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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.

Monday, October 31, 2005

So Much Fun

Head on over to www.hetemeel.com and you can make pictures like these.

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If you do, please comment here and let me know. If they are on your blog, link to it, if not, just post a hyperlink to the image itself. I look forward to seeing your creativity.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Oh, What a Game!

First the bad news. The Buckeyes' defense gave up the second most yards in its history on Saturday. 578 yards. That is 129 more yards that we had. Of course, that doesn't include any special teams yards, where we had the edge 204 to 26. I can't believe that we were involved in a shootout and won that mother by 2 TDs, 45-31.

Antonio Pittman was large for us yesterday. He had 186 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns. That is large because those are his first two touchdowns of the year. For some reason, Tressel had been letting Pittman run us down to the goal line, only to let Troy Smith or Brandon (cough!) Schnittker pound it in. Of course, Pittman had to go 67 yards on one of them. He wasn't going to be denied!

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We also got Anthony Gonzales involved in a big way. He had 63 yards and a touchdown for the team. Whenever we get him involved, big things happen. For the record, he wasn't involved in our two losses this year.

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Ted Ginn had a big day. Sure, he had 53 yards receiving, but it was his 100 yard kickoff return for a TD that got me going. He ended up with 224 total yards on the day.

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Not to be left out, Santonio Holmes caught a few balls, too. He had 94 yards receiving and 2 TDs. He's a gamer.

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Who fed those last three guys the ball? That would be Troy Smith. Troy Smith who was 14/20 for 233 yards and 3 TDs to go along with ZERO interceptions. In fact, the entire OSU team had no turnovers for the game and did indeed take one away from Minnesota. That's the way to win games.

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I was a little concerned going into this game, but that turned out to be unfounded. This will be a good week on talk radio and that makes me very happy indeed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

School Pictures

My scanner is close to dead, so the colors aren't as rich as the originals, but I think you can see how beautiful my girls are nonetheless.

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At 10/29/2005 9:15 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

So pretty!!!!

 
At 10/30/2005 12:03 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yes, they are very beautiful!!!

 

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My Twitches

My daughters watched the Disney Channel movie Twitches a while ago and really liked it. In fact, they have taken to playing Twitches (twin witches) all the time.

Last Saturday, my oldest daughter drew pictures of the pendants that the girls wear and I cut them out in such a way that they could wear them as necklaces. They had a lot of fun playing Twitches the rest of the afternoon.

Aren't they cute? Isn't she such a good artist? Aren't I creative? :-)

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Connections

A little boy came home eating a big candy bar. Seeing the candy bar, his mother remembered he had already spent all his allowance money. Surprised, she asked him where he got it.

"I bought it at the store with the dollar you gave me," he said."But that dollar was for Sunday School," his mother replied.

Smiling, the boy said, "I know, Mom, but the Pastor met me at the door and got me in for free!"

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Touching Letter

I found this on the internets last night.
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I'm not totally sure about its authenticity, but I did find some links (here and here) that talk about that family and their loss, so that part is true.

Reading the letter just touched me, especially with all that we have gone through (and infinitesimally small next to his parents) as Andy was over in Iraq.

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At 10/27/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Good grief, I teared up reading that!

 
At 10/28/2005 9:21 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I needed a good cry!!!

 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rising Sun and Poly Sci

Who knew? Who could know that my love of the movie Rising Sun (great freaking movie), would lead to my understanding of concepts that I am going to be tested on during my Political Science Midterm tomorrow?

Specifically, I am talking about Keiretsu, a concept that is important to understand when watching Rising Sun and when understanding business setups in Japan. When we started talking about Japan in class, and he mentioned Keiretsu, I was all over it. He thought that I had read ahead, but I was a tad ashamed to reveal the true source of my knowledge.

A Keiretsu is like a family of companies where the leaders of the companies are all intertwined and aid each other in success. They can go vertically within their industry among suppliers and such, or they can go horizontally among a conglomeration of businesses and banks - all usually leaders in their fields.

Actually much of what is business as usual in Japan is illegal in the US, for instance many large companies own banks and can just give themselves loans to do things. I'm not talking about credit unions, I mean JP Morgan and Bank of America style. That just cannot fly in America. I'm not complaining, just making a comparison.

It is actually quite interesting how East Asian countries went about industrializing and playing catch up to "old school" industrialized nations like America, Britain, and Germany. But, I won't bore you with that.

Cheers!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fantasy Football, Meet Real Football

It is all my fault. I should have believed. I have lost my second fantasy football game in a row (and second of the season) because I didn't believe in my Steelers.

I bought into the hype. I thought that the Bengals were good. I played Carson Palmer and Rudi Johnson and benched my Steeler defense because I thought that Carson, Rudi, and co. were going to get off Sunday.

It turns out that my Steelers, after a slow first quarter, just beat the crap out of the Bungles. Why did I ever doubt them?

After Maddox's poor performance last week, I was glad to have Big Ben back.
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Chris Hope with one of our two INTs on the day.
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Carson Palmer getting what he got all day... beat the *%#* up!
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Here we go Stillers, Here we go!!! Woot, Woot!

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At 10/25/2005 10:57 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

And you call yourself a Steelers fan!!! Shame on you! Shame!

