Ah, The Class Reunion [08.06.15]

August 6, 2015


  • We’re dangerously close to 60.
  • I was never with the “in” crowd and the “in” crowd still exists.
  • Conversation: “We haven’t talked yet.” No reply. “I’m Diane Staudt.” “I know.” End of conversation.
  • It took me three “I’ll help plan the next reunion”s before I was recognized.


  • I saw the people I wanted to see.
  • It was an open bar.
  • Who gives a rat’s ass.
  • I missed out on having my picture taken a million times as illustrated below.



Word of the Day [03.04.15]

March 4, 2015

Anthropophagy (n.)  – the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.

A little anthropophagy humor:

Eight Donners go to dinner. Two hours later the host calls, “Donner party of eight.” To which they reply, “Make the seven.”

donner party

The Donners, in fact, only resorted to cannibalism after eating boiled animal bones, hides, and even a beloved dog, Uno.

eBay Explained [02.16.15]

February 16, 2015

Never think, “I should have bid $1 more, I would have gotten it.” This is how eBay works.

  1. An item is listed for $15.00
  2. You bid $30.00
  3. The current bid is now $16.00 (eBay bid for you; $1 more than the listing price.)
  4. Someone else bids $20.00
  5. The current bid is now $21.00 (eBay bid for you; $1 more than the highest bid and still within your $30 bid.)
  6. Someone else bids $100
  7. The current bid is now $31.00 ($1 more than your bid.)
    You do not bid again and the other person wins the item for $31 (not $100 even though that was their bid.)

When you see a bid of $1 more than you bid, it does not mean the person who won the item only bid $1 more than you did. In this case, that person bid $100, not $31. eBay keeps bidding for you until your bid ($30) is reached. I am not sure how they calculate their bid increments. It may be more than $1 of the bid, it may be a percentage of the bid. But that’s the gist of it.

WTF [02.06.15]

February 6, 2015

What the Friday?!

When did this body shape become the foremost fascination of the free world?


Women are going to plastic surgeons requesting the Kardashian ass.

It is hugely disproportionate to the rest of her body. It is unnatural – in every sense of the word. It has its own zip code.

Stop the madness, people!

That was then. This is now. [01.13.15]

January 13, 2015

Botticelli (c. 1470)

mother and child botticelli

Staudt (2015)

mother and child staudt

Thank me later [12.23.14]

December 23, 2014

I don’t make a list of new year resolutions but vow to do weekly updates to this blog in 2015.

This will please the two of you who follow me.

On Being Catholic [08.08.14]

August 8, 2014

It’s Friday. When I was growing up, Catholics could not eat meat on Fridays. Our neighbors were Lutheran. There was slight tension between the two at that time. They called us mackerel smackers. When the husband of a good friend recently converted to Catholicism I gave him a card, “welcome to the club,” and a can of mackerels.

I’m lapsed, in part because I do not agree with the Church’s stand on some issues, birth control for one. But I adore Pope Francis. He’s a progressive Pope of the people. He dines wiith The Vatican staff. He has only one lung. True story.

pope dines

Vatican II brought about a few changes I remember; doing away with the Friday ban on meat and switching from Mass in Latin to English. That was the first step in my disillusionment with Catholicism.  Mass said in Latin was melodic and somewhat mystical. I loved the ceremony of Mass. Latin was a part of that. Take that away and it just wasn’t as much fun. I actually had a point to make but lost my train of thought.

Oh, it was about this fragrance my niece turned me on to, Comme des Garcons Incense Avignon. It reminds me of the incense used at High Mass which reminds me of my childhood (much like the smell of grass does.) Anyway, that was my point. I’m lapsed but I make Rosaries, follow the new guy on Facebook, burn incense reminiscent of High Mass and study Latin.