Well, officially Festivus is tomorrow. Does everyone have their pole up and decorated or do you just have a holiday tree? I am really looking forward to the airing of grievances time of year.
The Mariners have been fairly busy this off-season in regards to pitching. They are not going to re-sign
Tomorrow we leave for
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Well, officially Festivus is tomorrow. Does everyone have their pole up and decorated or do you just have a holiday tree? I am really looking forward to the airing of grievances time of year.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Whether you are a fan or not, I would highly recommend that you go. They put on a stage show that is out of this world. Some may not go, because of how political U2, especially Bono, can be. It is to be expected from U2. Going to a U2 concert and have it not have some sort of political message would be like not finding ice on the North Pole.
I am a Led Zeppelin fan; however, the likelihood of seeing the original group live is fairly slim. So, I think of U2 as my zeppelin, I am very glad I was able to see them live.
We are 4 days away from leaving for MT, I am very excited. I was throwing the ball for my dog in the backyard, and my elbow was sore after 2 tosses. Apparently, my training program for the big game is not as good as once thought.
Got all of my Christmas shopping done early this past Saturday. Why wait so late? I did not charge one item for Christmas this year. Waiting for paychecks was my delay.
I hope to blog between now and when we leave. However, if the opportunity to do so does not present itself: Merry Christmas to my 3 readers. And Bill, I will see you Friday night!
Friday, December 16, 2005
It has been awhile since I talked about the price difference with Diesel compared to gasoline. Diesel is only 20 cents more expensive from the highest octane in SLC. Back in October, the difference was around 75 cents and over a dollar from the lowest octane. This makes me feel better about our diesel purchase.
I hope to get all Christmas shopping done this weekend. I am on-call for my job, so that can always throw a wrench into my plans, but I am sure we can make it work. The U2 concert is this weekend. We had our tickets since March, so I hope it will be worth the wait. Besides these few items, I hope to cruise into my vacation that starts next Friday.
The Mariners signed Carl Everett to a one year deal. I am not a fan of building a team on the FA market, because it will never last. If you can start with youth, and attempt to keep them happy for a few years, you can make a good run at the top. Teams that do well in the FA market are only good for a year or two it seems. Think of all the FA's the Yankee's have acquired in the past few years, and have not won a World Series since 2000.
I hope to blog before my vacation. But, on the off chance I do not, Merry Christmas!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
1. “We serve breakfast all day” is plastered across the top of all menu’s, and usually mentioned more than once
2. Their food is good. Not good as in “healthy” or good as in good, but good as in bad. So bad, when you have cleaned your plate, you can see yourself in the greasy mirror left behind and your cholesterol number appears in red on your white undershirt as you leave.
3. A breakfast "bar". A place for those travelers or loaners that need a place to sit without taking up an eight person booth
4. Open after the bars are closed. Fuck, breakfast is served all day.
5. Their “low fat” menu items have a calorie rating higher than the highest SAT scores in the country. But hey, it’s a low fat item on THAT menu.
6. Generally “tarnished” spoons. “Greasy spoon” rolls off the tongue a lot better than “tarnished spoon”.
Who does the “World famous” voting? Where the fuck is this white clothed booth located? I want an “I voted for world famous” sticker on my lapel someday. Someone is always advertising that they have “World Famous Fries” or “World famous (insert whatever you want)”. I think I am going to claim myself as the “World Famous Josh”. You disagree? Well, you should have fucking voted then.
What makes an item a “house specialty” on a menu? What makes Don’s Family Feedbag’s chicken fried steak, better than Pistol Pete’s Rooster Tail Bonaza’s chicken fried steak. I got a house specialty, Mac&Cheese, my Kraft box comes in a different color of blue and has red writing
What is “nog”? I am addicted to Egg Nog shakes and egg nog in general. Artic Circle should advertise “Now with real Nog!” Imagine the unnecessary questions and comments they would receive, but man it would be funny.
What is the “low fat” range on a menu? Why is the chicken cordon bleu “low fat” at Applebee’s, but not Chili’s? Are we talking 500 calories with 10 coming from fat? There needs to be a key card placed somewhere at restaurants.
Who says there is no such thing as a stupid question? I would like to start my own cliché. Even the phrase “that is so cliché” is a cliché. But yet, I can’t think of anyting great to start off with. Man, this job is harder than trying to wipe your ass with a fig leaf and a bungy cord.
I know this great little tarnished spoon around the corner, they have World Famous biscuits and gravy, and yes, they do have a low fat menu.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Baseball’s off-season is cooking as usual. Players are getting paid more than what I feel they deserve. This seems to be par for the course. Mariners are guilty of this. Sexon and Beltre did come from the NL, so I am willing to give this past year a free pass. However, I expect greater things from them come this coming season.
Have I mentioned how excited I am to return to Missoula for Christmas and the big game? I am so out of shape, I hurt my left knee getting out of bed the other morning. Walking the dog, I am out of breath…this could be a long game.
Friday, December 02, 2005
With December 1st, came my Turbo Tax and the traditional advent calendar. I recall as a kid getting excited to break open the day’s door on the calendar perched on my parents buffet. Now, I have resorted to adding a widget to my MAC dashboard…how lame is that!
For some odd reason, I love doing my own taxes. Love might be a bit strong, but I do enjoy doing them. I am sure I am not getting as much of a refund as I could be, but I feel we do pretty good doing this on my own. Plus, I am saving the $50/hour a CPA would charge me, or whatever that rate might.
