Monday, July 19, 2010

Come in & stay awhile......

We've spent the last few weeks moving into Grandmother's house... and having pool parties. And no worries, Grandmother's fine, she just prefers to live in her studio apartment above her barn. Seriously.

I've GOT to get my other house in order & on the market, like, yesterday! I'm so slow, just like last time (when I also swore I would never move again). But I must admit, I think we're gonna be really happy here. :)


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Dealership cat, Jet, definitely not working too hard on the showroom floor...

Here is the co-worker of whom I am most jealous. Just look at him -- not a care in the world.

Just don't pet his tail, or prepare to be smacked!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Washington Needs a Lesson in Car 101...

Optimism usually grows on trees for dealers.

But what's happening in Washington these days has even the most optimistic dealers doubting the system.

At an American International Automobile Dealers Association's event here last week, a different "O" word surfaced more than once: Obama.

Just a year after the administration saved Chrysler and General Motors, there is growing concern that the president is letting the usual suspects hammer away at dealers, this time using the context of financial reform legislation aimed at Wall Street.

The president's recent statements and the subsequent back-and-forth over an amendment to protect dealers, proposed by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., added fuel to the fire.

"Auto dealer-lenders make nearly 80 percent of the automobile loans in our country," the president said in a statement, "and these lenders should be subject to the same standards as any local or community bank that provides loans."

Forgive those "auto dealer-lenders," but being lumped in with Morgan Stanley didn't exactly feel like a perfect fit.

"Pure fiction," Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, said in a statement last week.

From financial reform to black boxes to fuel economy standards, there is the distinct feeling that the Beltway is tightening around the throats of automakers and dealers.

"It makes you wonder," AIADA Chairman Rick DeSilva told me, "whether someone in the administration got into a bad car one day or something."

While it's unknown right now how the financial overhaul ultimately will affect dealers -- some believe it could restrict the financing terms dealers can offer or possibly restrict margins -- what is certain is that the landscape is changing.

The trouble is that auto executives have a sense that legislators don't understand the first thing about the car business.

One AIADA member recently had to explain floorplanning to a congressional staffer.

"You mean you actually own the cars?" the staffer asked the dealer.

There's a lot of work to do in this recovery. Educating Washington is one element that shouldn't be forgotten. Or maybe I'm being too optimistic.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bath Time!

Bath Time!
Originally uploaded by kelly-bell
Seriously, Kitty, it's totally unnecessary that you keep this up! This is the FOURTH live chipmunk she's brought into the house alive & let loose in just as many weeks!

Does anyone realize how hard it is to catch a terrified chipmunk? Ugh.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

my favorites are in bold...

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection... again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Microsoft Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this - ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night - more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!


Friday, April 09, 2010

Friday Night.

7 pm... Husband gets home, sits down in chair & sighs just as Wife hits 'Play' on the DVR...

Me: Wanna watch a movie?
  Him: What is it?
Me: "Zodiac". It's about the serial killer. {reads film synopsis} Geesh, it's 2 and a half hours long.
  Him: {gets up with a grunt} Nah. I got sh*t to do. I'll be outside in the garage.

Exit Husband.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Won't Get Fooled Again...

On the morning after the Presidential election in 2008, my sweet & oh-so-wise friend Molly e-mailed me these lyrics from The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again":

"I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again"

Perfect... but I didn't know just how perfect until now. Beyond the obvious political reference(s), I'm currently reading a book on The Who's late drummer Keith Moon... and then, of course, The Who played at the Saints-winning Superbowl! Signs, people. Signs.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

kitty porn?

kitty porn?
Originally uploaded by kelly-bell
Jon cannot be held responsible for anything viewed, shared, downloaded, uploaded or any mish-mash of the above, as his computer was left unattended this afternoon and subsequently hijacked.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Perfect example of why I like animals more than people...

These comments pertain to the article that can be accessed by clicking the link above, or by going to (Click on the image below to make it larger.) You have to read from the bottom up, beginning with the post by "Anonymous", then the post by "Jane", and then my reply (obviously, "Kelly"). Aside from the man who just doesn't like animals so he sees no need for any legislation at all (probably a cat-killer, ha!), this woman just burned me up. I couldn't help but resond. Some people, I swear.....


