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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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Mr. 3000

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We rented Mr. 3000 this past week and watched it over the weekend. It was pretty good, but I am not the most fair judge on this type of movie. I have a soft spot for baseball movies and right now - off the top of my head - cannot think of one that I don't like.

Mr. 3000 is the story of a very selfish, but talented, baseball player who quits immediately after getting his 3000th hit. Years later, when he is close to getting in to the Hall of Fame, his records are reviewed and he is actually 3 hits shy because one season, they counted a rained out game and the makeup game when only one should have counted.

So, he decides to start playing again to try to get his three hits. I won't give away whether he gets them or not, but along the way he changes his attitude about some things, especially when he sees a new young player who acts a lot like he did while playing.

There are definitely some humorous parts, but by and large Bernie Mac's humor is wasted. I agree with the statement that I read on the web about this movie that the Viagra commercial at the end of the movie only serves to remind us what could have been with the humor in the movie.

Angela Basset plays his love interest, a reporter for ESPN who he dated off and on while he was a player. She looks lovely in the movie and has a softness that she usually doesn't portray. In many of her movies, her role is geared more toward her muscular physique or her acting ability is used to bring out some incredible suffering character. This was a nice change.

As far as rating this movie, I would say that if you are like me and never met a baseball movie that you didn't like, then check it out. If you aren't like me and can see it for free or an incredibly low cost, then check it out. Otherwise, you are likely to be disappointed.

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At 8/31/2005 7:29 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love Bernie Mac, but if he isn't funny, what's the point of even seeing it.

 
At 8/31/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I didn't say he wasn't funny. He definitely has some funny moments, I just feel that they were wasted in the larger context of the movie.

 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Practice

Oz, G, and I had done a little band thing a while ago. Oz did the sangin', G did sangin' and guitar playin' and I "played" the bass. In actuality, I just hit the strings that G told me to hit, and then memorized that order and performed it in front of people.

We decided to think about doing a show again and decided that we needed a drummer. On our way, we discovered a guy who was a drummer and whose band needed a singer, a guitar player, and a sound guy for live performances (my other musical "talent"). So, we joined up.

I attended my second Monday night practice last night and it went pretty well. The keyboard player couldn't make it, so the sound wasn't totally full, but there was marked improvement from the previous week. I recorded the session on CD and while the mix wasn't quite right, it didn't sound too bad. It also points out in black and white what needs worked on. You can hear every mistake that someone makes on a CD, even if the mix isn't great.

What was funny was that after last week's practice - during which we changed all of the sound board settings - the regular sound crew was marvelling over their improved Sunday Morning Sound. It is amazing what can happen when you properly set up the sound!

Here are some pictures from the practice. (Sorry for the poor quality, they were taken from my camera phone from the back of the room.)

G and our bassist
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At 8/30/2005 4:04 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

Since, as you know, I've only recently tuned in to your blog you'll have to excuse some probably ignorant questions you'll get from me for as long as you are willing to read them.

Just wondering whether the church practice venue is because it's a Christian band you're part of or that they were going with the cheapest rate?

I remember the second gig I did was in a church hall (we just rented it out, religion played no part) and naturally dependant on the venue, you can get some really funky acoustics going.
Unluckily for us they weren't good that day.

But you've recorded your stuff, any chance of letting us in for an exclusive?

Best regards
D.

 
At 8/30/2005 4:14 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Who is that in the front row? Anyone I know?

 
At 8/30/2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Guru said...

It is one of the singers' mom. (J.P.)

 
At 8/30/2005 6:06 PM, Blogger Guru said...

d.,

We are at the church because all of the members of the band are Christians and they play all Christian Worship songs. 3 of the members of the band attend the church that we practice at, so that's why we chose there. In addition, I used to run sound there, so I am familiar with the equipment.

I'm probably not going to put anything from yesterday's practice up because of the poor quality (no keyboard, bass wasn't being recorded due to a limitation). Maybe if we have all the members present and the recording sounds better, I'll pick a particularly good song and post it up.

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

 

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Something New, Part Two

As I mentioned yesterday, I tried a new work schedule today. I went in to work at 8am, didn't take a lunch, and left at 4pm.

You would not believe (or maybe you would) how much longer the day seemed to take. With my one hour off-site lunch, it was like I really worked 2 four hour days because I was never more than four hours from something that I was looking forward to.

BUT, it was nice to leave at 4, so I am going to stick with it this whole week and see how it goes. At the end of this month, I will have to take my hour lunch so that I leave at the right time to get to class on Tues and Thurs, so I guess I have that to look forward to.

The way I look at this whole situation, though, is that I get to come home and spend more time with my family. By going in an hour early and working through an hour lunch, I am home TWO HOURS earlier than usual.

I'm thinking that I might just take a bullet for that kind of action.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Trying Something New

I'm going to try to do a different schedule at work from now on. My new ambitious schedule is to get up early enough (which I always do) to get to work at 8am. I am awake early every morning, but I twitter away online instead of heading off to work early.

I plan to take my lunch to work and eat at my desk - working through lunch - everyday. If I am able to do that, I can work from 8am until 4pm and be home for the day around 4:30. Wouldn't that be delightful?

I think that I'll be able to manage the 8am start, but the real trick for me is going to be managing not having my hour away. I really enjoy sitting and reading or doing crossword puzzles just to get out and break up my day.

But, if I can stick to that plan, I might end up a lot happier in getting off early. Not to even mention the savings from not eating lunch out every day.

Here's to hoping that I can put my plan in to action.

