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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.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

An Adventure

My friend Alex bought a 2 year old washer and dryer off of eBay. He got a pretty good price and it was local, so we went to go pick it up today. From the address, I thought that it was in a popular, old (but expensive) section of town. Turns out I was off by a block or two. I could see those houses from where we were, but this place wasn't it.

It was a very rundown apartment building. We had no apartment number, so we had to start knocking on doors to get some answers. One guy told us that there were only 4 apartments rented, and only one family had a washer and dryer, so we went up to see them.

So, we knocked on that door and that guy was obviously not selling his washer and dryer and he seemed confused about the whole topic of "the eBay". We went back and knocked on the door downstairs of the guy in the know and he said he would go ask his dad, who lived upstairs and was the maintenance guy, if he knew anything.

Turns out that there was a washer and dryer being stored in a section that was getting renovated, but he did not have a key. However, he did have the phone number of the lady who owned the building. He gave us the number and we called her.

She sort of knew what was going on, but said she had to call someone else. She couldn't get ahold of him, though, and we sat and waited for over an hour and a half. Finally, Alex gave her until 3:45 (we had been there since 2) and we left, prepared to put in a claim with eBay and Paypal.

On the way back, we saw six police cars at a liquor store, lights on, officers with their guns drawn. Yep, we were in the hood. Well, we got about 4 blocks away when Alex's cell phone rang, it was the owner. Turns out that the maintenance guy did have a key, but he didn't know it. The owner never told him to expect us, nor explained the situation.

We got in and got the washer and dryer, and as we were moving them, the maintenance guy told us the owner told him to make sure we didn't take anything else. He then stated the obvious and pointed out that there was nothing else to take from that craphole. Alex pointed out a lightbulb in a pile of trash on the floor, and without missing a beat, the guy said, "Yeah, I've had my eye on that b*tch for about two weeks". Man, I still crack up thinking about that.

If you are now worried about the washer and dryer, worry no more. They were in good condition, as promised, and after we got them to Alex's house, they ran great. The whole situation does get me a little cautious about scoring some stuff locally from eBay, though.

Any of you get in any hairy eBay situations, or get straight screwed on a deal?

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At 5/01/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I've never had a major problem with eBay. The only thing I can remember is when I got the boy's "I'm Gonna Be a Big Brother" t-shirt, but it didn't arrive when it was supposed to. After several emails to the seller, she finally responded saying she had been sick and she would send out the shirt asap. I got it two days before his b-day party...but at least I got it in time!!!

 
At 5/01/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I can't remember if I blogged about this before or not (and I'm too lazy to check), but we also had to hit the hood to pick up a flat panel Dell LCD monitor that he got from eBay, as well. No problems there, but it was a very shady situation. I wonder to this day if that monitor wasn't gotten illegally... What Alex won't go through to get a deal!

 
At 5/01/2006 7:27 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I haven't had a bad situation, mainly because I'm too scared to buy anything major on eBay. Small purchases are fine but I'm too freaked to try anything as ambitious as a W/D (nothing against anyone who does, mind you).

 
At 5/03/2006 12:43 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Given the local and demographic you were obviously in, are you sure the washer and dryer weren't stolen? ^_^\/

 

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Steeler Draft

Santonio Holmes

Man, how awesome is this? I was so excited to see the Steelers select a Buckeye in round 1 of the NFL Draft. Hopefully, though, we handle him better than the last Buckeye that we drafted.

We had gotten Mike Vrabel from the Buckeyes and didn't use him correctly and just let him go. The Patriots picked him up and now he is All-Pro, playing great defense, AND catching TDs in the Super Bowl.

But, no need to get ahead of myself. Santonio has a good chance at seeing some playing time this year with Randle El gone and I hope he does both my Buckeye and Steeler sides proud!

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At 4/30/2006 10:27 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Uh oh, you're talking sports. I'm totally out of the running on this post. ;)

 
At 5/01/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Guru said...

You mean that you didn't sit up Saturday watching the NFL Draft?

 

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Sound Training

Peavey Sound Board

Some of you may know that I am on the sound team at our church, meaning that I run the board for service and such. Well, the people I work with don't have a clue. So, finally, the church brought in some professionals to give a lesson on the board.

The guys didn't say anything that I didn't know, but they did an excellent job. The other guys were like sponges. I had no idea how little that they actually knew until the training. "What's the gain knob do?", "Do you mean that when I move the slider, it doesn't make it louder in the monitor on stage?", and "No, I have no idea how to actually control what makes it on the CD/DVD or not." Brutal.

I'll tell you what was the most beneficial. The guys brought a pink noise machine and EQ'ed the room to within an inch of its life. It sounds super duper good in that room now.

