Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is America

My life partner TiVo found a PBS documentary about the New Orleans Vietnamese community and their struggle before, during and after hurricane Katrina called "Independent Lens:A Village Called Versailles".
Culturally, their work ethic and self-sufficiency served them well in rebuilding after the hurricane but their quiet flying-beneath-the-radar way of life made them targets of a proposed land grab and an "emergency" landfill. Watch the documentary to see the best and worst of what America has to offer and a unique perspective of immigrant culture.
Here's a short youtube clip.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Outta the mouth of Mom

My mom, dad and brother attended my nephew's junior high band's spring performance last night. As we made our way to the exit, I saw my mom taking in the crowd. She turned to me and uttered an absolute gem, "These people people need to take vitamins."

For a split second, I was confused but an instant later, I got it.

"They look like they all have rickets, right?" I asked.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Giving back

Kittie Howard, over at The Block, awarded a few blog awards
last March and offered an opportunity to vie for a gift card. It was the same week I learned of many local struggling non-profits in my area so instead of competing to win an unexpected gift for reading her great blog which is a gift in itself, I dropped out of the game by suggesting a contribution to a non-profit. Before you think me to be completely selfless and wonderful, you should know that Kittie gave a Salvation Army donation last December; $1 for each of her followers so it just natural that I would think of a gift to serve many instead of one.
And wouldn't you know it, the idea caught on. Kittie opened the forum to voting and her readers went for it. Not one reader whined for a gift card for themselves.
Fast forward to last week when Kittie's blog reached 100 followers which became a perfect time to announce her contribution to a Louisiana animal shelter and she included me in the explanation.
What a nice example Kittie is! The word my mom would use is "a jewel". It fits Kittie.
So, here's my challenge to you. While you might not have $106 to spare, non-profits of every ilk are suffering in our new economy and even the smallest contribution can help. My local food bank or homeless shelter can always use jars of peanut butter, cans of tuna and even tubes of toothpaste. Throw an extra item in your grocery cart when you can and drop it by your local mission or food bank.

Here is a list of items that any animal shelter would gladly accept:
Clorox Bleach
Fabric Softener
Rubbing Alcohol
Distilled Water
Kitchen Garbage Bags
55 Gallon Garbage Bags
33 Gallon Garbage Bags
Cat Litter
Purina Cat Chow
Purina Puppy Chow
Lysol Spray
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Windex Glass Cleaner
Dishwashing Liquid
Hand Sanitizer
Crew Socks
Kitchen Sponges
Scrub Brushes
Plastic Spray Bottles
Mop Heads
Light Bulbs

I provide the list to illustrate that every little bit helps.
Some folks volunteer.
Some folks write big checks.
Some folks share their blessings.
All can make a difference.

Just a little but somewhat sporadic ricocheted sunbeam for God,
I am,
Skitzo Leezra

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Say it right

Here's a word that I hear mispronounced so often I looked it up to make sure
I wasn't the dumb ass.
How do
you say "realtor"?
  1. Does it sound like reel-ugh-ter?
  2. Or real-ter?
  3. Or re-uhl-ter?
  4. None of the above
The correct answer is "3" but mostly I hear "1".

When I first moved to Houston, I gave my boss an address on Bissonnet Avenue but being from Louisiana, I articulated it with a French pronunciation: Bis-so-nay. She corrected me and imperiously stated "here in Texas, we pronounce all the letters in words". Huh, how about that? She was taking me task for sounding like a rube while she and the rest of Houston mangled FRENCH with their "Bis-son-net"(yep, with a "t" at the end). Thanks for correcting me,

So, just for kicks, I just Googled "commonly mispronounced words" for you good people and found a list of 100 at
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, I've been saying "Bacchus" incorrectly all this time plus "pathos". Feeling superior to me yet? Check out the list and I'll bet you'll be surprised at a few. Having a hard time saying "Bak-us" instead of "Bahk-us", which incidentally, is the name of huge New Orleans Carnival krewe and their parade. New Orleans folks saying it wrong all these years? For true?