 
At 10/26/2005 8:00 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I know. I don't know how I am able to even keep breathing.

 

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Boiling

I just checked my work e-mail (I don't know why) and now I am really frustrated. I've written before about a project that I am working on that is being led by an incompetent PM. Well, she is at it again.

These people have no idea about how error or bugs happen and are concerned that the product won't work and want reassurances. The current problem is actually a simple one to fix and wouldn't even exist if they had given me proper requirements at the beginning. They are just feeling their way through like a blind squirrel looking for a nut.

And because tech is such a "black box" to the project manager, every little thing is such a HUGE DISASTER and she can't see why things happen and she can't understand why there are things that are out of my control and are actually not a function of my application (like network outages).

I am going in tomorrow and talking to her boss. I am going to get a few things straight and see if she can understand reason.

SHEESH!!!

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At 10/25/2005 2:01 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Double Sheesh!!! Sounds like she just needs to allow you to do your job!!!

Hope everything works out ok!!

 

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Concert

Well, my band had our first concert (or as Oz likes to put it - "Our 9th Practice with an Audience"). I think that it went very well. We have a DVD of it, but it was recorded with a not-so-great camera so the sound isn't as rich as I had hoped.

Since I run sound, that is kind of a touchy subject with me. No one in the band, except me, has any first hand knowledge of just how much they rocked. I had hoped that the video of the concert would pick it up, but our officially sanctioned video guy didn't come through.

So, we had to gaffle Oz's FIL's video version and they are left wondering still. I don't know that I can find one completely unbiased third party person to tell us how they thought it went. Spouses will lean toward praising their partners, even at the expense of others, the other band has reason to lie, the church members... everyone. General politeness sometimes stinks. It would be nice to get a completely unbiased opinion (but... How do you know when you've truly gotten one?) of how the band fared.

If you ask me (and I AM biased), they rocked. For every one of their songs, it was the best time that they had done it. I'm so proud of all of the hard work that they put in (practice, preparation, setting up, tearing down, etc) and I know that they will only get better.

Thanks to Jemmers and A for coming and Trin for taking my kids to her house after while I cleaned up with the team.

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At 10/24/2005 11:15 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I consider myself to be unbiased. Maybe....I mean I knew G could rock but I had never heard the others! I think it was awesome!!! Lots of talent!!! They said they were nervous, but I could not tell!! A loved it as well!! We thought everything blended well!!! Loved it!!!

Oh, and glad we could be there!!!

 
At 10/24/2005 11:19 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, thanks. If you aren't just being nice, then that makes me feel pretty good.

I appreciate it.

 
At 10/24/2005 12:29 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Promise!!

 
At 10/24/2005 1:09 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I think you did a wonderful job with the sound mixing. It's just too bad that the bassist turned himself up...he was a little loud (though no fault of your own of course).

The band sounded excellent! There was only one song that could use improvement...Never Alone. But that's just because I am comparing it to the Barlowgirls version.

But I agree, that was the best I have ever heard the band (I've listened to a couple of the practices on cd). They did a great job!!!

 
At 10/24/2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I agree with Trin! That song did need some improvement, but it is a tough song!!!

 

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Which Book of the Bible Am I

You Are Romans
You are Romans.


Which book of the Bible are you?
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At 10/23/2005 9:53 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

That's funny...I just sent this quiz to PJ last week and here you are posting it!

Here are my results:

You are Proverbs
You don't speak much. But when you do, people tend to listen. You are logical and precise, yet you have a very tender heart that longs for others to learn both from your experience, and your personal study. People see you more as a serious person who is willing to listen completely before trying to solve their problems. They also trust you to guide them down the right path. If you are a man who aspires to such, you would make a great elder. If not, your spiritual gifting should at least point you to some form of leadership role in the Body... wise leaders are always in demand.

 
At 10/23/2005 4:35 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, I got it from SweetMemes, I think. Either linked from them directly, or because I saw it when I went into Quizella for something else.

I've had my response saved up awhile for just such a time as my recent busy-ness.

 
At 10/24/2005 11:17 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I was Ephesains.

 

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Friday, October 21, 2005

So Busy

Been setting up for our band's concert tomorrow. So much work went in to getting set up and we sound so good. I'm really geeked for the show to happen.

I'm heading out now to BWs with some of the fells. PARTY!!

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Three Day Weekend Kicked Off With Don Pabs

Woo hoo. I am off tomorrow, so I am kicking off a long weekend of excellence tonight.

I didn't get to go to the free lunch that I referenced here. Dude e-mailed me today and rescheduled. Whatever. I didn't want to do it anyway, but I had planned my lunchtime schedule around it. I mean, I got the e-mail as I was getting ready to leave. In fact, if I hadn't gone back to my desk from a meeting to check e-mail before I left, I would have been waiting a long time there.

No matter. I went to Don Pablo's with some of my co-workers and had a wonderful meal for $8.00. Dos Beef Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Seasoned Fries, Diet Coke, Tortilla Soup, and all the chips and salsa I could eat. For EIGHT BONES!!!! Can't beat that. When I get a burrito and Diet Coke at the Chipotle's it costs like $8.59. Add one basket of chips and that becomes like $9.40. Don Pabs was a STEAL.

