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Memoirs of a Lunatic

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

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Be Cool

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Today I rented and watched Be Cool. G-Man was hip enough to see it back in March, but I finally got around to it today, nine months later.

I was such a big fan of the original, Get Shorty, that I knew that I'd like this one, almost without question. It turns out that I didn't need that kind of devotion, because this movie was very funny. It stayed true to the original formula where Chili Palmer is enough of a tough guy to crack skulls if he needs to, but he normally just outwits everyone by screwing with their minds - my kind of hero.

I liked the few nods to the original movie, like the Mr. Lovejoy with Tom Hanks billboard in the background in one scene, and all of the other subtle movie jokes throughout. One of my favorite had to do with Chili not liking how a movie could only say the f word one time to keep its PG-13 rating. His response, "F*ck that." The only f bomb in the movie. The rating on Be Cool? PG 13. As soon as he said it, I went scrambling for the box and then laughed my butt off, keeping an ear out for the rest of the movie.

If you were a fan of Get Shorty at all and haven't seen this yet, check it out. It isn't a crappy sequel. In my opinion, it grabs the magic right where it left off and takes it for a ride for another two hours.

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At 1/01/2006 8:43 PM, Blogger nicole said...

ANOTHER movie I have yet to see.

I heard this one was pretty good, though not quite as inventive as the first one. But the trailer definitely had me interested.

 

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Yuckiness and Cuteness

Well, it is finally at that point. After not feeling well all week, not eating dinner since Monday, only lightly snacking at other meal times, and generally feeling miserable with severe stomach pains, I finally got sick at about 2:30 this morning. And, I've been up ever since repeating the process, so to speak.

I have to go in to work for a little bit today, too. I hope I don't get sick there.

On a different, less gross note, I love how my son has become such a Daddy's boy. My girls are Daddy's girls, but (being normal) my son was all about his mom for the first year and a bit. But, for the last few months, he can't get enough of hanging out with me. It is very cute.

When he wakes up in the morning, he calls for me until I come to get him. He then insists on following me all over the house, helping me get ready, until I have to leave. Even then, he will see me to the door, then run to the kitchen window to wave goodbye until I am out of sight.

As soon as I walk in the door at night, he will yell out "Daddy!" and run as hard as he can until he smacks into my legs for a hug. If he is in a high chair, he raises his arms in the air and calls to me until I get him. Then, he helps me change out of my work clothes.

Even though it isn't the most important thing, I'm glad my kids like me. Don't get me wrong, I am the enforcer of rules and good behavior and corporal punishment is in effect at my house, but they understand that and love spending time with me anyway.

It is a pretty cool feeling.

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At 1/01/2006 8:42 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Aww, isn't that precious??

I'm sorry you're not feeling so great, Guru. That's a sucky way to return to the workweek. But I'm sure you'll recover soon... :)

 

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Me And My Bro

Something else that I got from my trip to PA was a couple of pictures of me as a small lad. I decided to scan them to share with you - my loyal readers.

I'm the cat on the left.

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At 12/29/2005 8:41 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

I love the cheesy effects a lot of the photos from the seventies have! How cute!

 
At 12/29/2005 11:44 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Love the hair...looks so familar! But I haven't seen it in a while. Heehee!!!

 
At 12/29/2005 2:39 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

My hubby has a few pics like that! Very cute!!

 
At 12/29/2005 10:58 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Good job. Love the hair!

 

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Sarah in Tampa and BlogMad

I've signed up in advance for BlogMad, which is a service similar to BlogExplosion for gaining traffic to your site. Incidentally, you can sign up too, by clicking on this image...

BlogMad!

But, the cool news is that I just got a newsletter from BlogMad and saw that Sarah in Tampa, yes THE Sarah in Tampa in my links on the right, is going to be one of only 9 early beta testers of the product. How awesome is that? It is almost like I know a celebrity! :-)

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At 12/29/2005 4:49 PM, Blogger J Anderson said...

I'm one of the lucky ones too. And I'm the Joe, who likes computers! LOL. No, BlogMad is going to rule.

 
At 12/29/2005 5:00 PM, Anonymous BlogMad HelpDesk said...

and I am THE Paul from blogmad ;-)

yes blogmad is gonna rock

 
At 12/29/2005 10:57 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I signed up for BlogMad awhile ago but I've been pretty lazy at keeping up with it. Tell you the truth, I've been slacking on BlogExplosion too.

I promise I'll do better!

 
At 12/30/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger sarahintampa.com said...

THE Sarah in Tampa? :) You are too funny!

Oh, and I will definitely be posting more about BlogMad as the beta gets going!

 

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First Loser

That's right. I lost the Fantasy Superbowl... by one stinking point! It was namely Thomas Jones who put my opponent above me, but Shaun Alexander was really my downfall.