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At 8/28/2005 4:33 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

Hi there. Looks like you are going for a working pattern similar to mine now.
Getting home a 4:30 is a treat (on the occasions that I do actually manage to leave work on time).
I'd recommend you take your lunch though, even if it is for half an hour. You need a break at some stage during the day to refresh.

 
At 8/28/2005 10:59 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I agree with D. It would be nice to get out of work early and miss some of the traffic, but you need a break during the day. You need a few minutes of Guru time to re-energize. Why not eat your lunch at your desk, but take a 15 min break sometime during the day?

 
At 8/29/2005 6:47 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Let's not get the wrong idea. I don't sit at my desk and only work for 8 hours. I get up at least once an hour and wander around for a few. (Recommended to prevent carpal tunnel.)

I'll get my time away, but what I'm lamenting is that I've always enjoyed going off site (at all of my jobs) to just get work far from my mind.

 
At 8/29/2005 10:46 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Right, take 15 min and go outside/off site. And do that while on the clock...smokers do it all the time.

 
At 8/30/2005 11:25 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

I'm not on lunch... this is just a burrito break!

 

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Black and White

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"

"Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Safeguard Soap

When I first started my new job, I had changed everything in my life all at one time. I was starting Spring Quarter at Ohio State, so I had all new classes with all new people, I had just moved the month before, and now I was starting a new job with a new company where I didn't know a soul.

Begging for a routine, I used to eat every day at Wendy's for two reasons. #1 was that I would get a chili and diet coke every day (for the diet) and #2 was Safeguard liquid soap.

SafeGuard Soap

Safeguard is the soap that all Wendy's (at least in this area) keep in their bathroom. I absolutely LOVE the smell of it. Not only was it a pleasant smell, but it reminded me vividly of spending summers at my grandmother's house. That was the soap that she had in her bathroom, so when I was back at work after lunch, I could be reminded of something that I had a connection with for the rest of the afternoon.

I'm not the only one who recognizes the wonderful smell of Safeguard liquid soap. Read this that I found on the web.

Too true about liquid safeguard JK. I used to Buy expensive perfumes and only get a few comments. When I wash with safeguard liquid soap, I swear I get stopped in the mall and grocery store so people can find out "what perfume I'm wearing". Strange but true.

So there you have it. Safeguard soap is 50% heaven, 50% home, and 50% good clean fun.

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At 8/27/2005 10:58 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I too love the smell of that soap!

 

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Friday, August 26, 2005

New Headphones

It finally happened that my headphones that I keep at work stopped working completely. I wrote about them here. I had chewed through the cord on the right side and had only been listening with my left ear for weeks.

Finally, between my chewing and twisting, I have ruined the left ear, as well. I had to go buy a new set today. I went to Target and got these for less than $5.00.

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As for my old ones, here is the tape job where I attempted to repair where I chewed through. (Sorry the picture is not more clear.)

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Here is a shot showing how, since I had completely worn out my ear pads, I had to listen with hard plastic on my head.

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You wouldn't believe how nice it is to have these new headphones with earpads, both ears working, and lightweight (it's amazing the advances in technology in 10 years!).

You longtime readers may be wondering why I just don't listen with my headphones that I got with my MP3 player?

For one thing, I like to keep those headphones with the MP3 player. The other thing is that I need to keep them away from my work desk or else they will get chewed in to oblivion like my now dearly departed ones.

So here it is that I am listening to Spielman on Sports with new headphones, happier than a pig in poop on a Friday.

Yahoo!

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At 8/26/2005 6:46 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Why in the world did you wait so long before getting another pair???

 
At 8/26/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I am an extremely strange guy. I get very attached to particular inanimate objects. I often make stupid repairs on them to keep them going, even if a replacement costs hardly anything.

Another good example is the envelope openers that we used at the vault. I used to have one that I had taped together, because he and I had worked together for so long.

The headphones were the same way. I've had those headphones since before I started at the vault (in 1996!)

 
At 8/26/2005 10:57 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I see, keeping something like that is comforting to you...like old baggy jeans are to me.

 
At 8/27/2005 6:02 AM, Blogger D-Thinker said...

I did go through such a phase, and look at me now : there is hope.

 

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Age Gauge

Got this little one from Jemmers.
You said your birthday is 7 / 7 / 1977
which means you are 28 years old and about:

60 years 8 months younger than Walter Cronkite, age 88
56 years 0 months younger than Nancy Reagan, age 84
53 years 1 month younger than George Herbert Bush, age 81
45 years 9 months younger than Barbara Walters, age 73
43 years 8 months younger than Larry King, age 71
37 years 5 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 65
34 years 0 months younger than Geraldo Rivera, age 62
31 years 0 months younger than George W. Bush, age 59
26 years 0 months younger than Jesse Ventura, age 54
21 years 8 months younger than Bill Gates, age 49
16 years 10 months younger than Cal Ripken Jr., age 45
11 years 0 months younger than Mike Tyson, age 39
6 years 11 months younger than Jennifer Lopez, age 35
1 year 6 months younger than Tiger Woods, age 29
4 years 11 months older than Prince William, age 23

and that you were:

24 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
22 years old on the first day of Y2K
20 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
17 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
16 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
15 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
13 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
12 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
8 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
6 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
5 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
3 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
2 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began


Now, you take it. (If you want, I'm not trying to be pushy!)

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At 8/26/2005 3:30 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

My some of my birthday info-

When these movies were released in the U.S. your age was:
ET: 2
The Terminator: 4
Top Gun: 6
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 7
Steel Magnolias: 9
Home Alone: 10
Wayne's World: 12
Jurassic Park: 13
Forrest Gump: 14
Fargo: 16
Saving Private Ryan: 18
Toy Story 2: 19

 
At 8/27/2005 3:24 PM, Blogger ...just-rambling... said...

