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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.

Friday, September 30, 2005


Man, this has been a busy week. I just have one more day and the weekend is here!

In addition to work, this is my first full week back to school. So now I have activities on every night M-Th. Tues and Thurs are school from immediately after work until 10pm, Monday is band practice from shortly after work until 9pm, and Wednesday is the day that I have to do all of my homework and readings assigned from my class on Tuesday.


In addition to that, this has been a very busy week at work. I am getting my wish to have a lot of work to do and the time has been flying by at work. But, it is all very interesting and fulfilling stuff, so I'd better not complain, because I don't want it to go away!

Good Friday to everyone!


At 9/30/2005 7:58 AM, Blogger Nick said...

And good Friday to you too.

At 9/30/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Thanks, dawg!


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My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad

Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers.

The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."

The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100."The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon...and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

Oh, crap. That is true on more levels than I'll bet most people realize.


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Thursday, September 29, 2005


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In part to my wife getting hooked on House (or, more correctly, Dr Chase :-) ), we got the House Season One DVD set yesterday for a very good price (like a trillion % off!).

We watched 3 episodes last night (the Pilot, Maternity, and Three Stories (my personal favorite)). It was awesome!

Apparently, next Tuesday will be House-less because of the baseball playoffs. So, Lo and I will probably break out the DVDs and check out another episode that we haven't seen before.

Life is Grand when you have the Complete Season One of House, MD!


At 9/30/2005 2:49 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I know....I so hate love it! Anyways, it is mean for taking away my House! Now what am I supposed to watch??

Yeah for the great deal!!!

At 9/30/2005 5:23 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I like baseball quite a bit (moreso playing it than watching it), but not enough that I think that it should ever pre-empt House, for goodness' sake!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


I had school last night. That was a good time. First off I had Political Science and we had some good discussion. I ended up talking a lot because of a little problem I have. It isn't that I can't shut up, it is that I can't let a question go unanswered. The teacher asked a question and the class just sits there. I had answered the previous question, so - by rights - I should wait a few to speak again. But, the teacher is just standing there waiting for a response. What do I do? Of course I speak up. What else could Guru do?

Then it was on to Math. We got our take home quiz (4 questions, easy stuff - full marks for Guru), and started lecture. My guy prepared better for this class because he was making himself a lot more clear and seemed prepared to answer some questions and teach some material.

But, nonetheless, I left early to get home in time to see House. It was a great episode with a lot of drama and character development, especially Cuddy.

Then, it was off to bed because an early workday called today.

What an exciting evening!


At 9/28/2005 10:49 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Going to bed early is always exciting...well it is in my house anyway!!! :-P


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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Book Has the Answer

A man has been in business for many, many years and the business is going down the drain. He doesn't know what to do and is seriously contemplating suicide. He goes to the Rabbi to seek his advice. He tells the Rabbi about all of his problems in the business and asks the Rabbi what he should do. The Rabbi says, "Take a beach chair and a Bible and put them in your car and drive down to the edge of the ocean. Go to the water's edge. Take the beach chair out of the car, sit on it and take the Bible out and open it up. The wind will rifle the pages for a while and eventually the Bible will stay open at a particular page. Read the Bible and it will tell you what to do."The man does as he is told. He places a beach chair and a Bible in his car and drives down to the beach. He sits on the chair at the water's edge and opens the Bible. The wind rifles the pages of the Bible and then stops at a particular page. He looks down at the Bible and sees what he has to do.

Three months later the man and his family come back to see the Rabbi. The man is wearing a $1,000 Italian suit. The wife is all decked out with a full-length mink coat and the child is dressed in beautiful silk. The man hands the Rabbi a thick envelope full of money and tells him that he wants to donate this money to the synagogue in order to thank the Rabbi for his wonderful advice. The Rabbi is delighted. He recognizes the man and asks him what advice in the Bible brought this good fortune to him. The man replies: "Chapter 11."