We are going to Missoula for Christmas this year. I am excited. I will be attending the 17th Annual Whitaker Park football game on the 24th. I have missed the past two years, so returning to this event has me excited for our pending trip. This game has been played ever 24th of December since our freshman year in HS. This game has been going on for over half my life now! I was rather disappointed to miss the past two games, but that is what having multiple families to visit at Christmas causes. Lora and I seem to have developed a pretty good rotation.
Monday, November 21, 2005
I see the EPA is going to included A/C use and stop and go travel when they do MPG ratings in the future. I am not sure when these changes take affect, but I hope soon. It took many claims for those hybrid drivers out there to help with this change. I read one blog by a person stating that his Honda Civic hybrid was getting 31 MPG on the highway, but was advertised to get 47. I am not sure why this took so long, it says right on the sticker something to the affect of driving between 20 and 50 miles per hour to get that mileage rating. What I did not know, the EPA test you see on window stickers measurers the emissions the car produces and not the actual fuel used. Who drives 50 in a 65 or better yet, a 75 speed zone. I never put too much thought into this before, because it always seemed that our cars were “close” to the advertised rating. Our Jeep is getting around 21 MPG, with a good mix of City/Highway/4X4. When we drive to MT this December, this will be our first 100% highway trip in the vehicle w/o towing anything. However, we could be in 4X4, depending on road conditions.
Thanksgiving is this Thursday, but I don’t have to tell my 3 readers that. My wife and I are hosting our first turkey day. Lora is doing the cooking, so my job will be stress relief and to stay the hell outa the way.
Monday, November 14, 2005
I have no plans on going back anytime within the next few years, but our traveling companions appear to enjoy Vegas; they go 3 or more times a year.
Fall has officially hit SLC, and it is November 14th. That is pretty good. It is rainy and cold today. It has been in the 50’s to upper 60’s and sunny.
Christmas ads are already covering our TV sets at night. They have actually been on for awhile. The day after Halloween, some stories already had Christmas stuff up. That is just wrong, it is barely mid-November. As kid, I was excited in July for Christmas, now as an adult, I kind dread this holiday.
I am in the middle of the pack in Fantasy Football. I had a lot of bye week issues, that I failed to address in a decent manner. Oh well, I am still having fun.
Friday, October 28, 2005
I finally took the Mariners up on emailing their "mailbag". Here was my question to them:
"Should the Mariners go after pitching in future upcoming drafts? Not just random throughout the draft, but like for the first 15 rounds straight. Pitching has won the last 2 WS for the Soxes, and countless times before that as well. King Felix is great, but we also need to find the next Oswalt and the next Garcia. I am curious if the M's have any plans to take a more aggressive pitcher draft strategy in 06 and possibly in 07."
It was nice to see the Sox win the World Series and break their own curse. Pitching has been a major cog in the championship wheel and mostly good, young talent at that. I really don't want the M's going after flash in the pan free agency pitching. Please see Carl Pavano for the primary example on this topic. Yes, he was injured, but did nothing before his injury. I am under the school of thought that free agency is NOT going to save the M's and get them to the World Series.
Lora and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary this past Wednesday. We did exchange gifts of the non-traditional sort. I found on some tech sites that the 3rd anniversary should include Season 6 of The Simpsons, and some RAM for a computer. Lora got a watch out of the deal. We had an enjoyable time with the standard dinner and movie date.
Today and tomorrow are going to be raining here in the SLC valley. I guess I will have to clean out my office and do things around the house.
A quick update on fantasy football, I am currently in 4th place, well, tied for 3rd. I am a mediocre team that had huge success last weekend. I hope I am able to knock off the #1 team this upcoming weekend. I think that all of my 3 readers know that my history in fantasy sports has never been outstanding. Maybe next year I will order a chicken salad, on rye, untoasted ... and a cup of tea. Nothing has ever worked out for me with Tuna on toast.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I sure hope this turns out to be a great World Series. We have two of the best pitching teams going head-to-head. I give the edge to the White Sox, they have a bit better offense, but we shall soon see. I am still amazed at how the starting pitching for the Sox performed in their last series with the Angels.
The NBA players need to just shut up. I see that the 8 million dollar Marcus Camby is asking for a “clothing allowance” or something like that, to meet the new dress code. Whatever. The players are making a mountain out of this mole hill. Sorry, need to wear a collared shirt and not that Walt Frazier jersey on the sidelines. Personally, I am happy about this, help clean up the image of the NBA. I have not watched a complete NBA games since the last strike. So, no matter what, they won’t bring me back into the mix as a fan.
Monday, October 17, 2005
The sad part, diesel in Fillmore Utah was $3.35 per gallon, to some degree, eliminating our diesel gas benefit, at least from a MPG standpoint. As a child and up until about 2 years ago, diesel was always cheaper then gas. Now, it is about 10-30 cents higher than the 91 Octane gas. I asked someone local about this, and they said "supply and demand, just not enough demand for diesel." I responded with a "bullshit" and brought up the facts listed above. Apparently, tax plays a larger roll in this "cheaper to produce" source of fuel that I want to think about.
I am not sure what our coming home MPG will be. We have 3/4 of a tank left of a 20 gallon tank. If that is truely the case, we drove 135 miles on 5 gallons of gas for 27 MPG...seems a bit high...but I hope it is true. I did seem easier.
I had the unique opportunity to watch the Seachickens pound the hell out of the Texans last night on ESPN. The reason this is unique, SLC does not show Seachickens games, unless they were play
We went camping for the first time in our new travel trailer this past weekend. I am sure that Lora will be updating our webpage for those of you interested in seeing our tiny trailer in action. Ours is a T@B clamshell, if you want to look on your own. Below is a small photo from the driveway.
