Arizona Gives. Do You?

OK, I know a lot of you have to pinch every penny until it screams bloody murder then turns around and bitch slaps you for pinching it so hard. If this describes you, don’t read any further. In fact, for you I have this cat video. Honestly, it’s what the internet does best, isn’t it?

Still with me? Good.

Got a little dough you can spare? How about 10 dollars. That’s right, just 10 lousy bucks. That’s all I’m asking here.

“But Steve,” you say, “what good are 10 lousy bucks? I mean, really, I can barely get a decent cup of coffee for that these days.”

I’ll tell you how much good you can do with 10 lousy bucks. You can help my agency, 2-1-1 Arizona, guide 20 individuals and/or families to agencies that can help them:

  • Put food on the table when they can’t afford to do so themselves
  • Keep a roof over their heads when they can’t quite make the rent
  • Find a community clinic to find out what that thing is — you know, the weird doohickey that hurts and doesn’t quite heal
  • Get away from an abusive sonofabitch before domestic violence turns to homicide

And a helluva lot more.

You see, today, April 9th, is Arizona Gives Day. Once midnight rolls around, it isn’t Arizona Gives Day anymore and we’re coming up to the end of a great opportunity to help my agency and put us in the running for a prize that can make your donation mean even more.

But you’ve got to act fast, and by fast I mean now.

Still reading? Knock it off! DONATE NOW!

And, thank you. We do what we can, but we need to do so much more to help people in need here in Arizona. There sure are a lot of them. About a quarter million have called us or used our website to find help so far in 2014. Help us help them. Donate to 2-1-1 Arizona through Arizona Gives Day.


But, I Don’t Like Spam

Wow, spammers. You like me! You really like me!

Especially you very active spammers from Poland and Ukraine that hit this website 152 times just today. I’m honored, but really what have I done to have you bestow such an honor upon me?

Was it the old 365 project that turned you on? You certainly seem to like that a lot since that’s what you’ve been hitting over and over again even though it’s not accessible to the public.

Or is that it? Are you feeling left out? Oh, I’m so sorry. You see, that stuff… that’s just old news. There’s really nothing there of any interest to you or anyone else anymore. Really. Trust me on this.

I don’t know if you’re trying to launch a denial of service attack on this server or if, for some bizarre reason, you’re trying to find a way into this blog. I just don’t understand what you want. Maybe we can talk about this.



Not really in the mood to talk to you jackasses anyway. That’s why I use AVH First Defense Against Spam on my blog. To stop spammers like you from doing whatever the hell it is you’re trying to do here.

For those of you with WordPress blogs, whether you’re using or you’ve got your own installation on your own server, invest in a good spam blocker plugin because these jerks aren’t going away, but you can at least keep them from repeating their attacks on your blog by blocking them.

Cuz I’ve gotta tell ya, despite all the visits today from the spammers I’m just not feelin’ the love, and I’m OK with that.


You know, I really miss watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV like I did as a child. I loved watching and listening to the marching bands, seeing the new floats and balloons, and getting a little information about the parade participants and route here and there from the commentators.

turkeyThe past few years, though, I’ve come to despise the TV idiots prattling on with jokes Henny Youngman would have been embarrassed to tell. And all the while they’re talking over the bands so you can’t hear them, then offering brief glimpses of balloons and floats, finally shutting up long enough for actors and dancers to lip sync their advertisements for Broadway shows that the majority of us will never see.

All of that is, of course, interspersed with promos for upcoming Christmas specials and “television events” alongside commercials for Black Friday and now even pre-Black Friday rampant, crass commercialism leading into the Christmas buy-or-die-trying season.

Makes me all the more thankful for my memories, tinged by time though they may be. Thankful that I ever had the opportunity to have created and retained such memories. And thankful that I live in a place and time where I can still bitch about something so relatively inconsequential as a parade.