Cold...weird ads...spam...and a Birthday

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, January 06, 2010

OK, I know so many of my guests live where it is cold all the time, but HECK-A-DOODLE!

11 degrees when I left for work today and it is still only 23 at 5:30pm...this is way to dang cold...I live in the South...

AND they are predicting snow tomorrow! Now the total amount being called for is only 1", but if you do not know the South, that means that every grocery store within 100 miles is just about out of bread and milk.

I have said this before, but sheesh folks...if you think you are not going to be able to drive, buy some REAL FOOD!

One inch of snow in Memphis equates to 10 inches up north as far as driving ability is concerned. Cars will be all over the road...drivers will continue to drive 60mph as they skid across the black ice and turn the roads into a real life version of bumper cars...

Man, I love bumper cars at amusement parks...seeing someone on the other side of the oval and gunning (LOL 1.2mph is gunning in those things) aiming right for their rear bumper and SMASHING into them causing their brain to ricochet around in their skull and their spine to reverberate like a window pane in a hurricane...

What says fun then trying to cause physical damage to an opponent in a bumper car?

Have you seen these new banner ads - talking about President Obama wanting mothers to go back to college to get their degree, or lowering insurance regulations?

When they first began, there would be a picture of a normal person saying "I did it, so can you"...

Well now they are using people who look like they have modeled their lives after Charlie Manson...I mean, seriously, do they expect us to be enticed with these scary dudes? Just two examples I was greeted with today:


Have you been violated by spam text messages yet? It began for me the other day. I have received about 5 of them - all from a New Jersey number (well my cell phone still has a NJ area code), all offering money at low interest rates.

I am fuming over them and keep hitting reply and typing STOP as they request if you want them to leave you alone.

Now, I wonder, if by doing so am I just validating that the cell phone number is correct or will they actually stop. My next move is to jump all over Verizon to make them stop these messages.

Thanks to y'all who are boosting my hits over at Mangia Y'all..the last two days have been my highest hit counts so far (well 15 is a high number for me over there). If you can continue to do so, I appreciate it, and HEY...the food I am offering recipes on over there is pretty darn good if I say so myself.

Finally today...Go on over and visit
MS. KIMMIE of "Pretty Amazing Grace"
who is celebrating a BIRTHDAY TODAY!
Tell her Bond sent ya...

See y'all tomorrow!

24 Of Your Sparks

  1. Schmoop Says:
  2. I never knew that Jebbus Christ drove a car let alone lived in Mississippi. Cheers Vin!!

  3. Ken Says:
  4. We might get a little snow in the valley too. If it sticks to the road I just might lock my truck in four wheel drive and head out in town for the bumber car show. I'll bring a chain along and maybe make a few quick bucks pulling folks back on the road.

  5. DrillerAA09 Says:
  6. Yes, it is brutally cold here in Arkansas as well and it's gonna get colder.
    One problem with the weather in the South is that we do normally get that layer for freezing rain just before the snow. It's like someone ran a Zamboni on the streets. Then, there are those who believe that their camo painted 4x4 solves all of their driving problems. Hey dude, 4WD doesn't work any better when you have to apply the brakes!
    Stay warm, if you can.

  7. Anndi Says:
  8. *giggling* Now now.. don't judge a dude by his hair (facial and otherwise) - although unibrows should be at the very least photoshopped. Eww!

    What will those darned advertisers think up next? *snicker* I hope you have a free texting plan.

    I'm assuming the milk and bread things is just to complement their pantrys and freezers. What does Nancy say about this? She must know.

  9. Travis Cody Says:
  10. I've seen that first one as a pop up for my yahoo mail. I usually ignore all that stuff, but this one caught my eye because the photo looked like a mug shot. HA!

  11. Dianne Says:
  12. it's really obnoxious how all these cos. are trying to trick people into thinking they're a govt program
    I have gotten tons of mortgage offers

  13. MATT-MAN: No kidding...

    MICKEY-T: Always finding another revenue stream..most excellent

    DRILLERAA: I know...they truly believe 4WD means you can do miraculous things

    ANNDI: I am NOT one to judge someone by their hair at all..but these dudes are scary looking...
    Yes free texting
    She does not get it either...heck, buy real food

    TRAVIS: How can you not stop and go WOAH!