It was over 70 degrees yesterday, hard to believe that October is here, and almost gone. It is actually nice, we have a lot of tulip bulbs to plant and some late fall yard work to be completed.
Basil in the trailer
Friday, September 30, 2005
Tomorrow I will be taking the climb up to the roof to “winterize” our swamp cooler. I have been thinking about this all week, and I am NOT looking forward to it. The job should only take 20-30 minutes, if that. The hardest part will be getting over my fear.
Next weekend I will be attending iForum in Vegas. I have not been to Vegas since coming of age. The last time I was there, the Mob ran the show and “The Strip” didn’t exist. Of course, I was 5 or so. Maybe I saw a “hit” and didn’t realize it.
Not much else to report. This weekend will be our fall cleanup time as temperatures are supposes to be in the 80’s. Of course, Tuesday is going to be a high of 60, gotta love fall. Since I won’t be able to attend UM’s homecoming this weekend. I will have a beer and watch the game online.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Baseball’s regular season has one more week of life left before “October Madness” begins. The M’s do not have a shot in hell of making it. It is my hope, and the hope of other M’s fans around the world, that .500 is a reasonable goal for next season.
The wild card races this year are very good. It could very well come down to the last game in both the NL and AL. I hope that October will offer those of us with a passion for our summer pastime, some fall excitement.
Fall is coming to the Wasatch front. Our highs are no better than 70’s. I guess time climb up on the roof and cover up the swamp cooler. This is not fun for someone who has a fear of heights. Our home is an English style Tudor offering a nice steep pitched roof. If I don’t post for awhile, you know where to find me, somewhere next to my house on the ground.
My wife and I just purchased a new Jeep Liberty Diesel. Our main goal of this was to get better gas mileage, emissions, and have the capabilities to tow 5000 pounds. For those of you know us, we have so many needs to tow 5000 pounds. So far, 400 miles, we are pretty excited about this purchase.
On a personal note, I recently turned down a job that would have returned my family and me to
Come on Seachickens! After tomorrow, I will be 2-1 in Fantasy Football. I am a mediocre team and will most likely not make the playoffs. Yes, I know it is early.
In terms of Fantasy Baseball, I am fighting to stay in second place. Much like the regular season in the real MLB, our fantasy league has been very competitive this year. I guess, next year, vengence will be mine.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
This is an ugly trend this president has going for him. He had a 9/11 commission to investigate what happened there. Now, we have an investigation into why we were slow to get to the areas hit by the hurricane.
The 9/11 commission I can kind see, since it was a terrorist attack and that is something that you really can’t plan for. However, I think he does this sort of thing to avoid the finger being pointed at him. “W” is a professional spinner. He has the ability to turn the attention to CIA, or in this case FEMA.
I am not sure what the chain of command is for FEMA and how they report to the President. However, this makes me think of the X-Files movie. For those of you that have not seen that movie, FEMA is talked about as the most powerful government agency. I would think that “W”, if he was to use that gray matter, would have been to go to the director and say “Hurricanes a brewing, whacha doin’ bout it?” (As he leans on a podium with that shit eating grin on his face.).
Has anyone else read how funding to “upgrade” these levies was cut? Huh, can we say, unnecessary war? Thanks to the under funded “no child” act and the potentially over funded “Homeland security” mixed in with tax cuts, something had to give.
One shinning spot from this years M’s season is Felix Hernandez. This kid can pitch! He went 7 shutout innings against the A’s yesterday. The bullpen held true for the M’s to beat the A’s 2-0 in O-town. One thing the M’s have going for them, which I am not accustom to, is youth.
I project that in about 2 years, the M’s should be competing for the AL West title again. They need one year to get clicking. Plus,
I did not heed Bill’s advice to take Pat Beach on my Fantasy team. I will keep my 4 readers informed of my progress or lack of progress, in my fantasy football league.
Why is that whenever natural disasters occur, “W” needs Clinton and Dad to aid him? Clinton and Bush Sr. seemed to be on the same page for the Tsunami; however, in watching some interviews of them, I would say, this disaster might cause a divide between these two ex-leaders.
The West was price gouged, plain and simple. Apparently,
I joked in my Fantasy Football draft about the “San Antonio Saints.” Little did I know, that could become reality.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I would like to first thank “Andren” for not posting anonymously and not posting a comment on how I can refinance my home. Welcome my fellow Mariner fan. Even though this blog has been avoiding the M’s.
Last night, the 31 year old rookie, Harris took control of the Mariners and was the leader in getting them past the evil empire. Tonight, we have a match up that could be a sign of things to come, Felix vs. Randy. I might have to tune into MLB radio and check this one out.
I have officially in second place in my Fantasy Baseball league. The evil commissioner of our league has overtaken me for the top spot. We have about 4 weeks of baseball to go and I am 250 points out of first.
Tomorrow is my Fantasy Football draft. This is always an interesting time; I generally suck at drafting a team, so I will be sure to update everyone as time goes on. I think I need to call in sick, way behind on research.
I really should have more to blog about since it has been almost a month since my last update. I am sure something else will come to mind.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Since I have moved to SLC, I have a new appreciation for Missoula and the “laid back” environment is offers. Not just Missoula, but Montana is general. Someday, it would be nice to return. Yes, we did bring back into Utah, illegally, some Kokanee beer.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
However, at least he did not go to Congress and deny steroid use to only get busted a few months later.