I love good food.

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At 10/21/2005 8:57 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

G and I are big fans of DP! He gets the bbq chicken quesadilla appetizer (cheap) and I get the torilla soup (very cheap and good). Then we pig out on the chips and tortillas with butter. We walk out stuffed while spending less than $10!!! Such a deal (unless we get the chocolate volcano...hmmmm)!

 
At 10/21/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I was disappointed with the Tortilla soup. I know that I've had some good soup before, but I'm not sure if it was at DPs or at Max n Ermas.

 
At 10/21/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Oh, forgot to add... I've never had a Chocolate Volcano. In fact, I don't know if I've ever even had dessert at Don P's.

 
At 10/21/2005 10:52 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Max n Ermas has the BEST tortilla soup hands down!!! But DP's is good (and did I mention cheap?).

The volcano is really good...if you like chocolate! It's like a strawberry shortcake only all chocolate (except for the vanilla ice cream). Very yummy!

 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Some Updates About Me

I got my Calculus MidTerm back today (mentioned taking it here) and I got 6 percentage points higher than I was hoping for, so I am totally geeked. I just need to properly apply myself the rest of the way out and I'll do better than I did in my second Calculus class.

I got a call from the head of the government services division with my parent company and he wants to go to lunch with me on Thursday at Brazenhead. He had wanted to invite me yesterday to something that was happening yesterday, but I had school. So instead we are going to lunch.

I told my boss about Thursday and he said that he is supposed to meet with that guy on Friday. Now I understand the urgency to meet with me! He wants information about what is going on so that he can appear knowledgeable when they meet. I'm pretty sure that isn't a coincidence. I will definitely be bringing up his Friday meeting during the Thursday lunch to see what he says about it.

Oh, well. At least I am getting paid in a free lunch to keep him appraised of the situation. And as a parting thought, don't think I am being a snitch. He won't be asking for anything like that. He just wants an update on my project so he is in a better position to discuss long term. If he had been in contact with me more often (like he had promised to), this meeting would be unnecessary.

Now, I just have to figure out what I am going to talk to this guy about for an hour. I hope it goes quickly.

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At 10/19/2005 3:26 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Nothing yummier than a free lunch!!

 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Da Game

Wow. What an exciting Ohio State game on Saturday. While Lo and some friends went to Lynd's Fruit Farm, a friend and I headed to Ohio Stadium to cheer on the Buckeyes.

Our seats were pretty decent. In fact, my friend said that they were actually much better seats than his were when he was close to field level, but in an end zone. We could see the entire field and the people were a pretty good size to follow the game. The only trouble we had seeing was at the opposite end of the stadium, but we could see all of the plays without issue, just seeing if something was a fumble or not was left to replay. We did have some ridiculous complainers to our right, but they left at halftime, so that was all good.

The game itself was very exciting, easily the most exciting game that I've ever been to, save for possibly a contest between my high school, Independence High, and our rival Walnut Ridge that went to 4 overtimes before we won. But, I think that I'll give the edge to the Buckeyes because of the magnitude of the game :-)

Our defense was pretty good, coming up big when they needed to. We set a school record sacking Michigan State's QB 12 times in the game. He will probably not get sacked a total of 12 times combined for all of Michigan State's other games this season. We were LIVE! The sack is one of my favorite defensive plays and to see it 12 times on the opponent and 0 times on us was a tremendous feeling. Bobby Carpenter was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for leading our team in sacks and just generally kicking butt.

If possible, our special teams was better. We blocked two kicks, including one taken back for a TD as time expired in the first half. Ashton Youboty was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week for that one.

As for offense, Antonio Pittman got his 100 yards and Troy Smith was effective, going 10/15 for 249 yards and 3 passing TDs. Santonio Holmes caught two of those and Ted Ginn caught one.

Where our offense did stink, however, was in giveaways. Troy Smith fumbled, Antonio Pittman fumbled, and Holmes and Ginn both dropped kicks that Michigan State recovered. If not for our defense holding strong in some tough spots, we would have been out of the game in a hurry.

Before the game, on the way to our seats, we walked past a fence as the Buckeyes were walking past it to go to the field. If I would have put my finger through the chain link fence, I would have been able to touch them. That was the closest I've ever been to my team, except for a time that I walked past Ted Ginn on campus. But this was different. They were all in full uniform and had game faces ON. It was a neat experience.

Then, after the game, I ended up standing right next to Two Time Heisman Winner Archie Griffin. I should have snapped a picture, but I was too shocked. What a perfect day.

Some game pics.

Santonio Holmes on one of his TDs
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Troy Smith doing his Troy thing.
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There were always Red Jerseys around the ball.
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Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Bobby Carpenter sacking the QB.
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Donte Whitner sacking the QB.
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GO BUCKS!!!

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Fever Pitch

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Okay, so as I mentioned earlier, I saw the Fever Pitch last night.

It was a pretty good movie (as all baseball movies score no lower than 5.5 out of 10 in my book). I've said before that I like the happy endings, but this one was pretty predictable. Well, I didn't know she was going to go see him the exact way that she did, but I knew what the ultimate outcome would be and pretty much how they would do it, so that kind of kept this movie from being truly great in my eyes. I love twists and surprises.

