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Sundries
...a sweatshop of moxie

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mysterious Events Afoot

As if my week couldn't get more bizarre, overnight it seems some pretty odd things happened.

Not only did the silver roach re-appear, which Dad unknowingly and may I say most cruelly killed (never mind blowing my future lost revenue), but:

  • My toilet basin overflowed for no reason, as I found out when I got that uncomfortably squishy surprise, stepping unto the bathroom tiles in the morning. My parents have their own bathroom, so I know no one used it. Not even Jinxy, my cat.


  • A stack of library books which I have set aside to read this week, about 12 in all, unaccountably collapsed overnight. "So what", I hear collectively from you all. Well, the kicker is that it's RIGHT next to my bed. I am a very light sleeper. How come, when it fell in a thundering heap to the floor, the falling sound didn't rouse me? Hmm, hmm?


  • I had left my computer running overnight, but in the morning, I saw that my programmes had all quit on me, and the voicecard didn't load! This means it rebooted by itself overnight for NO REASON. The clocks on the DVDs, microwaves were all perfectly correct, so it wasn't a power outtage. My parents don't touch my computer, so it just went off by its lonesome. It's fine now, but still, come on now


  • My OTHER tooth, the one which has my one and only cavity filling to date, started to hurt up a storm last night. I had to Orajel it, and pray my dentist can give me an appointment before Halloween next year.


  • Rantburg, where I have a BlogAd running, caught my Sundries heebee jeebees, since poor Fred's SQL server collapsed last night.


  • Whew, I think I need a despojo. Does anyone know a reliable babalao?



    UPDATE: Bleedin' 'eck, can my bad luck get any worse?? Been stuck all day at home, watching my local PBS Beg-a-Thon's As Time Goes By Reunion Special. Worst. "Britcom". Ever. And I love Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer too...LOL...for a $100 membership fee, you get a white porcelain music box which plays the As Time Goes By theme. Vade Retro Satanas!

    26 Comments:

    • Maybe you have started sleep walking?

      By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Nov 30, 01:44:00 pm GMT-5  

    • heybatterheybatterheybatter
      heybatterheybatter


      There! All curses are removed!

      My fee: send a little bloggy gemutlich in my direction...good enough!

      By Blogger Ron, at Wed Nov 30, 02:01:00 pm GMT-5  

    • If all this happened after the Silver Roach was murdered, there's your answer. You're not supposed to kill them, I know you're thinking that all the misfortune should have fallen upon your Father but apparently, you're wrong. Did you mention the rare roach to him? It may well be the Mother Roach, about 3 Ft. long, 1 1/2 Ft. tall paid you a visit.

      Anyhow, what are these?

      Whew, I think I need a despojo. Does anyone know a reliable babalao?

      By Blogger Paul, at Wed Nov 30, 02:58:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Sounds like Poltergeist!
      Yikes!
      Time to move!
      Or say "I'm on to your little game and I'm not playing!"
      Works everytime...
      On Trolls as well.

      By Anonymous Darrell, at Wed Nov 30, 02:59:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Maybe you have started sleep walking?

      There are sleep walkers in my family you know.

      Apparently, my great-granddad sleptwalked his way through his medical degree.

      And look where our family are now!

      P.S.: I'm an insomniac, so I doubt God in His wisdom, would've given me TWO sleep disorders. ;)

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Nov 30, 04:08:00 pm GMT-5  

    • heybatterheybatterheybatter
      heybatterheybatter


      "Eight Men Out" is like the
      "Scarface" of quotes for jinxes, isn't it?

      There! All curses are removed!

      Hurrah! I can ignore the scaly skin growing on my hand!

      My fee: send a little bloggy gemutlich in my direction...good enough!

      Your wish is my command, Roninho.

      Tomorrow's blogpost is short on chatter (yes, still), but long on visuals!

      Wait for it. ;)

      Cheers,Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Nov 30, 04:11:00 pm GMT-5  

    • If all this happened after the Silver Roach was murdered, there's your answer.

      Good question! I didn't inquire as to the timing, when dad said, "Oh I killed that bug of yours".

      He's a taciturn man, so he didn't provide me with further details.

      You're not supposed to kill them, I know you're thinking that all the misfortune should have fallen upon your Father but apparently, you're wrong. Did you mention the rare roach to him? It may well be the Mother Roach, about 3 Ft. long, 1 1/2 Ft. tall paid you a visit.

      Oh Paul, you've been talking to my mother.