During the week of July 18th, I was in the Dells,
On Sunday we picked up my sister-in-law and her husband and drove 4+ hours to The Dells. We had to make a detour and hit the Leinenkugel brewery in
The Dells were surprisingly fun. We went to the only Mega park, Mt Olympus and did the roller coaster Haites. We hit speeds of like 70 MPH, I think Lora kept her eyes closed through most of it, but I was proud of her for going. Mostly we just spent time with Lora’s father and Step mother and her family. We had a great time. We also saw Tony and Lisa, cousins of Lora that live in
This past weekend was spent back in the hometown of
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Saturday! Saturday! This weekend, my wife and I start a vacation to the dry, arid climate of the upper
Water Parks litter the Dells like deflated balloons at a Grateful Dead concert. Sure, I enjoy a kid or two, but thousands of screaming tikes running around like decapitated chickens, I can live without. The main reason for our journey is a family reunion on my wife’s side. We have had the luck of finding a winery close by as well as the Beir Haus located in the historic downtown of the Dells.
I know that we will make the most of this trip; however, my “kid guard” is on watch…a.k.a size 11 shoe.
Overall, I am excited to see my friends of old. For those of us without kids, watching the potential hissy fits and temper tantrums that could take place, just might be the best form of birth control on the planet.
Monday, July 11, 2005
I got sucked into the reality show Extreme Home Makeover. I really do try to avoid reality TV, but every now and again the need to lose of brain cells overcomes me. Don’t get me wrong, what this show does is appears to be actually helpful to those that have been hit by tragedy. But I think they need to establish some rules on this show.
- Never appraise your new home. What was once a one level rat infested, termite eaten house, is now a 3 story mansion.
- There is no crying on TV. Much like baseball, there should be no crying on reality TV. Like I said above, they help out those that cannot help themselves, so emotions are running rampant. But, let’s take it down a notch.
Does anyone think the “Seinfeld curse” exists? George “lord of the idiots” Constanza appears now in an ad for Chrysler with ex-CEO Lee Iococca. I think there is a certain curse that comes with success. From now on, he will be known as George to almost everyone. And his sitcom attempts in the recent past have lacked the needed pizzazz to re-launch a new career and some new characters. Think of Theo Huxtable, Malcom-Jamal Warner, much easier to call him Theo. The curse of success.
On Tuesday the All-Star game takes center stage in
It is going to reach 103 on Wednesday this week. I have a feeling our swamp cooler will be working overtime to keep our living area…well…livable. It is a dry heat. I have spent some time in the summer months of FL, MD, ILL, and TX. I will take the dry heat.
The M’s are going into the summer break on a 4 game sweep of the California Angels of Los Angeles and
At the break, I am in first place in my Fantasy Baseball league. About 130 points ahead of second.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
As we all know, global warming is some “liberals” idea. Damn the liberals for showing us the melting Glaciers in
On a separate note, the non-catholic country of
I have not of any huge importance to talk about in this blog. So here goes random paragraph after random paragraph.
It is getting hot in the SLC area. Not quit to the 100 degree level, but upper 90’s. Last summer we were lucky to never reach 100. However, yesterday on my desktop weather, it did say 100, the official was 96. I really need A/C in my car.
The M’s have hit another skid. We are, again, in the cellar. I am hoping by blogging about them, they can turn things around. The last time I blogged to praise them on a win streak, they lost their next 4. I am hoping this paragraph reverses the trend.
I am clinging to first place in my Fantasy baseball league. However, my time at the top will be limited to this week. I have a feeling that I will be in second upon the arrival of the all star break next week.
Did anyone else see the TLC special on cleavage last night? I think it was on TLC, I forget which channel it was on since I was distracted.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
July 4th has come and gone. To celebrate this holiday, my wife and I, and a few guests, blew a small part of our driveway to show our appreciation of our freedom. I am not sure how the neighbors liked it but it was short lived. Hell, what is one day a year to place totally destruction and scarring upon ones cement driveway. We also went to Kelly Clarkson concert on July 2nd at a local stadium. I know I will catch a lot of flack from my 2 readers on this one.
I see that GW was again giving reference to 9/11 in a speech he delivered last week. Do I need to review the facts? He might be using this towards a defense on why the 10K or so troops are in
Sandra Day and Rehnquist have me a bit concerned. I hope that GW looks at the best interests of our country and its future. Looking at his track records, his best and his parties best interested will be maintained. We need to change our mentality in the White House, what may be good for the goose, is not always good for the gander.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Not that I watch every mainstream press show (does The Daily Show count?). But no one covered this memo. I included the link in the title of this blog in case anyone is interested.
On a slightly different note, 60% of
No, I did not win the dove from the MJ trial on Ebay. But I am leading on a couple “Smooth Criminal” shirts.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Not that I want to get all wrapped up in this worthless trial, but I would have liked to be a fly on the wall in the jury room. When the verdict was read, I was not surprised one bit. I think it was going to be a given that he would be found not-guilty. I was rather disappointed. Here is a “man” (and I use that term loosely) that is in some desperate need of some help. Many may say the same about me. I think Dave Letterman has it correct in calling him a “freak”.
Anyway, the rest of the MJ fans around the world can finally get on with their lives. Now, I need to go bid on Ebay for one of those doves.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
They have won 7 of their last 10 games, this is great news. The month of May was not a good month for the northwest squad. We have since pulled ahead of the A’s in the AL West. They are still 7 games back from being a competitive force in their division, and this year, they will need to win this division if they want to play in October.
This also marks the 10 year anniversary that baseball was saved in the northwest. The Mariners came from a 0-2 game deficit to beat the Yankees in a best of 5 series. In ’95, they also made a large comeback in the month of September to win the AL West. It would be fitting to have deja-vu all over again.
