Updated 1/1/11.

09_30_06 051Hi. Tiffany, here. For a faster summary of my Internet domination, check out my About.me page. Otherwise, continue reading!

First off I would just like to emphasize that I answer EVERY comment left on the website, and EVERY e-mail sent by a reader. Maybe not on the same day it was received, but certainly within the week. Bloggers who put themselves out there and then don’t respond to comments, communication, or feedback bug me. So I make sure I ain’t one of ’em.

“Laura Charon” was a nom-de-net that I’d been using since day one. Really, it’s my Grandmother’s full name, Laura being my middle name. It’s probably safe to “come out” by now and use my real name, but I figure it would probably confuse things so why break what ain’t broke, ya know? As of November 24, 2009, I “came out” and started using my “real” name, Tiffany. Then “Calvin” became Bill, and “Michael” became Robert, and “Marie” became Amanda. You’ve gotta know it was all just a big ratings scam, really. Heh.

I was born and raised in Maine, so you’ll hear a lot about that, and my homesickness, and my dream to live there again some day. For now, I’m “exiled” in Arizona. I have a love/hate relationship with this desert state.

I am married to a man who is eleven years my senior, but decades younger than me in spirit. When I married him I became part of a ready-made family, and inherited a step-daughter and a step-son. They’re featured here on a regular basis, too.

Other than this site, I am a freelance writer for the Vacations Blog at UpTake.com, the photography website Beyond Megapixels, and the media websites of Demand Studios. In 2009 I became a freelance photographer in Arizona – you can see my professional website with rates and portfolio of my work here. And you can buy copies of my prints at my ImageKind site, here.

Snerkology.com and its various incarnations has been a presence on the internet since September 2000:

  • The original on-line journal archives can be viewed here. They go from September of 2000 through August of 2006. This is back when I was less lazy and actually hard-coded my website in HTML. Ahhh, the good old days.
  • My most recent site, the blog version of Snerkology, can be viewed here. It ran from March of 2005 through the beginning of January 2008. UPDATE 2/11/08 – I just imported all of the archives from the Blogger version of Snerkology over to this WordPress site, so now all archives can be accessed via the archive drop-down at the right.
  • The old “companion” blog to the original Snerkology website (“Colloquial”) can be viewed here. The entries are from August 2003 through April 2005. UPDATE 5/22/08 – I just imported all of the archives from the Blogger version of Colloquial over to the WordPress site, so now all archives can be accessed via the archive drop-down at the right. There are some formatting issues which I will be resolving in chunks as I have the time, but they’re readable.
  • I am a co-author over at No Butts About It, a collaborative health and fitness website. Since I’m over there, I’ve put my personal fitness blog, Operation::Goddess, on hiatus, but all the archives are still up. That one began in October of 2002.
  • I cook. A lot. Recipes can be found at my recipe site, World Famous Nosh.

In January of 2008 I decided to shift my website over to WordPress, since I appreciate its features and reliability rather more than Blogger. Not that Blogger hasn’t treated me well over the years, but… well, it was time for a change. So I’m rather spread around in different places, but until I can figure out how to consolidate everything, this is the way things stand.

I’ve done eleventy-seven “about” pages and lists and whatnot, which can be viewed:

If you have any questions or comments or just want to say hi, I can always be contacted via e-mail at snerkology (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for reading!



Cast of Characters:

Bill (formerly “Calvin”), my husband:


Amanda (formerly “Marie”), my step-daughter (seen here with her nephew, my grandson, Roman):


Robert (formerly “Michael”), my step-son (seen here with the boys in costume for Halloween ’06):

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Robert, my oldest grandson:


Devlin, my middle grandson:


Roman, my youngest grandson:


Grandma (the “original” Laura Charon! She passed away in August of ’01):


Oz (Bengal):


Zoe (Pound Kitty):


Cheeto (Inland Bearded Dragon):


Lucy (Sandfire Bearded Dragon):


Kali (Ball Python):


Gypsy (Beagle, seen here with Gadget (right)):


Gadget (Miniature Pinscher):


Portia (Marie’s Pit Bull and I think she spells it like the car instead of this way):



Past taglines:

– “It’s pie, with chips, for free!” (Week of January 13th, 2008 ) From a Geiko commercial.

– “Lookin’ like I robbed Liberace.” (Week of January 20th, 2008 ) Lyric from “California Love”

– “Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.” (Week of January 27th, 2008 ) Quote from “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off”

– “Soy un perdedor. Since 2000.” (Week of February 3, 2008 ) Lyric from “I’m a Loser, Baby”

– “It’s the computer age. Nerds are in.” (Week of February 10, 2008 ) Quote from Season One of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

– “Passing the dutchie on the left hand side. Since 2000.” (Week of February 17, 2008 ) Lyric from “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth

– “She’s a mean old bitch, and she has stupid hair.” (Week of February 24, 2008 ) Lyric from “Kyle’s Mom is a Bitch” from Southpark The Movie

– “Accroches-toi a ton reve.” (Week of March 2, 2008 ) Lyric from “Hold On Tight” by Electric Light Orchestra

– “The Ghetto Fairy idea is retarded.” (Week of March 9, 2008 ) Quote from Crystal’s daughter in her March 5, 2008 entry.