Let's hope that everyone remembers their lessons and that the sound quality is great for a long time!

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At 4/28/2006 9:12 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I've got "white noise." But "PINK NOISE??" What's that entail?

 
At 5/01/2006 12:33 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Pink noise is in-between red noise and white noise. Audio engineers put pink noise through a system to test whether it has a flat frequency response in the useful spectrum. From what I've read, pink noise is more useful for EQing rooms like ours.

 

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Facts and Interpretations

Friedrich Nietzsche: "There are no facts, only interpretations."
Guru's Response: "Is that a fact?"

I hate when people try to sound all smart by saying crazy stuff or quoting Nietzsche when many "philosopher's" musings can be easily refuted by applying knowledge from logic 101 class.

I'm sure that I've railed on about it here before, but to clarify my "response" to Nietzsche above, the dogmatic statement that there are no facts is in essence a fact itself. And if there is one fact, then his statement is contradicted, rendering it devoid of real meaning.

I say don't get too caught up in a quest to prove that everything in meaningless just to justify the fact that you can't figure out the meaning.

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At 4/27/2006 2:18 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Totally agree!! And THAT is a FACT! :O) Heheheheh! I like pretending that I am smart!!

 
At 4/27/2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Pretending? Obviously, if you agree with me, you are very intelligent!

 
At 4/27/2006 3:37 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

YEAH!!!

Don't let the word get out though! It could ruin my reputation!! :) Can't have that now!!!

 
At 4/27/2006 10:13 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

That's probably the most hilarious yet valid point I've heard all day!!!

Fortunately I went to art school so most fools weren't spouting Nietzsche. They were too busy touting the great works of Pollack or Duchamps. Equally as annoying.

 
At 4/27/2006 10:39 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I know nothing about art, but I like my art to look like stuff.

Occasionally, I will like something abstract, but normally, I like to see an artist recreate something faithfully.

Darn my mathematical side! That's why I'm horrible at design!

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Two Many

Today is my son's second birthday, so Happy Birthday to him! I'm going to go ahead and hit you with the very tried and true, "I can't believe he's two already!".

He is growing up into such a great little person. I love him to death. He has all sorts of funny quirks that just make me laugh. Of course, one of his best qualities is that he constantly tries to do what Daddy does. One example is when he throws a football or baseball. Because I pat the football twice with my left hand before I throw it to the kids (don't 100% know why), my son now pats the ball before he throws it.

A funny story with him happened the other night that also shows his heart to make us happy. For some strange reason, he decided to take a plate and toss it on the ground. That made Lo pretty upset and she reprimanded him before picking up the food and taking a baby wipe to the ketchup stain on the carpet.

Well, a bit later when everything had calmed down, he quietly climbed up on the couch, got the baby wipe container off of the ledge, opened it up, took one out, closed the container, and got down off of the couch. He went over to the spot without comment and got down on his hands and knees and started rubbing at the same place in the carpet that Lo did. Then, he got up and threw the baby wipe away. Isn't that so cute?

That's my kid in a nutshell. I love him so much that it hurts and I'm so glad that we have him.

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At 4/26/2006 10:13 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Happy b-day little man!!!

He is super cute!!! I just love hanging out with him when I see him. It take a few minutes for him to warm up to me...but pretty soon I am his booon (ballon) getting person!! YEAH!!

 
At 4/26/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Happy birthday to the little man!

Btw, you think your dad pats a football twice before throwing it? Maybe it's just being passed from generation to generation.

 
At 4/27/2006 12:06 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

AWW!!! Happy Birthday, Guru Jr.

He's obviously growing up. He does a better job of cleaning than even ME! ;)

 
At 4/28/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

Congrats on surviving two years!!!!

We may have to get our little ones together...two Buckeye fans....can you say dowry?

 
At 5/01/2006 12:37 PM, Blogger Guru said...

PJ: He likes to hang out with you, too. Anyone that will chase the balloons that he lets up to the ceiling is O.K. by him!

Trin: I realized why I hit the ball. When you pump fake a throw, you put the other hand up to stop the ball so that it doesn't accidentally shoot out of your hand. I didn't figure it out until I picked up a football again and realized what I was doing.

Nicole: Guru Jr. I like that!

Kristi: Oh, yeah. All of my kids can marry someone of any race, but if they marry outside of Buckeye Nation, I might have to disown them ;-)

 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Revised Unsexy List

I know that by now, you have all read or heard about the un-sexiest man list. Well, I made the revised version!

Check it out here. It is in alphabetical order by last name, not unsexy order or you know that I would be #1 :-).

If you are curious as to how I got there, check out here, my place was secured in the comments.

Enjoy.

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At 4/27/2006 12:03 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Okay, it's late. I'm sleepy and confused. What's going on here??

