The midterm election is a little over a week away. I have been wanting to go to Connecticut to help out with the races there with some friends of ours. But for various reasons I have not been able to. While dollars do help the candidates. Nothing works better than volunteering and giving some time. So I spent a few hours this weekend working with a candidate. I did some phone banking, calling potential voters who were registered as independents. Being a Saturday, a lot of people were out esp with the rain from the night before all gone. So I got a lot of voice mails/answering machines.
I got a few folks on the phone who were very receptive to the candidate. A few were just impolite in that they just hung up even as I was telling them about why I was calling and the candidate!
It's a known fact in that people tend to hang up more often if the caller is a male.
I also had one guy ask me the candidate's position on gays. Chalk that one down as someone who will not vote democratic.
I also had the lovely lady sitting next to me who had a sweet down home Southern accent. Her voice had a lovely soothing quality to it. She got hung up just once.
All in all it was time well spent. I am planning on taking the day of the election off, to help out with the getting out the vote effort. This election is just too crucial to be sitting out.
So any of you American out there reading this, please do you bit. Even if you can't donate any $, but if you can volunteer a few hours phone banking, dropping off literature or helping get out the vote, please do so.
A Pumpkin Dressed Up To Look Like ....
A Big Mac..
Revolting Recipes...from here
There's Frankenstein, and then there's snot-covered Frankenstein. On Halloween, it's all about the accessories. Vomit? Blood? Flesh wounds? They're in your kitchen pantry.
On Saturday night, Sylvia Branzei brings the recipes and demonstrates how to cook up all things gross. It's part of the Lawrence Hall of Science's "Grossology" exhibition, and Branzei is an expert on grossness.
Branzei mixes up her concoctions using everyday items found in your average kitchen or medicine cabinet.
Fake blood is a mix of corn syrup, red food coloring, cocoa powder, cornstarch and water.
Vomit, her specialty, requires applesauce, lemon and unflavored gelatin brought to a boil. The crowning touches of this edible mix are corn flakes and candied fruit. Tasty and realistic.
Nothing completes a Halloween outfit like killer flesh wounds. Just mix up some petroleum jelly, a few drops of red food coloring and cocoa powder. Dip a square of bathroom tissue into this mixture and then apply to the part of your body you'd like to look wounded. For a more realistic look, be sure to mold the edges with extra jelly. "It's going to stay nice and fresh all day long,'' says Branzei.
Is That One Ugly Fish Or Is that An Ugly Fish?
This is a fathead (genus Psychrolutes) fish found on the Norfolk Ridge, New Zealand. The photo was taken by Kerryn Parkinson of the Australian Museum Fish Dept, who affectionately called it "Mr. Blobby." Link