Yesterday I went to lunch with my friend Mallory where we talked books and authors and electronics. I love seeing her because none of my IRL friends read romance, so it’s nice to sit and talk romance books face to face. Plus she’s just a great lunch date.

I also drafted a review for Kristen Ashley’s upcoming book Jagged for Wicked Lil Pixie which will go up in a few weeks, started staining my loom green, and…then…ran out of steam. LOL So I wanted to blog today. I really did. I sat down in front of the computer and stared at my blog editor and just couldn’t come up with anything to talk about. I can hear my friends snickering now. *Glares at them all*

What’s new with you?

Lynda the Guppy
aka At a Loss for Words Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Casting Votes

I’ll probably be posting here several times today, so consider yourselves warned!

There’s a website called If The World Could Vote, and it is precisely that. Election results if the world were voting. As of 11:50 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, 212 countries have cast nearly 818,000 votes and Barack Obama has 87.2% of the votes. McCain has 12.8%. If you go to the Results page and scroll down it’ll break it down country by country with the amount of votes “cast” and how many for each candidate. Pretty interesting stuff.

When I showed up at the polling place closest to me, there was a line of about 60 people already, and the polls had been open for about 20 minutes. However, because I had a Vote by Mail ballot, I just needed to drop it in the slot, get my sticker, and leave. In and out in 5 minutes. Took me longer to find a parking spot. LOL.

BTW, In Los Angeles County, the Registrar has said that if you are STANDING IN LINE at 8:00 p.m. (when the polls close), they will still allow you to vote. The polling places will stay open until the last person in line casts their vote. However, if you show up at 8:02…well, tough luck. Should have planned better, eh?

So if you haven’t already, GO VOTE!!! There are a lot of issues on the ballot this time around that are very important and every vote counts!

Lynda the Guppy
AKA the Fish with Sticks

An Early Morning Conversation


Woman: Thank you for calling Big Box Grocery Store. How may I direct your call?

Guppy: Could I please speak to the manager on duty? Thank you.

*Brief Pause*

Man: This is Mr. Manager. How may I help you?

Guppy: Good morning. I was just driving in front of your store along VeryBusy Street when I saw a young man out front raising the U.S. Flag. For future reference, you might want to let him know that when raising the flag…well, anytime he has the flag, actually…he should keep the flag OFF THE F’ING GROUND.

*Dead Silence*

Man: Are you kidding me?! I will take care of this Right. Now. And it will NOT happen again.

Guppy: Thank you!


Was it laziness? Did this young man just not know? Or did he think no one would see him? In any case, I sincerely doubt he will ever make this mistake again.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Second Star to the Right…

…And Straight On ‘Till Morning….

Okay, so maybe I’m not heading to Neverland, but I am leaving tomorrow night to go visit Cyn. She’s having a bit of surgery, and I’m going up to be Chaperone/Designated Driver/Drug Pusher/And All Around GoferGuppy. 

I’m planning lots of DVD watching and Knitting to take place this weekend. And possibly even some napping. Weird, isn’t it, that I’m traveling to another state to have a weekend of doing nothing. LOL. 

Don’t worry, though, the surgery is relatively simple and done as an outpatient thing, so it shouldn’t be too traumatic. 

I’ll keep you posted!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

How Long is Too Long? How Soon is Too Soon?

Too Long?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this since September 11. I was watching the news while getting ready for work, and I realized something about the anniversary speeches and events. They bothered me and in fact had been bothering me for a few years now. These long, drawn out, overly-morbid events are not helping. At least, they’re not helping me any. If they give even an iota of comfort to the friends and families of those lost, then maybe they should continue, but I realized I’m so incredibly tired of the speeches by the politicians.

While watching *shudder* Bush speak at the Pentagon, two things occurred to me: The first is that I don’t think I’ve seen him speak at Ground Zero or in Pennsylvania on any anniversary of 9/11. It’s always the Pentagon. I’m sure it’s for security and scheduling purposes, but to me that seems to be saying that the Pentagon losses were more important, or that the President has a very tight schedule, and he can only fit it in if it doesn’t take too much time. And what kind of crap is that?

The second thing is that I think his speech this year was the same speech he gave LAST year. And that’s when I realized it’s been too long. We’re too far from the event now for the “yeah, let’s get ‘em!” rhetoric to be effective. We’ve become too disillusioned as a country with the “war on terror” for us to buy into it, and I think it’s time for the politicians to sit down and be quiet. If these memorials are going to continue, I’d rather hear about PEOPLE, not politics. Tell me how these people lived, what and whom they loved, not what the government is going to do to people on the other side of the world. That’s why I appreciated what McCain and Obama did. They made a JOINT appearance and said not a word, which is how it should be, because anything they said would be construed as campaigning. It showed they respected the event and those lives that were lost enough to set aside whatever differences or ambitions they have. I’m proud of them both.