Thanks for the age guage link.

 

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

This is Awesome

Some guy in my office is turning 30 and while he was off, they covered his cubicle in aluminum foil. I don't mean they turned it into a big aluminum box, I mean they wrapped every little thing in foil. Check these pictures out.

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They also went on to print out pictures of him from his younger days and taped them up on the overhead bin.

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I love a good prank, and that, my friends, was a good prank. I CAN'T WAIT to see the payback!

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At 8/25/2005 9:34 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

That is freakin hilarious!!!

Is the guy back yet? What did he think?

 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ms First Day of School

As I stated yesterday, my oldest has her first day of school today. Here she is!
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At 8/24/2005 9:28 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

She's getting so big!

And notice the glasses are straight...for now...after only 3 adjustments in the last 2 days!

 
At 8/24/2005 11:46 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Very cute!!!

 

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7 Things...

From Trinity

7 things I plan to do before I die
1. Become more godly
2. Raise my kids
3. Help raise my grandkids (not too soon, I hope!)
4. Retire (I don't want to die too early)
5. Attend a baseball fantasy camp (hope to)
6. Get Buckeye Football season tickets
7. Be a lifelong learner

7 things I can do
1. Math
2. Read very quickly
3. Build and fix computers
4. Write computer programs
5. Love my family
6. Listen
7. Be critical (they don't all have to be positive, I'm just keeping it real)

7 things I cannot do
1. Have a baby
2. Play guitar
3. Sing
4. Stand stupidity
5. Tolerate abusive husbands or dads
6. Draw well
7. Think of an appropriate seventh item (besides that!)

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex
1. Pretty face
2. Nice b00bs
3. Nice perfume or lotion
4. Nice legs
5. Nice bum
6. Interesting Conversation
7. Nice Person

7 things that I say most often
1. Mother!
2. Girls!
3. You're Little!
4. Be quiet
5. Do you want a spankin'?
6. Just a sec
7. Whatever

7 celebrity crushes (only seven!?!?!?!? I'll post this and think of 5 people that I missed and who should be up here.)
1. Angelina Jolie
2. Monica Bellucci
3. Lindsay Lohan
4. Jessica Alba (just recently)
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar
6. Kelly Clarkson
7. Brad Pitt (Just kidding. Katherine Heigl)

7 people I want to do this
1. Anyone
2. Who
3. Would
4. Care
5. To
6. Do
7. It

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At 8/24/2005 11:45 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes, I love most of your celebrity crushes! Thanks for participating in this lovely meme!!!

 
At 8/24/2005 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do you want a spankin'?"

Is that to your kids, or your wife?

 
At 8/25/2005 6:56 AM, Blogger Guru said...

That is brilliant!

Hahahahahahahaha.... both.

 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Can't Believe It

As my wife Lo has posted, my oldest daughter is about to start 3rd grade tomorrow. I cannot believe how big she is. I vividly remember taking her to and from Kindergarten and to and from Preschool, how can it be 3rd grade already?

My daughter is starting a new school and riding a bus TO school for the first time. She has ridden one home for two years, but I just worry about her fitting in and making friends at school and on the bus.

I shouldn't care about her being popular, but I want the best for her. I want her to be athletic, popular, smart, friendly, and chaste. I know the last one isn't in too much danger yet, but these past four years have flown by, I'm sure the next four and the four after that will blow by, too.

I was watching the E! True Hollywood Story of Blossom last night and they were showing scenes from the "very special Blossom" where her man hit her when she wouldn't get it on with him. Lo asked me what I would do if one of my girls came home with a bruise from a boy. I am afraid that I would kill him. I know that I wouldn't be much use to my family that way, but I hope to God that it doesn't happen, because I know that I would kill him.

Anyway, back to now. I wish my daughter the best of luck on her first day, hopefully she won't need it.

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At 8/24/2005 1:22 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ahh, I loved to watch Blossom!!! Great show.

And I hope my niece has a great time in her new school! She'll be fine!

Btw, you've been tagged!

 

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Nice Lunch

Wow. I took advantage of the excellent temperatures today at lunch and had such a great relaxing time.

It was around 75 during my lunch, so I got food and sat in the parking lot in my car with all four windows down and listened to the Dan Patrick Show and worked crossword puzzles.

To me, there is almost no better lunchtime activity. If it was about 10 degrees cooler, then I would have had to be twins to handle all of the goodness, but I'll take what I can get!

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At 8/22/2005 5:36 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Right, right...it is a very nice day outside. Glad you were able to enjoy it!

 
At 8/22/2005 10:15 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

It was nice here also. I took an afternoon walk and done some sanding in the garage.

 

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Guess Who

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This may seem like an odd way to start this post, but I both love and hate the new Blockbuster late fee policy. I love it, because I like keeping movies a week past their due date with absolutely no penalty. I hate it because popular movies are never in the store.

I went in to Blockbuster to get Ice Princess for my daughters to watch in the car on the way to Niagara Falls. Well, Ice Princess wasn't in. Neither was Guess Who, which was guaranteed to be in stock but - because of the program - was not. I got my free rental for it and headed on my way.

Either Lo or I checked back with Blockbuster in the weeks that followed, but still neither movie was in. We even checked 3 different Blockbusters for Ice Princess, but no dice. Finally, almost a month later, they were both in on a Tuesday night and we got them.

So, to the movie. I liked it. I thought that it was a pretty funny romantic comedy and Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher were both very funny. For the cost that I paid (free), this movie was definitely worth it.

As you probably know, this movie was a remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a classic movie from the 60's where the roles are reversed. In the original, it is a white family that has to get used to a black fiance'. That was the only way that could have worked back then. People would have been far to outraged to see the reverse of that situation.