Monday, March 01, 2010

Congrats, Canada...

Congrats, Canada...
Originally uploaded by kelly-bell
Hats off to America's Hat for winning the hockey gold medal today to end the Winter Olympics in Vancouver...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cough, cough...

The Damn Smoking Ordinance. I only say it like that because of the response(s) it has elicited, both positive and negative (click on the title above for a link to the ordinance itself). It's one of those things that started out as a good idea (no smoking inside public buildings, restaurants, etc.) that was taken entirely too far (must be at least 20 feet from any door or ventilation system, etc.). So, YOU pay your exhorbitant property taxes for YOUR business in the City of Meridian, yet YOU can be fined for smoking OUTSIDE YOUR OWN DOOR? Ridiculous. And I'm not saying that as a smoker or a non-smoker, but rather as a taxpaying citizen.

(It's worth noting that our mayor conveniently left town for this vote and handed off mayoral duties to a man who has been trying to get it passed for years, then they decided not to even allow the public in the meeting for the vote. Really? I mean, REALLY? Guess we don't care about transparency in government here in Meridian, huh?)

Now, the best part. A cop just pulled up to our business, gets out of his cruiser smoking, walks PAST our cigarette disposal receptable and right up to our door, where he stubs his cigarette out... right in front of the owner, who can be fined if ANYONE breaks the rules on his property, including himself. And you really expect US to observe and respect your smoking ordinance when you can't even make your own law enforcement do it!? And, btw, the ordinance clearly states, "All enclosed facilites, including vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the City of Meridian shall be subject to the provisions of this Article". Way to set an example. Bravo.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Birthday Fleur-de-Lis...

Birthday Fleur-de-Lis...
Originally uploaded by kelly-bell
A bit belated in posting this since my birthday (33 y/o -- eek!) was a full 2 weeks ago.. Superbowl Sunday, to be exact! The Saints gave me a fab birthday present, and Dad got to go to the game...

This painting was one of my presents from Jon (painted by Julie Walker) -- PERFECT!!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Heads Up, South Beach!

Dear Miami,

The Saints are coming. And so are we, their loyal, long-suffering and slightly discombobulated Super Bowl-bound fans.

While there's still time to prepare -- although a few hard-core Who Dats will begin trickling in Monday, most of us won't arrive until Thursday or Friday -- we thought we'd give you a heads-up about what you should expect.

First things first: You need more beer.

Yeah, we know. You ordered extra. You think you have more than any group of humans could possibly consume in one week. Trust us. You don't.

New Orleans was a drinking town long before the Saints drove us to drink. But it turns out beer tastes better when you're winning. (Who knew?) So let's just say we're thirsty for more than a championship; adjust your stockpiles accordingly.

And look. When we ask you for a go-cup, be nice to us. We don't even know what "open container law" means. Is that anything like "last call"?

It's Carnival season in New Orleans (that's Mardi Gras to you), and we'll be taking the celebration on the road. So don't be startled if you walk past us and we throw stuff at you; that's just our way of saying hello.

Oh, and sorry in advance about those beads we leave dangling from your palm trees. We just can't help ourselves.

February is also crawfish season, and you can be sure that more than one enterprising tailgater will figure out a way to transport a couple sacks of live mudbugs and a boiling pot to Miami.

When the dude in the 'Who Dat' T-shirt asks if you want to suck da head and pinch da tail, resist the urge to punch him. He's not propositioning you. He's inviting you to dinner.

And if you see a big Cajun guy who looks exactly like an old Saints quarterback walking around town in a dress ... don't ask. It's a long story.

We know that crowd control is a major concern for any Super Bowl host city. Our advice? Put away the riot gear.

Reason No. 1: Indianapolis is going to lose, and their fans are way too dull to start a riot.

Reason No. 2: New Orleans showed the world on Sunday that we know how to throw a victory party. We don't burn cars. We dance on them.

Reason No. 3: Even if we did lose, which we won't, leaving the stadium would be like leaving a funeral, and our typical response to that is to have a parade.

