Another Great Escape

Monday, March 27, 2006

The slippery slope?

Today saw the (possible) dawn of a new age in my relationship with anything bearing the apple logo. I received an iPod. A very stylish piece of kit. It came in a suprisingly small but elegant package. Is this the catalyst that begins my journey into Mac-dom??

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Bored on a saturday morning

I lifted these from here

Dennis Copley – Newport, CT

The Joke: A man arrives at Heaven and Michael explains to him how some things work. “We will provide everything you need here but your mode of transportation is based on how faithful you were in marriage.” The man is satisfied to see that he is given a Volvo. While driving to his new home he sees one of his friends who also arrived that day parked on the side of the road crying in his Aston Martin. “Why are you crying?! You’ve earned an Aston Martin for your marital faithfulness!” he says. His friend looks up and explains, “Yeah, but I just saw my wife on a skateboard!”

Chris - Los Angeles, CA
The Joke: Why are the Catholics glad that Jesus was crucified and not stoned? Because then, instead of making the sign of the cross, they'd have to do this: *slap palm of hand repeatedly against forehead*

Mark - West Jordan, UT
The Joke: When God was putting Eve together in front of Adam, He made her right breast and Adam said, "Hey, WOW! Do that again!"
THO's Response: Not likely, Mark. How many women do you know who have two right breasts?

Michelle - Edmonton, Alberta
The Joke: Three nuns were talking. The first nun said, "I was cleaning the father's room the other day and do you know what I found? A bunch of pornographic magazines!" "What did you do?" the other nuns asked. "Well, of course I threw them all in the trash." The second nun said, "Well, I can top that. I was in the father's room putting away the laundry and I found a bunch of condoms." "Oh my," gasped the other nuns. "What did you do?" they asked. "I poked holes in all of them," she replied. The third nun said, "Oh sh#%."

Kevin - Azusa, CA
The Joke: At my college I took a theology course called "Contemporary Christian Thought", and at face value, I thought that was a funny title.

Brian La Croix - Aberdeen, SD
The Joke: A rather pompous deacon was teaching a children's Sunday school class, and asked the kids, "Why would people look at me and think I'm a Christian?" One small child looked up and answered, "Because they don't know you?"
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Cody - Lincoln, NE
The Joke: What do you call Mexican Baptism??? "BEAN DIP"
THO's Response: Wow, a guy named Cody from Nebraska submitted a racially offensive joke? No way!

Loren Meyer - Mount Airy, NC
The Joke: A preacher on his deathbed summoned his doctor and his lawyer. They came, and he asked them to sit on either side of his bed and hold his hands. They sat in this manner for a long time until finally the doctor spoke up and said "I don't think you've got much time left in this world, Reverend. You'd better tell us why you asked us to come." The old preacher stirred himself and said, with a wheeze, "Well, the Bible says Jesus died between two thieves, and I've decided that's the way I'd like to go, too."

Thomas Lupton - Boiling Springs, NC
The Joke: Fundamentalism.
THO's Response: Is that just because it has the word "fun" in it?

Lucinda - Moundsville, WV
The Joke: How do we know that Moses was made out of rubber? He tied his ass to a tree and walked 5 miles.

Blaire Woods - Seattle, WA
The Joke: A blind man with a seeing eye dog walks into a church. He starts swinging his dog in a circle. The head usher says, "What are you doing?" The blind man says, "Just looking around."
THO's Response: We think you changed the location from a bar to a church just so you could call it a religious joke. Normally you would be disqualified for that, but upon further thinking we decided that it could be a Lutheran church—which is like a bar.