I can't even imagine being in that kind of climate. Check out this piece of trivia from imdb.com:

Mr Prentice (Roy Glenn) says to his son John (Sidney Poitier) "You'll be breaking the law in 17 states. You'll be criminals." By the time people saw the movie this was no longer true. On June 12th, 1967, the US Supreme Court in the case Loving v Virginia declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.


That is just insane. I'm glad our culture has forward from that place. But, back to the movie. A review that I read about it said to go see Hitch instead of Guess Who, because Hitch was better. Well, Hitch was better, but if we only saw movies that were better than ones that we had already seen, we wouldn't watch too many movies, would we?

If your purpose is to be entertained and laugh a little, you can't go wrong with Guess Who. Especially for the price that I got it for.

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At 8/22/2005 8:58 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

That's funny since G and I also have a rain check for Guess Who! I should prob get over there soon and see if they have it yet.

 
At 8/22/2005 10:50 AM, Blogger James Minton-McKarkquey said...

You should use Netflix instead - I never have that problem!

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Man Who Orders Three Beers

Sorry for the joke... busy day. I promise two solid posts tomorrow. Or, at least one solid post and a flimsy one (but the flimsy one won't be a joke or quiz - I promise!).

An Irishman by the name of Paul McLean moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone.

An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers.

Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers."

"'Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies. "You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America, and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond."

The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.

Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening -- he orders only two beers. Word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers.

The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know -- the two beers and all..."

The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It's just that I, meself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."

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At 8/22/2005 9:02 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Maybe I should do that with my diet.

 

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Curious

My wife rented The Notebook and was watching it again today for the second time. I was upstairs working on a friend's computer and could hear the movie in the background.

At one point in the movie, I hear the principle characters "getting together" while the female lead was still engaged to another guy.

I got to thinking about many "chick flick" romantic movies and that is a standard formula. A great majority of them have either the male or female lead in a relationship the first time that they kiss or get it on with their love interest.

I asked Lo why she thought that it was okay and she responded that it was because they were meant to be together or that it was their "true love".

I am wondering why this is such a common formula, when in reality women view cheaters with such disdain? Women who get cheated on leave or threaten to leave and women who are cheated with aren't happy being second fiddle and worry about being considered cheap or just a penis pincushion.

Why is it romantic on-screen and so detested in real life? Men, if your women tell you that they want you to act more like some on-screen hunk, should you cheat on them? Obviously not, but it IS quite a puzzle to me.

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At 8/21/2005 12:38 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

That was just a guess. I don't know the answer. I guess it just makes for a good story? I dunno!

 
At 8/22/2005 9:59 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

First off, The Notebook is a great movie! Such a tear jerker.

But, I just want to know why you think a majority of chick flicks are like that...the lead doing something while with someone else. I checked out the E! Online's top 10 ranked cf's and yes, half of them had people getting together while already in a relationship.
10. Sabrina-both single
9. Pretty Woman-Edward has a girl friend
8. Gone With the Wind-Rhett cheats
7. When Harry Met Sally-both single
6. Steel Magnolias-no cheating here
5. The Women-Mr Haines cheats
4. Waiting to Exhale-John cheats
3. Sleepless in Seatle-Annie writes to Sam while she is in a relationsip and then dumps her fiancee on Valentine's Day to met Sam (is that cheating?)
2. The Way We Were-no cheating that I know of
1. Beaches-again no cheating

So I don't agree with you that a majority of cf's have leads doing something they weren't supposed to. And the movies with the cheaters don't always have them as the lead.

But I do have to say that in the movies, the people who cheat end up together by the end. In real life with real relationships there is a lot more involved. There is no Hollywood ending.

 
At 8/22/2005 9:54 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Your list is chick flicks in general. I said 'many "chick flick" romantic movies'.

Of your list, only Sabrina and When Harry Met Sally were Romantic chick flicks with cheating, while the Cheating Romantic movies outnumber them, even on your list.

My supposition was merely that many chick flick romantic comedies have this device and that it was a standard formula.

Not the be all, end all of moviedom.

Your list would actually back up me saying "over half" of chick flick romantic movies meet that criteria. But, I know that that isn't true, I'm just curious about the ones that do.

 
At 8/23/2005 10:13 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You did say a "majority of them have either the male or female lead in a relationship the first time that they kiss or get it on with their love interest." I just don't agree with that and the top 10 list proves my point. Half the movies listed do have cheaters, but some of them don't have the cheater as the "lead" character. That's all I was saying.

But I do agree that many cf's have that type of story.

 

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Church Restoration Project

There was a tradesman, a painter named Jack, who was very interested in making a dollar where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time.Eventually the local church decided to do a big restoration project. Jack put in a painting bid and, because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he started, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks, and buying the paint and thinning it down with turpentine.

Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jack off the scaffold to land on the lawn.

Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?"

And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"

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At 8/19/2005 9:22 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Love it!!!

 
At 8/20/2005 10:31 PM, Blogger Snake in Fall said...

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Have a good day!

 

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To Quote D'Angelo

Sh*t, Damn, Motherf***er. I can no longer listen to online radio at work, because as of this past week, the proxy nazis are blocking it.

My coworkers are playing on AOL Instant Messenger and I am stuck without entertainment, as I won't get my next audio book until this weekend.

I'm sick of the music and comedy cds that I have, but I guess that I am going to have to listen to them anyway.

Hopefully, they will make the time pass more quickly. Maybe I'll just listen to Harry Potter 5 or 6 again.

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Better Day

Wednesday, I complained about having a bad day. Well, yesterday got a bit better.