It also seemed like the movie flew by and not a whole lot happened. I mean it was like 104 minutes and they could have done it in a nice 30 minute episode of Friends.

But, I don't want to be too hard on it. I liked the movie and Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore were very good in it. I did recognize that Jimmy Fallon pretty much has the acting range of a Chris Farley or an Adam Sandler in that he has one schtick and he will ride it until it keels over. He is the same guy that he is in 95% of his SNL skits, which isn't too bad now because I have only seen one of his movies (this one, obviously).

I'll let you know if I ever see Taxi if my opinion of his acting changes.

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At 10/17/2005 11:46 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

While the "one schtick" thing holds true, he's still a cutie and I don't care what anyone says, Chris Farley was hysterical!

 
At 10/18/2005 8:21 AM, Blogger Nick said...

Adam Sandler only had one schtick? You need to go back and watch some more movies :)

 
At 10/18/2005 9:48 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

No, Nick, I agree that Adam Sandler also only had one schtick. He was basically the same character in every movie I saw him in. That's not to say that he isn't also a cutie!

 
At 10/18/2005 10:54 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Maybe one can argue that he was different in that Spanglish movie.

Maybe he has two characters... Serious Adam Sandler and Comedy Adam Sandler.

GENIUS!!!

 
At 10/18/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yeah, I was going to bring up Spanglish. I don't think you and Lo have seen that movie yet, have you? You should see it sometime...pretty good (jigga, jigga, jigga).

 
At 10/18/2005 12:15 PM, Blogger Nick said...

C'mon... Waterboy, Little Nicky, Billy Madison?

Those are not the same serious character as in Spanglish, or like the comedic character in Happy Gilmore, etc.

They were all stupid characters IMO, but different nonetheless.

 
At 10/18/2005 3:22 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Oh, yeah, I forgot about Spanglish. I didn't see it (but then again, I did say "in every movie I saw him in.") Guru had no desire to see that movie, so I didn't see it either. I was going to watch it with my friend, who has a major thing for Adam Sandler, but she watched it without me. O well!

And, sorry, but I still say that his "comedy" characters are all very similar. But that's ok, I still like him.

 
At 10/18/2005 4:00 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I agree Lo...he is very similar in all his comedies. And you should get Spanglish sometime and just watch the best part...the first 10 min (gotta love the jigga, jigga, jigga!!!).

 

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Already Sunday?

Man, this weekend went by so quickly. Friday night blew by and Saturday went by quickly because of the game (which I will blog about in detail soon), and Sunday... Well Sunday was Sunday.

Church always makes the morning go by quickly and then G and I had a GAP job this afternoon. I came home, played with the baby, and then we watched Fever Pitch. Then it was time for our shows, and now here I am. Weekend over. At least I have a Buckeye victory to show for it. I know that my physical presence drove them to victory :-)

Oh, well. I plan on being up early tomorrow, so I should have more then. Good night.

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At 10/17/2005 12:38 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sounds like you need to attend every one of OSU's games left in the season so we can be sure of a win every time!!!!

 
At 10/17/2005 7:16 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I agree 100%. I'm taking donations for my tickets and travel money on my sidebar through PayPal.... (just kidding).




Really, um, if you want to, I can be reached at 614-...........

 

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Cedar Point

Okay, so I'm like a week late with the info from this, but it's not like you all were waiting with baited breath, were you?

We had a pretty good time. The Halloweekend was cool and the kids had a good time. It was a little cold and it drizzled on and off, but it didn't really prevent us from riding rides.

My oldest rode the Power Tower, Iron Dragon, Wildcat, Matterhorn, Scrambler, and the Merry Go Round. Of course, she did many times on some of these. My younger daughter rode the Iron Dragon, Matterhorn, Scrambler, and the Merry Go Round. We also went into a fun house as well.

I didn't really ride very many rides because my youngest wasn't tall enough to do very much, so I stayed with her. That might have sucked if I had paid for the day, but since it was free from my company, I just really wanted them to have a memorable time, and they surely did!

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Here is my younger daughter on the Iron Dragon. (She was very scared and wasn't happy when she got off. Later, she begged us to take her again and did very well. Guess it wasn't so scary after all!)
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On the Merry Go Round
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Here is Lo and my oldest on the Power Tower (circled, but not too visible)
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And here are some CRAZY witches (and my finger) from a show that we got to watch. They were very silly and very funny.
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Friday, October 14, 2005

Goin' to the Game

On Wednesday this week, I got an unexpected surprise. My boss had his alumni tickets to the OSU game, but couldn't use them. So, he sold them to me for 31% below face value!

So, I'm going to hit the Homecoming Game and hopefully watch my Bucks beat Michigan State. Unfortunately, Michigan State averages like well over 500 yards a game and we average like 200. But, we have a great defense and they do not. I wonder which of those opposing forces will give first?

I know that I'm going to do my part to help OSU win the game :-) If one might think I yell at the TV loudly, you should hear me at the game.

GO BUCKS!!!! Michigan (state) Sucks!!!!

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At 10/16/2005 2:14 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So did ya have a good time?