The next series of games is against some forces from the NL East. If we can come away with a better than .500 record on this road trip, I will ecstatic.
What will happen to Apple’s strong hold on the graphics and designer community? Will this help Intel stream line their chips to be more like RISC technology? We will not know these answers until after 2006. I personally like Intel, but it would be nice to see the instruction set lowered slightly.
Most major software manufactures for Apple also have PC formats for their products. I would imagine the porting over from the PowerPC to Intel should not bad a horrible experience. I see this is being extremely beneficial to Apple taking a larger part of the PC market share. I use a MAC at work to manage our Windows/Citrix environment. I like the MAC, mostly do to its unlikely virus attack vulnerability.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
If anything, Woodward and Bernstein were the “heroes” for exposing the corruption of the Nixon campaign. As well, Kenneth Star was seen as the “demon” of the
I bring in GW as my current evidence of this. No WMD, no links to terrorist. Yet, we are still in
I do respect my friend’s opinions and did make a short attempt to see his side. If I stretch a bit, I can see where he is coming from.
I am afraid now that the movie “All the Presidents Men” will not hold as much value with me…or at least I don’t think it will
Friday, May 20, 2005
First, let me tell you what I like about Star Wars. The visual and sound effects are great! I highly enjoy the story, and this is a series not just for geeks. However, that is based on the originals! Those tapes no longer exist.
The originals have been changed, twice. First, back in 97 or whenever when they gave Jabba the Hut the Guinness book of world record for being the first walking turd. I am aware that Jabba the Hut was suppose to be a person, and that was changed for ROTJ. Keep in mind that deleted scene from 1977 that was to first introduce Jabba was not mentioned until the “remake” of ‘97. Here are some other unnecessary CGI effects:
1. What were walls in the cloud city now show scenic panoramic views.
2. Some random filler scenes of crowds and alien beings
3. The dramatic explosions of the Death Star
4. A whole host of others that I cannot think of at this time
The second change is now the DVD. The ones I have heard of are, changing Anakin’s image to the “current” Anakin, and Han shooting Greedo in defense.
I do enjoy a good CGI, surround sound mayhem riddled movie. I will rent movies for the sheer joy of hearing them in my surround sound “theatre”. However, this “story” was based on more than just CGI. Giving us that great good vs. evil story line as well as introducing some twisted family dynamics. Star Trek has been more “geek” oriented than Star Wars ever was. With the major focus on computer affects, geeks are starting to rule the theatre seats, while those “old school” fans are searching for those lost original elements.
I am aware that in the mid 90’s, they put out some VHS tapes with “enhanced sound”. I don’t have a problem with this. The story and original screen showing are not being interrupted. But when you start to edit the original movie, redo the image on Anakin in ROTJ to fit the prequels, something is wrong.
In protest, I will not be purchasing the DVD of the original movies. I would love to hear those battles on surround sound; however, purchasing them would mean I have caved into my own “dark side”.
I did see, Episode I in the theatres. But sitting there, I realized a few things:
1. WTF is a character like Jar-Jar doing in this film
2. This is not what I like about Star Wars
Oh, and Han did shoot first! If you care, this link will tell you all other things Han shot.
Now…back to watching “Titanic”. One of these times, that ship will miss the iceberg.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Apparently some memo, the
WMD: There are none.
Links to the 9/11: There are none.
Whew, that took too long. I am not saying that Saddam was a great leader, but don’t forget, WE put him in power. He abused the living hell out of it, and should have been taken out. But to have 130K of our troops, experiencing daily casualties, and not really making a lot of headway (please, don’t start on the successful elections), is wrong. To say that we have a coalition of forces, doesn’t really count. Yes, thank you
This document states that
Thankfully, our Secretary of State has her facts correct. "This war came to us, not the other way around." That was stated on May 15th, during her visit to
This article may look like I am sitting on the sidelines, waiting for GW to emerge from the oval office and say that this war was all planned in 2002. I will be waiting for a long time…something about ice water in Hell.
How does it feel to be lied to? With the factual evidence that is out there about this war, isn't lying unbecoming of a religious person? Would that be a fair statement to make? He is not even lying for the greater good of the U.S.! For someone that is in-touch with his "faith"...why does he continue lying to everyone? Well, I guess you can't even trust religious politicians.
A brief opinion on the base closers. I am in no way happy that jobs are being lost. However, how else are we going to pay for our rising cost of war and our debt? This is only the beginning. Other programs will be cut back as well, military and non-military. Plus we are about 6 or so months away from a final decision on those base closures. Did anyone else see how many reservist camps are being closed? Not to draw too many conclusions, but this is setting up nicely for a draft.
Monday, May 16, 2005
It was 78 degrees on Sunday, so I had to break out the white legs and the shorts. We had a wildly eventful day of yard work and visit with the in-laws. Overall, it turned out to be a good weekend. We have one more weekend at home before the big journey to
After a horrendous road trip to
On a sad note, our dog’s mother was killed over the weekend. From the sounds of it, she was trapped under a horse trailer and that trailer drove off. Even though I only met the dog once, it did bring a tear to my eye. She was a sweet dog, and we are very happy that Basil was a product of her litter. We grow much attached to our pets, it is always sad to see someone lose one.
Work is going okay. Things have kind of calmed down in terms of the gossip and monetary talk that was being thrown around.