Speaking of which: If you happen to see a brass band roll by, followed by a line of folks waving their handkerchiefs, you're not supposed to just stand there and watch. As our own Irma Thomas would say, get your backfield in motion.

And hey, Mister DJ! Yes, we know you've already played that stupid Ying Yang Twins song 10 times tonight, but indulge us just one more time.

To us, "Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk)" isn't just a song; it's 576 points of good memories. It's the sound of a Drew Brees touchdown pass to Devery Henderson, a Pierre Thomas dive for first down on 4th-and-1, a Garrett Hartley field goal sailing through the uprights in overtime.

It's what a championship sounds like. You may get sick of hearing it. We won't. Encore, dammit.

Inside Sun Life Stadium, you may find your ears ringing more than usual. We're louder than other fans. Seven thousand of ours sound like 70,000 of theirs.

Don't believe us? Ask the 12th man in the Vikings huddle.

Some people think it's just the Dome that heightens our volume. But you're about to discover a little secret: We can scream loud enough to make your head explode, indoors or out.

It's not the roof. It's the heart.

Well, OK, and the beer.

Don't be surprised if there are more Saints fans outside the stadium than inside. A lot of us are coming just to say we were part of history, even if we can't witness it up close. The Saints are family to us, and you know how it is with family: We want to be there for them, whether they really need us or not. Because we know our presence will mean something to them, whether they can see us or not.

Come to think of it, seeing as how you're taking us in for the week, we pretty much regard you as family, too. So we're warning you now: If you're within hugging distance, you're fair game.

Hugging strangers is a proud Who Dat tradition, right up there with crying when we win.

Most sports fans cry when their teams lose. Not us. We've been losing gracefully and with good humor for 43 years. Tragedy and disappointment don't faze us. It's success that makes us go to pieces.

Hurricane Katrina? We got that under control. The Saints in the Super Bowl? SOMEBODY CALL A PARAMEDIC!!!

So anyway, don't let the tears of joy freak you out. We're just... disoriented.

OK. Let's review:

Order more beer. Throw me something, mister. Suck da heads. Wear da dress. Stand up. Get crunk. Hug it out. Protect your eardrums. Pass the Kleenex. Hoist the trophy.

See you at the victory party.

Faithfully yours,

The Who Dat Nation


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This article makes me want to slap Ed Whitacre broadside across the face (and a few others, too)...

Defending Their Dealerships

Mark Calisi says he believes he lost his Chrysler-Jeep dealership on Long Island because he irritated a company executive.

“This was just a vendetta,” said Mark Calisi, who owns Eagle Auto Mall on Long Island.

Yale King was told that his Jeep and Buick-Pontiac-GMC stores near Denver were no longer wanted, even though he regularly doubled the carmakers’ sales goals.

James Painter and his 10 children cannot understand why Chrysler eliminated the two Utah dealerships they ran successfully for decades, particularly since the company allowed their immediate neighbor to open a new Chrysler dealership this month.

They are among the hundreds of dealers from all corners of the United States fighting to get back their businesses — and in many cases their good names, tarnished by implications of poor performance — through an arbitration process that will begin next week.

Chrysler and General Motors cut loose more than 2,000 dealers last year as part of their bankruptcy reorganization, but Congress is now forcing them to justify the closures after hearing so many stories of devastated families and communities.

G.M.’s top executive, Edward E. Whitacre Jr., recently said he expected “hundreds” of G.M. dealers to be reinstated.

“They’ve taken everything we own,” said Patrick Painter, one of James Painter’s sons. All three of the family’s dealerships — the Chrysler store that three generations ran for 65 years, the Chevrolet-Buick store nearby and the Chrysler store that James Painter opened 200 miles away at Chrysler’s request, spending two years away from his family to do so — were terminated over the course of two days last May, despite being profitable and debt-free.

“My mom and dad want their honor back as much as anything,” Patrick Painter said. “It’s the ultimate showing of disloyalty, after all the years we’ve been loyal to them, to take our stores.”

