Friday, June 28, 2013

Let's Drink to That

 Couldn't Find the "What to Name Baby?" book
A Connecticut couple has named their baby with the assistance of their co-coffee drinkers over at the local Starbucks.
Jennifer James and Mark Dixon couldn't decide on a name for the baby boy they were expecting so they took the matter to the place where all matters of importance are decided...the local coffee shop.
A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop.

They put up a sign at the Starbucks in New Haven Green shop, where they are regulars asking people to vote. The couple said they got the idea from  a system that the store uses for picking out an "employee of the month" letting the customers vote. 
"We saw that and thought we might as well see how it works," Dixon said.
While the couple suggested the names "Jackson" or "Dixon" they did not limit the voting to just those two names. Of the approximate 1800 votes (seems like a lot of people drink a lot of coffee in New Haven) they received suggestions of Obama, Jebediah, Lincoln and Webster as some of their other choices. 
Out of the suggested names "Logan" was the winner.  The baby will be named Logan Jackson Dixon.

The kid should be thankful that he didn't end up with the name "Venti Light Mocha Frap No Whip".  The next big question that the Starbucks patrons will weigh in circumcise or not circumcise?
Losing His Kool
A Florida man allegedly struck his disabled father several times on the head during an argument about how to make Kool-Aid, police report.

Brandon Crosley was arrested Wednesday following the violent confrontation in the Cocoa apartment he shares with his father Greg. According to a Cocoa Police Department report, Crosley fled the residence after attacking his dad and was apprehended at a neighbor's apartment.
Greg Crosley told police that his son “was making Kool-Aid and was doing it wrong,” so he “attempted to give Brandon advice on how to properly prepare the drink.”

The ensuing “verbal altercation,” an investigator noted, “became physical when Brandon began to punch Greg in the head with closed fist.” The police report does not specify how Crosley was improperly preparing the Kool-Aid.

Brandon Crosley was charged with felony domestic violence and booked into the Brevard County jail, where he is being held in lieu of $1000. He is scheduled for a July 18 arraignment in Circuit Court.

Isn't there an old saying about too many cooks in the kitchen ??...although I am curious how one can make Kool Aid wrong.   

The Perfect Tee

Christopher Haro was driving a Ford pickup truck Wednesday evening when a Roseburg Police Department officer pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation. 

During subsequent questioning, the cop concluded that Haro was intoxicated.

Haro was busted for DUI and booked into the Douglas County lockup, where he posed in his message t-shirt for his mug shot. He was freed from custody Thursday after posting bond on the misdemeanor count.

What are the odds you will have just the right outfit on for your mug shot? 

Oh...I nearly forgot to talk to you about something!!!

For those of you that organize the blogs you read in Google might be aware that Google is discontinuing it (supposedly) this week.  I have been trying out several feed readers and thought I would take the opportunity to tell you about a couple.

My favorite thus far is Feedly. That is   I was going to put a link to take you  directly to Feedly but it links you to all the blogs I read will have to go there and import your own list of blogs you follow.  At Freely it will ask you to sign on to your Google account and sync all your feeds.  It was a simple click to import all the blogs you read in Google Reader to Feedly.  Also it lets you organize the blogs you read and delete them after you read them.

You can, also,  go to Bloglovin and set up an account for free.  You just type the address or browse by title of the blogs you want and it creates a page for you to access those blogs. There is an import option to sync your Google Reader feeds to Bloglovin as well, I haven't done that yet as I did some manually. 

There is a good article on comparing the Bloglovin and Freely sites at I am: A Flippy Doodle. Click to read it if your are interested in setting up a place to organize all the feeds to your favorite sites. The article gives a lot of great info on the pros and cons of both. 

I hope you find an easy way to continue to follow The Art of Being Conflicted.  I put a button at the upper right corner of my side bar  to get you over to  Bloglovin. As always, you can have TAOBC emailed directly to you.  Either way, I hope to continue talking...or typing...whatever...with you my Internet friends.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Would You Believe?

HHMMMM...what should we talk about today?   Are you at work while you are reading blogs this morning? Are you looking sufficiently busy?  If so, you might be the subject of a new Gallup poll.

While my ever-growing skepticism keeps me from always buying into anything the Gallup people tell me, I sort-of, kind-of believe they might of gotten some of it right this time.  Frankly after they came out with a poll last year saying that three out of 10 Americans hated filing taxes, I lost  my faith in them.  I am pretty sure that 10 out of 10 Americans hate filing taxes.

Thought Number One:  The Results Are In: Lots of People Hate Their Jobs

But they..the Gallup people, that is...may be redeeming themselves by doing a survey that tells us that 70 percent of people that work, hate their jobs.  The fact that they clarified the survey was for "those that work" gives credence to the thoroughness of the poll, don't you think?

Friday, June 21, 2013

You Are Such an Animal

While looking for our assorted "odd" news this week,  there seemed to be a number of reports concerning "animals".  For you animal lovers out there, you might want to hurry and get over to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and watch the Ugliest Dog Contest that starts today.