 

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

My Shows

Desperate Housewives is getting pretty good, but I'm getting a little tired of Susan's pettiness. Get over yourself already beeyatch! You are divorced. You are pounding Mike and let him around your daughter (in fact you were about to move in). Why can't your ex-hubby pound Edie and let her around your daughter? Hypocrite! And like I said, their petty fighting is getting old.

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I'm glad it looks like Bree will get off the hook for her husband. I don't mind if they explore the story and get her pharmacist guy, but I have a soft spot for her personality, so I don't want her to get misunderstood because she keeps her feelings bottled up. I mean, what is wrong with being private and not blabbing to everyone all of your problems and such? She should be commended.

As for Grey's Anatomy, did I call it or did I call it? Christine lost her baby due to a physical ailment so there is no baby and us pro-lifers aren't going to hate the show. Plus, there is room to have Dr. Burke get re-interested. I don't care if they date or not, but it will be nice to re-add the tension.

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I don't know how I feel about Mrs. McDreamy (besides the fact that she is hot), but I think I don't want her to end back up with her Mr. McDreamy - even though my inner geek should be pulling for George to get with Meredith.

Arrrgh. Alex and Izzie. Say it ain't so! It's so. I'll move on.

House is on vacation while baseball is on (darn it!), so I'll be absent from new episodes until November. It will be a good time to get super acquainted with my DVDs, I guess.
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Anyone out there have any thoughts?

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At 10/15/2005 12:51 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love Bree!!!

 
At 10/15/2005 7:59 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

DH and Grey's are two of my top five shows of the week.

Really I only faithfully watch about five.

I've never seen an entire episode of house, but what I have seen didn't peak my interest.

One show I wish I could catch up with is LOST, but there's been way too much plot development for me to just jump in now.

I like Boston public more each week. That's a fact.

Smallville is GREAT as usual, and
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season.

I've tried to see as much of the new season of K.O.Q. as possible.

Trin is slowly but surely pulling me into becoming a Nip/Tuck fan now as well.

 

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School Update

I got my Political Science test back today. I got 89/100 points. I was hoping for about 90, so that isn't bad. My teacher also marked it at an A-, so I'm not sure if he curved the exam or not since 89 is usually a B+. I got 48/50 points for my essay (booyeah) and got 10/10 on my definition of First Past the Post. The rest of the definitions had a point or two off here and there to get me my score. I'm pretty proud because this was my first college essay exam.

I had my first Calculus 3 Midterm tonight. I do NOT think that it went well. I'm going to have to start hitting tutoring hours so that I can learn. My teacher just is NOT communicating anything. He goes on and on about theory, but never does problems. I don't know too many people that can blindly apply complex math theory without examples, especially when the theory isn't being explained very well at all. Oh, well. Thank goodness for the curve! No one does very well in this class. 80 some percent is usually an A. 55 percent runs a C. I am at 90% right now, so I just need to keep on it and not get discouraged, right?

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At 10/14/2005 8:29 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

Oh I remember those days... I actually did better in Calc 3 than 1 or 2. My calc 2 prof though used a lot of funny examples... it seems almost everyone of them had a monkey, a bucket with a hole, and some sand or some such.

 
At 10/14/2005 9:12 AM, Blogger Guru said...

My Calc 1 guy had lots of examples with oranges and buckets and fences and stuff. My Calc 2 guy was a little worse (and hard to understand).

My Calc 3 guy speaks plainly, just not with any practical examples or in a straight stream of consciousness. He has to correct himself a bunch of times when he does things on the board.

That makes it very hard to learn the right way to do something.

 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I'm a Cyborg

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At 10/12/2005 1:12 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Gratification, huh?!

 
At 10/12/2005 2:24 PM, Blogger Guru said...

It is what I do!

 
At 10/13/2005 10:51 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

So....I have this drain problem in one of my sinks. Can you fix it???

I guess being married to a plumber just isn't enough. Who knew!

 
At 10/13/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Sure I can fix it. But my way involves ripping out the old one and giving you a complete new one.

Let's call it an upgrade.

 
At 10/13/2005 1:40 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I guess that is better then my way...I wanted to move!

 
At 10/13/2005 2:52 PM, Blogger Guru said...

No. Your way is the ultimate in better.

Start scouting houses today.

 

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My Favorite Topic... Me

From Trin-a-lam-a-ding-dong

1. Have you ever been to the emergency room?
Sure. My times include a compound fracture and nerve damage to my left arm and my kidney stone (which needed a surgery and a lithotripsy session!).

2. What's the worst pain you've ever had?

Kidney Stone. Bar None. My bone sticking out of my arm bleeding profusely tickled like a feather compared to the stone.

3. If you could choose your doctor, do you prefer someone of the same or opposite sex?
I don't care. They are doctors. They all know the same info. I was checked for a hernia for the first time at 14 (the most humiliating physical exam for a teenager!) for my sports physical by a female doctor and it didn't matter. The way I see it, they've seen people bigger than you and people smaller than you. Any other area of my body doesn't even a potential for uncomfortableness. It is just weird having a stranger fondle the jewels.

4. Do you take vitamins?
No.

5. Would you prefer to go to the doctor, the dentist or go sky diving?
Doctor first. Dentist second. Sky diving third. Though I would skydive if someone gave me cash to do it (I'm thinking at least 2 or 3 times my yearly salary).