Heidi Turner - Beaver Falls, PA
The Joke: Joe walks into work Monday morning, his boss notices he has a big black eye. Boss starts to razz him, “Big party weekend, did you get in a fight?”. Joe says, “I don’t want to talk about it.” Boss says, “It’s okay, really, you can tell me.” Joe says, “Well, okay, you see it happened yesterday at church.” Boss can’t believe it. “At church, really it’s okay - you were out at the bars, right?” Joe says “No really, I was sitting in the pew at church and the song leader said ‘Please stand and sing Hymn number 382." Boss is confused, “Really, at church?” “Yep, right there during service. You see I noticed that the dress of the rather large woman in front of me had gotten a little, shall we say 'wedged in.' Being a helpful guy I thought that it was probably very uncomfortable, so I gave it a little tug, and WAM, she slugged me, and gave this.” he said pointing to his black eye. His boss was shocked, he couldn’t believe it and said “Well, I bet you learned your lesson and will never do that again.” Joe shakes his head as he walks away. Next Monday Joe’s back at work, his one black eye is fading, but now he’s got an even worse one on the other eye. His boss can hardly contain his glee as he says “Joe, man, you didn’t learn your lesson, I can’t believe you did it again!” Joe shakes his head and says “No, really I learned my lesson - it was the guy next to me this week, but I knew that lady didn’t like that, so I tucked it back in.”

Jimmy Erwin – Pierre, SD
The Joke: What did the Zen-Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? Make me one with everything.

Emily McKeighen - Sacramento, CA
The Joke: Humans have become so technically evolved that they can now make a living, breathing person. A summit of scientists believed that because they now had the power to create life, God was no longer needed. So they all decided that someone should go and tell God this. One man volunteered to go. One day he climbed a mountain and called upon God. "God! We humans now have the ability to bring people from the dead, we can create our own life, we don't need you anymore so you can leave us alone." God listened to the scientist and nodded his head. "Okay, I'll tell you what, if you can really create life, let's have a competition, if you can create a better person than me, I'll go, but we'll have to do it the way I did it in the old days." So the scientist agrees and begins to collect some dirt to make his person. God simply watches him and finally asks him what he's doing. "I'm using the dirt to make a person." God smiles, looks at the scientist and replies, "Go make your own dirt."

John - Kalamazoo, MI
The Joke: What is the difference between a Baptist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist!

Danny - Schaumburg, IL
The Joke: At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny, what is the matter?" Little Johnny responded, "I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife."

Dan W. - Turlock, CA
The Joke: (actually, this is a Catholic joke) Jesus is in town one day teaching some of the local folks, when a rabid crowd of religious professionals push their way toward him. They thrust a woman clad only in a bed sheet before him and say "We caught this woman in the act of adultery! Should we stone her?" Jesus looks off into the distance for a moment, then stoops down and begins scratching something in the sand. Eventually he stands up and says, "Let the person here without sin cast the first stone." All is silent, and then a rock flies in from the edge of the crowd, smacking the woman in the cheek. Jesus looks over the crowd in the direction of the rock-thrower, then cries out, "Come on, mom! Stop that!"

Chris - Louisville, KY
The Joke: Why were there no worm in the apples on Noah's ark? Because they all came in pears.

SA - Rochester, NY
The Joke: A Baptist man and a Methodist man are peeing off a high bridge. The Baptist remarks, "Gosh, this water is COLD!" The Methodist, after a pause, replies, "Yeah, and DEEP."

Sue - Jacksonville, FL
The Joke: You've heard of the Calvinist flower—the tulip. But did you realize the Wesleyans have their own flower as well? The daisy—he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me...

Ginger - Toledo, OH
The Joke: A burglar goes to this house late at night and starts robbing it. He is just getting going when he hears a voice say "Jesus is watching you." He stops for a minute, but soon continues on. Again he hears "Jesus is watching you." He discovers the speaker is a large parrot. He smiles to himself and continues on, a third time the parrot says the same thing. Frustrated the burglar turns around and says, "Be quiet you dumb parrot! What's your name anyhow?" The parrot replies, "Clarence." The burglar laughs, "What kinda people name their bird Clarence?" "The same kind who name their rottwhiler Jesus!"

Toeke - Dallas, TX
The Joke: Knock knock. (Who's there?) Jesus. (Jesus who?) Looks like you're going to Hell!