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First Place at 3-0

My fantasy team is ROLLING! I won this past week's contest by quite a large margin. Examine:
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That win brings me to 3-0 and in sole possession of first place. In fact, I am the only team that is left undefeated. When you are good, you're good!
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Monday, September 26, 2005

Sunday Night TV

Man, was last night a great night of TV. Lo and I settled in at 9pm to watch some Desperate Housewives.
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They did not disappoint. They resolved last year's cliffhanger two minutes into the show. Then they got right on with moving some storyline along. We saw Lynette get her job, Gabrielle "prove" who the father was, Bree (sort-of) grieve, and Susan deal with all of the new news in Mike's life. We also got a nice peek into what the new lady on the block is going to be bringing to the show. Any guesses on who the hostage is down there? The dad?

Also, I am still holding out the faintest hope that Bree's hubby isn't really dead. But, I admit most of that went out the window at the funeral. I thought when she was switching out the tie that she would realize that that wasn't really her husband or something, but she didn't say anything, so maybe he really is dead.

Then, it was on to Grey's Anatomy. They also didn't disappoint.
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Dr. McDreamy's wife got right in there and helped move their story along, as well. She got the interns talking at the bar where it comes out that Cristina is pregnant. Then that bar guy passes out and we're in to the show.

I'm a little sad that it looks like Cristina might end up having an abortion, especially because Burke has now abandoned her and she is very career focused. Plus, shows don't like to bring in kids, so I'm fairly certain the baby is gone by either abortion or miscarriage (she does work long stressful hours and could damage the baby, plus a miscarriage wouldn't upset the pro-life viewers as much).

I'm also not happy that it looks like Izzie might be falling for Alex. I know George likes Meredith, but Meredith should be with Shepherd and George and Izzie should be together. George is nice and he should get the hottie. But, they appear to be softening Alex up and Izzie was looking at a "human" display from him with a little affection at the end of the episode, so I'm concerned.

All in all, though, these season premieres didn't disappoint. Numb3rs should take note!


At 9/26/2005 11:14 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

If she has an abortion, I will prob stop watching the show.

At 9/26/2005 12:24 PM, Blogger Guru said...

It is for that exact reason that I think that she will either keep it, do adoption, or miscarry, rather than abort.

But, what do I know?


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Big Let Down

I went in to check my fantasy baseball standings and saw that I had won the week 7-3.

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So I decided to flip to the standings and see my name in the winner's box.
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But, it wasn't there. So, I looked again at the results and at the bracket and saw that this championship week game is actually two weeks long. So, I haven't won yet. I have to fight out another week.

An old man's nerves can't take this kind of abuse!


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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Thought of the Day

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course. I may be big headed, but not this much so.

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters.
- Margaret Halsey


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OSU vs. Iowa

AHHHHHHHHH. You know what that is? The sound of Columbus letting out its collective breath. We do have an offense and our defense is definitely as good as advertised. Coming off of a 33-7 beating from Iowa a year ago, we put the smack down on them yesterday 31-6.

Let me just start with our defense. We only gave up 137 total yards, including -9 yards rushing. STFU! That is freaking domination. I couldn't be happier with the guys' effort.

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Troy Smith looked a lot better. He still lost the handle on the ball a couple of times, but the grass and ball were wet, so I'll give him a pass and keep an eye on it the rest of the way. He was 13/19 for 191 yards and 2 TDs. He also carried 18 times for 127 yards and 2 TDs. 318 yards of total offense. There's my guy.

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Antonio Pittman came to tote the rock, too. He had 171 yards on 28 carries for a 6.1 ypc average. He was hitting the holes and making a lot of yards after first contact. We might finally have an elite runner for the first time since Mr. Clarett.

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And finally, my champion, Anthony Gonzales. My man was all over the field yesterday. He finished with 6 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs. When you consider that Troy completed 13 balls all day and Anthony caught just under half of those, that's BALLA, son!

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This was a real confidence booster (at least for us fans!) heading in to the bye week before we go on the road in two weeks to Penn State. I am crazy amped for the rest of the Big Ten season!

(ps Michigan lost yesterday, woot!)


At 9/25/2005 11:49 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hawk=THE MAN!!!!!


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Numb3rs, Season Two

I was so ridiculously excited to see the season premiere of Numb3rs on Friday night. The thing is, I turned it on to find a ton of changes that I am not sure that I am happy about.

They kicked Sabrina Lloyd out (played Terry Lake) and brought in Diane Farr from Rescue Me to be the resident psycho-analyst person. Then, they brought in Dylan Bruno as an extra agent. I am so not happy about that. To me, he is always Willy Jack Pickens from that a$$ movie "Where the Heart Is". They also gave Charlie (the math guy)'s girlfriend a different haircut. She is now much less attractive.