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At 10/12/2005 12:33 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stealing!

I agree with ya on the skydiving thing...I would for money!!!

 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Grandparent's Rights

I don't know how many of you may be following this story, but here is a short synopsis:

Ohio's highest court unanimously ruled yesterday that the grandparents of an 8-year-old girl must be allowed to visit her over the objections of her father, upholding the constitutionality of a state law granting nonparents visitation rights to children.

The Ohio court's ruling came in a bitter legal battle over Brittany Collier, who was born to a single mother, Renee Harrold, in 1997. She was raised for the first two years of her life by her mother, who lived with her parents, court records show.

In 1999, Ms. Harrold died of cancer, and her parents, Gary and Carol Harrold, were granted temporary legal custody of Brittany.

Ohio law says that in cases where a parent of an unmarried minor dies, courts may grant grandparents and other relatives of the deceased parent visitation rights if those visits are deemed "in the best interest" of the child.


I'm not sure how I feel about this. At first I was happy that the kid could see these grandparents whom she had lived with her entire life.

Then, although this situation makes it seem fair, I started to think about the long term ramifications. Who controls what happens to kids? Shouldn't parents generally be the be-all end-all decision maker in their kids' lives? If a parent wants to keep their kids from a certain person, isn't it their decision?

Looking at this from a wholly big picture view (not this particular case), do any of you have any thoughts about it?

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At 10/11/2005 4:15 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So where was the father the first two years? And who was taking care of her from 3-8 years old?

 
At 10/11/2005 10:38 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Don't know where the dad was. She had always lived with her grandparents. When her mother was alive, they lived with them, and then when she died, she just remained in the grandparents' custody.

But, I can definitely see the logic in allowing these people visitation, but if you decided to withold your son from his grandparents because of one reason or another, do you think a court should step in and order visitation?

I just wonder about the precident that it sets. Judges take one ruling and then just see it to its next logical step the next time.

This time, she lived with the grandparents. Next time, it isn't so much of a leap that she spent the night once a month, the time after, she saw them on holidays, etc.

At what point does it end? Who 'owns' (please accept that word choice for its intended meaning) our children?

 
At 10/12/2005 12:31 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I think the father forfeited some of his rights by not being involved in his daughters life (there in the beginning).

Personally I would always allow my son to see his grandparents...unless they were harming him in some way. Even if I didn't like the grandparents, I would want my son to have some kind of bond with them.

I think that the court shouldn't have to step in...that the father should have just allowed the grandparents to still see their grandchild.

 
At 10/14/2005 6:58 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

I agree with Trinity here.
I can't fathom the reason the father was absent all these years, but it would have to be an extreamely good one to prove that he is going to be "always there" for the child. With that in mind, the poor girl will need as large a family as she can get to rely upon.

 

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Monday, October 10, 2005

This Couldn't Be More True

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

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At 10/15/2005 8:09 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

What does he know anyways? ...Stupid Hun!

 

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

*&%$@# Penn State

I am so upset over this crap. I know that Penn State has a good defense, but our offense should have been enough for them. The defenses actually ended up playing each other pretty even, the entire difference of the game falling to turnovers.

Troy Smith's INT gave Penn State the ball on the 2, and allowed them to score a TD, the difference in the game. Add to that Troy Smith's fumble that killed our potential game-tying drive and the cliched turnover ratio decided the game.

Fother Mucker.

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

Did you get home in time for the game...or did you record it?

 
At 10/10/2005 6:00 AM, Blogger Guru said...

We didn't get home until right as the second half was underway.

I heard a little of the game on the radio, though, before and after we stopped to eat.

 

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Cedar Point

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It may not be the summeriest weather today, but we are about to be on our way to Cedar Point. My employer is footing the bill and providing us with food and such a couple hours after we get there, so it should be a good time.

They are having their Halloweekends, which I have never been to, so that will be cool. We are leaving the baby with Lo's grandparents and taking the other two munchkins. I think the oldest will be able to ride most of the cool rides, but the younger one will have a more limited selection. I will have to fill everyone in on what we accomplished after the fact.

The weather will be very fall-like and it isn't supposed to rain after about 10am this morning (we arrive / park opens at noon). The temp will be in the mid 50's all day, so I won't get cranky if we have to stand around (I hate heat!). We will just wear jeans and sweatshirts and we should be Rated A.G. (for all good).

Pray for same travel and a good time.

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At 10/08/2005 10:40 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

A free trip is always nice! You don't feel rushed and you won't have to feel like you need to get your moneys worth.

I went to their Halloweekends a few years back. It was a really neat to see the park (and some of the workers) transformed. I remember they made part of the Diaster Master into a haunted coaster.

I hope you have a great time!

 
At 10/08/2005 11:08 PM, Anonymous honestyrain said...

oh fun! i'd love a day like that. i love to just walk around places like that and look at everything for hours. it's fascinating to me.

 

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Friday, October 07, 2005

What a Great Day

The day is finally here. LCpl Andy Rice is finally coming home after being away for seven long months.