I was busy all day (which makes the time pass so quickly) and I got to "get back" at both people who had made Wednesday so miserable.

First, the lady who informed me about all the things in my project that I had no idea that needed done. She came to me yesterday about some things she wanted done. These were actually contradictory to what she had clarified and then told me on Wednesday, so I pulled up her original e-mails and showed them to her. She admitted that she was confused and let it go.

I also completed all of her changes, a day and a half ahead of schedule.

The other woman, the project manager, getting to her was a bit more enjoyable. She had treated me so poorly on Wednesday that I was just waiting to win this battle. I was supposed to have to go over to the hospital with her to see the users fail in action, but instead I was able to use her computer and her printouts from the failed attempts to prove to her that I was right.

So, lady, when I asked on Wednesday if there was any way you were trying to test in the wrong environment, you gave me a dirty look and snapped at me? Oh, now on Thursday it turns out that you were in the wrong testing environment and I was right in my initial diagnosis? Oh, I see.

No apology, but the look on her face vindicated me.

All in all, a much better day.

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At 8/19/2005 8:56 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Glad to hear it!

 
At 8/19/2005 9:25 AM, Blogger R2K said...

Hi from NYC!
The matrix sucked
R2000 :O)

 
At 8/19/2005 9:27 AM, Blogger Alcuin Bramerton said...

A young woman sits
By a swimming pool
Painting her toenails.

It is midnight.

She wonders
Whether it is possible
To foretell the future
Using an avocado pear.

Her husband brings her
An avocado pear.

This is strange:
The young woman
Has no husband.

 

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Buckeyes are Worldwide, Baby!

My friend Chad sent me this picture from another friend of his. Their nephew is in Iraq and is spreading the Buckeye love, like all good Buckeyes should.

The proof?

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How cool is that?

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At 8/19/2005 10:29 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Too funny! You go, US soldier from Ohio!

 

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Sin City

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Oz and I went over to G and Trin's house to check out Sin City last night.

I know that Trin loves it, but I was only vaguely amused by the movie. I didn't mind the violence so much and I thought that the black and white - punctuated occasionally by color - was nice to look at. Trin thinks that the movie is sexy, but there was far too much smoking in it for me to find it sexy. Everytime you might think that sexiness might start, there would be all kinds of smoking and yuckiness and I was just really turned off.

The dialog was incredibly cheesy, but I realized that that was the point. It was like that Star Trek: TNG episode with the Casino Royale, so I could tolerate it. I've also been told that the movie is faithful to the "graphic novel" and was supposed to copy that look and feel. Well, believe it or not ... as big of a nerd as I am ... I do NOT care much for comic books. Especially violent ones. The only comic series I ever followed was The Transformers, so that marks me.

If the movie had ended without the last story piece tying it together, I would have HATED it. As it was, I can respect the storyline now, but that has been done before in Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, and others. The sexiest part to me was Jessica Alba's dancing, but you could see that in Honey. So, there was no part of this movie that I couldn't see elsewhere in more enjoyable fashion.

Sorry, Trin, but I give this movie 1 star (out of 4). I probably won't watch it ever again. But, to each his own, I guess. Trin didn't like Mr. and Mrs. Smith or The Bourne Supremacy as much as I did, so I guess I owe her.

Trin did make us no-bake cookies (my favorite), so the evening was NOT a total loss. Life is grand with cookies!

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At 8/18/2005 11:12 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey!!! I loved both of those movies!!! Prob more than you do!

But there have been a few movies that you liked more than I did...like Oceans 12. I think the movie sucked big time but you seemed to like it.

Get your facts straight buddy...heehee!

 
At 8/18/2005 11:28 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Slow down on "more than I did". There is no way that is true.

But you are right, I was thinking of Oceans 12 instead of Mr and Mrs Smith.

 
At 8/18/2005 11:40 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Also, as a note

Sin City Domestic Gross - $74,098,862 (Opening weekend was 39% of gross)
Ocean's Twelve Domestic Gross - $125,544,280 (Opening weekend was 31% of gross - meaning percentagewise Ocean's Twelve had more staying power, something bad movies don't usually have)

If you count in overseas, the numbers go to

Sin City - $132,358,862
Ocean's Twelve - $362,744,280

Sin City cost $40 million to make and Ocean's Twelve cost $110 million to make, so just figuring out the money to be doled out gives a soft net profit as follows

Sin City - approx $92 million
Ocean's Twelve - approx $250 million

So it did okay. People liked it. It is okay that I like it. Be nice to me.

See how mean you are? See what I mean about having to owe you? Attacking my poor defenseless Ocean's Twelve. (sniff)

 
At 8/19/2005 8:54 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

O12 was pointless. It was only made to make money. The story was terrible and the surprise/twist was obvious.

And then there was Julia Roberts playing Tess playing Julia Roberts...come on now!

Plus, the movie already had a fan base from the first movie. People went to see O12 since the first one was so good. It's just too bad everyone left the theater disappointed or mislead...heehee! (O11 Worldwide $450,717,150, $110 million to make, net profit of about $340 mil. That's a dif of about $90 mil between the two movies. So again, the first movie brought the people in.)

Btw, more staying power to you comes down to a lousy 8% difference?!

 
At 8/19/2005 9:33 AM, Blogger Guru said...

8% yes. Ask any movie exec if they'll take 8% in the movie business - I bet they say yes.

Sin City had a built in audience for itself as well. Fans of the graphic novel probably saw the movie multiple times.

My point of the difference in "staying power" was that word of mouth DIDN'T keep people away from Ocean's Twelve by and large, because it kept making money to a greater percentage than Sin City.