What are they trying to do? Ruin my show? If tonight's show had been the only one that I had ever seen, I don't know if I'd be happy. You have to come correct with the Season Premiere!

I'm hoping that the rest of the season gets on track. I don't want to have to boycott the CBS.


At 9/25/2005 11:16 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Where The Heart Is is not an a$$ movie!! I like that movie.

At 9/25/2005 11:48 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes, I want Diane Farr back!!! I loved her on Rescue Me! She was fantastic!!!

Can you send her back for me...and I'll find Sabrina for you, okay?!


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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Lucky 13

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Lo and I often pick up movies to watch from the library. They are free and you can keep them for a while (4 days, but you can renew online many times). Recently we grabbed Lucky 13.

I chose it because it has everyone's favorite MILF, Lauren Graham and Harland Williams (who can be pretty funny). The plotline sounded ripe for the romantic comedy picking, so it came home with us.

I couldn't have been more wrong about this movie. It was horrible. The story was horrible, the acting was horrible (except for Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham). The quality of the movie itself was even bad. There was a lot of extra white noise at times and the actors weren't mic'ed very well. It seemed like something that a film student would put out in his first year of film school.

So if you are ever at the library or wherever and see this movie and might be tempted... Don't do it! I implore you. You will be much better off if you heed my advice.


At 9/25/2005 2:11 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You're right, it was suck!


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Friday, September 23, 2005

Blood Time Again

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I got a call earlier this week to solicit my participation in a blood drive. I asked the lady if it had been long enough since my last donation and she said that it has to be 56 days and on my donation day I would be at 58 or something like that. They are really hard up for blood after all of the disasters.

I did get a crappy lady who must have been drinking at lunch, because she hurt me when she stuck me and it burned the entire time. I still finished my donation in 5 minutes, but it didn't feel good. I don't think she got me straight on.

But, don't let that deter you. We've got shortages, people. Let's mobilize!

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At 9/23/2005 5:48 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I would donate, but I have no one to go with me for my first time. I would take G, but he hates the sight of blood and he wouldn't be donating with me. And I can't go with my mom or sis since they do it right after service at NL (and they just donated two weeks ago). They usually tell me that they gave blood after the fact.

I just need someone to go with me my first time...I'm a baby, I know.


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First Day

Well, my first day of school is in the books and I am pleased to have it be so. I was nervous of how it was going to go, but it all turned out all right (of course).

I am not sure of my political science teacher's nation of origin, but he has a very thick accent, but not one that is incomprehensible, so I am pleased. We had a nice discussion about democracy in class and I participated several times.

My favorite moment of class was when the teacher said that in lieu of class participation (since it is part of our grade), we could write summaries of our homework readings. He said that we could even be critical and that to write "The article is suck" would be okay if we had arguments to back it up. I had to fight hard not to laugh since I was sitting in the very first row.

That class let out an hour early, so I had to wait around in my math class for about an hour. Good thing I brought my Dell DJ with me. That's the exact reason that I even wanted it, and she came through first day. Woohoo.

There were four people in my class that I had Math 152 with in the spring. I only knew one girl's name (Maggie), but picked up one of the guy's names (Kendall) during the course of the class. I still don't know the other two people's names. But, we at least acknowledged one another from the other class. As a positive note for me, I'm sure that none of them know my name, so I'm ahead of the game.

The teacher walked in and I was a little bit nervous. He was an Asian guy and I was worried that he might be a little hard to understand like my last math teacher. But then he started talking and his English was excellent. I was very excited.

Then, he started to explain the rules for the class. There would be no required homework and the six quizzes would be take-home, rather than in-class. He also didn't care where we got help for them from, even tutors. He considered it free points.

So, that left 2 midterms and a final as the only grades left to earn. But, he said that he would not make them hard and that if we could do the first 20 problems in each section (the easiest ones), we would do well on all graded work. My spirits were soaring.

Then... he started to teach. He got like next to no ideas across. He also seemed very unprepared. What I am hoping is that he got the appointment late in the game and thought he could wing it. He even realized he was doing poorly, so I am hoping that he will prepare a little better and make the class perfect.