      I'm not scared of lizards, but neither do I like them inside our home -- but when one turns up, my mother tells me they're good luck, so we're not allowed to kill them.

      Anyhow, what are these?

      Whew, I think I need a despojo. Does anyone know a reliable babalao?


      Heh Heh Heh.

      A little inside joke between me and Jose (which he wasn't expecting, I betcha).

      Let him explain, IF HE DARES! ;)

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Nov 30, 04:14:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Sounds like Poltergeist!
      Yikes!
      Time to move!


      Are you mad, we just got escrow on the place! ;)

      Or say "I'm on to your little game and I'm not playing!"
      Works everytime...
      On Trolls as well.


      Darrell, you're not a troll. You're a sweet loving Anchoress-reader who just happens to have long, stand-uppy orange hair, that's all.

      See you at the A-spot, soon!

      I haven't really checked her blog since Thanksgiving when she was poorly.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Nov 30, 04:16:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Paul,

      Cubans are primarily Roman Catholic but many also practice what is commonly known as Santeria. Santeria was originally developed by the slaves brought to Cuba from Africa as a way to practice their old religions while mixing it in with Catholicism in order to avoid detection. The various Catholic Saints all represent Gods from their African religions! The Babalaos are like the Priests who conduct ceremonies. And a despojo is a ceremony to rid you of all the evil spirits that are causing you bad things in your life. Here in Miami it is fairly common, but I have never seen one of these ceremonies! At times they have been known to sacrifice chickens and goats to the Gods. (Their right to do this was actually upheld by the US Supreme Court a few years back!)

      In any event, if Victoria does decide for a despojo, I plan to attend! ;)

      By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Nov 30, 06:03:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Speaking of britcoms, can someone explain to me why I was so fascinated with 'To the Manor Born' while a pre-teen growing up in SoCal?


      and the summary execution of the Glitter Roach by the local authoritarian (aka father) doesn't bode well for Mr. Glitter's chances in escaping the firing squad in authoritarian Vietnam.

      By Blogger XWL, at Wed Nov 30, 07:26:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Thank you very much Jose. Now it all makes sense.
      I would think that Victoria would have arranged to at least be at one by now, for the educational value. I'll bet she has, even can conduct one. Still as a doctor should not operate on themselves, I suppose a Babalaos shouldn't give themselves a Despojo.

      By Blogger Paul, at Wed Nov 30, 11:07:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I say we curse all subsequent Brit-coms such that all the men must talk like Eric Idle, (knowwhatImeansaynomore!) and all the women who look like Bea Arthur must behave like Suzanne Sommers and vice versa!

      By Blogger Ron, at Wed Nov 30, 11:18:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Well it's obvious. Hansi, coming home after a night of partying had a bit too much too drink and overflowed the toilet. After not being able to sleep he heads over to your books but being still tipsy knocks them over onto himself breaking their fall. As for the computer, http://hansi.blogspot.com/ is obviously the work of our four legged friend. ghj, alt-ctrl-del q.e.d. Indubitably my dear Barrett, indubitably. *g*

      By Blogger Renato, at Wed Nov 30, 11:22:00 pm GMT-5  

    • If you're running Windows XP on your computer, the reason it restarted randomly is probably due to an automatic update. The default settings will automatically download updates for windows, and restart your computer when they're finished installing.

      If you've disabled autoupdates, or aren't running XP, then I've no idea.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 30, 11:47:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Look on the bright side, Vic. You're not Ben Nunn.

      By Blogger Kullrad, at Thu Dec 01, 05:43:00 am GMT-5  

    • Basically you're obviously doomed.

      By Blogger MuppetLord, at Thu Dec 01, 10:00:00 am GMT-5  

    • Cubans are primarily Roman Catholic but many also practice what is commonly known as Santeria.

      Known by various names for the same practise, around the world.

      In Haiti, of course, it's vodoun. In Brazil, macumba.

      You have to do a despojo, when someone has down a trabajito on you (a little job, literally, but it means cast a spell on ya).

      Santeria was originally developed by the slaves brought to Cuba from Africa as a way to practice their old religions while mixing it in with Catholicism in order to avoid detection. The various Catholic Saints all represent Gods from their African religions! The Babalaos are like the Priests who conduct ceremonies. And a despojo is a ceremony to rid you of all the evil spirits that are causing you bad things in your life. Here in Miami it is fairly common, but I have never seen one of these ceremonies! At times they have been known to sacrifice chickens and goats to the Gods. (Their right to do this was actually upheld by the US Supreme Court a few years back!)