Statistically, I could argue by that then that word of mouth kept people away from Sin City, since it did a greater bulk of it's dollars in its opening week. That was my only point.

But, we all know there are 3 types of lies. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics. :-)

 
At 8/19/2005 9:53 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

FTR, I didn't even know there was a SC comic til the movie came out. However I did know about O11 as well as quite a few million people.

And O11 made only $38 mil it's opening weekend...so it had a much bigger staying power than craptastic (like your 8% arguement) O12.

Oh, to keep this a light debate, here ya go!
:-P Heehee!!!

 
At 8/19/2005 10:15 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Don't misunderstand me, you will never hear me say that Ocean's Twelve was better than Ocean's Eleven.

It was merely my contention to show that your pronouncement that O12 sucked, while your opinion - of course - may have been a little harsh.

SC, by comparision even to O12, was deemed a "sucky movie" by the public. All I was trying to say.

Compared to O11, many movies pale, no doubt about that. Again :-)

 
At 8/19/2005 11:11 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

(In a baby voice) Ahhh, is Guru a little sensitive?! If I don't agree with him then I'm harsh! Oh, I think someone needs a nap-e-poo.
:-P

 
At 8/19/2005 11:27 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Naw, I'm not sensitive, I'm just explaining that you're not the be all end all critic of movies. (And more people agree with me on this particular occasion than you :-P )

 
At 8/19/2005 11:39 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

That is sooo not true!!! I'm right 110% of the time!!! And I have facts and figures to back me up!!! I'm never wrong! Never!
8-)

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rough Day

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Man, I got beat up at work today. It wasn't even my fault, but still I had to deal with ineptitude.

First, I get hit with new requirements for the project that I am working on. Never mind that it is about to go live and that these aren't REALLY new requirements. But, they are new to me.

All the testing that was done, and no one figured out that these things were missing? Of course, I could have told them if I knew that they wanted this functionality. How could I have known? Well, they have twice a week meetings about the project that I have not been invited to, until this week. Why wouldn't you invite the developer to the meeting?

Then, another project that I am working on took a funny turn. It was testing fine until they go to a new environment and it didn't work. Except that it wasn't my fault, because they weren't attempting to use my product. I realized this and asked them about it, but they got all upset and thought I was patronizing them. So, I have to take a field trip tomorrow to show them that they were messing up.

Worse than that is having the project lead get upset with me every time I talk to her. She is the lead on a very technical project and she doesn't understand a word I say. I try to explain it like I would to my 5 year old, but as soon as I use a "computer word" she gets all upset. I've never met a project lead who wouldn't at least pretend they knew everything you said and would just, if needed, repeat your words verbatim to someone else.

I was so ready to choke someone. Hopefully, tomorrow holds a better, calmer day.

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At 8/18/2005 11:55 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So, is today going better?

 
At 8/19/2005 7:54 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Thursday was a bit better. You have probably seen it, but I give you full commentary here.

 
At 8/19/2005 8:59 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Seen it? Me? No. I mean, it's only your most recent post, but I skipped right by that...heehee!!!

 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

More Funny Pictures

Again, someone has mistaken me for someone that they know and sent me some funny pictures. I am, in turn, sharing them with you.

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At 8/16/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Love 'em!!!!

 
At 8/18/2005 2:35 PM, Anonymous Ktos said...

Love 'em, too!
Very good photos.

 

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Wedding Crashers

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On Saturday, while the girlies were with their Papaw seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again and the boy was at his grandma's, Lo and I went and saw Wedding Crashers.

That movie was so funny. I was expecting "the funny", but not in the way that this movie brought it. The sense of humor that Vince Vaughn had going in Dodgeball was perfected in Wedding Crashers. Owen Wilson was good, but Vince Vaughn was the central point of all humor for me in the movie.

Sure, I liked the hot chicks. I also loved Jane Seymour rocking the MILF role. I've always thought that she was a babe, and I appreciated her Mrs. Robinson-like aggressiveness. It was H O T.

The grandma was also a great little character. I don't know why old people saying crass things is funny, but it is. Also, Christopher Walken is just so great. I love his brand of wackiness. It is not just about the cowbell, it's about his character in Pulp Fiction, Blast from the Past, Wayne's World, Batman, and his dancing in the Fatboy Slim video, Weapon of Choice. He is just good. A great choice when you need a character to have some personality.

Go see the movie, you won't be disappointed.

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At 8/17/2005 12:04 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I was pleasently surprised by really loving this movie! I would def see it again, if not buy it!

 

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Buckeye Jerseys

Ever since I mentioned the possibility of getting my girls Buckeye jerseys for them to wear this season, they have asked about them every day. We decided to go out and get some today and the girls were crazy excited. We hit Schottenstein's and they had kids' jerseys, but nothing small enough for my kids. So, we ended up hitting K-Mart and scoring them some jerseys.

They could barely wait for them to be washed and dried before putting them on. In fact, they are still a little wet when there are posing here (about 5 minutes ago). Just when I think that their allegiance to the Buckeyes couldn't get any better, they just keep making me so proud.

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At 8/14/2005 10:23 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

So cute!!!

 
At 8/15/2005 11:04 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Oh, they are so stinkin' cute!!! Go Bucks!

 
At 8/17/2005 12:06 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

OSU football is just around the corner!

 

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

What Celebrity Matches Your Taste in Music

The questions ended up not having the best answer for me at all times, but I thought that this quiz was a little too cool not too share. Take the quiz and let me know your answers and if you agree or disagree (supposing you have iTunes and want to go to the site and check out the star's playlist).