Time for bed. More tomorrow.

ZZZZZzzzzz...

 

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Things Not to Do After 30

Wirthy gets points again for this one. Check his blog for the whole list.

Some of my faves.

5. Name his penis his name plus junior.

18. Jokingly flash gang signs while posing for wedding photos.

19. Give shout-outs.

20. Use numbers in place of words or locations, such as "the 411" for information, or "the 313" for Detroit.

27. Choose 69 as his jersey number. (Ed. Note. Uh... Oz does this, he is over 40!)

31. End a conversation with "later skater."

37. Call "shotgun" before getting in a car.

38. Dispute someone else's call of "shotgun."

47. Say "two points" every time he throws something in the trash.

56. Refer to his girlfriend's breasts as "the twins."

59. Say goodbye to anyone by tapping his chest and even so much as whispering, "Peace out."

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At 4/24/2006 11:24 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Think I need to check out this Wirthy character because he's putting out some pretty funny stuff. :)

 
At 4/25/2006 7:50 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Funny, I hear Oz talk about twins all the time!

 
At 4/26/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

This is pretty funny, I can see how, as I'm getting older, doing all the crazy stuff isn't necessarily cool anymore.

Hey, I like what you write, we're all lunatics I agree. Mind if I add your blog to my links?

 
At 4/26/2006 6:47 PM, Blogger Ashburnite said...

hey...I give shout-outs all the time...and call shotgun. Guess I'll have to give those up in 2 years when I hit the big 3-0

 

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I Definitely Want to Eat Here

Thanks to Wirthy for the link

Check this story out.

Wonder if they will open one up here? I'd go, but... I'm a fan.

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At 4/24/2006 11:19 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Just the first two sentences make this whole article worth the read. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Eric and I would like you to know that neither of us finds the "Pink Taco" offensive. Where else would we go to order up a steaming platter of "chicken vagitas?"

 

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Vanilla Ice's Punch Out

I know many of you out there remember Mike Tyson's Punch Out. That was my first Punch Out game and the one that really took off. Well, that wasn't the first version of the game.

In fact, the game was out for a while with a white champion (come on!) who, in my opinion, looked like Vanilla Ice. I picked it up from a used video game store when I was 14 or 15 and couldn't believe what I found when I entered the familiar 007-373-5963...

Vanilla Ice's Punch Out

Now, this was years before Vanilla Ice graced the airways. But, don't you admit that there is a pretty good resemblance?

He does not exactly strike fear in the hearts of millions. In fact, the thing that I think that he is most likely to do is lie about his background and steal some Queen riffs, not knock me out.

Anyone remember this?

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At 4/23/2006 6:25 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Remember the game? OF COURSE!

Remember the character? I don't think I ever made it that far. I definitely never got close to confronting Tyson. The idea of making it to that level STILL scares me! ;)

 
At 4/24/2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Ummmm....no....should I???

:)

I do remember Vanilla Ice...sorta...??!!

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Scary Movie 4

Lo and I had two free hours today and we decided to spend some time checking out a movie. There are some things that I wanted to see, but none of them were appearing during our available time. We decided to see Scary Movie 4.

It wasn't the greatest thing ever and I think that the genre is starting to get a little old. But, it was still pretty funny in parts and worth a matinee price.

I liked the scenes where they lampooned The Village. Carmen Electra played the blind girl and in true horror movie chick / Carmen Electra fashion she had to get in her underwear for one pretty funny scene. It was done in a very classy way, I assure you ;)

I'd probably recommend, though, that this movie be a rental, not a theater going experience. Anyone else see it?

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At 4/23/2006 6:23 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Funny, that was my suggestion to the peeps this weekend -- rent rather than see it in the theater.

We saw "Silent Hill" instead and unless you're a fan of the video games it's probably best to rent that one too (or just not see it at all).

 
At 4/24/2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I hated SM3 because they spoofed Signs, so I def won't be seeing this one. Plus, it's like I've already seen the movie...I check out a movie spoiler site every week to read about movies I don't plan on seeing.

Btw, I can't believe Dr. Phil would stoop so low!!!

 
At 4/24/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Okay, what is up with blogger? I can't post and now my comments are not showing up! Crazy!!!

 

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Recorder Recital

I took the day off work today to go to my daughter's school for her recorder recital. She did really well and the class didn't sound too bad. The teacher gave them a compliment, saying that they learned Fur Elise in about one day because of all of the Mondays and Fridays (their Music days) that the school had off and only let it in the recital because they mastered it so quickly.

Here is a picture from the recital (taken from the camera phone, since the digital camera is broken). My daughter is the one in pink, front row, to the left of the girl in green.

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At 4/21/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I know you were insanely proud of her, weren't you?

