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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Proof That I Am A Grown-Up

I am forced to admit that I am a grown up now. My eldest daughter, who is seven years old, has gotten glasses. That may seem like a weird thing to measure my growth by, but I find it striking.

Here is a picture of her:

Isn't she cute?

She is going in to 2nd grade (holy crap!) and is an excellent reader and is very smart with a great personality. We are going to have some trouble with boys in the all-to-near future. Yet another sign that I am ancient. Crazy times that I live in.

Every day I keep getting older. Stupid Time!


At 7/31/2004 11:23 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Next thing you'll say is that she can sing too!


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Friday, July 30, 2004

36 Days and Counting

36 Days until kickoff of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes' 2004 season. I am very excited. I was raised a Penn State fan, but did not follow college football (or football at all for that matter) until I moved to Ohio. Once here, I caught the fever and am now a die-hard OSU Buckeye fan. I love getting together on Saturdays with the guys in front of the big screen and cheering our team on to victory. To me, college football is still a purer game than the NFL and while I am also a rabid Steeler fan, if I can only watch football on one day, it is Saturday.

Here is a picture to leave you with.


Image from the O-Zone. Check it out.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Death of a Rodent

Okay, I've done it now.  Tonight, I actually killed two mice myself.  First, a little backstory.

About two years ago, we had a mouse invade our house.  We ended up catching him in a trap, and oddly enough (odd, as rodents are social animals) he was the only one that was ever there.

Tonight, after I had finished cutting the lawn, I began to weed wack.  As I was weed eating near the back porch, a mouse took off for the back of the yard.  I had seen him (or one that looks just like him) the last two times that I cut the yard.  I wanted to avoid another home invasion, so I kicked him as he was trying to burrow in to the grass. 

That got him back on top of the lawn, albeit flipped over.  I gave him another kick and he flew across the lawn and landed on his back again and stopped moving.  I watched him for awhile and he didn't move again.  I kicked him again and there wasn't a movement ...... 1 down.

A few minutes later, as I weed wacked on the side of my house, another mouse scurried away.  Worried about an infestation or something (though I do live in the country), I kicked this one as well.  He flew and died and left a nice little blood spot on my grass-cutting shoes.  It seems I may have also nicked him with my weed wacker.

So, two rodents down and now I feel guilty.  How crazy am I?


At 7/31/2004 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Check Out My Bro-In-Law

I am an inspiration to others. My brother-in-law, Gerrad, has entered the world of the blogger. His blog can be reached here.

His latest entry is a serious tale of woe. It can be read specifically here.

I feel really bad for him. Here is the lesson that I have learned from his story...

Don't work too hard, or you will get crappy jobs with a ton of responsibility, yet make the same pay as the lazy bozo you "work" with who doesn't do ANYTHING.

Read and weep.


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Monday, July 26, 2004

New Favorite X-Box Game

Okay, so I know that it is in the same genre, but...

I only had ESPN 2K4 for a little while, and I feel a bit jerky for even buying it, but I have reasons.  

A.    It is a really good game, and I needed a football fix right away.
2.     No one knew that ESPN was going to move the release date up a month on 2K5.
III.  2K5 was only $20.00, anyway!  Everyone should own it!  Both games are "must-haves" for any gamer's library.

So, what do I like about 2K5?  Well, there are little nuances in the gameplay that give it an edge over the last one.  I like the graphics, the way that the players move and the speed at which the game moves.  I played EA College Football 2005 and it was ASS!  I am not going to buy Madden 2005, that is for sure.  The gameplay was slow and jerky, and the play was not as realistic as the Sega / ESPN game.  EA has fallen as the football video game champion and Sega is now King.

The king is dead.  Long live the king.


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Sunday, July 18, 2004

Lack of Posting.... its the X-Box's Fault

Okay. First things first. I love my X-Box. It is a whole lot of fun. I've gone and bought 2 games for it and am borrowing 3 more from a friend of mine. My favorite game so far has to be:

I also bought this game:

The three I am borrowing from a friend are:

I still need to get a couple of more genres represented in my library before I can rest. But, since I have limited funds for this endeavor, they will be cheap games. I need a fighting game (thinking Dead or Alive III) and a baseball game (thinking any game's 2003 version).

Later on, "The Box" is calling me...........


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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Guess the Sitcom Character or Dictator

This thing is pretty good.  Don't think that I am just late to the game, I know that this is old and has been around the blog-block more than a few times.  It just comes and goes from my consious mind and if that happens to you, then I wanted to bring it to the forefront.  It is a little old and I don't know if it has been updated to include some newer sitcoms, but give it a shot.  For goodness' sake, I was Pol Pot (and I know not alot about the man) and it guessed me right, so give it some props. 
Here is the game.


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Saturday, July 10, 2004

X-Box Nirvana


Both my Dad and my Grandfather gave me $100.00 for my birthday so I am the proud owner of a new X-Box.

See the package below...

And now it unwrapped and played with...

I haven't gotten any games yet, but I do have a bunch on the way. I rented ESPN Football 2K4, and I enjoy it immensely. I have friends who have been trying to get me to buy an X-Box to get in with the group and play X-Box Live. I'm not "there" yet, but they are going to bring me in some games to play. In addition, the store my Dad works at sells used games and he gets a nice discount, so I am going to pick up a few.