I've written about him before, but I don't have time to look up and link to the specific posts. Basically, I've known Andy for about 8 years and I've watched him grow up and become a man and step out of the shadow of his parents and his older brother.

He is in the Lima Company group that lost so many soldiers and there were a couple of times that we feared for his life.

But that is over now. He will be home at about 10am today. People are lining the streets from the airport to the base and celebrating their return. In addition, there will be a huge celebration tonight at our church for Andy and we are going to make sure he knows what a hero he is.

Many times while he was gone, people from our church sent him things and he was always very grateful. Now we have to show him how grateful we are with the biggest welcome home bash, ever!

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I Know People Like This

An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead."


Trin, does this sound like anyone we may have worked with at BK1? A certain woman who had a degree in animal husbandry and a crush on J.F.B.F.W?

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At 10/07/2005 8:58 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Would it be the same woman who loves to say, "Rip them a new a-hole"?

I actually just saw her a few weeks ago at the shop.

 
At 10/07/2005 9:19 AM, Blogger Guru said...

I wasn't thinking of her, but she would also be a great fit for it. I was thinking of the chick whose initials are the same as a kind of Root Beer.

 

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Gettin' My Learn On

I took my first Math 153 quiz last week and I got a 20/20 on it. Yea me.

Today was my first Political Science quiz. I won't know how I've done on it for awhile, but I think I did well. It was just a lot of writing, though. The teacher handed us little booklets of blank paper and gave us instructions.

We had to define five terms and say why they were important. I think I did well on that part. The five terms/concepts were Classical Liberalism, First Past the Post, American Exceptionalism, Political Party, and Fusion of Powers.

Then we had to write a two page essay (mine was almost three) on what - in our opinion - was the biggest reason that America has never had a substantial Socialist Political influence in its political system.

I think I did really well on that part. I was really all over it when it was discussed in class. I hope that he gets the quizzes back to us on Tuesday. They are worth 100 points and I am itching to find out how I did.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How Yesterday Went

Well, I got my butt kicked from the testing yesterday. It wasn't my fault so much, we just ended up discovering a glitch that no one new existed and didn't show up in any of our other tests or pilot groups.

It was actually contained in code that I had inherited and had worked fine for seven months. We just now (with a much larger candidate pool) stumbled across inconsistencies in our data store that were not being checked for because no one knew they existed (it is pretty hard to check millions of records for anomalies that no one knows exists).

So, because of a delay in beginning the pilot, some of the users did not participate. And if there is even ONE unhappy person, the project manager is going to be focused on that, so you can imagine how today's meeting will be because there are several.

The positive is that I can point to the fact that the rest of the pilot went smoothly and after my correction, there were no real issues.

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At 10/05/2005 5:03 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

Well, if you're PM is IT based then at least (s)he'll know that an unscoped error may creep in due to the nature of the work.
Secretly (s)he is glad you found it now, publically its an error so someone has got to get a bollocking.
Here's hoping tomorrow goes better.

 
At 10/05/2005 6:30 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Thanks, D. The meeting didn't go too bad, as the higher ups finally admitted that this was a pilot.

Everything had gone so well so far, that they were looking at this as a go-live.

They told people that they would be 2 hours, and even with the disruption, we got them out in less than that.

The PM told the meeting that she was a little to blame because she had no worst-case plan. She thought I WAS the worst-case plan, since I've been able to fix everything that has ever come up in our testing in five minutes or less. This one just took 45 mins to track down (of course that would have been sped up if people didn't come down and stand at my desk and call me every 3 minutes - no exaggeration.).

Tomorrow is another day. I checked and I'm still gainfully employed, so that is all that matters.

 
At 10/06/2005 3:02 PM, Anonymous honestyrain said...

yes if your PM is IT based....

was i supposed to understand any of that because i didn't and i feel daft ;)

 

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

To: Kanye, From: W

You guys (may) know that I am all Republican and stuff, but that doesn't mean I can't laugh. This is funny.

To Kanye, From W

Sent to me by Chad

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At 10/04/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

PS If you're not mad at me, will you accompany me to the bathroom?

 
At 10/05/2005 8:25 AM, Blogger Nick said...

I dunno... I find Republicans to be much funnier than Democrats. Democrats are always just complaining, and that's only funny for about 15 minutes, then it gets old.

 
At 10/05/2005 6:32 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, Nick. Republicans can be lots of good fodder because they are always trying to be so serious so when life happens (ie a note for a bathroom break that we all do) it seems funnier because they did it.

 

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Early Day / Long Day

Today is going to be a bear. I have to get into work before 7:30 am because the main project that I am working on at work is getting a very heavy piloting test. They are bringing in several hundred people to register for the patient portal and use one of it's features.

I didn't design the feature (that was another guy who is getting a real test for the first time after 1.5 years of work). I did work on the account registration and the verification against our existing database, as well as the piece for the staff to audit anyone who was not matched to match them or create a new record. The staff can also QA all of the auto matches to audit if the computer (read: Me. Computers only do what you tell them) made a mistake.

It should be a really good test. We got so many willing volunteers because we are giving away $50.00 in Amazon.com goodness for those who participate. That also holds true for the people who will use it from our go-live date of January, all the way up until June.