It looks like, in July, I will be inheriting my fathers 89 SHO. I am excited; this car has been great for my dad. Plus, it has A/C, which my current form is transportation is lacking. I will be losing some in the MPG department. However, I do plan on keeping the Escort for those days that do not require the A/C.
Friday, May 06, 2005
This runaway bride story, to me, is worthless. I don't give a rat’s ass that this freak took a bus from
Co-workers. I work with 3 women, and all they do is talk about their private lives and the lives of others. One is the worst. I have heard at least 15 times how the price of her house was dropped 10K. (That is a long story and really not something I care to pass along). Does anyone else out there work with people that breach the TMI line everyday? It is so bad, I know about her son’s financial problems, the amount of ungodly money she is giving her daughter for her wedding, her dad’s health, and other personal matters. I have grown to love my MP3 collection to avoid listening to any more of this talk.
I believe that monetary issues need to be kept to ones self. That new home owner co-worker has moved onto credit card balance talk. What people want to our how they spend money should be left up to them. People will find odd justifications to go thousands of dollars into debt.
Well, that is what I have been stewing about for a week. It feels so good to blog on days like these. >
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
I saw an article on Netscape that indicated that the search for WMD in
The Mariners are in a different place now, then they were last year at this time, second to last in the AL West. Woohoo, improvement! I hope this streak of improvement can last for another 140 games or so.
Unlike "Greg's" prediction, I am still in first place in my fantasy baseball season; however, my lead has shrunk to 45 points. The NFL draft took place over the weekend. I was completely wrong about Alex Smith. Apparently he went first, and here I was thinking he was a round 3 or 4 pick. Geez, now I see why I have a desk job. The NBA playoffs are talking place...who the fuck cares.
Anywho, that is about all from here. I will attempt to find more things to blog about, I always forget how much fun this can be.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Well, this past weekend my parents and my brother Bob made the trek south from
Parental visits are kind of funny. I loved the visit and missed them when they left. However, I must admit, the 2.something days they spent with us was about the max for me. This weekend, I realized that I suck at entertaining my folks. It is very hard to constantly keep conversations moving, my wife did most of that. On a brighter note, we bottled our IPA and have 48 Kokanee's waiting consumption.
The Mariners are off to a .500 start...WOOHOO! This is all I asked for when the season started and my goal has been achieved. I guess I should wait until they play the other 150 games before I cross that off my "to-do" list.
Our fruit trees are in bloom at this time. The Cherries look the best followed closely by the plum trees. It is nice how the different types of fruit bloom at different intervals. We are supposed to cool down a bit and then warm up to 70 again for the weekend. For those weather watchers at home, our normal is 61 this time of year.
I understand the Pope is kind of an important person in the Catholic life; however, I don't need to see news coverage on the furnace. For fuck sake, tell us something that I actually give a rat’s ass about. Not to spoil the outcome, but I think the furnace will get real hot and then burn some stuff and some smoke will come out. Now that we have that mystery solved, lets hear about Britney Spear's and how she is preparing for her new baby.
After 2 weeks of Baseball, I am still in first place in my Fantasy baseball league. However, I am not sure how long this dream will last. However, for future debates, I am tracking how many days I am in the lead.
That is about it from here. My job keeps moving along, I will post a blog about that a bit later on...when I am not at work.
Monday, April 04, 2005
For the Mariners, today is the day. In about 6 hours, the first pitch at Safeco will be thrown. I hope to have my MLB radio tuned in, at least, for the first hour or so.
After 1 day of MLB action, I am in second place in my fantasy baseball league. As much as I HATE the evil empire, you do need some of them on your team in order to win. I have Matsui from the Yanks on my team, as well as Rivera.
My wife and I watched "Super Size Me" this weekend. I have never felt like hurling more in my entire in life, but it was a well done documentary. I know this movie is a year or two old, however, I have not seen a lot of movies lately. We recently signed up for NetFlix, so I should be catching up in no time.
We brewed an IPA over the weekend. I am not a huge fan of bitter beers, but this kit was a gift. Once this has been brewed, I think we will brew some summer oriented brews, light in body and color.
After 1 year of home ownership, I can finally park my car in the garage. We have a two car garage and my wife has had this luxury for some time. However, now with our yard work in full swing, the “yard supplies" that were in my spot, have been put to use. I had no idea how good it felt to park in the garage. I felt like I have achieved a new place in life.
Well, that is about all for now.
Friday, April 01, 2005
Ah yes, that time of year where we turn our clocks ahead one hour to gain that extra hour of sunshine. Many people are divided on this issue, except those in AZ, HI and parts of IN. Many of my loyal readers have been quoted as saying "I hate that shit" or "Fuck, already?"
I will admit, I do not like the hour of sleep loss; however, the extra light is a nice touch. I really have nothing else to say on this issue. Just found the swearing that is becoming associated with this spring tradition, somewhat funny.
Well, at least for the Mariners, it is being called "Opening Week." I see that Moyer will be given the ball on Monday to help lead us back to a .500 team. Our defense has really improved from last season, at least on paper. I hope the same can be said for the offense. Again, my major concern is pitching.
Our Fantasy league also starts next week. After last weeks draft, I am mildly optimistic about the upcoming season. I had a similar feeling last year; I was able to crawl into third position. I hope to be again in the top 3, time will tell.
The weather in
Today, our guest bed is being delivered. Up until now, we have punished our visitors with a futon. Yes, that college apartment standby. We wanted to get a semi-comfortable bed. One that is comfortable for guest, but not overly comfortable to avoid in-laws at the house for months on end.