As of Friday afternoon, 915 dealers had filed to contest their termination, according to an executive with the American Arbitration Association, which is overseeing the review process. More than 400 were filed since Thursday and more were expected before the deadline of midnight Monday.

Leonard Bellavia, a lawyer in Mineola, N.Y., who represents about 40 dealers who have filed for arbitration, said each dealer could expect to spend at least $30,000 challenging the companies’ decisions unless a settlement was reached before arbitration. The process must finish by mid-June.

Those who lose will be out even more money and will have no further chance to appeal; winners can rejoin a company that didn’t want them any longer.

G.M. terminated about 1,300 dealers, most of which are still open because they were given until next October to wind down operations. An additional 700 dealers lost the rights to sell one or more brands but remain with G.M.

Many have been encouraged by Mr. Whitacre’s recent comments suggesting that the company might have been too aggressive in cutting dealerships and probably made some mistakes in its selections.

Chrysler, though, has taken a much harder line, insisting that large numbers of reinstatements could throw its recovery off track and hurt current dealers.

Chrysler eliminated 789 dealers, about a quarter of its network, and forced them to close last June on about four weeks’ notice. Because the cuts were made in bankruptcy, Chrysler avoided having to compensate those dealers for the franchises they lost, whereas G.M. agreed to pay an average of more than $400,000 to each dealer.

Chrysler’s chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, who was not involved in the company when the cuts were made, nonetheless defended them this month during a speech to an industry conference.

“The decision that we made, I think it was made with diligence, it was made equitably, and I think it was done fairly,” Mr. Marchionne said. “What I cannot do is unwind the last seven months of history, during which Chrysler went on and started rebuilding a distribution network on the assumption that the ruling of the bankruptcy judge was final.”

He added, “My conscience is clear.”

But former dealers hope to show arbitrators that the decisions were anything but fair. Letters that Congress required the carmakers to send dealers this month explaining the criteria used to select them have fueled claims that Chrysler was more subjective, because it provided less specific information than G.M. offered.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hmmm... anyone ready for bed?

I simply cannot begin to express how much I loveLoveLOVE this picture... I did what I could with it, but it's still a shame I only had the iPhone camera handy. Regardless, this shot pretty much sums up our lives... and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

R.I.P. 2009 (Better Late Than Never)

Just to name a few:

• Patrick Swayze
• Michael Jackson
• Bea Arthur
• Farrah Fawcett
• Walter Conkrite
• Sen. Ted Kennedy
• Steve McNair
• Natasha Richardson
• Ed McMahon
• Brittany Murphy
• Dom DeLuise
• Jett Travolta
• David Carradine


Thursday, January 14, 2010

An important message from our President regarding HEALTH CARE and YOU...


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

people can be so pleasant...

Me: "Hello, {Company Name}, may I help you?"
Bitch: "Someone called me from there."
Me: "Okay, have you been talking to anyone in Sales or Service?"
Bitch: [disgustedly] "Umm, NO."
Me: "Well, then I don't know, maybe it was a misdial."
Bitch: [even more disgustedly] "You don't make outgoing calls?"
Me: "I do, but so do the other 30 people who work here and I didn't call you."
Bitch: "Ugh. What-ever." Click.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mattie's "Deborah Harry" Phase...

Album cover-worthy posing, or just long overdue for a good haircut? Sadly, better go with the latter. And good heavens, a teeth-cleaning is IMPERATIVE!!! Peee-yewwwww! I mean, it's bad.
Bless her sweet little heart.


Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ummm, Brrrrr???

I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that I lived in Mississippi, not on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field...

Doesn't Mother Nature know that Mississippians freak out completely when cold weather -- or God forbid, SNOW -- hits us? Stores shut down, pipes burst, cars drive into ditches, schools let out early... we cannot handle it.

And lastly, why can't this ever happen DURING Christmas!?


Monday, January 04, 2010

Julio, All Cuddled Up...

Julio, All Cuddled Up...
Originally uploaded by kelly-bell
For a dog who shivers in the 100-degree Mississippi summers, winter can be rough!