(Click on the links for an audible pronunciations. Look for the speaker icon.)~~You're welcome~~

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Biblical contrast

A friend forwarded this e-mail today and I am sharing it with "you people". It wasn't written by the person attributed but is still thought provoking. Haven't listened to Dr Laura's radio show in years but have personally heard her denounce homosexuality. -S.L.

On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlessinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative.

Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your adoring fan.

PS It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quote of the day

"Is that a watermelon I see? Oh, no, it's a bird."

--Protecting the innocent
but I swear I heard it
and even asked for clarification
when I wrote it down.

Monday, May 10, 2010

You get what you . . nah

For a crowd of 40, I asked 8 women to bring a dessert and even stressed that homemade contains love whereas store bought does not.
What did we have on the dessert table?
  • One plastic container of packaged cookies with fake M&M candies, cute but not tasty. Think cardboard. Perhaps 1 cookie gone.
  • One store manufactured red velvet cake - one slice removed.
  • Another mass market cake - untouched.
  • Sara Lee pound cake sliced horizontally with canned icing in between layers and elsewhere. Two or three slices partaken.
  • Fresh fruit tray - well appreciated.
  • A giant vat of banana pudding - perhaps from a caterer. Pretty yummy.
  • 2 homemade key lime pies with fresh strawberries on top - one pie gone.
  • Warm-from-the-oven sopapilla cheesecake with aromatic cinnamon topping - devoured and decimated.

So, here's the question:
If someone brings crappy tasteless store bought crap, should they partake of the yummy homemade stuff?
Because, on one hand, you get what you give.
But on the other, maybe if you taste the good stuff, maybe you'll be ashamed to bring that tasteless junk next time.

Yes, the sopapilla cheesecake was made by moi.

Saturday, May 08, 2010


I've got a knack for remembering faces but aren't these three the same guy?

Josh Stewart ~ Dirt on Fx (now defunct)

Aaron Paul ~ Breaking Bad on AMC

Chris Hardwick from Web Soup on E!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Stoopid Song

Ugh! I heard a long-hated song yesterday and it stuck in my brain and you know the only cure* is to pass it along to you.

The Pretenders: (Brass in Pocket) I'm Special

Gonna use my arms,

Gonna use my legs,

Gonna use my style,

Gonna use my side-step

Gonna use my fingers

Gonna use my, my, my, imagination.

Cause I going make you see-- there's nobody else here

No one like me.

I'm special, so special.

I got to have some of your attention, give it to me!

I got rhythm, I can't miss a beat.

I gotta new skank so reet (WHAT THE HELL is "new skank so reet"?)

Got something. I'm winking at you (Hate to ask exactly what she is winking)

Gonna make you, make you notice.

Wait, there's an alternate cure to offer you. See if it works you as well as it has for me.

Sing it loud and proud in your most retarded and hearing impaired voice.

"I'm special, so special, I gotta have some your attention, give it to me!"

Yesterday, I had $ 2.25 in loose change slung in my general direction.

WooHoo! Shiny coins for the coke machine!!

*Get your own damn blog if you don't like my solution.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Things that chap my ass: Oil spills

That oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is working my last nerve. I can understand why the folks in Florida and California don't want off shore oil rigs located near their picturesque coasts but we already have them so might as well generate some state revenue, right? That dang explosion is gonna drive up gas prices, ruin the delicate ecological balance of several, if not many, state's coasts and stifle future drilling. It's no good, I tell ya!
Read a news note yesterday that
hair is a good oil picker upper for spills. Know what else might work? Silk flowers! Those nasty fake and dust catching stems, gross! Please send those to the clean up workers.
Hmmmm, what else? Junk mail, maybe?
That tired and outdated carpet in my master bedroom; I bet it could soak up an assload of oil. Gonna rip that up, throw it in my truck, drive to the beach and toss it on the sand. There, I helped.

~~You're welcome.
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