Sunday, July 27, 2008

Trivia Update, Weekly Winners

After a week of really twisted tests, I tried to mix it up a little and throw out some tough ones over the past week. Talk about shooting myself in the foot !! Well it's over and we are back to the Fun Trivia Tests for the most part...

This weeks Weekly Points winner is no surprise, what is amazing is the number of points he got in 1 week

132 POINTS !! WOW!!!

Like last week, he's back AGAIN !! Big Congrats to PG you are #1 for the week and it looks like you will take that #1 for the month too!!

For everyone else out there...we still have a few days left in July...Make it in the top 10 for the month and YOU TOO can be in the Hall of Fame.....

The Weekly Top 5 Scorers were .....

Player Total Points Overall Rank
1. PG 132 1
2.Sneaky 85 14
3.Operator9 81 3
4. Sally 79 5
5. The_IQ 77 13

Looks like we need some Pictures for the player series for Sneaky and Sally !!

1 new player MsTerious joined us this past week and we welcome...Her !!

Good luck everyone

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Dream House

Wouldn't it be nice to have a little place on the ocean you could call home??

With a nice big gate to keep everyone out, well not everybody...I'd invite my friendly Trivia Players over for a cookout!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Yummy Stuff

Peanut Butter on a Toasted English Muffin....Yum !!

That's all I got today..too much Thunder and Lightening to stay on line too long!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Trivia Update, Weekly Winners, Newbies

Another week of trivia has sped by and again it is time to announce the Weekly Points Winner..This week it's a player who has been there before but didn't even make it to the top 5 last week:

A BIG Congrats to :

PG from Annoyingly Boring

Here are the TOP 5 Winners this week

Player Total Points Overall Rank
1. PG 118 2
2. Kathlock 102 1
3.Soy-Boy 102 5
4. dawtch 98 9
5. pixiepants 95 15

PG gained 16 points on the leader this week and has got his sights set on Kathlock who currently leads the pack in overall points for the month of July

As you can see the winners are all highlighted in Green which indicates a link...THE TOP Weekly Points Winner gets a link to his/her Website or Blog and the other four are linked to their player picture...So if you are new to Tom's Trivia Challenge or you just didn't know where those links would take you..

Take the time to visit the winners website or take a look into the eyes of your competition...see WHO you are up against!

If you haven't sent me a picture yet, take a look at the ones we have in the Player Picture Series and then send me one ...We need some new pictures !!

Welcome the 4 New Players this week
  1. sdrawkcab
  2. Lalapo
  3. beagleman
  4. Mr Hyde
There 12 more days in the Monthly Competition so there is still chance to move up in the hard, play smart...The TOP 10 Finishers will be in the Hall Of Fame FOREVER and that, I don't need to remind you, is a very long time!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Urine Test

a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ASS, doing drugs, while I work. Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? Pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don't. Hope you all will pass it along, though . . . . Something has to change in this country -- and soon

Friday, July 18, 2008

Virus Alert (Hallmark Greetings) EMAIL ALERT

Hi All, I got this email earlier today, I checked Snopes

It's a real Virus Threat !

Get this message sent to your contacts ASAP


You should be alert during the next few days.

Do not open any message
with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you.

It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which
'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list.

This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your
contacts It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN.

It has been classified by
Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard
Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Salem, MA, lunch, history and giggles

I had lunch today in Salem, Ma (Witch City) at a place that I would recommend to anyone visits the city that was once the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne and where every year they celebrate Halloween with more pomp and circumstance than Christmas.

Some claim that in 1876, the first telephone call was made from just around the corner at the site of the Lyceum Bar and Grill by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Mr Watson who was in Cambridge...

Red's Sandwich Shop

After lunch I had to take a picture of a Liquor Store Sign that has always struck me funny..

The Bunghole !

I think I'd change my name even if I did know that:

A bunghole is a hole bored in a liquid-tight barrel. The hole is capped with a large cork-like object called a bung

Bungholes were first used on wooden barrels, and were typically bored by the purchaser of the barrel using a brace and bit. Bungholes can be bored in either head (end) of a barrel or in one of the staves (side). With the bung removed, a tapered faucet can be attached to aid with dispensing. When barrels full of beer or wine were shipped, the recipient would often bore new bungholes of the most suitable size and placement rather than remove the existing bung.

I think I'd call my liquor store "The Keg"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Some Pic's and a note to myTo my subscribers

First I'd like to say to my wonderful subscribers....Sorry about the last post!!

I learned that it couldn't be read because I had the wrong color font!! If it happens to you again just know you can click on the link to
Tom's Hideaway at the bottom of the feed you are receiving and you should be able to see the posting OK..


Now some pictures...

Minnie Again..She's just Photogenic and no one else lets me take as many pictures as I do of her!!

Experimental Photo...Driving Drunk

This is what it's like if you are Driving Impaired


For the full effect, click on the pictures and they get larger. Minnie make a good desktop wallpaper as she is peeking around all the icons and well if you stare at the second one long enough you may be able to just skip the Martini's...

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Got it in the Email

Three men - a Canadian farmer, Osama bin Laden and a KENTUCKY GENTLEMAN are all working together one day.

They come across a lantern and a Genie pops out of it.
'I will give each
of you one wish, which is three wishes in total', says the Genie.

The Canadian says, 'I am a farmer and my son will also farm. I want the land to be forever fertile in Canada '

POOF! With the blink of the Genie's eye, the land in Canada was forever fertile for farming.

Osama was amazed, so he said, 'I want a wall around Afghanistan , Palestine , Iraq and Iran so that no infidels, Americans or Canadians
can come into our precious land.'

