Thanks to all the explanations of what exactly the bling-bling is – I now feel so hip it hurts. For the uninformed, bling-bling is money and style – which is often represented by big, shiny jewelry. I knew y’all were a hip and happenin’ bunch of readers!

Thanks also to Miz Freak Magnet, who knew the poem I mentioned yesterday, and sent me the link to set my mind at ease.

Several of y’all had read it, I had many suggestions that it was a James Patterson book, and someone thought it might be by Mary Higgins Clark, but Himself did some looking around and informed me that the book I referred to yesterday is John Sanford’s Mind Prey, and he’s right! What’s sad is that we have the damn book on the shelf and if I’d just glanced through them, I would have found it. When I’m done with my magazines, I think I’m going to re-read it. I love me some Lucas Davenport.

With all my questions answered, I can rest easy now!

Did I mention that Fred is putting a computer together for my dad? He ordered all the pieces, expecting that they would get here sometime next week, and hopefully my dad would have his new computer (the old one is ass-achingly old and slow. When I was up there this summer, I would start up his computer and it would take for-fucking-ever, and then it would take forever for web pages to load, and I’d inevitably give up in a huff) by Christmas. Well, the parts all arrived yesterday, and it’s put together, needing only to be formatted and stuff like that. When Fred emailed my dad to tell him, my dad sent back an exclamation point-laden email. He’s reallyquite excited. The computer Fred’s putting together for him is costing in the area of $700 – including shipping from here to Maine – and a comparable system from Compaq would cost almost $1000. Guess who’s his favorite son-in-law right now?

Friday Five – on time this week!:

1. If you were to go to a movie this weekend, which one would you pick? Probably Harry Potter. Ocean’s 11 sounds good, and I do want to see Shallow Hal (so I can rant about it some more, don’tchaknow), but it’s a moot point, ’cause we never go to the movies.

2. What movie would you like to rent this weekend? I rented Pearl Harbor and American Outlaws, but what I really want to see is Made, which was out at the movie store when I went on Tuesday. I love me some Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau.

3. What one TV show do you always try to watch? Survivor – we always watch, or at least tape it!

4. If you (and your S.O.) were cool with it, what five celebrities (at the most) would it be ‘ok’ for you to have a fling with? Lordy, this is a tough one. David Morse, Donal Logue, Matthew Perry, Viggo Mortensen, Tim Roth. Hee! Fred loathes Tim Roth and thinks he’s the ugliest thing in the world, but I think he’s a hot little muffin.

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Oh, I think I’ll try something new and exciting and, say, sit on my ass reading for the entire weekend.

And last week’s Friday Five:

1. What did you have for dinner last night? Oven-baked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, brown rice, cooked carrots. Sounds better than it is. Really!

2. Do you ever get up for a midnight snack? Nope, never. Once I brush my teeth, that’s it – I don’t want to have to brush them again. Actually, once I finish my snack at 7, that’s it for the night, but it’s really the idea of having to brush my teeth again that keeps me away from the midnight snacking.

3. What’s your favorite dessert? At this moment, I’m craving Applebee’s Chimicheesecakes. DAMN they’re good. I don’t really have an all-time favorite, though. It all depends on what I’m craving, and what time of the year it is (ie, in the Fall I like the occasional slice o’ pumpkin pie). You can never go wrong with ice cream, though.

4. Tell us something about you that would surprise us. I cannot, for the life of me, think of one single, solitary thing. Except that I was born a man. A Kennedy. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I was born Teddy Kennedy’s son, and had a sex-change operation when I was 19, and the whole family is horrified and they disowned me. Amazing that we’ve kept the secret so long, ain’t it?

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Hm. This is a tough one. I think there was much ass-sitting, reading, tv-watching, a little online Christmas shopping, and a lot of snoozing on the couch.