I know I’m rambling, and maybe it’s because in a few short weeks I’m facing my own personal anniversary of death, but I don’t think continuing to…well…harp (for lack of a better word) on the deaths and the dead is healthy. I think the Jewish religion has it right. Grieve hard for a year, and then pick up the pieces and move forward. And the first year is the hardest, without a doubt. The first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas, the first birthday where your loved one doesn’t age…it’s hard. I know this last year has been harder for me than I expected. I guess it’s been so long since I’ve lost anyone truly close to me that I forgot.

Too soon?

I was watching Jon Stewart on The Daily Show a few months ago, and he made some half-hearted joke about 9/11 or Ground Zero or something. It was a very small joke, but, in a rare occurrence on TDS, no one laughed. Including me. Not only did I not laugh, but I remember very distinctly feeling my teeth clench and my temper start to simmer. And in Stewart’s defense, he did look sheepishly at the camera and say “too soon?” And the answer to that is a resounding YES.

Those of you who know me personally, know I usually have a really good sense of humor, and a definite appreciation for the absurd. And I’ve even found humor in situations that were not the least bit funny, but there are certain events in history that will never be funny. And the events of September 11, 2001 are at the top of that list. Too many people died in too many horrific ways for there ever to be any humor in the situation.

What about you? What do you think?

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

You know you’re a knitter when…

…You open up your purse and realize that you’ve been carrying a ball of pink alpaca with you since Saturday. And that you haven’t had this project with you since that night. And that, apparently, you’ve been shifting it around your (small) purse all week without noticing. Until Thursday.

…You find stitch markers in the fridge…

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Random Tuesday

I’m tired and at work WAAAAY too early, so today you get brain-fried random Tuesday. (It IS Tuesday, isn’t it?)

My mother is on Ravelry! LOL After years of having such different hobbies, it’s weird to share something like this. Although, she’s a crocheter and I’m a knitter, so still…different.

I owe you guys a bunch of pictures. I know! My camera has been working overtime at Chez Guppy. One of these days the stars will align and I’ll have everything I need to take pictures all in one spot. LOL.

Knitting update: I finished my Anthracite Shawl (pictures to follow shortly…I hope) and have started the Diamond Fantasy Shawl by Sivia Harding. I’m doing the scarf size in a skein of Soxie that I received as a “gift.” I love the pattern. I love the yarn WITH the pattern, but it is kicking. my. ass. I’ll knit like a demon for 2, 4, 6 rows…and then discover that 1, 3, 5 rows back I made an error and need to rip back. I just need to learn that I can’t knit this pattern while talking/tired/headache-y. Once I figure THAT out, I should be okay. I hope.

I’ve also joined the Ravelympics! I’m on both Team Browncoat and Team LaLa Land, and I’ll be competing in the Shawl Relay. I was at the Ventura County Fair on Saturday, and afterward we stopped at Anacapa for a little shopping. They recommended a pattern for a specific yarn that my friend was buying. And it turns out that it’s the same yarnI have one skein of that I’ve been TRYING to figure out what to use it for. This pattern will be beautiful with this yarn, and as it has a peace symbol worked into the yarnovers, it’s perfect for the Olympics and Olympic knitting. Doesn’t hurt that it’s a REALLY simple pattern. My challenge will be knitting on it enough that I actually finish.

I am both dreading and excited about the Beijing Olympics. I am worried for the health and safety of any protesters who try to make a statement about the human rights issues. And then on top of that, the games the Beijing/Chinese politicians are playing with the IOC and the journalists. They’ve broken promise after promise and the IOC doesn’t seem to care. Really, this close to the games is there really anything they CAN do? It’s not like the IOC can say at this late date “Fine. You’re not doing what you said? Then we’re not coming!” And I think the journalists are feeling the same way. The Chinese government said the press would have unlimited access to the internet, etc. and when they got there the government said “yeah, unlimited access to anything relating to the games. We never said unlimited access to EVERYthing.” So the press is having their internet access not only limited and restricted, but monitored as well.

On the flip side, I’m an Olympic Games slut. LOL Winter, summer, doesn’t matter. LOL I’ll watch as much as I can. That’s why the Ravelympics are great…built in knitting time! YAY!

My good pal Robyn got married a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to see her professional wedding photos. She was a beautiful, glowing bride and her husband is a handsome and lucky fellow! They both look so amazingly happy in every single picture.

I think that’s it…for now.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Lost, Found, Rediscovered, and Kept

Lost: Something very valuable to me. Something I thought was lost forever and I was heartbroken over it.

Found: Same thing that was lost. Through a weird twist of fate, a moment of inattention from others, and a sharp eye of mine, it was found. Eight months later.

Rediscovered: A number of items that I had forgotten I had. Makes my loss from late last year a bit more bearable.

Kept: Me. Today is my 1-year anniversary here at my office. It seems like it’s been forever since I arrived, and other times it seems like yesterday. Either way, I’m very grateful for my current bosses for the opportunities they’ve given me this year, and their willingness to train me, and my former boss who helped get me this job.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks