my very own door.
(It's not my very own door, but you get the idea. I won't
paste it either... I'll use a magnet.)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thot For Today

December 21, 2008

A change of heart is never comfortable.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas With The Chipmunks

December 19, 2008

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by the RPMs and sound effects. Incidentally, today's Friday Flashback is NOT brought to you by the digital age - it has ruined the chipmunk sound effect as we know it. When creating pip-squeak sound effects, don't you think it was more fun to increase the speed on a record player? As opposed to say, adjusting it in some software app?

Computers have ruined everything (snicker, snicker, snort, snart!)

Christmas With The Chipmunks has been my favorite Christmas album since 1981. I owned and ruined the LP (static, scratch, skip). I owned and ruined the cassette tape (warble, blur, snap). I have owned (and still do) the CD. It's now loaded forever on the hardrive of the family PC. It's also loaded on Brutus (my ipod with 80 gigs.)

The Chipmunk Song
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Silver Bells
It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas
Frosty The Snowman
Jingle Bells
Over The River...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who Is Your Role Model?

December 18, 2008


Try it without looking at answers.

1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3, then again Multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator....)
4) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number....
5) Add the digits together

Now Scroll down

Now with that number see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below:

1. Hillary Clinton
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Jesus
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. Bill Gates
6. Gandhi
7. Brad Pitt
8. Adolf Hitler
9. the rabidrunner
10. Barack Obama

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


December 16, 2008

Don'tcha wish your husband
had a mow-hawk like mine? Don'tcha!



How about a photo?

December 16, 2008



December 16, 2008

Have you sensed a lull of sorts? If so you're right! If not, you're wrong... although I am a complicated creature. If you sense something else, please leave a comment. You might be right!

The origin of the rabidrunner's lull is: 2 point 5 funerals in 3 point 5 weeks (all unexpected and not related to old age), taxes/tax forms/tax calculations (mid January deadline), making my own Christmas cards (why or why do I do that?) and well prolly the Consumer Cleanse. (Nothing eliminates a lull better than blowing a hundred bucks on nothing at the Target. I dare you to disagree...)

Speaking of Consumer Cleanse, let me just tell you how much it is teaching me. Did you know the public library lets you rent books for free? They do! True story.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Undies in an Unproar

December 12, 2008

It's a delightful day folks. A snowstorm is brewing and we at the rabidrunner household are smiling brightly in anticipation. The undies of the rabidrunner, however, are in an uproar. (I could say my undies are in an uproar but the third person reference is more fun. For simplicity I'll start using the first person - however boring that may be...)

Anyway. Let's just start this post by saying that I try my hardest to be a good Christian. I am far, far, far from perfect. I have plenty of faults. I tend to be cynical when inappropriate. I also have a strong opinion - but I respect others and their opinions even when different. Most of all, I try with all of my might not to judge. You have your stuff/issues. I have mine.

I'm sure you're wondering when I'll get to the uproarious undies part of the post. So here you go (and brace yourself 'cause it might be a doozy).

When, when, WHEN do you or I have a right to call another human being to repentance? When do you or I get to "damn" someone? When do you or I have the authority to label someone as a "sinner"?


Would you care for some background? I heard you say, "why, sure" so here goes. I've become particularly fond of a certain witty, insightful, talented little blogger (mostly her blog as I've never met her personally, but that's beside the point). For now we'll just keep that a mystery and call her Marge.

In one of Marge's creations (she doesn't just blog, she creates), Marge expressed an opinion about the behavior of children in church. Specifically, it was about kids bringing toys and whatnot. She didn't condemn anyone. Her intent was to point out the garish distraction of toys at church. I agree with her.

Long story short, someone took issue with her opinion and told her to see her bishop. Said she'd "feel better."

I believe a certain Someone (who we just so happen to be celebrating the Birth of) said something once. I'm going to repeat it:

"He who that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone." John 8:7

The end. Undies now nice and loose.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yahoo #1 Learns "Jingle Bells"

December 10, 2008

A few years ago, Yahoo #1 was learning the words to "Jingle Bells". I think he was two or three. During one of his brilliant renditions of said Christmas Carol, the neighbors were over.

Yahoo #1: Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way.

Me and Neighbors: Oh how cute.

Yahoo #1: Oh what fun it is to ride in a one whore open sleigh.... EH!

Me and Neighbors: giggle giggle smirk snicker

Spouse: That's right son - a two whore open sleigh would be extravagant.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuesday Tunes Vol 10

December 9, 2008

Today's Tuesday Tunes are all about the new, hip & edgy. Emphasis on new. Not the old remade to look hip & edgy. Being somewhat of a contemporary myself (hehe) - I will present my favorite Contemporary Christmas Classics.

Contemporary Classic... Is that possible?

Fairytale in New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl

Christmas Day - Dido

Don't Need A Reindeer - Moody Blues

Christmas Day - Green Day

Christmas Time - Smashing Pumpkins

Christmas Song - The Raveonettes

Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant

Happy Xmas - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid

I could go on forever. Maybe I'll continue next week? Thoughts? Complaints? Suggestions?

Christmas Cut Backs

December 9, 2008

I slept in this morning. Spouse had jumped in to facilitate the morning ritual of a buck-sausage breakfast and unloading the dishwasher. Through the groggy cobwebs in my brain, I could hear an in depth conversation about Santa Claus. The Yahoos were giving their thousand dollar list of gadgets.

"I want a Nintendo DS. I want a v-bot. I want Ironman the video game. I want Optimus Prime slipppers. I want a wii." The list went on and on.

And Spouse says: "I don't know guys... I think Santa Claus is looking for a bailout this year."

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday Tune Vol 9

December 3, 2008

Today's Tuesday Tunes (on Wednesday again - Wednesday Tune doesn't sound as good as Tuesday Tune... maybe it could be The Wednesday Wailing).........
Anyway, Today's Tuesday Tunes are all about FOOD! Prolly cause I'm hungry.

Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett

Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos

Lands End - String Cheese Incident

Candy-O - The Cars (This one you should watch... middle aged men with LOTS of time.)

Lemon Meringue - Poe

Milk Shake - Kelis

Incidentally (oh how I love to say, type, sing the word incidentally), notice that most food songs reference a sweet sugary sensation. Incidentaly, one can conclude that sugar provides more musical inspiration than say... a side of beef or salmon or head cheese.

Incidentally, has anyone ever had head cheese? I mean actually chewed and swallowed it?

On another, uh-hum... note... this week's free single from itunes was a snoozing Melissa Etheridge holiday doo-ditty. I suggest you save yourself the bandwidth and forget about downloading it altogether. Nothing against Melissa Etheridge... it's just... ever since she ended up with David Crosby's baby, things just haven't been the same between us. That whole chromosome swapping thing really creeps me out.

TMI - I know. Over and out.