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Before T.J.
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After T.J.

That stinks because I really wanted Shaun Alexander on my team. What really cost me though was losing Terrell Owens. If I had him, this isn't even a contest.

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I also have a fantasy profile that shows how I've done all time in my leagues. It can be found here. As of now, it has not been updated that the football league is finished. I don't play fantasy hockey or basketball, so I have to wait until spring when fantasy baseball starts up. What ever will I do until then?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Get Well

As I stated earlier, I've been sick. At some point during my approx 14 hour sleep yesterday, my 5 year old daughter brought me this paper.

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She is learning to read and write in kindergarten and loves to try to do it. She woke me up and gave this to me at some time, I don't know when, and I actually got around to reading it this morning.

How very thoughtful is she?

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At 12/28/2005 7:23 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Awwwwwww!

Feel better soon!

 
At 12/29/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

I hope you feel better soon! We are fighting sickness in our home too!

 
At 12/29/2005 10:56 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Aww, that is so adorable!!!

 

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So... Christmas

We've had a very good Christmas season so far.

Saturday afternoon was spent with my Dad. We had lunch, watched the Steelers beat the Browns' butts, and opened some presents. My dad got me the Star Wars Force FX lightsaber. It is pretty neat.

We started out the evening by going to church on Christmas Eve. Then it was home for Hot Chocolate, Clay Aiken Christmas, and presents. The my oldest's big present was a guitar (she wants to be like Aly and AJ). My other daughter's big present was a Furby that she dearly loves. Together, they got a Nintendo DS and two games (Nintendogs and some PacMan thing that you draw him to eat ghosts). They also got an assortment of clothes and other crap that they asked for.

I got some new work pants, work socks, and a nice wool dressy coat that I needed. Anytime I dress up, I have to either wear my normal coat or no coat, so this will help me as I have to go on interviews and things or just need to dress up for church and whatnot.

My wife got a DVD, a watch, a Bath and Body Works package, and something else which shan't be mentioned.

On Christmas day, we got up early and headed to church. Lo was singing and I was on sound so we had to be there bright and early. After doing that, we headed home to change and then to my father-in-law's house for the celebration.

At my FIL's house, I got a renewal of my ESPN the Magazine subscription (and with it online access to download radio shows!), thanks Trin and G. I also got a little OSU football cooler, a Steelers football, and some other assorted goodies - including cash!

The kids got lots of fun toys and clothes (which they desperately need) and Lo got some cool goodies. After that, I headed to G's to hang out, which I talked about here.

All in all, a very full and fun day.

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At 12/29/2005 10:54 PM, Blogger nicole said...

So you DID have fun. And sounds like you got a pretty good Christmas haul. Very awesome! :)

 

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Steelers v. Browns

Saturday was a great day to be a Steeler fan. I was over at my dad's place, doin' the holiday thing and I watched my Stillers dismantle the Browns. I have been joking with Browns fans that "I thought the Steelers were playing the Browns this weekend... too bad the Browns didn't show up!"

The Steelers defense sacked Charlie Frye 8 times and Joey Porter led that attack with 3 sacks. In the first quarter, the Browns only managed 1 yard of offense! For the game, the Browns only managed 178 yards. The great Ruben Droughns only had 36 yards on 10 carries. Compare that to Willie Parker's 130 yards on 17 carries and a TD and you see that the Steelers dominated the line of scrimmage.

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Big Ben Roethlisberger seems to be coming back to form from his injuries at the right time. He was 13 for 20 (65%) for 226 yards, a TD, and no INTs.

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The fans even got into the act of getting beat down by the Stillers. This idiot ran on the field and got body slammed by James Harrison.

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All in all, it was a great way to start the holiday season!

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At 12/28/2005 3:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love that last pic!!!

 
At 12/29/2005 8:44 AM, Blogger Kristi said...

Yeah. I grew up an avid Browns fan. We've sucked for so long now. Yick

 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sick

Man. We had to cut the trip short because Lo and I are sick. We spent the entire time in PA, but we skipped the lights because we are so sick.

I have been in bed resting/sleeping since about 5:30 and I plan to go back to bed right after I type this. I'm going to try to go into work tomorrow (end of year - no time off left), but we'll see how productive I can be. I've got lots of stories to share about this weekend, so I might have a ton of posts for you tomorrow - depending on my sickness level.

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At 12/29/2005 10:51 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Aww, that sucks. I'm so sorry! I hope you managed to have at least a LITTLE fun...

 

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Heading Off

We're getting ready to head off to Pennsylvania now. Bags are packed, presents loaded, and we're going to leave in just a second.

1st stop, McDonalds, 2nd stop PA.

See you all later.

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At 12/27/2005 2:28 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Have fun!!!