Who Invited You?

When Andrew and Karma Madgwick decided to have their wedding reception at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK, they probably didn't anticipate having their wedding crashed  by one of the local residents.  

Is this the buffet line?

 Photographer, Vicki Boulter was taking the wedding pictures of the bride and groom when a Sumatran Tiger wandered into the shot. 

Keep Your Paws to Yourself

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Who Is The Liar?

You might remember a few weeks ago, I told you that I got a questionnaire to fill out for jury duty.  (the post was Looking from Both Sides Now ) it turns out,  I didn't put any credible reasons why I am not fit to serve on a jury.  As you might, also,  remember, I toyed with the idea of marking the question concerning "my mental capacity to make a fair decisions" as questionable.   I think it is short sighted on the court system's  part, to not include a question about being an "over-thinker". As I am a conflicted personality that over analyzes most issues I think it would be wise for people like me to be excused.  I could be the reason some poor jury pool misses next Christmas because we are still deliberating the fate of some poor slob that was misbehaving.

Friday, June 14, 2013

All in the Family

As Crabby Pants and I were looking through the odd news sites to see what idiocy took place this week, we noticed a number of stories involving families.

Check the Box

Eric Cloutier was cleaning up the clutter around his house but ended up making a huge mistake.
While Eric's wife was in the hospital having their 5th child, he decided to have a garage sale.

Racquel is hopeful someone will return her ring.
The problem was that before his wife, Racquel went to the hospital, she took off her $23,000 wedding ring and put it into an old watch box placing it under the liner. She thought it would be safe there.  Unfortunately, when she came home from the hospital on June 5th, she realized the box was missing.

It turns out the her well meaning husband had sold the box at his garage sale for $10.00.

For his part, Eric said he  thought the box was empty.Racquel and Eric are hoping that the buyer will do the right thing and return the ring.

Oh NO...Say it isn't so...Who do we feel the most sorry for??? 

Marriage Made in Heaven

Posing for the wedding photo
Days after celebrating his camouflage-themed wedding, an ex-convict was arrested by federal agents for allegedly failing to register as a convicted sex offender, court records show.

Jerry Wayne Dison was recently hitched to Bethany Barlow in an outdoor ceremony in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania. Which apparently came as a surprise to Dison’s “estranged wife,” according to a U.S. District Court “statement of facts” prepared by a federal marshal.

On June 5, Otika Dison told Alabama investigators that her husband had moved to Pennsylvania weeks earlier with Barlow, whom he planned to marry “despite not having a final decree of divorce in their marriage.”

As it turned out, Dison wed Barlow in mid-May and celebrated the nuptials with a June 1 shindig in Pennsylvania. The happy couple is pictured above with Barlow’s parents in a photo posted to Facebook. The bride’s father, Ronald Barlow, is seen holding a can of Bud Light in one hand and a shotgun with camouflage dressing in the other hand. An earlier photo shows Barlow carrying only the gun as he walked Bethany down the aisle/lawn.

Dison, who was convicted in January 2000 of the statutory rape of a  girl, was required to report to authorities his change of residency (as well as his arrival in Pennsylvania). As a result, he was arrested yesterday afternoon at his in-laws home on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

In post-release Facebook posts, Dison apologized to his in-laws for yesterday’s collar. “this should never have happened in ur house,” he noted. He also claimed that “Tika lied on me and had me locked up” and “Man guess I cant do nothing rite bullsh** just follows me.”  (Dison has a real way with words and spelling, it would seem.)

Who could have anticipated a troubled marriage when the camo attired groom has his father-in-law carrying a gun throughout the ceremony?

Brotherly Love

Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stabbing his brother during a fight about mac & cheese and beer.  

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a witness told deputies Randy Zipperer became upset Tuesday at his Deltona home when he was unable to locate his mac & cheese.  His brother 47 year old, younger brother was helping look for the pasta when he inadvertently tipped over Randy's beer.

Well, that didn't go well, and Randy stabbed his bro in the stomach with a kitchen knife.  Zipperer was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and obstructing an officer.

The real question here is "Where is the macaroni and cheese?" 

Eavesdropping Goes Viral
A young mom riding a train, Steph Strayer, claims she overheard a man bragging to his friends about his numerous affairs.  The more she heard the more it made her angry.
So she took it upon herself to get out her phone and snap a picture. 

Why?  Because, she posted it to her Facebook page hoping that it would find it's way to the guy's wife. 
She wrote: 

"If this is your husband, I have endured a two hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost ..."

So far the photo has had 272,717 shares. contacted Steph but we have yet to hear back from her.

It can not be confirmed whether this man did or did not actually have an affair or boast about it to his friends.  Which is why, this story seems to be generating a lot of comments.  There is no way to know if the man was saying this or if any of it's true.  Still he is being shamed on Facebook for his supposed bad behavior.  HHMMM is it fair to defame someone on FB without their knowledge??? 

A woman taking a picture of an alleged cheat..Crabby taking a picture of the picture-taker of an alleged cheat