Dustin and Jimmy - Danville, IL
The Joke: One day, up in Heaven, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were trying to decide where to go on vacation. So the Father suggests Florida. The Son replies that there are too many old people there and it's too hot. He then suggests the Vatican for its history and architecture. The Holy Spirit says "Yeah! I'd love to go there! I've never been there before!"

Joshua - Jackson, MS
The Joke: How many charismatics does it take to change a light bulb? One to change the light bulb and one to cast out the spirit of darkness.

Jesse Kaluka - Cary, NC
The Joke: There was a Scottish tradesman, a painter called Jack, who was very interested in making a pound where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time. Eventually the Presbyterian Church decided to do a big restoration job on one of their biggest churches. Jack put in a painting bid and because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he set to, with a right good will, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks, and buying the paint and...yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with the turpentine. Well, Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jack fair off the scaffold to land on the lawn. Now, Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?" And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"

Andrew - Queensland
The Joke: How do you get Holy water? Boil the hell out of it.

Chris - Louisville, KY
The Joke: Q: How many Baptists does it take to change a light bulb? A: ... change???

Dave N. - West Lafayette, IN
The Joke: A pastor went out one Saturday to visit his church members. At one house, it was obvious that someone was home, but nobody came to the door even though the pastor knocked several times. Finally, the pastor took out his card, wrote "Revelation 3:20" on the back of it, and stuck it in the door. Revelation 3:20 -- "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." The next day, the card turned up in the collection plate. Below the pastor's message was the notation "Genesis 3:10." Genesis 3:10 -- "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
THO's Response: Hezekiah 5:21

The Rev - Cheyenne, Wyoming
The Joke: Mother Superior celebrated her 40th year of service at the Convent. The Pope called her to the Vatican to congratulate her for her faithfulness. The Pope said, "On behalf of your faithful service you may choose whether to continue working or you may choose to retire." Mother Superior said, "I want to be a prostitute!" The Pope grabbed his chest and collapsed on the floor. His attendants rushed to his side and revived him. Shakily he regained his composure. "What did you say?" He asked nervously. "I want to be a prostitute!" She said. "Oh, thank God," the Pope said, wiping his forehead with a towel, "I thought you said you wanted to be a Protestant!"

Jim - Savannah, GA
The Joke: A Sunday School teacher held an art session in which she asked her youngsters to paint characters from the Bible. As they painted, the teacher toured the room. One child was using lots of white and some green here and there. She told the teacher she was painting the Good Shepherd with his flock. Another child had a huge circular blob. When asked she told the teacher that the figure was "round yon virgin." One kid had drawn a huge furry-looking creature with a funny look on its face. The teacher asked what he was drawing. The kid responded that his picture was Gladly, the cross-eyed bear."

Justin Helm – Thermopolis, WY
The Joke: A guy dies and goes to Heaven. On his first day St. Peter shows him around and they begin walking down a big corridor with doors on both sides and Peter explains that there are rooms for every style of Christian worship. When they get to the first door Peter looks through the window on the door and says to the guy, “In this room we have the Charismatics. It’s sound proof because they get a little loud sometimes.” They walk a little farther to the next door and he says, “Here we have the Methodists and in that door over there is the genX group.” After showing the guy a few more rooms they get to a door without a window and Peter tells him to be very quiet as they pass. “Shhhhhhh. That’s where we keep the Baptists – they don’t know anyone else is here!”

How evangelical are you?

Take the EQ test. A very funny website. A bit american, but don't worry about that. It is slightly worrying that most of the content of this website is NOT made up.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Relevant, iPod &

What a good day! I received my copy of Relevant magazine, I got the news that my mate Andy is bringing me back an ipod (and he's paying for it) from the states and we...I'm not supposed to say yet.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Had an interesting Monday - Can't tell you about it yet but I didn't feel good. I puked in the morning - not massively but a fair bit. That washed me out for the whole day - I struggled on at school. Thankfully I wasn't teaching, I didn't get much of my work done though. I had a killer headache, Jill, the secretary, gave me some of her magic pills which worked almost instantly. I went to bed and slept for England. Had a better day today.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Washed out