If I didn't either have to get a test or hand one in every single class, I doubt I would even go to them all. Perhaps, if he doesn't get better, I will come to class on Tuesday and get the quiz then leave class to return on Thursday to hand it in. I would then be free to leave after that as well. Maybe that will be my strategy if he doesn't get to be a better lecturer.

Ahhh college life.


At 9/23/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Glad your first day (night) at school this semester went well! Hopefully this will be an easy semester for you!


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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Previewing the New IE7

Stop.  Hammertime.

I think that that is definitely a nice feature. Glad to see that Micro$oft is listening to the public!


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Back to School

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No, I'm not talking about the classic Rodney Dangerfield flick. I'm talking about me. OSU started back yesterday, but since my classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays... you get the picture.

I'm taking Math 153 (3rd of 3 in Calculus series) and Political Science 100. The buildings are right across from each other and the classes have only 10 minutes in-between them.

I did have Political Science scheduled in the Spring, but for various reasons, I dropped it and picked up Women's Studies. This PolySci class is more of a comparative class, where we will learn about different political systems and how they work and the pros and cons, etc. That should be pretty interesting to me, hopefully the teacher doesn't ruin it :-)

Math is my favorite subject. I've taken a math class every quarter since I've come back to school, but I think that this will be my last one for a couple of quarters. I've had to pass on some other classes that I need to take to apply to my major because they conflicted with math, but I really wanted to take them all in a row. These Calculus courses are hard enough without be putting vast amounts of time in-between them. My future math classes won't build as heavily on these three as they have built on each other, so I should be all good as far that is concerned.

I got a new backpack last night since the one I had was ghetto when I started using it last January with the intention of getting a new one ASAP. My wife made fun of me when I bought it because it was a FUBU, but I liked it. Not overly flashy or anything, and I think it looks good.

Plus, I'm a 28 year old college student. No one cares what I have anyway!


At 9/22/2005 9:52 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Mr. T says: "Stay in school and don't do drugs!"


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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Great Work Day

Man, today was a good work day. I had meetings in the morning and then we all left to go to a park at 1pm for the rest of the day. It was the annual Clinical Applications End of Summer Party.

We grilled out, had all kinds of snacks and desserts, and even had ice cream (drumsticks, klondike bars, ice cream sandwiches, etc). This one girl on my team who is from India had her very first hamburger today. It freaked me out a little bit (she liked it, btw).

Then it was time for games. (Not actual photos from the park.)
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At first I played some cornhole. My team won 21-17, and I buried the last 7 points for my team. I actually contributed about half of our points total and I was happy with my performance. Then another team came in and they were talented. We got beat badly, though my pride won't let me say how much.

Then I played a little wiffle ball home run derby. That was a good time. After that, it was on to shuffleboard. I didn't play that, I just chilled on the bench and watched and cracked jokes.

I love the little team building exercises that our team does. I've been there since the last week of March and we've probably averaged something major every month I've been there. It isn't always just for my team, but through all of our affiliations, we get invited to a lot of stuff. Fun times!


At 11/21/2005 1:29 PM, Anonymous Elton Lanahan said...

What it could be useful for?

At 11/21/2005 3:06 PM, Blogger Guru said...

What could what be useful for? You've confused me, Elton.


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Wolfgang Puck Express

Yesterday, I had lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express with Chad. We met to get my math textbook back in my hands since school is starting so soon. He had borrowed it to take the math class that I am taking this quarter in the summer and in return I was going to get his notes. He ended up not taking summer classes, but that is neither here nor there.

Back to the restaurant. I was expecting something a little nicer from the name and from the outside. But what you get is to walk in, place your order at a counter, get a buzzer, sit and wait, then get your own food. The seating is very nice (think a little classier Panera Bread), and the food was reasonably priced for what it was claiming to be.

I got the Vienna Chicken Fingers and Fries and of course, Diet Coke. The fries were crisp (not crispy - I see a difference) and were covered in a very delicious seasoning. The chicken fingers weren't batter coated, but coated with some sort of crumbs and fried that way. It gave it a lighter fried taste and wasn't bad.

My meal was about $10.00, which is over twice what a trip to McDonald's will cost, but right in line with having lunch at Bob Evans or somewhere else. If you are ever near Upper Arlington (or one near you), and feeling a tad pretentious, drop in. It is definitely worth eating there once.