Basil is up to about 90 pounds now. It is amazing to me how fast he has grown. I guess, in the dog world, he about 16 years old in human terms. I recently learned that the 7 year deal is not all that accurate. I will post a picture for those that are or are not interested. It should also give new readers an idea of what a Spinone Italiano look like.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
First of all, what is the government doing putting their nose into this family business. A late night session? Seriously... WTF?
Some fear can be good, and keep us alert. However, living in fear is a completely different argument.
Monday, March 21, 2005
If I was in that state, I would not want my wife to have to come to the hospital or wherever I am, to see her husband. Especially for 15 years! That is not a definition of a marriage in my opinion. I would think that both of us would be in a better place if the decision to "pull the plug" was made. Life is full of adventure, experiences and time spent with loved ones and friends. What is the point if one of the loved ones does not know up from down? I am told she smiles, but do we truly know what she is smiling about?
What is life? The supports of the decision need to ask themselves this question. I would like that if everyone could take 1 day and put themselves inside that body, I would think they too would vote for a safe and peaceful decision.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
How many of you have said that about the first 2 days of March Madness? I say it every year, usually on the Wednesday before the madness. Next year, I think I am going to try to stick to that pledge; SLC is hosting rounds 1 and 2. I hope to get tickets; I have never attended March Madness. I would love first hand knowledge of these games. I am going to lunch with some co-workers today, I am not sure I will be returning to work.
On a different note, I was listening to the Dan Patrick show on Monday. He had a caller, "John", a self proclaimed black Division 1 ex-basketball player for a school in
Monday, February 28, 2005
Today is it; I turn 31, officially at 10:25 PM or something like that. I will have to admit, 30 was a bit hard. I did not think it was going to be, but I was down for a bit after last year’s big day. This year, I don't feel that way at all. This feels like another day for me. My wife and I had a great weekend, we now have surround sound. I have been missing surround sound since we moved from
As I turn 31, my dog Basil turns 1. Well, he is a leap year puppy, so I am not sure how the math works on these sorts of situations. I am not one of those odd owners that will have a party at the house, with some Pedigree cake and all the neighborhood dogs over. The visual image of a cake made from Pedigree...yuck! I will post an updated photo of our dog in the near future.
Another, rather large, accomplishment coming up, I will have worked at the U for 1 year as of March 8th. This is big only because I have not lasted a year at a job since I left APS in August of 2002. Very interesting how fast the last year of my life has been.
Well, that about wraps up my gloating session for today. I cannot believe the weather that SLC is having, 50 degrees! Looks like
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Pitchers and catchers reported last week, position players are reporting as I type. I am looking forward to this Mariners season. The M's have historically done very poor in the FA market. I hope with Beltre and Sexson that our luck has changed. These two players have youth on their side, which also has been uncommon in recent years for the M's.
Our bullpen pitching staff is now rich in lefties. We have always lacked a strong lefty setup man, so I hope that we can deliver here. Again, we have youth on our side for a majority of our bullpen pitchers. I am not a huge fan of Jeff Nelson, but I hope he has some success years still in him.
How will we finish? Well, I am going to give my pre-season prediction that the M's will finish just over .500 and probably in third place in the AL West. Putting the 99 loses from last year behind us and building to prosperous years ahead. We are at a transitioning point for the M's. All signs are looking up as we build for a run of AL West domination.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Ah, Napoleon Dynamite. This movie is one of those that you either hate or love. I am on the love side of the Napoleon spectrum. For those of you that have not seen this movie yet, not sure how to describe it. It has some intellectual writing along with some comedic lines and physical humor. Monty Python meets "Dumb and Dumber" in
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Feb 17th marks the day that fantasy baseball begins! Well, sign-up at least. Our commissioner is dragging his feet and waiting until after work to setup the league, the nerve! Oh well, I guess I can wait 12 hours before I can join the league. Now, time to do some research and get ready for draft day!
I would like to elaborate on my NHL post from yesterday. I am somewhat saddened to see a league have to shut down for the entire season. I have a few friends that follow hockey religiously. I know that they are down today about the shutdown. I would feel the same if MLB was to call it quits for an entire season. I am not sure where to point blame here, from the sounds of it; I am leaning towards the league. The only basis I have for this blame, the cap of 49 million was too much even though only 8 teams out of 30 were even close to that last year. However a cap of 45 million, the middle ground between players and owners, is not an unreasonable amount.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Okay, I felt I went a bit overboard in my "morality" tussle a few blogs back. However, how can anyone just sit back and not voice their opinions about the direction this administration is taking the American people.
Last time I checked
Social Security. If there is anyone that can mess this up, it will be GW. It is my opinion that his SS talk is meant to divert attention from his failure on the foreign front and focus attention to his failure on the domestic front. I am constantly belittling this man, but it is going to take someone with a lot of energy and thought to change my opinions about our current President. I do not feel we have the right man for the job. Granite, I don't fully understand how government money works, but I have seen articles where GW is borrowing money from the SS trust fund. Is he helping his own cause by hurting SS even more?
"Compassionate conservative". I am getting tired of this term. There is nothing neither compassionate nor conservative about GW and his administration. As I have spoken about before, the NCLB act, killing SS for my generation and generations to come, spends outrageous amounts of money on defense,
My wife and I started brewing our own beer last summer. I must say, that we have produced some of the best beer I have ever tasted. I am sure that I am biased here, but I would like to think others would agree.
So far, we have brewed a delightful Cream Ale. Our second batch included a fall Apricot Ale, and Canadian Ale, eh. We just complete our first lager, a Meiboch. Next on our list is an IPA. It is very nice having fresh beer in our house, screw this born on date stuff.