 
At 12/27/2005 10:47 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Hope you have (had) a VERY Merry Christmas, Guru! :)

 

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, peeps.

I am over at The G's house right now for some after holiday relaxation time. We made some grub and watched a couple of episodes of my gift to him (Quantum Leap season one).

My family had a great time today at my father-in-law's house and the kids made out like bandits as usual.

I'll get more in detail tomorrow before I take off for PA.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve

Today will be a little bit of running, but it should be fun.

At 12:30, I am going to be heading over to my dad's house to have Christmas with him at 1. 1 is also the time that the Steelers vs. Browns contest is on, so I'm sure that we will be watching that as a backdrop to our holiday merry-making.

We then have to be at the church by 6:30 for the Christmas Eve service. Lo is singing and I am running sound, so we must be prompt.

After that, we head home - probably to open presents to each other. This is something that my family has done since I was little and I have continued with my own family. Christmas Day still has its own presents, they will be with Lo's family.

We were considering opening presents on Christmas morning here instead of Christmas Eve, but Lo and I are doing our thing again tomorrow morning and need to be at the church at 8:45. We all need to start getting ready about a collective hour before that, and unwrapping presents will take at least an hour, so we aren't going to get out of bed at 6:30 or 6:45 just to rush through presents. Maybe Christmas morning will wait until next year, or we might just save only a present or two for the girls for the morning so that they can still do that.

I think the reason that my parents did that was so that Christmas could be spread out for us. We had so many days of presents to look forward to. This year, my kids should be getting presents on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. At my insistence, what could be potentially about 8 Christmas gatherings has been consolodated down to 4.

That number would be even lower, but 2 of those gatherings will be out of state (and even then 45 minutes apart). I was dragged to a billion (yes I realize that if I went to one Christmas a second, it would take almost 32 years to go to a billion of them - it is hyperbole!) Christmases as a kid and every one of those people lived within 15 minutes of each other. My rule is now that I am going to be at certain places and people who wish to have Christmas with my family can meet us there.

A case in point is my mom. I am having two Christmases here in Ohio, one with my side of the family, and one with Lo's. My parents are separated, so that would be awkward for her to have Christmas with my dad, so Lo's family is gracious enough to have her to their Christmas celebration. Problem solved. People like Trin are even swell enough to bring my mom a gift.

She definitely enjoys coming to Lo's family gatherings (this will be her 3rd year in a row). In fact, she was buying presents for Trin's son and my kids all throughout the year.

So that all being said, if I don't talk to you again before tomorrow evening (very likely), Merry Christmas and stuff.

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At 12/25/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Wow. What a busy holiday! I worked until late last night and Dan goes in at 11pm tonight, so we stayed home. Six hours in a car round trip doesn't leave much time to visit any family. We started our own family traditions. Mmmm. There goes Hank Jr. singing in my mind.

 
At 12/25/2005 11:05 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Merry Christmas Guru!!!

 

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Shopping

It sure is nice to have it be December 23rd and all my gifts are bought and wrapped. This is in stark contrast to the way things are typically done in the Guru Household. Normally, I would be out tomorrow night trying to decide what to get people.

Not this year.

If we hadn't just gotten a check from a relative to buy the kids some stuff (got them a Nintendo DS with it), I would have not been shopping anywhere near today. It was very nice that we got our act together and did half of our shopping before December ever hit and almost the other half last Saturday (free paycheck that we were waiting on).

Shoot, even my dad - King of Christmas Eve Shopping - got his shopping done last week. What is it with the Guru Clan? Old age?

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

1991 Upper Deck SP2

As part of an occasional series that I am beginning today, I am sharing some of my favorite cards from my sports card collection. I was really big into it from 1987 to 1994 or so and I have some that are valuable and some that are not so valuable.

First up is this card commemorating the day (the same day!) that Nolan Ryan threw his 7th No-Hitter and Rickey Henderson set the stolen base mark. I had this card in a hard plastic sleeve and had the sleeve pinned up on the cork board in my room with tons of other Nolan Ryan stuff.

In fact, the card is still in that sleeve and when I scanned it was the first time that I had taken it out of the sleeve in probably almost 10 years. The sleeve is yellowed from being in the sun and things, but the card is still in perfect condition.

It is listed on one site as being worth $1.00, while a few other sites list it at $2.00. To me, though, it is worth much more than that in memories alone.

Behold the card.

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At 12/23/2005 10:59 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I was crazy into basketball cards as a kid. Been meaning to pull those out and check their value. Lord knows I have the time to do it . . . .

 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Will It Ever End?

Man. Today was my girls' last day of school for winter break, but I still have TWO WHOLE DAYS OF WORK before I get my four day weekend. I can barely stand it and the time is dragging on.

