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Tuesday
Dec162008

Mediocre? Mele Kalikimaka!

Couple housekeeping things here:

-Yes, I've heard about the Star Wars musical.  No, I'm not lining up for the April debut in London.  Please stop emailing me about it, good The Readers.  It's enough to know it's going to involve Jar-Jar.

-I want to offer my sincere thanks for your very generous donations throughout the year via the Amazon Honor System.  However, the Honor System, because, apparently, it actually worked for people, is being shut down.  That means I need to move to PayPal, and that means I'm screwed as far as including a button on WordPress is concerned.  But if you'd like to tip the bartender (and I ain't stoppin' ya) the ability to do so is now over at the Morning Works Media site.

There, housekeeping done.  As Jim The Small Child Nephew once said as a two-year-old as he caught sight of me emerging from the bathroom in a robe and wet hair, "Beth clean!"

The last time my brother school was invited to a bowl game of true note, I was in high school and oranges were involved.  Now follow the program tumbling down the ladder with me:  Independence, Fiesta, Gator, Insight Bowl.  You have to go back to the first Clinton term to find a win in any of them.  Now behold the... Hawaii Bowl.

Notre Dame, for those of you who have been following and suffering, turned in a 6-6 effort this year.  Which is better than last year. Which isn't saying much.  For a team of Notre Dame's resources and pretty helmetness, 6-6 is still fairly crappy.  And I say this as a Bengals fan.

But since when does batting .500 equal Christmas on Honolulu?  And how is that even remotely fair to the teams who, I don't know, posted a winning season?  How badly do you have to suck to not get invited to a bowl at this point?  How is "My team made a bowl this year!" going to mean anything anymore?  Crap, I'll mark off the back yard and invite in ITT and the University of Phoenix to square off in the Federally Regulated Antidepressants Ring-A-Pin Off.

The standing bowl joke in Cincinnati (we have to find our fun somewhere) is the University of Cincinnati's 1997 appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl, played on a field with the most charming shade of blue on the Astroturf.  This triumphant invitation capped appearances in the Sun Bowl and Glass Bowl.  And now, with UC's invitiation to the Orange Bowl as Notre Dame punts away amidst the macadamias robs me of even that little moment of mockation.  THE TROPHY IS A BRONZED FOOTBALL WITH PINEAPPLE LEAVES GROWING OUT OF IT.

Oh, shut up, Andrews Sisters.

the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Reader Comments (7)

Why wouldn't WordPress let you have a PayPal button? http://www.cryptomundo.com/" rel="nofollow">This blog I frequent on a daily basis has one, and it's from WordPress.

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I was about to point out the same thing as red pill junkie. Except I was going to point to http://flintstonestargazing.com/" rel="nofollow">this blog instead. But then again, I always wondered why, since you own your own domain (and are paying for it), you just didn't install wordpress on it (and have fewer restrictions), instead of redirecting the domain to the free wordpress.com blog.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

1) From what I understand, people who have the PayPal button are using a for-pay version of WordPress which requires specialized knowledge of CSS, which I can neither figure out or afford.

2) BlondeChampagne.com is much easier to remember, market, and search for than blondechampagne.wordpress.com, costs about $20 a year, and came in especially handy when my original Blogger site freaked out.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

As an alternative to PayPal -- I know that many people have complained bitterly about their experience with PayPal -- is Revolution Money Exchange.

Seen in the wild here (http://shadowunit.org/donations.html) where you can probably chat with them about their experience.

I'm bummed about the Amazon Honor System. it was easy to use.

Happy holidays and cheers to a better new year.
Lyn

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterlynD

Ok, so I think what you need to do is, instead of a PayPal button, to put a little frame in the page with your PayPal address. It'll take a bit more time, but I'm sure The Readers won't mind.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

MB,
I'm not sure this won't stress you out further, but this link looks like they'll make the button and code for you:
http://www.powersellersunite.com/buttonfactory.php?button=donate#top
Select the button you want, enter your paypal whatsis, do the clicky, and then copy/paste the html into the blog. You might be able to put the paypal button in a sidebar element (like above the Blogroll list), instead of in every post.

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterlynD

LynD, Many thanks for the homework. I'll take a look, but the problem is that I don't have access to the code of the page like I did on Blogger; hence, the screwedness. Maybe the sidebar element like you mentioned... but sometimes that makes the CSS angry...

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB
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