Your Musical Tastes Match: Jennifer Garner


See her whole playlist here (iTunes required)


I actually like most of the songs on her playlist, shown here
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I don't really care for songs 2 and 7 by John Mayer and Maroon 5 respectively, but the rest of the songs are pretty good.

Let me know how you do.

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At 8/17/2005 12:09 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Huh...I got Jennifer Garner as well. Weird!

 

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Great Dinner

Last night, my wife Lo had a surprise waiting for me when I got home from work. She had made Syrian Rice for me (for a bit of an explanation, click here).

Usually when my mom made it, she used leftover chicken to prepare the dish. But, because Lo wanted to surprise me with it last night - and we had no leftover chicken - she prepared what amounted to a meal of baked chicken breasts as the preamble to the actual dish. After making the chicken, she cut it up and used it for the meal. All told, she spent over two hours preparing one of my favorite foods, which she had never made before.

I actually wasn't paying attention as I started to eat (and she didn't tell me what it was). I took the first bite and thought, "This tastes a lot like Syrian Rice." Then Lo came over and asked me what she had done differently. Then it dawned on me that she HAD made syrian rice. I was fooled by the fact that the orzo didn't brown properly (she hadn't wanted to burn it), but upon closer inspection I saw that it was in there mixed with the rice.

I took another bite and truthfully told her that I couldn't tell any taste difference between that dish and the one that my mother had served me a little while ago when she finally got us the recipe. I ate that bowl and two more very hungrily, as my children did as well.

My only complaint was that the bottom of the pot of rice came upon us too quickly. Lo should double the recipe next time, I think. Nothin' says lovin like a 2 hours by the oven! And a surprise meal, to boot.

Thanks, Lo!

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At 8/13/2005 9:34 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yeckum!

 
At 8/15/2005 9:21 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Way 2 Go Lo! So when do we get to try some?

 
At 8/17/2005 12:12 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

How nice of Lo to get the recipe from your mom! Way to go Lo!

 
At 8/17/2005 6:41 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, actually, I got the recipe from my mom on my own special set of orders.

Not too many people associate with my mom too frequently.

 

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

S.H.I.T.

Taken from Foo

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can imagine what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane. Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T.", (Ship High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

Is this story True or False?

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At 8/11/2005 10:25 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You can't believe anything anymore.

 
At 8/23/2005 8:39 AM, Blogger Foo said...

yo guru, tnx for dropping by and posting this on your site. feel free to do so in future times again.

allmighty foo

 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Harry Potter and Harry and the Potters

My last two days at work have gone by very quickly because I have been listening to my Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix audio book while I'm working.

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I read the book in less than a day when it came out and haven't touched it since. When I was reading the sixth book, there were some things that I had forgotten about, so I thought it was time that I actually listened to these CDs.

There are actually 23 CDs that make up the audio book, but in MP3 format, they all fit on one CD, so it is actually very convenient. Jim Dale, who reads the story, is very talented and he makes Dolores Umbrage even more annoying with her little fake coughs.

My favorite Amber (actually the only Amber I know, but that doesn't stop her from being my fave) went to a Harry and the Potters concert and got me looking for them. Here is their website and they have links where you can download some of their songs.

Their songs have titles like The Godfather I, The Godfather II (both about Sirius, duh), The Wrath of Hermione, Save Ginny Weasley, Stick it to Dolores, The Human Hosepipe, and Wizard Chess.

Some of the lyrics are pretty funny, you should check them out. I'll leave you with a sample from Save Ginny Weasley.

Are you scared to walk through the hallways? Are you worried that the spiders run away? Are you petrified of being petrified? Are we going to have to save the school again?

We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk. We've got to save the school from that unseen horror. We've got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk. We've got to save the school again.

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At 8/11/2005 10:29 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Interesting...

 

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

House

Today, after work, I had to go to G and Trin's house to pick up my kids because Lo was going to a Clay Aiken concert. When I got there, Trin had some dinner ready and the kids and I ate with them. It was good stuff (thanks, Trin).

After hanging out for a bit and letting the kids play, I came home and watched House.

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I absolutely LOVE this show. I've been a fan since I found it about midway through the season. The unfortunate thing was that the show was on while I was at school, so I had to watch it on tape or from the internet.

The surprise tonight was that I got to see an episode that I had never seen before. That may not seem like to much to you all, but when one loves a show as much as I love House, it is such a rare treat to see a new episode in the middle of summer reruns. It is like finding a hundred dollar bill while mucking horse stalls, except there was no bad smell. Oh well, you know what I mean.

Good times.

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At 8/09/2005 11:10 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

The food was no prob Guru.

Btw, I have yet to watch an entire episode of House. I was going to tonight, but Boston Legal was on.

 
At 8/10/2005 12:31 AM, Anonymous dilated said...

I liked this episode, too.. I started watching it when it first started, and love the show too.

 

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Day With Dad

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Saturday night, I got the idea to try to hook up with my dad on Sunday and spend the day with him. I looked online and the Clippers were at home for a 1:05 game and the weather looked like it was going to cooperate, so I called my dad and asked him to go.

He was down for it, so I went over to his house at around noon yesterday to go grab a bite to eat (at Arby's) and head over to the stadium. I bought the tickets ($9.00 box seats) and we went and sat in the sun and watched our Hometown Heroes stink up the joint for the first few innings.

But, they posted an 8 run inning and won the game 8-6, so it was a good time. My dad and I had to move up under the awning to get out of the sun at the start of the 7th inning, but it was too late. Being the fair-skinned fellow that I am, my face, head, and arms were burnt. I look like a lobster. (Sorry to be gross, but) My face is leaking fluid from the burns that I originally thought was pus, but it turns out that "when the skin is burned, the blood vessels dilate and leak fluid". So, that is what I'm dealing with. Yea, moi.