Maybe tomorrow will go by quickly. Friday should. It always does. There is something about wearing jeans to work that makes my day go better. It must be a "fat thing".

Later.

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At 12/22/2005 4:25 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Merry Christmas Gu!!!

 
At 12/22/2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Haha, I don't have to work on Friday. I just hopes I gets paid either later tonight or tomorrow, as I have shopping left to do (for others and for myself).

 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Chronic-les of Narnia

This is probably one of the funniest things ever! I've watched it 5 times already.

Here is the direct link to the movie.

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At 12/20/2005 9:44 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

O.K.

 
At 12/20/2005 10:15 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Love it!!!

 
At 12/21/2005 8:14 AM, Anonymous eric said...

that was hands down my favorite part of the show. now i need cupcakes bad, BAKER'S DOZEN

 

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Super Bowl

Well, not the real one. But the Fantasy one. I am in the final game with a chance to win the league's championship trophy.
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The Playoff Bracket

I have beaten my opponent in previous meeting this year, but his players are very good and this is in no way a sure win. Hopefully, I'll make the best decisions to have my team put up the most points possible. Results next week!

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At 12/20/2005 12:17 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Just a trophy? No money?! Heehee!!!

 

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Monday, Monday

Whatup, peeps?

This was certainly a busy Monday. Full day of work that just flew by (my favorite kind) and an insane band practice tonight.

We had to start at a later time because of a scheduling conflict at the church, and there was a miscommunication with a member, so we got started late. Then, the bassist's bass had a bad connection, so G had to open it up and solder some stuff. Then, G got a call and had to go take care of that.

Between inopportune water and pee breaks and all of that stuff, we didn't get started until about 8:20. But, once we got rolling, it was all good. I made CDs of the songs so that our two new members can get used to them and then we are dedicating all further practices to new songs rather than continuing to go over and over our old set.

Progress. Progress is good.

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At 12/22/2005 11:39 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

At least no one set off the fire alarm!

 
At 12/23/2005 7:17 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, that was last week!

(for those not in the know, I am not kidding)

 

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bonus Weird Thing

Yesterday, I posted Five Weird Things about me. Last night, as I was hanging out watching TV with my girls, I thought of another. A bonus for you.

6. I love to watch Disney Channel programs. I like That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Phil of the Future, Kim Possible, Even Stevens, Life With Derek, Naturally Sadie, Lizzie McGuire, all that stuff. I love to watch it.

I enjoy most of them as an amusing way to pass the time, but some of those shows are really awesome. That's So Raven is probably my favorite. I was just laughing out loud at an episode yesterday. Raven is really a very talented and funny girl.

So! I'm a kid at heart!

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Five Weird Things

Well, Kristi tagged me and since this is the first time I have ever been tagged by someone I have never met, I felt obliged to comply.

Here are five weird or quirky things about da Guru.

1. I like to eat my potato chips with ketchup. I don't think this is weird, but Lo insists that it is. I say that you dip fried potatoes (french fries) in ketchup, why not fried potatoes (potato chips)? Besides, as a bonus to you, did you know that potato chips were invented because a customer kept insisting that a hotel chef slice his fries thinner and thinner? True story.

2. I wet the bed until I was seven. My parents actually bought a device that when it got at all wet, a buzzer would sound and wake me up. I used that for a short bit and then went in to the hospital for my broken arm. I didn't do it in the hospital, or after I was released. Maybe the trauma from the injury.

3. Speaking of my arm. When I was 7, I compound fractured my arm. That means that the bone popped out! I had nerve damage and my arm was actually paralyzed for awhile. The ultimately reworked some nerves (I no longer have a "funny bone" in my elbow, it is on the inside of my arm about 2 inches above where it was.) Four surgeries later, I'm good as new!

4. I was once charged with misdemeanor littering because I threw some trash in a dumpster at a Dollar General store. I was due to fly to Louisiana for a business trip and we had a lot of trash that needed to go out. It was very snowy and icy and my wife was 8 months pregnant at the time. I didn't want her to have to lug the heavy trash over the ice, nor could it be left on the curb for so long (neighborhood rules), so I dropped it off there. Big mistake. They took the trash out and dug through it to find out who I was. I pled no contest and had to pay a fine.

5. My parents separated in 1995. 10 years later, they are still not divorced, though they are both in other relationships and I put it at zero chance that they will reconcile. I don't know what the holdup is. There is nothing to divide, they just need to file the paperwork with the court and pay a fee. Maybe I will give them that as a present one year :-)

Any person who wants to do this can consider themselves tagged.

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At 12/17/2005 4:44 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Very interesting post. And nice colours - like Google's logo.

 
At 12/17/2005 5:09 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

I'm with you on the potato chips. There are better alternatives to ketchup but if needs must...