POOF! Again, with the blink of the Genie's eye, there was a huge wall around those countries.

The Kentuckian says, 'I am very curious.
Please tell me more about this wall.'

The Genie explains, 'Well, it's about 5,000 feet high, 5oo feet thick and completely surrounds the country. Nothing can get in or out;

it's virtually impenetrable.'

The Kentuckian sits down on his Harley , cracks a beer, lites a cigar,
smiles and says,

'Fill it with water.'

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Weekly Winner, Trivia Update

The scores are in along with a lot of 1st time players and some who have tried again after being away...Thanks for playing and lets get to this weeks TOP 5 Weekly Points winners...

Player Total Points Overall Rank
1. kathlock 110 1
2. Soy-Boy 83 5
3. Dawtch 82 9
4.Operator9 80 3
5.Shoretown 75 20

It's the girl from Downunder AGAIN !! getting into the triple figures AGAIN !! she is on fire this month and I'm tempted to throw a whole week of baseball Trivia at her, but that wouldn't be nice !!


As far as #2 thru #5 we see 4 different players than we had last week...

Soy-Boy was number 2 and he stumbled yesterday after having a very strong week.

Our favorite player from Indiana Dawtch notched #3 .

The April 08' Champion , Operator 9 was 4th.

Finally, number 5 spot Shoretown , who has dabbled in the Trivia Challenge in the past, played 6 out of the last 7 days, and proves once again that in any given week anyone playing Tom's Trivia Challenge has a chance at being the Weekly Points Winner, a stat you will only find here at Tom's Hideaway.

Congrats to all and welcome to those 8 new or returning players that joined us in the past week including Shoretown we had Balla1, Bpoore05, Dale2006, Rain, Tresbelle16, Jayarr and prittypink1211...

This week I'm Going with 7 straight days of Fun Trivia Mix Questions...Good Luck to all !!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Old South Meeting House

On December 16, 1773, some 5000 colonists gathered at the Old South Meeting House to protest a tax and so, started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party.

Built in 1729, the Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston, but is now towered over by the modern steel and glass buildings of today.

Boston is a beautiful city with a wonderful mix of old and new...

On a trip this past weekend I snapped a few shots of the city...

A new view of the Custom House from a park that used to be a a highway through the city until they put the highway in a tunnel with the costliest highway project ever... Big Dig

And another shot from the park , but , looking in the opposite direction, of Rowes Wharf where I left my Yacht above..I wish!!

Located across from the State House , beside the Boston Common is the Memorial to the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry which was one of the first black regiments in the US Military and fought in the Civil War and was depicted in the movie Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington.

All in all my son Pat and I had a nice day
strolling through the city, hope you enjoy the photos!!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Trivia Update July, Week 1

Because I lost the points stats from Sunday 06/29/08, we only have 6 days of points to determine the overall Points Leader for the week ending July 5, 2008!!

It's my mistake...but I think we can all live with it.

So...The players with the most points from Monday 6/30/08 to Saturday 7/05/08 are as follows:

Player Total Points Overall Rank
1. kathlock 101 1
2. Shaun 76 4
3. Sally 73 11
4.PG 70 2
5. Pixiepants 61 5

leads the pack !!

Congrats Kath and the rest of the players that made it in the top 5 in points this week.

I'm doing AWFUL but I'm not giving in yet!!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

1, 2, 3 Clones !!!

click on picture to enlarge

The Panorama function on the the new camera is kinda cool... It looks like Pat is watching himself talk to himself !!

RE Weekly Winner's...I've crunched the numbers, I know the weekly winners but I am trying out a new Scheduled Post feature in Blogger so tune in after 5 AM EST on July 7, 2008 for the Weekly Points Winner stats and see if you made the list...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

New Toy and an Old Song

I got myself a New Toy today...A Fuji Finepix S1000 10 Megapixel Digital Camera with a 12x Optical Zoom...

Wooo Hooo ..

I never buy myself anything so I splurged a little on this one.

It's of course so pictures here at Tom's Hideaway are of the best possible quality !!

Here are the first 2 shots:

Anne's Orchids

Minnie, resting on Dad's Shoe.

Now there will be a lot more to follow, both here and my poor lonely Hideaway Picture Blog !!
So Lets Celebrate the new camera with an appropriate song titled

New Toy !!

Oh AY OH !!

That Lene Lovich what a snappy dresser!!

Another Email Post

Got this in the mail from


one of the Stars of Tom's Trivia Challenge

Hooked on phonics...
Jake is five and just learning to read. He points to a picture in a zoo book and proudly says,
"Look Mama, this is a frickin' elephant!"
His mother is horrified, "What did you call it?''
"A frickin' elephant, Mama. It says so right under the picture!"

African Elephant

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New Month, New Week and I made a boo boo

There will be a slight difference in the weekly winner scores for this coming Sunday. They will be based on the scores everyone gets starting today thru Saturday the 5th.

I lost some of the stats from Sunday so for this week there will only be 5 days instead of 7 for the week. Next week everything will be back to normal, well as normal as it gets here anyway. Sorry!!

Congrats to Kathlock who topped all scorers for the past month !!

I see aintneverscared has thrown down her desire to OWN the Trivia Scores this month....

I see Dawtch taking the top spot 3 of the last 4 days

kathlock continues to show us how sharp an Aussie girl from DownUnder can be while PG has been dropping more games than the Red Sox..

Let's see if we can get a new 1st place finisher for July. I love Kathlock and PG and I want them playing every day..They make me want to do better so I'm urging everyone else to kick some butt this month and let's give those two champs a run for it.