      Yeah! What he said, Paul! ;)

      Actually, one day, I plan to blog about a meeting I had with the parents of a Cuban-American lad, a very normal chap, not goth-togged or anything, who introduced me to his folks at their home.

      The dreaded, "meeting the family" dinner. I was quite nervous.

      But that was as nothing when I was given the "tour" of the home (which Americans don't do, but almost everyone else in this world does, no matter how small the place), and saw the parents' bedroom.

      For inside it, were 3 LIFE-SIZED religious statues.

      5 feet each of Santa Barbara (chango), San Lazaro (babalu?), and some other Santo, who I think was San Juan Bosco.

      !!

      Too much for this inglesita, I'm afraid. I never returned the guy's phone calls -- although I did return his t-shirts and CDs.

      I'm so nice.

      In any event, if Victoria does decide for a despojo, I plan to attend! ;)

      Why am I reminded of Carmencita's bath with the "yerbas" in Que Pasa USA, Jose? ;)

      I shall blog about that too!

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 02:53:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Speaking of britcoms, can someone explain to me why I was so fascinated with 'To the Manor Born' while a pre-teen growing up in SoCal?

      What impeccable taste!

      That's one of my favourites, albeit I admit, it's not one of the very best "Britcoms" of our glory years of the 70s (a full 20 years after the Golden Age of American television).

      In fact, IIRC, since it was a bit before my viewing time, TTMB was in the early early 80s.

      Still, who can resist Penelope Keith? There's only one actress in England who can outbill her in the West End -- and that's ATGB's, Judi Dench.

      and the summary execution of the Glitter Roach by the local authoritarian (aka father) doesn't bode well for Mr. Glitter's chances in escaping the firing squad in authoritarian Vietnam.

      My father, the generalissimo, has contacts in Vietnam. He'll put in a bad word or two for Gaz.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 02:58:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Thank you very much Jose. Now it all makes sense.
      I would think that Victoria would have arranged to at least be at one by now, for the educational value. I'll bet she has, even can conduct one. Still as a doctor should not operate on themselves, I suppose a Babalaos shouldn't give themselves a Despojo.


      Now I know how funny and incongruous it sounds, hearing this come from MY lips.

      Paul said Despojo, *LOL*. I love it.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 03:00:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I say we curse all subsequent Brit-coms such that all the men must talk like Eric Idle, (knowwhatImeansaynomore!) and all the women who look like Bea Arthur must behave like Suzanne Sommers and vice versa!

      I think that was called Brighton's Belles actually. It stunk. ;)

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 03:01:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Well it's obvious. Hansi, coming home after a night of partying had a bit too much too drink and overflowed the toilet. After not being able to sleep he heads over to your books but being still tipsy knocks them over onto himself breaking their fall. As for the computer, http://hansi.blogspot.com/ is obviously the work of our four legged friend. ghj, alt-ctrl-del q.e.d. Indubitably my dear Barrett, indubitably. *g*

      Please.

      This is about as plausible as Valerie Plame being an agent of the CIA.

      Drat.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 03:03:00 pm GMT-5  

    • I shall comment later. I got a weird "engineer has been contacted message" from Blogger!

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 03:03:00 pm GMT-5  

    • If you're running Windows XP on your computer, the reason it restarted randomly is probably due to an automatic update. The default settings will automatically download updates for windows, and restart your computer when they're finished installing.

      If you've disabled autoupdates, or aren't running XP, then I've no idea.


      Thanks for the tip, Anonymous.

      Yes, I'm afraid it's not an XP prob, since I'm on Win2k.

      And definitely I don't have auto-updates running.

      I find that special feature intrusive. Don't you tell me when I should update, Bill Gates! ;)

      I suppose, we'll never really know what happened.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 07:04:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Look on the bright side, Vic. You're not Ben Nunn.

      Yeah, I hate when that happens, Kully.

      Those scrotum rings really hurt.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 07:05:00 pm GMT-5  

    • Basically you're obviously doomed.

      Say, for a Muppetlord, you're pretty dark and gloomy. I like you.

      Cheers,
      Victoria

      By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 01, 07:06:00 pm GMT-5  

    • lmao, you're not supposed to like me. Besides, who says a Muppetlord has to be cheerful?

      *bows*

      By Blogger MuppetLord, at Fri Dec 02, 02:48:00 pm GMT-5  

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