 
At 12/20/2005 10:15 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I think I used to practice the chip/ketchup thing as a kid. But then, I used to eat ketchup by the SPOONFUL as a kid.

Hey, maybe that can be one of MY weird things.

 

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Just Friends

Just Friends

Last Friday, while Lo and I where out celebrating her birthday, we saw the movie Just Friends on a whim. I enjoyed it. It brought back more than a few memories of my stupid actions as an idiotic fat kid, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Ryan Reynolds is the main character and he is so funny, in and out of the fat suit. I thought he was very funny in Van Wilder, and he has a similar comedic delivery in this movie, so if you liked his style in Van Wilder, you will laugh at Just Friends.

There are actually a lot of young actors that you see in a lot of things in this movie and they are all crazy characters. Lo laughed and laughed at some parts, including the scenes that they show over the end credits. It is almost worth the price of admission to check it out.

If you are trying to decide on a movie on a Saturday afternoon, there are few better ways to spend $5.00 than on a matinee ticket to this movie. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Zany Day

Today was nuts at work. In preparation for my Big Project's launch on 1/3/06, a network upgrade was planned. Well, planned may be playing a bit fast and lose with the facts.

But, anyway, the upgrade was planned for a few hours Monday. They don't get done until Wednesday night. Thaaaat's right. Even then, the thing doesn't work right.

I'm in meetings all this morning to try to fix it and they eventually just roll back the change since the problem resulted in our web app being down in production (where beta testers are using it) for over 80 hours.

Sheesh. At least it wasn't my fault. At least this time!

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Best SMB 3 Player, Ever

This guy beats Super Mario Brothers 3 in 11 minutes and you get to watch the whole video of it.

I can take the shortcuts this guy takes, but I cannot zoom through the levels like him. Watch as he times every jump perfectly and bounces like Neo in the Matrix over bullets and all sorts of stuff in Level 8. It is MAD. Pure artistry.


Kudos to my man Alex for passing me this.

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At 12/16/2005 12:19 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ahhh, you said Neo!

 
At 12/23/2005 10:57 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Asian gamers cheat . . . .

 
At 12/23/2005 2:29 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I don't know, gooey, this guy pwn3d!

 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Wednesdays

I know that Wednesday has a reputation as "Hump Day", but I have been hating it for long before I ever knew such a designation existed.

When I was in middle school and high school, I hated Wednesday above all other days - even Monday. I used to look at it like this:

Monday: Still have fond memories of the weekend.
Tuesday: The past weekend wasn't that long ago. Still fresh in the memory.
Wednesday: Stranded. Stuck evenly between the past (last weekend) and the future (this weekend).
Thursday: Tomorrow is Friday, the most electrifying day of the week. I can see it from here.
Friday: Friday is THE day. Tomorrow is Saturday and tonight kicks off the weekend. Yahoo!

You can see that I've put some thought in to this. Either that, or I'm nuts. Later.

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At 12/14/2005 2:50 PM, Blogger Dan Hill said...

I see things a little differently, mainly swapping Wednesday and Tuesday around.
Monday = fresh.
Tuesday = Weekend was a long time ago and the next one is even further.
Wednesday = Crossing the halfway line.
Thursday = Fake Friday
Friday = The genuine article.

 
At 12/14/2005 4:21 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Ah. I remember the days of working M-F. Tuesday was the most productive day of the week. Wednesday was next. Thursday I started to slack a bit. Friday was horrible. Now I work R-Sat. Tomorrow is my Monday. ACK!

 
At 12/20/2005 9:59 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Yeah, Wednesday does suck. Almost, but not more than, Monday.

It's got that "stuck in the middle of the week and not moving" quality to it that just makes you wanna tear your hair out, doesn't it?

 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

8th Grade Science

Yay, I passed. Perfect score. No cheating, either.

You Passed 8th Grade Science
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Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!
Could You Pass 8th Grade Science?

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At 12/14/2005 12:27 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I passed with flying colors!!!

 

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Santadote

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At 12/13/2005 6:29 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Hee hee! Good one. :)

 
At 12/14/2005 4:17 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Yipes!

I'm surprised I didn't think of that one all the years I wanted a pony when I was little.

 

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Monday, December 12, 2005

I've Said Before

I love audio books. I listen to them at work all the time. I've heard all of the Harry Potter books at least 4 times each. It is really a good way to absorb the stories.

But today, I listened to the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I think that I've read a children's book of it once when I was small, but I hadn't read the actual thing.

Today, in four hours, I knocked that badboy out. I always like to read the book first before I see movies, and I am glad to get a chance to do that. Our church had rented out an entire theater to see it on Friday, but that was Lo's birthday, so we decided to do our own thing. We'll check back in with the movie later.