– “In the garden of a thousand sighs.” (Week of March 16, 2008 ) Lyric from Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”

– “I need direction to perfection.” (Week of March 23, 2008 ) Lyric from The Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done”

– “At the center of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.” (Week of March 30, 2008 ) Quote from episode 1.03 of “The Big Bang Theory”. Complete quote is, “Okay, look, I think you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny as the Hubble telescope does of discovering that at the center of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.”

– “Kind of a sanctimonious dicktowel.” (Week of April 6, 2008 ) Quote from Sundry Mourning’s April 1st 2008 Entry

– “The nighttime Whatifs strike again!” (Week of April 13, 2008 ) Quote from Shel Silverstein’s poem, Whatif.

– “Bring me my bright red fluro jacket.” (Week of April 20, 2008 ) Lyric from Steriogram’s “Walkie Talkie Man”.

– “Dancing through the minor falls and the major lifts.” (Week of April 27, 2008 ) Reference to lyric from “Hallelujah”.

– “Feels so good it’s like walkin’ on glass.” (Week of May 4, 2008 ) Lyric from Faith No More’s song “Epic”.

– “Throwin’ punches around, and preachin’ from my chair.” (Week of May 11, 2008 ) Lyric from The Who’s “Who Are You?”

– “Rise like the tide, no need to hide.” (Week of May 18, 2008 ) Lyric from Kate Havnevik’s “Timeless”.

– “Incidents and accidents, hints and allegations.” (Week of May 25, 2008 ) Lyric from Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”.

– “Cheese makes everything better.” (Week of June 1, 2008 ) Personal mantra of Laura and Jen.

– “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.” (Week of June 8, 2008 ) Quote from Robert Plant recorded at Woodstock, used at the opening of his song “Tye Die on the Highway”

– “I am the Frito Bandito. Since 2000.” (Week of June 15, 2008 ) Frito Lay commercial jingle.

– “Standing barefoot in a puddle of beer. Since 2000.” (Week of June 22, 2008 ) Reference to the conditions of the George Michael concert I attended on 6/22/08.

– “Due to lack of interest, tomorrow is cancelled.” (Week of June 29, 2008 ) Lyric from “Ruby” by The Kaiser Chiefs.

– “Flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” (Week of July 6, 2008 ) Quote from the movie “Blazing Saddles”.

– “Eternity draws ever sweeter plans for me.” (Week of July 13, 2008 ) Lyric from “Ship of Fools” by Robert Plant.

– “We will rule over all this land, and we will call it…this land.” (Week of July 20, 2008 ) Quote from Wash of the series “Firefly” (pilot episode).

– “This here’s a spectacle that might warrant a moment’s consideration.” (Week of July 27, 2008 ) Quote from Mal of the series “Firefly” (“Jaynestown” episode).

– “We were never being boring.” (Week of August 3, 2008 ) Lyric from Pet Shop Boys’ “Being Boring”.

– “You better blow that shit out.” (Week of August 10, 2008 ) Line from a Jamie Foxx comedy routine.

– “In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous.” (Week of August 17, 2008 ) Lyric from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”, “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General”.

– “Not actually here; just more likely to be here than to not be here.” (Week of August 24, 2008 ) Particle physics theory.

– “I pour the drinks and crush the flowers.” (Week of August 31, 2008 ) Lyric from Pet Shop Boys “What Have I Done to Deserve This”.

– “I hope to set an example, you know, for children and stuff.” (Week of September 7, 2008 ) Quote from Captain Hammer on “Dr. Horrible.”

– “Built on victorious young triads.” (Week of September 14, 2008 ) Lyric from “Commissioning a Symphony in C” by Cake

– “Small things so sad that birds could land.” (Week of September 21, 2008 ) Lyric from “Lump” by Presidents of the United States of America.

– “Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.” (Week of September 28, 2008 ) Lyric from “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin.

– “They haven’t discovered vampires in space yet, but it could happen.” (Week of October 5, 2008 ) A quote from Jen.

– “Nomar, tell me you got that!” (Week of October 12, 2008 ) Tagline from an SNL skit.

– “Showing you moves you haven’t seen since recess.” (Week of October 19, 2008 ) A thought that came to me while watching a Packers/Colts game, in describing some quarterback antics.

– “Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.” (Week of October 26, 2008 ) Lyric from “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Credence Clearwater Revival.

– “Time. Truth. Heart.” (Week of November 2, 2008 ) Lyric from “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers, and also a mantra of NFL teams.

– “Using the F word as a comma. Since 2000.” (Week of November 9, 2008 ) Heard from a commentator on NPR on 11/7/08, while she was describing the new Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

– “an illusion caused by the world spinning round.” (Week of November 16, 2008 ) Lyric from “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips.

