New Tech Wednesday

This post takews part in Randy Elrod’s Watercooler Wednesday.

Bruce Willis- The Surrogates

Okay, this post is a day early, but so what!

I over heard some co-workers today talking about a movie that is being filmed in our city, Worcester. There are tons of trailers and tractor-trailers lining the streets just up the road from my office. I discovered that it is this movie that they are currently filming, and will be filming it until August 2008.

For those of you wondering, The Surrogates is based off a graphic novel by the same name. It looks like it will be pretty interesting, and is due out sometime in 2009. One thing that kind of irks me is that when I did a search for this movie, most sites did not include Worcester as a city being filmed in, or you could only find reference a page or two into the article.

Hey, no hard feelings though…right and  I’ll keep you all posted on the progress, and any “Star” sightings!

Livin’ Out Loud in Start Studded Woosta,


New Tech Wednesday


A fellow Twitter of mine posted his praise for this site this morning. The concept for this site is pretty remarkable, and kind of adveturous for those who choose to participate.

You elect to purchase “Something” from them for $10. They ship “Something” to you at no extra charge, and when “Something” arrives you open it and find out what it is. Sounds kind of ridiculous, maybe a waste of $10, but I placed an order for myself and one for my mom.  (It is for her birthday)

The company boasts that Your Something May Be Anything.

It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire.

Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or …

Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

This is in their own words:

SomethingStore is a fun new website that operates simply: We will send you something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it.

What will yours be?

Livin’ Out Loud,


Whoa…Last time I throw things @ someone

Ode to Mother-In-Law

Most men seem to have a disdain, an indifference, or complete dislike for their mother-in-law. I have the extreme priviledge of having the best mother-in-law in the world. She is so giving, cares so deeply for my children, and goes so out of her way (often) to display her love for my wife.

I will start by telling you how she and I were introduced.

It was the Autumn of 1999, and Erica and I were dating for about 2 months. Erica invited me to her mom’s house in Colonie (Albany), NY for the weekend. I drove my black 1987 Ford Ranger from Boston to the house, only getting lost once with the directions that I was provided. I could write an entire post just on Erica’s family giving and following directions, or their inability to do so.

Well, thank God for Stewart’s, and their insight in hiring exceptionally caring and directionally capable people, because they hooked it up. I arrived to the house in about 3.5 hours. Only 1/2 hour later then i should have. Everyone was waiting at the door when I got there.

Her mom introduced herself to me, then her older sister Jess, then younger brother Jimmy, little sister Rachel, followed by Faith (the Dog), and then this large man Michael. For any lesser of a man this would have been intimidating, but for Al Dancy it was expected and handled with nothing bu confidence and class. Well, maybe just some Eddie Haskell-ness.

We ate dinner and then everyone hung for a bit. I learned quickly that her family is incredibly funny, and they have a great sense of humor. I decided I would tell a joke that I had recently learned. Bad decision…Really…Extremely bad decision.

Disclaimer first: This joke in no way portrays my true feelings toward women, or what the Bible says about the roles of a Husband and Wife.

The joke goes like this…

…Well, let’s just say that the joke gives the impression that I am a sexist pig, that thinks men should rule over women, and discusses corporal punishment. I’ll leave it there.

Word of Advice and Caution. If you want your girlfriend’s mom to like you, and approve of your relationship, don’t tell this joke. If you want her to think you are a complete tool, who disrepects women, tell the joke. If it ruins your chance to marry her, it’s not my fault.

That was a really long weekend my friends.

I had a lot of ground to repair and make up just from one joke. Well, not just from the joke. Getting kicked out of college for a semester didn’t put me in her good graces either.

I title this as “Ode to Mother-In-Law,” because mother’s in-law are not celebrated nearly enough. I have learned some incredible life lessons from this woman. I learned the joy of working and striving for a goal and obtaining it. She asked me once, “Have you ever run track, or won in a sport, where you gave all you could, and wouldn’t give up?” My answer was “Nope” I had never experienced the “Thrill of Victory,” and she taught me how great it feels when you give your all and pour all your energy into something.

She taught me how rewarding it is to be hospitable. She is, in my opinion, the epitomy of hospitality. I have learned the joy of having an open home, and how great it feels when you know people come to your house and prefer it over others’ becuase you amke them feel comfortable.

What have you learned from you Mother-In-Law?

As usual…Livin’ Out Loud, 


This post takes part of Water Cooler Wednesdays at Ethos hosted by Randy Elrod.

New Tech Wednesdays

Well good morning to you all. Today starts the New Tech Wednesdays here at ADS (AKA AlDancySpeaks). Here’s how it will work:

I will put up a post about something related to technology. It may be a new website, something in the news, something interesting to me, etc. Feel free to comment with your thoughts, or suggestions of sites.

So here is what I got:

I found this new site, which allows you to customize your music through them. They offer a free service and a pay. The free service allows you to select from different genres, different decades, parts of decades, and then select the mood you want.

I chose the 70’s, with a side of energetic, which got me a list of songs, as you can see below. Right now I’m listening to The Jackson Five “Blame it on the Boogie.”

What are you listening to?

Livin’ Out Loud,


This post is part of Watercooler Wednesdays at Ethos. Check out Randy Elrod sometime, he’s so cool!

The Flight of Buzz-Wyatt-Year

Wyatt’s birthday is tomorrow and we got him a a Buzzlightyear costume.  Here he is trying it out.

Today’s Pic

So, I posted a challenge the other day here, and asked people to gice me ideas for a hair cut.  No one submitted, which is fine.  So, I decide to do what I wanted to. and this is how it turned out.

What do you think?

Livin’ Out Loud,