The book was pretty good and I was surprised to see that there is a controversy to which order the books should be read in. I am going to tackle them in the order that they were published (not chronological order of the timeline).

Have any of you read them all? What order did you read them?

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At 12/14/2005 7:40 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I too have read the children's book, and I was in school at the time. I'd love to read them again soon! So maybe I'll visit the library...after the holidays!!!

 

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Tookie

I'm sure that if you have caught any news recently, you have seen the plight of "Tookie" Williams in California. He was a founding member of the Crips gang (this is disputed) and was sentenced to die for killing 4 people.

Since his conviction, he has started work against gangs and speaks openly against them. If ever a person were to be rehabilitated, he seems to meet those qualifications.

His lawyers are now asking that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison. I personally think that that request should be granted (and I am for the death penalty, so that is saying something). I just do not feel that taking his life does anything now. He can do too much good from his cell.

BUT. There is always a but. But, I think that some people are going about this the wrong way. There is the threat of riots if his sentence is not commuted. This is the WRONG idea. I can actually see someone not commuting the sentence if they were on the fence about it just to not seemingly appease threats of terror and disorder.

Hold rallies. Hold vigils. Call every member of government you can. Get all the Hollywood types out. Call Governor Ah-nolds office every hour of every day so that he grants the stay of execution. But do NOT be ignorant and riot or threaten to riot.

The man did kill 4 people. He was sentenced in a fair way and if he didn't turn his life around and renounce his old ways, I would support his sentence. But, he did change. He deserves to live.

But if things do not go your way, don't be so ignorant as to become criminals. Bring the injustice to the light of day in other ways. Continue Williams' work. Rioting accomplishes nothing.

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At 12/12/2005 8:56 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I agree with you. Unfortunately, a lot of the people who are "threatening" to riot probably aren't doing it out of anger or a sense of social injustice. They're doing it because it's an opportunity to loot and raise ruckus. Sad state of affairs. :-\

 
At 12/12/2005 10:51 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I guess Ah-nold denied the request. Tookie is due to be executed early tomorrow.

I wonder if the news is due for a heavy dose of riots...

 
At 12/13/2005 1:41 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I agree with ngregory00. The riots would have been for the opportunity to loot and raise hell.

I am a supporter of the death penalty. His crimes were committed in 1979, carrying out his sentence should not have taken 25 yrs.

Now I am positive I would not feel this way if it was my loved one on death row.

But the opinion about the death penalty is one of those things that change when you are personally involved.

 
At 12/13/2005 2:40 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I agree, AWFI. There are a lot of things that change when you are personally involved.

It is easier to judge and decide when you are completely removed from situations.

 
At 12/13/2005 10:14 PM, Blogger Guru said...

No riots that I know of. Good for the people of LA.

 

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Sweetness and Light

Well, I got my grades back from this quarter. I am MEGA relieved. I got a B- in Political Science (not bad since I did ZERO required reading and only attended one class in the final 2 and a half weeks.

The other major coup was my C in Calc 3. I needed a C or higher to get reimbursed for the class, so I just squeaked by. I was doing fairly well, but did poorly on the final and was really worried that I wouldn't get my C. But I did, and I am very thankful.

Yay me!

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At 12/12/2005 9:39 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I knew you would do it!

 
At 12/12/2005 2:22 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Nice job!!!

 
At 12/12/2005 9:01 PM, Blogger nicole said...

CONGRATS! :)

 

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Left Out

I have taken to understanding that I have a different status at work. I am a consultant who is a full-time employee of a consulting firm. If I ever don't have a place to be deployed to, I come back and do in-house work. But, I am currently (and have been for 9 months) deployed to a site.

At the site, the people are very nice, but I have second class citizenship. I have to park in a very remote lot, do not get included in decisions, etc. But, like I said, that is part of what I signed up for.

The thing is that my site has included me in some of their outings, some of which I have blogged about in the past. But this past week, they handed out Christmas presents to the employees.

They all got gift cards and some other token of the employer's esteem and while they all went out to get their gifts, I stayed at my desk. Then they came back and discussed them and generally made a big deal for 15-20 minutes.

I'm not saying that I should have gotten a gift from them. I'm not an employee of their company, so they aren't obligated. All I'm saying is that I felt really left out.

Sob story over, put away the violins :-)

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At 12/10/2005 11:33 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Meh, they still could have given you a little something, like a baggie of candy or what-not. You've been there with them for 9 months, it's the least they could have done.

 
At 12/11/2005 6:52 AM, Blogger Helen said...

That's just not right. You would think that just ONE of them would have been considerate enough not to leave you out. We had someone out during out Secret Santa drawing so he missed it. Myself and another employee but a few bucks together to get him something. I suspect on Christmas morning (excuse the presumption) their Karma will be active!
Peace...........