At 9/21/2005 1:15 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Sounds really yummy! I may have to try it sometime.

So, what did you think of last night's episode of House???? I was a little grossed out...but still.


At 9/21/2005 10:14 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I loved the episode. That was a little crazy how he was being so hard on that little girl.

It did freak Lo and I out though, when Chase kissed that little girl. What did you think about that?

At 9/23/2005 1:39 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I loved it!!! I just love that show!!!!! I kinda even have a crush on Dr. House!!! He is so mean!!! But yet so lovable!!!

I missed the part where they actually killed the little girl, but was happy with the outcome!! And so freaked when Chase kissed the little girl!! I mean she was 9 and he was 30! Ewwwwwwww!! But still a great episode!!!



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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Steelers - Texans

We had lunch Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings. The excellent part was that we were there just in time to watch my Steelers match up against the Texans.

What a glorious matchup it was. The Steelers controlled the game the entire way, never trailing during the game and putting up 20 points before you could say "Bob's your uncle".

Willie Parker again proved his worth, toting the rock 25 times for 111 yards and a TD. Bill Cowher has said that Willie will remain the starter even after Duce and the Bus return to full health. I don't think Jerome Bettis will mind, but Duce Staley might. But, if he wants to leave, that's okay, because he has missed a lot of games due to injury since joining the Steelers.

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Ben Roethlisberger continued to impress, going 14/21 for 254 yards and 2 TDs and no INTs. He was supposedly questionable for the game with his leg, but manned up and went out there and got 'er done. I'm so happy about his guy right now, I'm going to have to be twins to stand it.

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Our defense was just sick. Led by Troy Polamalu with his 6 tackles and 3 sacks from the safety position, the Steel Curtain was up in David Carr's face all game long, getting 8 sacks on the game. Who can withstand our might?!? :-)

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I am really excited for this season to continue. We look like we have all of the pieces to have a great team. Next week is the Patriots. Oooo, it's on!


At 9/20/2005 11:34 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

G and I went back and forth from the Steelers game to the Bengals. It seemed like everytime one team would score (like the Steelers), then the other would (Bengals). For a while they were both at 20-0 (I think). It was weird!

At 9/20/2005 4:30 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I wish I knew more about football! Or any sport for that matter! But still.....great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.....(heehee!)

Go Bucks! (the only team I pay attention to!)



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OSU vs San Diego State, the Game

When you first look at the stats of the game, it looks like OSU not only had this well in hand, but walked all over SDSU. But that is not completely the case.

We definitely had the game in hand and won 27-6 (thanks to the defense), but with the talent level that they put out there, we should have had 50 points.

We'll start with the positive. Except for the first 11 seconds, which resulted in SDSU's only 6pts (their kicker missed the PAT), our defense was stifling and gave up only 99 yards for the remainder of the game. AJ Hawk led the defense with more than twice as many tackles as the next guy (8 to 3).

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Anthony Gonzales looked good. He wasn't used very much (3 catches for 25 yards), but he caught everything thrown his way, including a beautiful diving catch for a first down. (He was so ignored on the offense, that there are no pictures of him from this game, nor practice this week! This one is from the Miami game.)
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Antonio Pittman was a flashes of brilliance guy, too. He finished the day with 58 yards on 18 carries for a 3.2 ypc average. But those stats lie, somewhat. He ran well when the play calling was good. I saw him get his number called on a couple of plays that just downright failed.

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My guy Troy Smith wasn't very good on the day. Running, he was great (14 carries, 87 yards, 2 TDs). Passing, he wasn't (14/26 149 yards and an INT). He underthrew receivers all day long, especially Ted Ginn. You would think that Ginn's high school quarterback would know how fast he was, but Smith seemingly underestimated his speed all day.

Our defense is ready for the Big Ten schedule. I have no qualms with them. But, with Iowa next week, we need to play better or I am going to get a little worried about our ability to finish the season without another loss.


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Two and Oh

My fantasy football team was victorious this weekend. In fact, I was the league high scorer. The worst part is, if I had started two people that I have on the bench right now, I could have broken the century mark on my score. Oh, well. A "W" is a "W", isn't it?