We then went back to my dad's house and talked for awhile about the Steelers and movies and his time in Vietnam and how I was worried about Andy and how I imagine how much Andy has grown from a slightly spoiled soft teen to a responsible, battle hardened man.

I also got a present from my dad's girlfriend, Mary. She gave me the book that I referenced in yesterday's post. It was a late birthday present, and I really appreciate her thinking of me. I really admire S. Truett Cathy, and I am looking forward to reading the book.

She also showed me her autographed Simon Fraser jersey and told me her crazy story of bumping in to him in the hall at OSU and eventually buying a jersey and having him sign it. He went to High School with her daughter, so she has always pulled for him to do well.

As I was leaving, my dad told me that he had a really good time and he enjoyed the day with me. That was the first time we had done anything like that since I lived at home (over 10 years ago). I need to do that sort of thing more often.

After all of that, I went home and recuperated and got ready for my first day back to work after vacation. But, now that day is over and I'm still alive, so on I go.

Till next time.

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At 8/09/2005 10:19 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

You should do stuff like that more often with your dad! It's important that you spend time with the people you love!

 
At 8/09/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Sounded like a great day!! You should spend more time with your dad. It's a good thing!

 

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Humbling Statistics

My dad's girlfriend gave me a book today called It's Better To Build Boys Than Mend Men by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A. If you don't know, Cathy is a devout Christian man and in addition to leading his company by biblical values, he still teaches a Sunday School class at his church because of the importance he places on young people.

Here are some statistics from the first chapter of the book that I found scary.

The Result of Fatherlessness

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
  • 85% of youth in prisons come from fatherless homes
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in drug treatment centers come from fatherless homes


Children From Fatherless Homes Are:

  • 5 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 32 times more likely to run away
  • 14 times more likely to commit rape
  • 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances
  • 9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution
  • 20 times more likely to end up in prison


I charge you men out there to be fathers to your children. It is a key indicator of how they will do for the rest of their lives.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Tired

I was going to finish up my week of Niagara posts today with a little more detail of our Pennsylvania hotel, but I am just too tired to do it.

I was up early to get the girls ready to spend the day with their Papaw. My wife and I did a little running with the lightened load (we still had the baby) and ended up at the grandparents' house that I talked about in this post. Some well meaning relatives had gone over and just really jacked things up and confused those grandparents and everyone who corresponds with them. Ahh, why can't people leave well enough alone?

After that, we went home and had hot dogs and coney sauce and hung out as a family. I can barely keep my eyes open now and I need to be up early for church, so I'm out.

More later tomorrow.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Maid of the Mist

Since we got the Passport to Niagara, we got to hit all of the major attractions. So, that of course included the Maid of the Mist. I didn't do the Maid when I was at Niagara before, so it was a new experience for me. In addition, my girls had never been on a boat ride, so it was doubly exciting for them.

Here they are.
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Here is the baby and I
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Here are some shots taken from the boat
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If the Cave of the Winds was my favorite activity, this was probably my second favorite, though the aquarium kicked butt, too. But the Maid of the Mist was a bit more action packed, so she gets the nod. Anyone who goes to Niagara Falls should definitely check out this classic.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Cave of the Winds

This was easily my kids' (and my) favorite destination. I had been here before the other time that I went to the falls, but I was just a little Guru then, and I don't think that I had the full appreciation for it.

The entire family (including the baby) went up to the Hurricane Deck to get splashed almost directly by the falls. It was awesome.

You also get a free pair of sandals that the kids had seen around and really wanted to get. Those of you who see us from time to time will be sure to see the kids wearing them.

Here are some pictures.

The Sandals
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The way up
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Bridal Veil Falls as seen from the platform.
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The kids and I on our way up.
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The kids and I in between getting splashed. (Notice my excellent face that I am making)
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At 8/04/2005 2:21 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Nice pics!!! Thanks for posting!

 
At 8/04/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Doncha just LOVE vacations????!!!!

 

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Introduction to Matzoh Ball Soup

A Jewish family invited their gentile neighbors over for holiday dinner. The first course was set in front of them and the Jewish couple announced, "This is matzoh ball soup."On seeing the two large matzoh balls floating in the broth, the Gentile man was hesitant to taste this strange looking brew. Gently the Jewish couple pressed the Gentile man. "Try it; if you don't like it, you don't have to finish it."

Finally he agreed. He dug his spoon in, first picking up a small piece of matzoh ball with some soup in his spoon, and tasting it gingerly. The usual "Mmmmmmmmm" sound could be heard coming from deep within his chest, and he quickly finished the whole bowl.

"That was good" the man said. "Can you eat any other parts of the matzoh?"

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sea Lions

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During our time in Niagara Falls, we hit the Niagara Falls Aquarium. The kids really loved it. Their favorite part was the Sea Lions. They did a ton of tricks and were really very funny.

They also can paint. As part of their life at the aquarium, they have their brains stimulated by certain activites like painting. We could buy the paintings if we wanted, but I didn't really want to drop $20 or $30 for the novelty of the paintings. But, I was tempted.

Here are some of the paintings.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Awwww Yeah

Got me some high speed internet. OOOOOOHHHH Yeah!

I'm staying at a hotel about halfway between Niagara Falls and Columbus and our list of requirements were:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Highspeed


I'll get some pictures on the puter and try to update after everyone goes to sleep.

For now, here is a pic of the girls standing next to a miniature Statue of Liberty doing their best Statue of Liberty pose.

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At 8/03/2005 7:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Very cute!!!

 

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Our View

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The Skylon Tower

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