 
At 12/11/2005 8:04 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Trust me, I'll sob with you. I was a contractor for the USPS for almost three years and it was pathetic. Everyone knew that non-employees ("red badges" as we were called) were second class citizens. We could only enter HQ through a certain entrance, we had to put our belongings through a metal detector, we couldn't enter the employee contests and we never received cash compensation for our work. Which is ironic since there are way more Postal contractors than employees sitting behind a desk.

I guess that's why I left?

 

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Happy Birthday

Today is my wife Lo's birthday. Drop by her place and leave her a birthday wish or leave one here in the comments.

Let me be the first..

Happy 26th Birthday, Sweetie!
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At 12/09/2005 9:41 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Thank you, honey!

 

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Fiesta Bowl

Fiesta Bowl 2005.  Notre Dame and Ohio State

I am so excited for this year's Fiesta Bowl. My Buckeyes are taking on the Irish of Notre Dame. The expected TV ratings are supposed to be second only to the national title game and some "experts" suspect that it could even surpass it. Even though these teams are both Midwestern, they have huge followings in almost every state in the union.

Check this guy out though:
Once again, the Fiesta Bowl fumbled away an opportunity at a marquee matchup that would have been of significant interest locally and across the country.

They could have selected Penn State and Oregon, matching up the only one-loss teams in a game of significant interest across four time zones - from the West Coast (PAC 10 territory) to the eastern reaches of Big 10 country (Pennsylvania).

Instead, they came up with a second-rate matchup with virtually zero local interest between a couple of two-time losers.


Could that guy be any more wrong and or ridiculous? First of all, Oregon is ranked below Ohio State in the BCS and doesn't have the national following of the Bucks. Why would the Fiesta Bowl select them over the Bucks for the at large bid.

Notre Dame is one spot below Oregon in the BCS and again is more of a national draw. Why not go with this game? Penn State v. Oregon would have sucked, big time.

I'm looking forward to this game. National analysts are looking forward to this game. Fans of college football are excited to see these two storied programs battle it out. So save for the idiot in Arizona (and Oregon fans!), it is going to be ON.

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At 12/09/2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

I'd like to have some of whatever he is smoking. Geez.

It seems we have the pope on our side this year....come see at my site!

 

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Fantasy Football

Week 13 is under our belts and I am now in a tie for first place and have clinched a place in the playoffs.
Guru Fantasy Football Week 13

I proved in my baseball season that all I needed was to get into the playoffs and anything can happen. I am glad that this is going so well, considering that I lost T.O. (to crazy crap) and Deuce McAllister (to injury).

Don't know why it matters so much (I win nothing), but it does, so I play. To do otherwise would be death :-)

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At 12/09/2005 12:10 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Congrats! I am 5th in my league. If I win this weekend, I am in!

 
At 12/09/2005 12:22 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

ok. So I checked my league...if I win this weekend and the first place team wins, I am in. Would you be able to give me any advice?

Who to start?

My running back situation, how shall I say this, sucks.

I have the Edge...no brainer.

I have two other spots to fill for RB. One is a WR/RB spot, so I could opt for a receiver.

I have Jamal Lewis, Kevin Jones, JJ Arrington and Marion Barber.

My receivers are:

Joe Horn
Terry Glenn
Steve Smith
Anquan Boldin

I am already starting Smith and Boldin in my two WR spots.

Which RB should I go with? Should I only use one RB and opt for a WR?

What in all your wisdom do you think???

 

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

It's Over!

All done but the gradin'. Very trying times. Anytime it takes the better part of 2 hrs to do 14 math problems.... you know that it is crazy times (and I was one of the early finishers).

On a good note, I did my Poly Sci exam in 30 mins. I was the first one done.

Now I sit and wait.

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At 12/06/2005 11:22 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I hope you did well!

 
At 12/06/2005 11:39 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Thumbs Up at ya!!

 
At 12/07/2005 10:48 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I'm sure you did great!

 

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D-Day

Today is the day. Finals. I have one at 5:30pm and another at 7:30pm.

Nothing makes you feel like you know nothing than trying to review any and every little thing for a final. I'm sure that I'll do all right, but anticiaption is a bugger, ya know?

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At 12/06/2005 2:11 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Take luck!

 
At 12/06/2005 8:08 PM, Blogger nicole said...

I miss everything about college...except the learning thing.

GOOD LUCK, GURU! :)

 

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Monday, December 05, 2005

New Desktops

I've decided that, since I got a new monitor that beats the pants off of my old one (for like 50% off), I should update my desktop wallpaper.
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The New Monitor

I perused a few sites and found some cool Superman logos and thought that I'd share them. I know some of you are big Superman fans, and thought that it would be a crime if you hadn't seen them already.