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Monday, September 19, 2005


Wow! My first season of fantasy baseball is going better than I could have hoped. I won my game this week 10-0 (results below) to advance to the league championship.

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The team that I am playing this week I have faced twice before this season. I beat him both times, 6-4 and 8-1. While past performance is not a guarantee of future success, that should be a confidence builder for me.

Go Gurus!


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Sunday, September 18, 2005

OSU vs San Diego State

Lo and I had a magnificient time at the Ohio State game yesterday. Last year was my first game, but this was Lo's first game and I wanted to make sure that it was a special experience.

When I attended last year with my man, Vince, our goal was to get in and out as quickly as possible. Not so this year. I wanted to soak in all of the gameday atmosphere and make sure that Lo left there with a good idea of Buckeye gameday.

We arrived at our parking lot before noon (free because of my student parking pass) and caught the shuttle over to the lot right by the stadium. This happened to be the lot where my co-workers tailgate (one of the reasons we planned our trip like we did), so we joined them for some tailgating merrymaking.

They had two tents, a grill, tables of food, and coolers of pop, beer, and other picnic-y cold stuff.

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And of course - being a self-respecting Buckeye tailgate - they had Cornhole. Last year, I saw those funny little ramps everywhere. Every tailgate had them and everyone was playing. I was clueless. I asked around and found out that everyone who is everyone at a Buckeye tailgate plays. So, this year we played. It was a lot of fun. Lo and I had never played before and we got our butts beat 21-7, but we had a good time.

Our Cornhole set (not me playing)

We took off early because we wanted to catch the Skull Session over at St. John Arena before the game. We got there right as it started, so we only got in for a little bit before deciding to head outside to check out some of the other activities.

The cheerleading team warms up right outside St. John's, so we checked that out. (Hot chicks doing flips... of course I was there!) Some pics:
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After that, we wandered around the carnival-like setup where radio stations were all broadcasting live and vendors were hawking their wares. We watched a lemonade chugging contest and a few people try to throw accurate football passes for t-shirts, then we headed over to the stadium.

We made sure to get there in plenty of time to see the band do their pre-game thing and were not disappointed. As someone who always thought that the band wasn't a big deal and that the drum major was a bit of a geek, I changed my tune last year after seeing them in person. Last year, I had chills when they came in and he did his back bend thing.

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The Pride of the Buckeyes

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Dotting the "I"

The game was exciting and I'll break that all down in a separate post. We got hotdogs, pretzels, and a big Diet Coke (thanks for the anniversary gift, dad!) and enjoyed the whole experience.

At the end of the game, we stuck around to watch the tradional singing of Carmen Ohio by Tressel and the team.

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Carmen Ohio

After seeing that, we headed for the gate. On our way out we noticed massive crowds gathering and decided to investigate. We found out that they were giving out little medalions of Chic Harley (the #47 that they retired at the game I was at last year) and booklets to collect that and future medallions in. Lo and I had to wait for a while trying to get them. We had our hands out like every one else, but he kept never giving us any.

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After earning our hard fought treasure, we headed back to the shuttles. On the way we ran in to some of my co-worker/tailgate buddies and chatted for awhile about the game and thanking them again for their hospitality. We weren't in any hurry to rush off with the crowds and leaving early would mean ending our time alone together (a first in a VERY long time).

We finished off with dinner at O'Charleys (our 5 day late anniversary dinner - thanks again, Dad! :-) ). Then it was off to pick up our son and head home, very satisfied Buckeye fans.


At 9/19/2005 7:55 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Never heard of Cornhole before Saturday?! Huh. I caught a special about it a few months ago, but I've known about (and have played) it before then. It's def a perfect tailgating event!

At 9/19/2005 8:56 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

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At 9/19/2005 8:58 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

Glad you guys had a great time too! We definitely want to make this a regular event. What an awesome day!!

At 9/19/2005 9:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

No, I knew about it this year. I didn't know about it until last year when I was on campus with Vince.

At 9/19/2005 10:04 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ooops, my bad!

Btw, glad you went home "very satisfied". :-)

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Summer is Ending

I can't believe that summer is almost over. In less than a week it will officially be fall and the glorious summer will be gone. Of course I love fall for its cooler temperatures, playoff baseball, and of course football.