    DIANNE: yeah, like I could get a mortgage at this pointy...silly folks

  14. The ads for moms to go back to school make me laugh, 'cuz I'm thinking, "Why the hell do I need to do that?! What am I gonna get - a freakin' PhD.?!" Yeah. Point lost on me.

    I'll have to peruse Mangia Y'all more carefully for these "easy to make for all" recipes. I remain skeptical since I'm not the most agile cook.

  15. SONGBIRD: And the "I can do it so can you" and the person looks like they MIGHT have a 3rd grade education

    The Pork Chops are a snap..the spinach and beef patties are even easier


  16. ...bumper cars rock!...

  17. Jay Says:
  18. I witnessed two accidents in my parking lot yesterday. Fun times. The roads here are clear, except for my parking lot, but we're due to get more snow tonight and tomorrow. And then? Lows below zero. This is uncalled for!

    Also, there is a National Do Not Call list for cell phones now too. Just Google it and find the number and get on that list.

  19. LAC Says:
  20. I hate those ads! I see them mostly on facebook it seems. Have fun in the snow, do take some pics for us. Though I've seen enough up here this year to last awhile, lol.

  21. Yay! I'm a real person! Your responded! I feel so validated. *blink, blink*.......BWAHAHAHAHA!

    Well, now that I know that your food blog is revenue generating, I'll have to spend more time over there. Perhaps I will develop an appreciation for cooking, if not an actual love of it. Perhaps my family even learn to eat and LIKE what I make! (I'm not a bad cook; in fact, I'm a good cook, but hubby is not adventurous and son is downright picky. Only my daughter will try new things.)

  22. PHFRANKIE: That they do

    JAY: I know about the DNC..but these are text messages NOT calls...I am on the list, which is why they are using text messages

    SHUTTERBUG: IF it snows...and then it will be three or four flakes...LOL

    SONGBIRD: Wisea**
    Make the Pork Chops!

  23. Patti Says:
  24. Guess you live in a different world in the South, y'all. An inch of snow is not worth talking about around here. ;-)

    Those dudes on the banner ads are sure scary looking. I get them all the time. * Must speak to my son about installing ad block.

    Happy New Year, Vinny!

  25. TopChamp Says:
  26. Ha ha... I guess you've seen the weather we've been getting here? Siberian winter so they say... Good to have heating back!!

    And as to the photos - we all know what Americans look like. Come on now!

  27. PATTI: They do not have plows and sanders etc is not supposed to snow!

    TOPCHAMP: nice! LOL

  28. Fred Says:
  29. Happy New Year, Bond. Catching up one all the post I missed. I especially liked the previosu post...epecially since I'm no longer a daily reader. Of any blog, that is. Not too sure why, but I guess I like the ability to quickly catch up with everybody on Facebook. I do miss blogging, so we'll see if I return to a more frequent blogging schedule.

  30. Mimi Lenox Says:
  31. But Vinny, if I go over to your food blog (I've never been. Shame. I know.)...if I go over there, it will jinx all your cooking.
    So, really, I'm just looking out for ya.

    I'm serious!!!

  32. Mimi Lenox Says:
  33. P.S. Those people do belong on the post office wall.

    And the snow thing...I KNOW!!! I feel like I'm in another part of the country. Temperatures are INSANE.
    All I wanna do is lounge under covers and never come out!

  34. Kimmie Says:
  35. Wow...I wonder all the time what the heck is going on in this world.

    Thank You Vinny for the Birthday shout out. I love the cake and the teddy bear. You are way to sweet. Hugs.. xo

  36. Dana Says:
  37. Damn global warming! Look what it's doing to the south!

    If you are registered with, you can add numbers to block from texting your phone - and it's FREE!

  38. FRED: we miss ya out here dude...

    MIMI: lol yup yup

    KIMMIE: Glad you liked your Teddy

    DANA: Damn girl I forgot about the Verizon thing! THANKS!

  39. katherine. Says:
  40. the ads are obnoxious.

    there is a Do Not Call Registry for cell phones. It may take a month or so, but if you put all your cell phones on it the spam will quit.


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