It’s the oddest thing – three times so far today, twice yesterday, and once the day before I’ve received emails with no subject and nothing in the body of the email, and when I’ve tried to respond, it gets kicked back as an invalid address. Fred suggested that perhaps the people the emails are coming from have been infected with viruses that are kicking out the emails. Anyone heard anything about that sort of virus?

Having learned my lesson after infecting, re-infecting, and yet again re-infecting myself, I have McAfee running, and it has nothing to say about these emails, so it’s all rather odd.

McAfee rocks.

I’m slowly ftp’ing my pictures up to my server, and it’s a huge pain in the ass. Just so you know.

Friday Five (Late again!):

1. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?: Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, and yes, I enjoyed it a great deal, although the story moved at a snail’s pace and it had a rather abrupt ending. Currently, I’m reading John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, which is about a couple who decides to not celebrate Christmas, to go on a cruise instead. I have difficulty believing that the people around them would be so horrified at the thought that they’re skipping christmas, but then again, that’s the whole story, so without that concept, there’d be no book.

2. What’s your favorite book of all time?: Either Stephen King’s The Stand, or Robert McCammon’s Swan Song. I like me some end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it tales, yessiree.

3. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?: The only one that comes to mind is Joyce Carol Oates’ We Were the Mulvaneys. God, it was such a load of crap, and I resent every moment I spent reading the loathesome thing. I only bought it because Oprah went on and on about how awesome it was, and I’ll never believe another word from that woman’s mouth ever again. I reviewed the book in this entry.

4. What book that you’ve read would you most like to see adapted into a movie?: Any of Andrew Vachss’ Burke books. Except that I’d have to do the casting, and probably the directing, because it has to be done just right, and if they tossed fucking TOM CRUISE or some other pretty boy in there as Burke, I’d have to perform my special Bitchypoo Shit Fit® for three weeks straight. I don’t know who I’d cast as Burke, but I’d sure know him when I saw him. Knowing Hollywood, they’d cast MICKEY fuckin’ ROURKE as Burke, and I’d have to kill myself. Mickey Rourke is such a loser asshole. I hate him.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend?: Well, let’s see. My usual weekend plans are to sleep in, exercise late, shower late, and then spend the rest of the day surfing, getting caught up on email, and reading. And that’s about exactly what I did.

Tom Cruise. I fucking hate Tom Cruise. I was never a big fan or anything, though I thought he was okay, but hearing those rumors about he and Penelope Cruz getting married makes me want to bitch-slap him. What a classless asshole. And that whole Cruise/ Cruz thing is JUST TOO PRECIOUS FOR FUCKING WORDS.

Speaking of celebrities, did y’all catch Celebrity Fear Factor last night? It was pretty good, ALTHOUGH I have to say, it’s not quite fair that they weren’t required to eat especially nasty. No doubt they were afraid America wasn’t ready to see Donny Osmond gagging down a bull testicle. Kelly Preston was pretty funny, and we weren’t terribly surprised to see John Travolta show up at the end, either. Who’d’ve thought Coolio would win, though? And I have to say that it was pretty cool that even the losers each got $25,000 for their charities.

Okay, that’s it for today. The big giveaway will be up tomorrow, and I’ll probably take names through the weekend.

Oh, and I’ve been meaning to mention this – don’t assume that I still have your address from last year’s Christmas Card Extravaganza, ’cause, well, I probably don’t, so if you want a Christmas card, be sure to do what that paragraph down there says. (Edit: Paragraph has been removed)