Monday, August 27, 2007

Not the Last Post

I always thought I'd go out with a bang instead of a whimper but, well what can you do? You put up your last post with the words you have, not the words you want.

My interest in blogging has waned severely as of late. Other aspects of my life have taken priority and, alas, my blog has taken a backseat to it all. I thought I would make it to the two-year mark, and came pretty close, but, I don't want to drag it out like that.

I think the thing that really helped me decide it was time to hang it up was the loss of one of my most loyal readers, Peacechick Mary. She recently stopped blogging for what I understand were reasons similar to my own. One thing I knew I could always count on was a thoughtful comment by Mary on almost all of my posts, even the crappy ones. There were plenty of those, but Mary kept coming back for more. I'll miss you, Mary.

I was happy to see that two of my fellow bloggers, Kvatch and John Good paid tribute to her and that John, being the ever-thoughtful guy that he is, even took the time to claim Mary's blog address in the event that she might want to get back to blogging in the future. Nice work, John.

The greatest experience of blogging has been my ability to connect to a community of people who, while not always agreeing with everything I had to say, were always there to read what I had to say. That has meant a great deal to me and I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to click on the PTCruiser link on a regular basis to check in on me and see what was going on in my mind on any given day.

I'm not going to shut down the blog because there are links on the right to some really great people's blogs. Go ahead and click on them. They're fantastic sources of information, opinion, and even a good laugh every now and then. Another reason is the remote possibility that I may decide to pick up where I left off and start writing again.

In closing, there are a few people in particular who I need to thank.

I'd like to thank my father for reading and offering fatherly advice on this blog. Much appreciation to my Uncle Dennis for e-mailing me all of the great political material which ended up being some of my best posts.

Thank you to Celticfire, my comrade who has led me down the path of discovery that is Maoism/Leninism/Marxism. (I'm still learning)

Scarlet, you're not getting my cardboard. While I may be giving up on blogging, there is no way in hell that I'm going to stop freewayblogging. I want to thank you for teaching me a craft that I will continue to use for the rest of my days. No matter who is in office, or what may be going on in this world, I will always have the ability and know-how to exercise my right to free speech in the most effective and efficient way possible. You can't put a price on that kind of experience. I'm looking forward to our next great adventure. And for those of you who tune in here to see my latest freewayblogging adventures, you'll still be able to see them by clicking on Scarlet's name at the top of the paragraph.

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Spocko, of Spocko's Brain. You were the initial spark that got me thinking I could pull off something like writing my own blog. I've enjoyed every moment of it, and I have you to thank for that. It's been quite an adventure, kicking sand in the face of the beast that is the local Hate-Talk radio station. Here's to our future collaborations.

Thank you everyone. I'll be back to check on you, so make sure you all behave. Don't make me pull this blog over to the side of the road and smack you.

And remember...

Isn't that right, Jesus?

"You da man, PT!"

Green Day - Working Class Hero

You know I couldn't leave you without posting a video. This one is really good.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Weekend Music Video

SWEET DREAMS - Marilyn Manson

Pig rodeo riding! Woohoo!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Dick Cheney Was Right!

Dark Lord Cheney Predicts the Future...

Big hat-tip to my Uncle Dennis for this gem.

Now do your part to help Dick Cheney end this quagmire by clicking here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Weekend Music Video

Rage Against The Machine - Freedom

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Election 2008/2012

I know most of you have been eagerly waiting to find out who PTCruiser will be voting for in the upcoming presidential elections. For some of you, my choice will be very influential on who you vote for. I fully understand the gravity of that responsibility and I promise I won't steer you wrong.

I'll be writing in my own name for the 2008 election, and I encourage all of my readers to do the same. Not that I want you to write my name in. Far from it. I want you to go to the polls and write your own name in. Yep, that's what I want you to do. I'm confident that any one of my readers (being the most intelligent people on the internets) would do a far better job of running this country than any of the filthy, greedy bastards that the Republicrat / Demopublican Party has to offer.

If you're the shy type, or feel that you may not be up to the demanding schedule that being POTUS requires, then feel free to write in the name PTCruiser. I'm confident that the CEO of Chrysler will appreciate it.

Having great foresight, I am ready to throw my support towards a candidate in the 2012 presidential election. From here on out, I'll be supporting Evil Spock for President in 2012. I figure after four years of whatever mess the one-party system throws at us in this election, we'll be ready for a new party.

Plus, I've offered my services as Secretary of Defense, to which he replied that I would need to be able to lead a robot army. Being a mechanic, I should have no problem leading and maintaining an army of robots. What could possibly go wrong?

Please remember to wash you hands after voting.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Weekend Music Video

Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula

I miss seeing him surrounded by the original band members, but I'm willing to overlook that because it still sounds good and I don't want it to end.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Back From Reno - A Proud Moment

Whew! It was quite a weekend. My throat is still a little hoarse from all of the yelling. Our dancers were amazing. All of them really put everything they had into their performances, and it showed. We had two dancers place in the final round and one of them was MY DAUGHTER! She took third place in her category, Tamahine ages 5 to 8, and I couldn't possibly be more proud of her.

So, at Peacechick Mary's request, I went to YouTube to see if I could find any kind of videos from this weekend's competition, and lo and behold, the one video posted so far is one with my daughter in it. And here she is....

Heiva I Reno 2007

Note: Turn your volume down, the yelling and screaming is pretty intense (and yes, I'm one of them). Also tilt your head to the left for about half of the video because it was shot with the camera turned sideways.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Take Some Time Off

I'm headed up to Reno, Nevada today for a weekend of Tahitian Dance Competition. My youngest daughter will be competing, and while I won't be drumming for her (rules state that only house drummers will be playing this year), I'll definitely be cheering so loud for her that I won't have a voice by the time we come home on Sunday. And not just for her, but for all of my "daughters" (about 30 total) from our halau who will be competing this weekend. They've all worked very hard for this and I wish them all the best.

If you're in Reno this weekend, you can find me at the Blackjack tables on Saturday night. If I'm not there, I'll be at the Karaoke Bar singing Danny Boy.

Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti "Tabu" #4 Solos

Turn the volume up; the sound is kind of low on this one.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


While sitting in the shop truck the other day at the Embarcadero, I spotted this cargo ship pulling into the port of Oakland and thought it would make for a nice picture.

I think I was right. It was a beautiful day.

I love this job.