He recently went to the vet (weighed in under 3.5 lbs.) and turns out he has arthritis, mostly In his spine, and he was hurting all the time. Now he's on pain pills and Mom says he's been a totally different dog -- jumping, playing, bouncing & eating like a pig.

My step-brother, the pillhead.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday Nighters' Fantasy Football :: Quaterfinals :: Week 14

Don't count The Bitches out just yet, guys...


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Okay, now that's enough!

"Michelle Duggar, star of the TLC show "18 Kids and Counting," gave birth to her 19th child Thursday, according to a statement from TLC, which airs the program.

Josie Brooklyn arrived three months prematurely and weighed only 1 pound, 6 ounces. She was due March 18, according to the Duggar Family Web site."

Okay, I think this is a pretty clear sign that your reproductive system is telling you to FUCKING STOP (literally). I mean, how much can one uterus take!?!?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Santa Babies...

I am proud of Winston & Mattie for being selected as December's Rescued Pets for the Rescued Pets group on Flickr!!! Such good little posers they are... This picture was taken as a part of a fundraiser for East Mississippi Animal Rescue (EMAR) here in Meridian, MS.

Please take a moment to peruse EMAR's website, view upcoming events, make a donation, or perhaps even find your new best friend!!!

(And just to clarify, no, the holiday "accessories" that the pups are wearing did not last for very long... of course, I expected nothing less from these two.)

Ho. Ho. Ho.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Say My Name...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

File this one under: "One of the DUMBEST Things I've Ever Heard"

An excerpt from Star Magazine:
As the final weeks before the birth of her second child ticked away, a walk down the aisle was the furthest thing from Nicole Richie's mind.

"Right now, we're really, really focused on our family. We're focused on our foundation," the 27-year old mom told a TV interviewer."

Seriously? What a dumbass.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our little huntress...

Allow me to explain... Yesterday morning, I was walking into the kitchen, only to be greeted by our sweet little black cat, Kitty Bug. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that she had something furry dangling out of her mouth. Given past experiences, I assumed it was a poor little dead mole she was bringing to us, but I was wrong. Turns out it was poor little chipmunk instead.

I hurried up to her and she gladly let me grab it from her mouth, so proud of herself for her "catch". As I was running for the door while holding the chipmunk by its tail as it dangled limply, I could see that its little cheeks were packed full of food. Well, that made me feel even worse, that my Kitty would prey on this poor little creature while it was just innocently hunting & gathering!

I rushed to get the poor thing outside and away from Kitty, lest I return home later from work to find a half-eaten chipmunk on my bed. As I laid it out on the deck, a little green acorn rolled out of its mouth.... and then it raised its head and started looking around! Within moments, it quickly scampered off back into the backyard, alive and well! I was so excited to find that my murderous Kitty had not struck once again -- yet (guess she was just going to bat the little guy around & torture it until it bit the dust).

I bet I know one little chipmunk who won't be back to our yard.


Monday, August 31, 2009


Think about this:
1. Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow..

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... it creates a hostile work environment.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

hope & change, my friends...

Long story short, we have some customers who just went from a car to an SUV and think something is wrong with the SUV (mind you, it's highly possible that they just aren't used to how one drives compared to a car). We have had it tested it for EVERYTHING -- both internally AND by a third-party dealer. Prognosis by all? "Operating as designed". (Obviously we want to help, but there really appears to be nothing wrong that anyone can find!) So anyway, one evening the customer calls and one of our salesmen is calmly & kindly trying to help her and calm her down (mind you, not HER salesman as she had already been so ugly to him that he was done) when out of nowhere she starts calling him a racist -- then goes on to say, and I quote, "All you just mad because Obama got elected."

Hold the f-ing phone. Really? I mean, REALLY!? The reality could not be further from the truth and it makes me utterly sick to my stomach just to have it said at all, no matter its validity (or in this case, INvalidity). Is this what our society is stooping to now? Sad...

The kicker? We come to work the next morning to find a rock thrown through our front window and glass everywhere. Coincidence? Perhaps, but you tell me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

random email from mere...

song just came on my pandora...

Don't Marry Her by The Beautiful South

says: don't marry her, fuck me.

i about choked on my drink. hilarious.