– “Moonlighting as a criminal mastermind. Since 2000.” (Week of November 23, 2008 ) Quote from Book of the series “Firefly” (episode: “War Stories”).

– “Suffering from a deplorable excess of personality. Since 2000.” (Week of November 30, 2008 ) Paraphrased from a line from Jurassic Park.

– “You do a little dance and then you drink a little water.” (Week of December 7, 2008 ) Lyric from “Give It Away” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

– “I’m not insane. My mother had me tested.” (Week of December 14, 2008 ) Quote from Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

– “Nothing says Christmas like football in the snow.” (Week of December 21, 2008 ) Thought prompted after watching two Sunday football games in a row – one of them Pats vs. Cards – that took place during snow storms.

– “I’m so into you but I’m way too smart for you.” (Week of December 28, 2008 ) Lyric from “Skullcrusher Mountain”.

– “Here come the hot stepper. I’m a lyrical gangster.” (Week of January 4, 2009) Lyric from “Hot Stepper” by Kamoze Ini.

– “Bringing you bottle caps and fortune cookies. Since 2000.” (Week of January 18, 2009) Actually, these were two items knocked off the counter this morning. It kind of just stuck in my mind.

– “A modern day warrior; mean, mean stride.” (Week of January 25, 2009) Lyrics from “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.

– “Well we’ll float on, good news is on the way.” (Week of February 1, 2009) Lyrics from “Float On” by Modest Mouse. Because I’m feeling optimistic at the moment.

– “Destined for a gnarly moment of ook. Since 2000.” (Week of February 8, 2009) From this entry.

– “An ice cream truck on a deserted street.” (Week of February 15, 2009) Lyric from “Waiting On A Sunny Day” by Bruce Springsteen.

– “Dont change for you. Don’t change a thing for me.” (Week of February 22, 2009) Lyric from “Don’t Change” by INXS.

– “Good girls don’t, but I do.” (Week of March 1, 2009) Lyric from “Good Girls Don’t” by The Knack.

– “Distracting you from my good looks with my stunning intellect. Since 2000.” (Week of March 8, 2009) I made it up. I was feeling punchy.

– “Get your ass off the wall with your two left feet.” (Week of March 15, 2009) Lyric from “Shake That” by Eminem and Nate Dogg.

– “A mind full of wicked designs.” (Week of March 22, 2009) Lyric from “Hey Pretty” by Poe.

– “Also… I can kill you with my brain.” (Week of March 29, 2009) Quote from River of the series Firefly (Episode: “Trash”)

– “The opposite of your kid’s role model. Since 2000.” (Week of April 5, 2009) I’ve been saying to my kids forever, “I’m not your role model!” Now, I warn you that I’m not YOUR kid’s role model, either.

– “Hitting you like a two ton heavy thing. Since 2000.” (Week of April 12, 2009) Refers to the dialogue at the beginning of Queensryche’s “Empire”.

– “Chewing on glass and a ticket stub. Since 2000.” (Week of April 19, 2009) From “Flathead” by The Fratelli’s.

– “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me blog.” (Week of May 3, 2009) I made Blogstickers a long time ago, using quotes from The Princess Bride. This one is a bastardization of Inigo’s quote, “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

– “If you’ve got the feeling, jump across the ceiling.” (Week of May 17, 2009) Lyric from House of Pain’s “Jump Around”.
– “This couch trip’s gettin’ older, tell me how long has it been.” (Week of May 31, 2009) Lyric from Guns ‘n Roses “You Could Be Mine”
– “Just look to your soul and open your mind.” (Week of June 14, 2009) Lyric from “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James and the Shondells.
– “Diving 500 feet into a damp sponge. Since 2000.” (Week of June 21, 2009) Reference to a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Credit totally goes to Dys for thinking of it and e-mailing it to me.
– “Providing you with your moment of zen. Since 2000.” (Week of July 12, 2009) Taken from John Stewart’s parting comments, nightly on The Daily Show.
– “I need a deep margarita to help me unwind.” (Week of August 10, 2009) Lyric from Sugarland’s “Just Might (Make Me Believe)”.
– “More conversation, and somewhat less.… petty theft and getting hit with pool cues.” (Week of August 16, 2009) Quote from Inara of the series Firefly (episode “Shindig”).
– “Woke up laughing.” (Week of September 6, 2009) Title/lyric of song by Robert Palmer.
– “Cartoon capers happen in reality.” (Beginning September 23, 2009) Lyric from Sly Fox’s “Let’s Go All The Way”.
– “A hoopy frood who really knows where her towel is.” (Beginning October 20, 2009) Paraphrased quote from Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.
– “An uttered noise which denotes amusement/disgust/derision/disbelief.” (Beginning November 11, 2009) The very first tagline I ever used on Snerkology, resurrected in a fit of nostalgia.

  1. bchboy1 says:

    by far the best “about” page I’ve read!

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