Three people who WILL miss it, though, are my kids, who love to swim. Here is a (IMHO) cute picture of my son getting ready to spend a little time in the sun.

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At 9/19/2005 4:17 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Too cute! I actually bought that had for him last summer, but of course he would never keep it on in the sun!!!


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Game Day

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Today is the day that I've been waiting for since last October 23rd, when I went to my first game. I was thinking of going to the game and picking up some tickets at the last minute from someone outside of the game (the closer to kickoff, the lower the price). But, as this will be my wife's first game, I wanted to be able to get inside early enough to see all of the pre-game action for a full OSU Gameday experience.

We should have a great time. Here are my tickets and parking pass, all procured, in our little Buckeye-lovin' hands, and ready to go.

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I hope we have a good game and a good time. I'll fill you all in with a full report after we get back.

Go Bucks!


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Friday, September 16, 2005


I have a couple of pictures of typos that I found from people who should know better. This first one is from the marquee of the Marcus Theatre in Pickerington. You'll note that Four Brothers is misspelled Four Brotgers. I understand how that could happen on a keyboard, but not on signage. Maybe I could even understand how a G was grabbed instead of an H from the letter box. But, what idiot put that up there and just did not notice?

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This second one is from a Biggie Sized drink from Wendy's. The current promotion features an Ohio State schedule on the cup. But... they misspelled Illinois as Illinios. I took a picture of the cup with my phone, and it is a little blurry, but you should be able to see it.

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There is no excuse for that. No one runs spellcheck in the promotions and marketing department at Wendy's? A GLOBAL COMPANY!

At least they spelled Ohio State correctly.


At 9/16/2005 10:44 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hmmm, Four Brotgers...good mowie.


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A First

I finally agree with an NCAA decision.

As a general rule, I hate pretty much everything that comes out of NCAA President Miles Brand's mouth. I think that college athletes are treated unfairly and the rules are so strict that I can't buy A.J. Hawk a Happy Meal if he looks hungry.

And at first, I thought his decision to not let athletes from hurricane ravaged schools transfer to other schools without sitting out the usually required year was insane. Why was he being so hard on them?

Then, I read a bit more about the story and I am pleased. The reason for the waiting period to stay in effect was so that the schools don't suffer more loss. What amounted to "athletic looting" was going to take place. Non-affected schools were going to pick the stars from all of the hurricane-affected schools, hobbling their programs for seasons to come.

What the NCAA has done is lift the stringent requirements on class attendance and travel to ease the burden on those student athletes at schools such as Tulane.

That is a decision that I can live with.


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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Awwwww Yeah!

Sittin on crizome! It's Gizoogle, beeyatches!

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Google Conversions

I'm sure that all of you know that you can use Google to do conversions for you, like calculating how many inches are in two feet.

Well, you can also have a little fun like finding out odd conversions like 2 great gross speed of light in bakers dozen furlongs per year.

What odd conversion calculations can you come up with?

I stole this from someone's blog, but I don't remember who!


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House Is Back

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It was nice to have my beloved House back on Tuesday nights at 9pm. I can't tell you how much I love that show. I thought that I had kind of stumbled on to something, but it seems like everyone I know stumbled on to it too. The people I work with all talk about it, I've heard people at school discussing it, I've even heard people that I don't know talking about it. There was a big group of people near our table while we were having breakfast in Niagara Falls. They were having this discussion about House and I just wanted to jump in and add my two cents. House Mania, Baby! I've got to get Season 1's DVDs that just came out.

Anyway, they jumped right in to this season with new infectious diseases and moral dilemmas. This week, a death row inmate is found to have a fatal problem. House wants to work on the case for its intrigue and his doctors don't want any part of it because the man is a killer. There is a nice thread through the whole episode about what doctors' roles really are, and one doctor has a 180 degree change of heart.

It was typical House goodness and it looks like next week will have that, too. In the preview, they make a little girl clinically dead so that they can diagnose her. You just know that there is going to be a little drama in that one.

Viva la season two!


At 9/15/2005 10:21 AM, Blogger Jill said...

May House live a long and episodic adventure amid the sea of ho-hums. I'm hooked.

At 9/16/2005 11:16 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I LOVE House!!! I just started watching it during the summer and I am hooked!!!! Love it!!!



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