Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What I learned today:

1. Karen is a bit of a nut-job.

I mean this in the nicest possible way, of course. I was chuffed to find a package from her in the mail today. Is that the nicest thing to come home to, real mail that isn't a bill? I think so.

If you visit Karen's blog with any regularity, you soon discover that she has a bit of a Tom Jones obsession (yes, that Tom Jones).
So I am now the proud owner of a deluxe mixed cd of Tom Jones songs, complete with a half-nekid picture of the hairy dude himself. Okay, that part completely freaks me out, I will admit, but chances are pretty good that I will be howling along to Delilah before the evening is out.

And Karen made sure to point out that there were, contrary to what one would expect on a Tom Jones cd, NO Radiohead selections. Well naturally I offered to reciprocate Karen's generosity by hunting down and sending her a half-nekid picture of Thom Yorke in return, but oddly enough she declined.

I think there are a dearth of half-nekid Thom pictures in existence anyway, but there is this:

- looking for work as a rentboy in front of the county jail -

You're welcome, Karen.

2. You use different parts of your guteals and hamstrings when you are gardening than you do whilst cycling or ellipticalling. I thought those babies were whipped into pretty decent shape, but after cleaning out the flower beds for two hours today, I realized that gardeners are a lot tougher than they look.

3. There's nothing like fresh brakes. Man, can you ever stop after you have had your brakes serviced!

4. Writing a grocery list that says "supper x 2" is not very helpful when you get to the grocery store.

5. Eva and I can get maintain Scottish accents for most of the duration of the drive to school (~25 minutes).

And that's all I learned today. The rest of the day was pretty much an intellectual write-off.


Allison said...

I agree, there is nothing better than having real mail waiting for you when you get home. Nope. I find handwriting very interesting.

I think I like 4 the best. Very similar to how I write my shopping lists. However, I am impressed with the last one, the deserves a handclap. Well done you both :)

mellowlee said...

Gaaah! Im blind just from the thought of the Tom Jones photo!

Joe said...

You are so lucky to have a Tom Jones-lovin' friend to make you a collection like that! I am eagerly awaiting the DVD release in June of "This is Tom Jones".

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who makes cryptic grocery lists.

Karen said...

Mellowlee, if you're blind from the thought of the Tom Jones photo, I suggest you NOT visit *Asterisk's blog - he and his wife got a similar item in a box of goodies I sent them. And he took a picture of the TJ speedo shot. (

Barb - hopefully you've gotten over your shock at seeing the MAN hiimself in almost nothing but a smile and some chest hair and have been able to enjoy the music.

BUBS! I fellow TJ lover? Oh my goodness! Yay! I too am eager to get my hands on a copy of the DVD set. I've caught a few episodes of his show when they used to show it on Bravo (very very early morning). Cheesy but soooo good!

John Mutford said...

Curse you Thom Yorke! First you use all the bleach on your hair, then you take that photo. Now how am I supposed to burn my retinas?

I won't even think about that Tom Jones picture. Think unsexy thoughts. Think unsexy thoughts.

JustRun said...

I love having an accent for no good reason!

I don't get the Tom Jones thing, but to each her own!

Karen said...

PS Tom Jones is dead sexy.

Will said...

Wow looks like you managed to find something buried deep in Thom Yorke's past. On to Tom Jones - I really dig Tom Jones. Not so much his ballads, but as a performer - the guy can't be beat. I saw this concert special and it was just awesome. Some of his songs are great. Is "Sex Bomb" on the mix? That song is fantastic!

justacoolcat said...

Nice pic of Thom. I see you like your men skinnier than a school girl.

Tom Jones Rocks!

Anonymous said...

I like Tom J. too but I'm not after his body, I just want to hear him. For me, it's all about the voice.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so how does it feel to be finally digging in the dirt?

Toccata said...

Real mail that doesn't include a bill is the best homecoming by far. My sister-in-law likes Tom Jones and she owned some CD of his singing with I don't know who all who but that CD scared me whenever I heard it. I'll have to try and find out which CD it was.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I afraid of my own handwriting, Al. I think it points to some sort of psychosis or possibly partial paralysis.
Oh god, the crytpic grocery lists! Why do we even bother with them? Because we are incorrigible list-makers, that's why.
Thanks for the clap on the accent attempt - we are working on managing the full commute and then we may switch to Swedish accents.

I had to gouge my eyes out with a spoon just to get some relief, Mel! It was pretty scary.

The cd was one thing, Bubs, but that hald-nekid hairy dude picture was uncalled-for.
With the grocery lists, I either can't read my own writing, or I write something totally useless down.

Karen, I hope by this time you have gone over to visit Bubs, where he has a clip of Tom Jones introducing the Who. Thank God Almighty and all the angels he is wearing clothes, though.

The bleached hair is pretty lolz, I will admit, John, but I have a feeling it got him a lot of clients that day. You could always try gouging out your eyes with a spoon; that's what I generally do.
(Thom Yorke is a gajillion x sexier than Tom Jones imo)

Oh we always have a very good reason for our accents, Justrun. Usually because we are driving to work/school and need a distraction from reality.
One woman's sexy is another woman's cringe-factor, I guess. I sure don't get the Tom Jones appeal either.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Karen, we'll agree to disagree on that point.

I believe Sex Bomb is on the mix, Will. (I don't have it on hand right now). Tom Jones certainly is noted for his performances and obviously his appeal didn't stop with my mom's generation.
Isn't Thom's picture lolz? I'll bet he made a buttload of money that day.

hhaha, Just A! Skinny ... meaty ... they are all pretty great. Not crazy about the morbidly hirsute ones, though, although I have to admit that the ginger fuzz on Thom's belly is rather endearing.

Mr Jones has a very fine voice, Leazwell, I will give him that, but I really believe the world would be a better place if he left his clothes on.
It's pretty nice to get out into the garden finally. We are even starting to get leaves on the trees.

That does sound like a rather terrifying cd, Toccata. Those buddy sings with everybody in the world cds are always suspect.

John Mutford said...
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John Mutford said...

How much for a photo of the two of them together, a little Tom Thom Club if you know what I mean?

Deb said...

I was just talking with someone about Tom Jones yesterday...small world. Apparently he is friends with the Umberto of Umberto's Restaurant in Vancouver and the two play pool or golf or something when he's here.

I just used my biking muscles tonight for the first time in ages...felt great. I might think so later though.

I do #4 alot. Figure is out when I'm there and see what's on sale.

My attempts at accents are pathetic...they all end up sounding Punjabi.

Deb said...

*I might NOT think so....d'oh (I said that in my native punjabi..did you hear it?)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Snarf @ Tom Thom Club! If you have that photo in your possession, John, I suspect you can now retire.

Deb, if your biking muscles are still okay, you should be fine. My gardening muscles hurt in the process - maybe two hours of bending was a little excessive. But then again, you Punjabis are a pretty people.