Unfortunately, though other workers there can participate (and get the $$$), I cannot due to a technicality. I'm still looking for the loophole, so wish me luck - for the day and my quest for $$$.

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At 10/04/2005 11:34 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Luck wished!!!

Oh, and you know way too many big words. I barely got through the first paragraph!

"You must be really smart huh? How far did you go in school? I only made it to the 11th grade."

Hope everything goes to plan and you find away to get the $$$!!

 

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4-0

I have been very fortunate. All of those long nights pouring over the fantasy draft, agonizing over which players to take, it has paid off. Okay, I didn't do that. I brought my ESPN the Magazine rankings up to my computer on the day of the draft after having read through it once or twice during the prior week and that was it.

But, I sure did get a good team. I pasted my opponent this week. The results:
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And now, I am in sole possession of first place and still the only undefeated team.
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Between winning my Fantasy Baseball league and now this, it may look like I know what I'm doing. I don't. I've just been getting extremely lucky with my picks. Well, as the great Lefty Gomez says, "I'd rather be lucky than good." !

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Monday, October 03, 2005

The Champ

I did it! My first season of Fantasy Baseball has ended and I am the league champ. How exciting for me. Yet, the extent of the fanfare for it is this blog and the little grey box in the final bracket below that lists me in first place.

So, in reality, this really doesn't mean anything. But, since it is Fantasy Baseball, I'm sure in Roto-World somewhere the other team owners are really jealous of my success. :-)

The Final Two-Week Long Game
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The Final Bracket (Note the Champ!):
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At 10/03/2005 9:42 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I here by present this beautiful trophy as well as cash prizes and a car to the winner......Guru....

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! (wide applause!)

Congratulations on your success this season! Well played!!

tzralstl!

 

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Bad Place, Pt 2

As I said yesterday, I was in a bad place because the Buckeyes were on an off week. Well, welcome to part two.

Today is the Steelers' lone bye week, as well. So that means that I don't get to watch either of my favorite two teams play this weekend. It is like detoxing. It's painful and I have the shakes.

To make matters worse, Michigan won yesterday. They were playing Michigan State and M. State missed a FG in overtime to give M the win. The good news is that I think that the Bucks can put the smack down on the pair of them.

Know who looked good? Penn State. As they said on the highlights, "Their legs were tired after kicking Minnesota's butt up and down the field." They look pretty strong and they are our next opponent, so we had better be ready.

Go Bucks. Michigan sucks.

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At 10/02/2005 8:06 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Very good game yesterday with Michigan and Michigan State...I was rooting for Mich State of course! Too bad they lost.
:-(

 
At 10/02/2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous honestyrain said...

goooo bucks. and by bucks i assume you mean dollars? because otherwise, i'm lost ;)

 

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Okay. I'll Do it, Too

THE RULES:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

Mine:
"I love getting together on Saturdays with the guys in front of the big screen and cheering our team on to victory." from this post.

No tagging. That ish is outdated, just like neckloads of Sterlings, Suede-fronts, bell-bottoms, and tri-colored Shearlings. (Anyone know what I am quoting?)

But...Here is where other people did this already.
Loelsh
Trinity
Ghraper, and
Jemmers

Let me know in the comments if you do it, so I can check it out.

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Real Secret of the Matrix

Origami!
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At 10/01/2005 1:26 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Immmmmmmmmpressive.

 
At 10/01/2005 4:41 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

The amount of free time someone had to make that clip or the fact that our Guru is on his fifth post of the day?

 
At 10/03/2005 9:44 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I missed that part of the movie! I knew I should have paid more attention!! :)

 

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Fantasia Can't Read or Write

I know Lo won't be too surprised to read this, but I was. At least she is getting help.

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At 10/01/2005 1:19 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Huh, interesting.

Btw, are you on a roll or what? 4 posts, so far, today!

 
At 10/01/2005 2:39 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Sometimes when some of the things that I have aren't very big (the joke, the story link, etc), I save them up and do them all on one day, to make it all worth it.

 

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The Bad Place

Today is such a bad Saturday. It is the only Saturday from early September until late November when my beloved Buckeyes don't play. I don't know how I am going to make it through the day. They are showing assorted Buckeye Classics a couple of times today, but it just isn't the same.

I miss my Bucks!

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At 10/01/2005 12:53 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

We have Sept 17th game recorded if you want to borrow. It's kind of neato to see everything again and to remember what it was like sitting there in the stadium.

 

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Sigh of Relief

Maybe they haven't messed up Numb3rs. Last night's episode was pretty decent - and a far cry from last week's pilot. They fixed Charlie's girlfriend Amita's hair and made her good looking again.

Also, they did some good math to solve the crime and the crime itself was fairly compelling. I was actually pretty interested from beginning to end.

I am still worried for the series, though, because I'm not sure that the writing can hold and maintain the "lightning in a bottle" that they were able to get last season.

I'll still be around at 10pm on Fridays and I hope it is, too.

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At 10/01/2005 12:49 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Did you know your Numb3rs guy was in Serenity? He played Mr Universe!

 

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Polygamy and Mark Twain

A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.

"Nothing easier," Twain replied. "No man can serve two masters."

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At 10/01/2005 4:36 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

Can't say fairer than that, can you. :D

 

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