Again, any suggestions?

X-Box, Beeyatch!


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My Business - GAP i.t. Solutions

My brother-in-law and I have a little startup business. We go to people's homes, to churches, or small businesses and fix their computers, do computer training, build custom computers, do upgrades, etc. GAP i.t. even has commercials on the radio! I don't know if any of you have ever had anything on the radio, but it is an incredible feeling when you are just listening to the radio and one of your commercials comes on. I think I must have some small idea what an up and coming artist must feel like when they hear their first song on the radio for the first time.

GAP i.t. Solutions

Learn it, live it, love it. There will be a quiz.


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Thursday, July 08, 2004


Anyone out there own one? I am thisclose to buying one with some birthday money. My friends all have one and love the games on it. Some of them even have it modded out (running Linux - I love it) and they love it even more. I don't think I can do that to a brand new X-Box, but maybe one day I might. To any possible readers... what is your favorite game(s), so that I can know what to check out.



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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Birthday Me!

Today is my birthday. That's right 7/7. Better yet, my birthday is 7/7/77. How cool am I? I broke my arm when I was 7, got 7 stitches in my lip when I was small, my cashier number at Big Bear was 77, my teller number at Bank One was 43 (4+3=7, get it?). I could go on, but it would just be bragging!

Comment below and wish me a Happy Birthday. Or, since this isn't read, I'll pretend that like 100 of you commented and that I am the man, like Maddox thinks that he is.


At 7/06/2006 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! My baby brother was born on the same day as you!! Have a great day!!


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Tuesday, July 06, 2004

I Finally Broke Down...

and got a Photobucket account. I wanted to try to do this blog independently of any other site that I host/run. BUT, I was running in to the very *1996* problem of not having any reliable images. Now I do, so to celebrate, here is a picture of my Flat Screen iMac (which I got for free!)


My PC, which I built myself.

In case you were wondering, they live side by side in perfect harmony.

Peace and Love to you all.


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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4th. One of the few holidays that is named after its date. (Cinco de Mayo, anyone?). But, you know what? It is an excellent time to remember why this country is great and to be thankful that we are allowed to be as free as we are. PLUS, I love grilling out and checking out the fireworks (thanks, China!). Hope all of you have a great Fourth.


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Friday, July 02, 2004

I'm Offended (NOT!)


At 9/28/2004 1:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

When did you add this?


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Thursday, July 01, 2004

Addicted to Quizzes

Here are a couple of quizzes that I have taken (in addition to the Harry Potter one down below) and their results. I encourage you to partake in them and share your results here.

What pre-1985 video game are you?

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Defender-ship.I am a Defender-ship.

I am fiercely protective of my friends and loved ones, and unforgiving of any who would hurt them. Speed and foresight are my strengths, at the cost of a little clumsiness. I'm most comfortable with a few friends, but sometimes particularly enjoy spending time in larger groups.

What hat are you?

What Sort of Hat Are You? I am a Redhat.I am a Redhat.

I'm too much of a geek to be a genuine hat of any sort. I was hoping my result would be 'white-hat' or 'black-hat', and am disappointed that those results weren't even available. I probably think the cup-holder story is funny.

In case you are unaware... I believe the cup holder story referenced is this one:


A friend of mine was on the phone with a tech rep from another company. That tech rep called in to ask some questions about system setup, as the company this tech works for actually sells, installs and warranties systems. While they were on the phone, this tech rep received an incoming call, which he took after. When the caller hung up, the tech rep came back on the phone, laughing like a crazy person. This is the call he took:

Caller: "Hello, is this Tech Support?"

Tech Rep: "Yes, it is. How may I help you?"

Caller: "The cup holder on my PC is broken and I am within my
warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?"

Tech Rep: "I'm sorry, but did you say a cup holder?"

Caller: "Yes, it's attached to the front of my computer."

Tech Rep: "Please excuse me if I seem a bit stumped, it's because I
am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional, at a
trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Does it
have any trademark on it?"

Caller: "It came with my computer, I don't know anything about a
promotional. It just has '4X' on it."

At this point the Tech Rep had to mute the caller, because he couldn't stand it. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder, and snapped it off the drive.

And for the record, I DO think that is hilarious!


At 7/01/2004 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I took the video game quiz and here is the result.

I am Kong.
Strong and passionate, I tend to be misunderstood, sometimes even feared. I don't want to fight, I don't want to cause trouble, all I ask is a little love, and a little peace. If I don't get what I want, I get angry, and throw barrels and flaming oil at whatever's stopping me.

It is almost dead on. I don't think that I am ever feared, but the rest is true especially the throwing of flaming oil.

I am an Origami Hat.
I am generally dissatisfied with the products of others, so I make my own; stronger, faster, better. I'm a creative and inventive person.

I don't know if I agree with this one(I am generally dissatisfied with the product of this quiz), but the rest of the hats don't even come close. I might have to make my own quiz that would be stronger, faster, and better than this one.

I also think the cup-holder story is funny!

At 7/11/2004 12:28 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

When I have a mission, it consumes me; I will not be satisfied until the job is done. I have a strong sense of duty, and a strong sense of direction. Changes in the tide don't phase me - I always know which way the wind blows, and I know how to compensate for it. I get on poorly with people like myself.


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