Am I a beer snob, well, of course. Growing up in
Microbreweries are still very trendy and sometimes are not focused on the beer as they are on capitalizing on the money hound that it can be. I have not found many of these, all of the ones I have visited have some really great beer. That list would also include those in
Maybe for our next alcohol project, we will start growing some blue Agave, and follow in the steps of Sammy Hagar. Oh wait, we don't live in
I do not live in a hockey rich town, and really, anything south of
I really enjoy playing this sport, no matter how bad I am. I believe I have 6 goals in 6 years...where is my award for consistency? I do like watching NHL playoffs, they tend to be very exciting. However, I can honestly say, that I won't miss them. Many American's do not understand the sport and really have little interest in the play as they do in the potential for a fight every night. Thanks to the NBA and high school basketball for filling that void nicely.
I am glad they did not make some feeble attempt to come back this year. It would have been a very short season, and no guarantee of money or success. I am even glad they did not allow scabs to play. That might have hurt them more then helped them.
Tune in next October to see what the NHL has in store for us. For now, Fantasy baseball sign up begins tomorrow...Play ball!
Monday, February 14, 2005
Well, I am assuming you are referring to the meat, and not the form of banker embezzlement.
I am a fan of most Italian meats, Salami, happens to be my favorite. I enjoy a good piece of Salami faceted to a hoagie roll with
Salami is seen more like a delicate meat, one that when added with sliced cheese, can make even the most anti-saltine eater come around. Salami on Ritz, I think not. Lower a meat like this to an Akins cracker horror story, does not do the meat justice. I can only compare that to Gorgonzola on a spread of Lamb's hair.
Salami on "gourmet" crackers, what a delight! The selection of crackers here is crucial. You never want to go on a pick-nick with salami in one hand, and a dry-rye cracker that could be used to cut mortar in the other.
Thank you Mr. Felix, if that is your real name, for the idea. Hey, weren't you in a cartoon awhile back?
This was the first year of the wild card. Owners of the M's had talked about selling the team, potentially to some folks in
After that awesome victory, they went on to lose to
On a different note...
I am very glad that Terry McAuliffe is no longer the Democratic chairman. I did not like how aggressive he was. I feel that he is partially responsible for dividing this nation, not as responsible as GW, but he still did play a role. (Perhaps 10% responsible.) I feel that Howard Dean will patch our relationship with those on the other side of the aisle, as long as he does not scream. He brings the proper amount of tenacity with a balanced approached to arguments. I always felt that Terry was defensive during arguments and, personally, seemed to allow his emotions get the better of him. More so than any scream by Dean. I hope this is the start of something good.
Friday, February 11, 2005
The one thing the Simpson's can do very well is drag American citizen and American political behavior down with it. I think we can tell what direction on the political fence Matt Groening sits.
Again, thanks for the post. To bad blogging cannot be setup like a talk radio show.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
According to George Castanza, this is a job that "anyone" can do. However, in channel surfing last night, it was painful to watch the attempted witty banter on a show called "Committed". Not sure how many of you have seen this show, but it severely lacks the writing that is necessary to keep it around for a long time.
I have similar thoughts about "Joey". How long can
One of the few shows that have successfully achieved wittiness is "Scrubs". They have put the right players in place to develop odd moments were the show just seems to flow from start to finish.
Another show that I have only recently started to enjoy is "Everybody Loves Raymond". I remember watching Ray Romano on A&E's "Live at the Improv" back in the mid to late 80's. The man was, and still is, extremely funny. In a Seinfeld-esk style, he takes family life and turns it into a weekly comedy. It is scary how often I catch myself saying "it's funny cause its true." With Ray leaving his network post for syndication, I do not see a show that has the ability to replace him.
I feel that most of the new and upcoming sitcoms that are trying to make it big on the big 3 networks seem to lack that comedy that grabs you and has you watching for years. The fair and balanced Fox has some of the better sitcoms with "Malcolm in the Middle", "Arrested Development", "King of the Hill", and of course, "The Simpson’s".
I would love to hear your thoughts on the current state of the sitcom.
I am not talking about the investment house here either. All the off season steroid talk will either bring back fans or turn them away.
Ways to bring back fans: Now with a steroid/drug policy in place, perhaps those fans that thought baseball was "dirty" will return.
Ways to lose fans: Since no one will be "juiced", I am not sure if we will ever see HR totals as we have in the recent past.
However, last year was not a huge offensive year. We are seeing more players in the 20 HR range than before, but Bonds hit 73 back in 2001. Since then, he has not broken the 50 mark. I think attendance for MLB games is better than what you will see at an NBA game.
I do hope that this will bring back more fans, and help keep those die-hard MLB fans still in their seats. Feel free to tell me how you feel about drugs in MLB and perhaps sports in general.
Monday, February 07, 2005
Lora had some great points about this movie, some I saw, some I missed. I will not spoil it for those that have not seen it. However, if you have, I would love to see our comments on how you feel about it.
Moral party…my ass!<>Here is a topic that has been bouncing around my head for sometime. Basically, there was nothing there to stop the bouncing.
><>How can a president who is currently fighting an unjust war and on the verge of ruining Social Security claim to have “morals”? Just because you see gay marriage as “morally wrong” does not necessarily mean it is. Ask any one that is a homosexual. I mow my yard on a Sunday in the state of
><>The “No child left behind act” leaves plenty of children behind. In
His new budget cuts funding to some of the very people that helped him win reelection, the farmer. He wants to trim funding to them by $587 million in 2006 and by $5.7 billion over the next decade.