I think I'm coming down with something. I've just felt so tired and washed out this weekend - I hate feeling like this. There seems to be an ever increasing lists of jobs to do on the house, paint this, repair that, etc, etc. I don't mind doing the jobs but it annoys me when I feel crap and I can't do anything.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Quality TV

I was watching the A-Team on UK Gold - what a show! It's good chill out tv, you don't really have to concentrate just watch them win - usually by druggin BA to get him on a plane, breaking Murdock out of the mental hospital and/or creating bad guy beating machine out of junk and an arch welder and a few sheets of steel. In comparison to 24 or Lost (not according to Claire!) it pales in comparison but it is still good in it's own way. Check this website out. Good for reminiscing.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday - at last!

It's been a marathon week in some ways - lots of things have happened at work and at home that have left us zapped of strength. It seems to have taken a big push to get to Friday. Monday seemed so long ago.

We had parent's evening at school this week - and more than ever I realised how blessed I am to have had such a stable homelife and from that a solid start to life. Parent's who think they know it but don't, are the worst type of parent's that any teacher can face. You know what they're thinking as soon as they step up to take their turn. There's that cocky smile or serious scowl. I used to (still do sometimes) take all of their theatrics to heart - which in turn led me to doubt my ability to teach. Anyway, there was this one parent who has had always had it in for me, ever since I started teaching her child. I wondered about what it might be: is it because I'm "fairly" young, a bloke, etc, etc. I dunno. She came with an agenda, not about her child, but diss the school and diss the LEA. I just got the impression that she was a lonely twisted person with too much time on her hands. In someways the worse kind of parent - who thinks by venting at shouting off they can change the world but in fact is neglecting her child.

I hope when we have kids I don't turn into this twisted, psycho, nutter who thinks that their child is an angel and can do nothing wrong.

Well - time to get to work - I'm well impressed that I blogged before work. People always say that teachers have too much time on their hands. Only 7 hours before I'm back home again (I don't stay late on friday - I do every other night - honest!).

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Don't Listen to the DIY demon on your shoulder!

I've had one of those weekends where everything that I did seems to take ages.

I had a DIY urge and decided to rip out the funky 70's panelling that is in our understairs cupboard. So, I thought I'd go out get my hair cut, nip to Tesco get the shopping and then head over to B&Q to get some supplies to do the job. First timewasting moment - I had to wait 45min to get my hair cut. Next time wasting moment - I then went to Tesco, never, never, never attempt any kind of food shopping on a Saturday, there were people everywhere: Kids wailing, old people walking really slowly in the middle of the aisle, people getting stroppy, you get the picture. At this point I'd been out nearly two hours, time was ticking by and I had DIY to do. The next faffy time wasting moment happened at B&Q - waiting again, along with the world and his wife to get served. Finally, I had to navigate my way back home through traffic, around diversions etc, etc.

So, the job started - I moved all of the junk from under the stairs and starting to prepare. Crowbar and hammer in hand I set about the 70's plywood, reducing it to bits in minutes (so far, so good), next came the cork tiles glued on to the wall, at this point I'm sure time changed, the physical process of taking the tiles slowed down whilst time speeded up. It seemed to take me hours. Anyway, all the prep was done. Next came the point when I looked at my watch, felt the pains in my dodgy knees, my knucke (minus the top 3mm of skin) started to throb where I'd scrapped it a few minutes before - and I regretted ever starting the job. I'd started so I had to finish....

This was also the point when everything seemed to go wrong - I'd thought that I could stick the cladding to the wall with glue (in theory correct) but I'd forgotten to seal in the walls. Bit of cladding kept falling off, making me so pissed off! Eventually it all went on on the dodgy wall, without too many mishaps. I know only had 3 walls left! Woohoo! I then ran out of glue and wood and had to make another trip to B&Q. I got the stuff, did as much as I could do and then looked at my watch. The thing was, that it was now nearly 8pm, this "little" project had taken 8 hours to do. What a way to spend a Saturday.

I'm now left with yet another unfinished project to add to my list.

What a joy!