I am using this one right now...
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but I am also really partial to this one...
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there is also this one, but I think it lacks the punch that the blue glow gives the first one.
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Enjoy.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Work E-Mail

Do any of you who have work e-mail addresses ever check your work e-mail from home? I do. How sad am I? I check the e-mail, respond to it, do research for projects, etc, all from the comfort of my home.

It might just be a disease. Do any of you all have the same disease?

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At 12/04/2005 7:05 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Back when all my personal email flowed through my work account, I'd check it remotely. Now I have all my personal stuff on gmail so I don't touch my work messages unless I absolutely have to.

 
At 12/04/2005 11:20 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes, all the time!

 
At 12/06/2005 9:28 AM, Blogger Helen said...

Oh my goodness NO! I've never even thought about it. Please get that thought out of my head!
Peace..............

 

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Saturday

Not a lot going on today. I should have been studying for my Calc Final, but I didn't. Hopefully, I do it tomorrow (the Pittsburgh v. Cincy game will be on). Of course, if I get a C or better in the class, I get reimbursed for it from work, so I have incentive. I need to score a 68% on the exam to make that happen. But, that isn't a stone cold lead pipe lock, so we'll have to see!

My son is growing up so fast. He and my wife were downstairs and she told him to go get his cup from upstairs (where I was). I saw him come upstairs without a peep, grab the cup, and head back downstairs to give it to her. I can't believe he is following instructions so well. He is only 1 and a half and he does it better than his two older sisters!

That's all for now. My whole family has to be at church tomorrow at 7:30am, so I need to get my beauty sleep.

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At 12/04/2005 4:09 PM, Anonymous Heatheranne said...

Hi. I found you on BE and just wanted to say hi to a fellow Buckeye. By the way. I LOVE your counter since the last Michigan victory over OSU! Too cool!

 

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Friday, December 02, 2005

I Got Me a Bargain

As my most loyal readers know, I am a computer programmer by trade. I also contribute heavily on Tek-Tips.com peer support forum and am currently an MVP there. (In fact, if you Google guru7777 currently, my member profile on there comes up first.)

While I was replying to a thread on that site, I noticed that someone had suggested a book, "C# and the .Net Platform" by Andrew Troelsen by my favorite technical publisher, Apress (includes the former Wrox catalogue, as well). I checked it out and found it for like $6.00 and change used on Amazon. With shipping, I got it for about $10.00. This book retails for $60.00 people! Yippie for me.

Here is what the book looks like:
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C# and the .NET Platform won the prestigious 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award and is now in its second edition.

I almost never buy programming books because $60.00 apiece is very common. But, I should consider getting some more this way. While used, this book was pretty much in perfect condition and looks like it has hardly been read. That will change soon, I promise you, cuz I plan to get my read on. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced users, so I'm going to have to (hopefully) stretch my brain and grow a bit. Of course, that is why I bought the book, so "Bring It On"!

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What Rules?

I was getting gasoline today during my lunch hour and there was a guy filling up with his car running, while talking on his cell phone and getting in and out of his car. If he had been smoking, his idiocy would have been complete!

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At 12/04/2005 5:33 PM, Blogger nicole said...

This is unbelievable. And stupid.

I once ran across a guy that was fueling his car while the thing was still RUNNING.

When I cautiously pointed out what I thought was his oversight, he informed me that he always left his car on while pumping gas and that there was no scientific proof that this behavior was dangeous.

Realizing that this guy was clinically insane, I peeled out of that gas station so fast I probably left treadmarks.

 

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

My New Printer-Scanner-Copier

As I stated back here, we did a little Black Friday shopping on our own behalf. One of the things I got was an HP PSC 1315 for $40.00 (original retail when it was the latest model - $110)

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I am very pleased with it and it is better than our last HP Printer and miles better than our last scanner (which was 7 years old), the Visioneer 6100B.

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My Visioneer was starting to break down. I had to scan things 2 and 3 times to get a decent scan and it was not easy to use. The new HP is definitely not that. In fact, with minimal instruction to my wife through IM, she was able to scan a document, change it's file type and e-mail it to me. This was NOT possible with the old scanner, I promise you that.

Thus far, I am very pleased with the printer, as well. I've printed black text, a picture, and CD labels, all with great quality and pretty good speed.

HP has been a pretty good company to me. I have an HP digital camera that I like, 2 previous HP printers that were champs, and I had an HP Pavilion 4400 that went through so much with me and I loved to death and had a sad parting with.
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You might think that I work for HP, but I don't. I'm just a satisfied customer!

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At 12/01/2005 10:25 PM, Blogger Christopher Trottier said...

The Office Depot near my place is selling a Canon printer-scanner-copier for C$129. Suffice it to say, I'm getting it.

 

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