I wish they taught the recorder when I was in school but I enjoyed the flute anyway. :)

 

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

New Job

Okay, I've been saving blogging about this in case something went wrong or I woke up or something. However, I now feel it is time. Everyone, I got a new job.

I had been a consultant deployed at the OSU Medical Center doing cool things, but my contract was coming to an end and I was entertaining some offers before I went back to be redeployed on another contract. I had strict guidelines that I had to have a job offer in hand when my contract was up or else I just wasn't going to jump ship. I didn't want to do my company or a client like that.

It turns out that my loyalty was stupidly given. I accepted an offer from a new employer and went in to my consulting company on Monday the 3rd with a two-week notice. The people who were there seemed to think that I would be able to serve out my two weeks doing in-house work (which had been my plan). Then, an unexpected thing happened.

My manager returned to the office after being at client sites for the day. He took me into a conference room and tried to talk me out of leaving. When he asked what I would be making in order to consider matching the offer, I told him. He asked how much experience I had and then said that I essentially wasn't worth that money and that I should reconsider the company based on the fact that they are dumb enough to overpay for me! Then, since I wouldn't change my mind, they rejected my notice and sent me home that day.

So, now I was in a bind. I wasn't due at my new job for 2 weeks. I called the company anyway and explained the situation and asked if there was any way I could start any earlier. The owner said he would check and get back to me. He called me Tuesday afternoon and asked if I could start Wednesday. Boo Yaa! With the small PTO percentage that my former company had to pay me, I actually only lost out on 1.6 hours of pay.

What I do now is similar to what I did before. I am a Senior Programmer for a small company that is really growing. They have worked booked out through the end of the year and the customers (large Fortune 500s) are asking how fast my company can ramp up staff to handle even more work. With this added staff is the responsibility that I have to be the go-to guy with their programming questions. After I get acclimated in a few months time, I will also be able to choose the path of development that I would be most comfortable pursuing. I may either continue to build solutions for the customers or work on core functionality for our product. I am very excited.

The environment here is awesome. I am wearing shorts and a golf shirt now because the building's AC isn't efficient enough. The fridge in the back is stocked with free pop and water. I ate a free bagel this morning. I am using my new laptop and this monitor for my first-ever true dual desktop experience. I must say that I finally understand the hubbub about how it increases productivity. I also have much better insurance for 2/3 of the cost per pay.

This may seem a little dot-com but in its attitude, but I assure you that it is not. This company has been doing its thing for quite awhile and the Owner/CEO has great business savvy and understands what makes programmers happy. He subscribes to the Joel on Software philosophy that the paying the cost for equipment to make your programmers productive is WAY worth the cost. And the money he spends on pop is A) Tax Deductible (like the equipment) and B) Chump change to keep all of us very happy and loyal. It is like Google giving employees free lunch and dinner in their cafeteria. For like $10.00 a day in cost to the company, they have very happy employees and ones who take shorter breaks cuz they don't leave the building.

Let me just say that I LOVE my new job and I hope to be happy here for a very long time.

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At 4/20/2006 11:27 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sounds wonderful...congrats Guru!!!

 
At 4/20/2006 12:23 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Good for you Gu!! I am happy that you found such a great job doing what you luv!!

And how stinky was your boss for saying that??!! Super Stinky!!!

Congratulations Guru!! I am very happy for you!!

 
At 4/20/2006 9:28 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I'm still stuck on your jerkoff EX-manager. What a sucky thing to do! Man, the corporate world just gets lousier and lousier, doesn't it??

Anyway, no more negativity. I'm VERY happy to hear that you've moved on to greener pastures that obviously value your skills and abilities. I pray that past manager really BITES it once he realizes what he's lost.

I said I wasn't gonna be negative, didn't I? ;)

 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Grades

Well, my grades are complete for my last two classes this term.

I got A's in both classes. I got a 94.6% in my writing class and a 98% in my Environmental Science class.

Who da man?

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At 4/19/2006 10:42 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You are!

 
At 4/20/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Great job...Mr. Smarty pants!! :)

 
At 4/20/2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Oh, THE man would definitely be YOU, Mr. Guru! Man, that's an awesome set of grades you got there. :)

 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What I Have Against Apple

I was reading this article and was sincerely reminded why it is that I can't stand Apple. Every time I start to like them, they get all nutso and then I remember.

To summarize the article, Apple's Boot Camp product is a good thing. Lets you put Windows XP dual booted with OS X on an Intel Mac. Microsoft doesn't care because they sell a hardware independent OS and will sell licenses.

When asked if Apple would be down to let OS X run on a Dell, for instance, Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Never". Michael Dell had suggested that if OS X ran on a Dell, it could be had for much less $$$.

This could never be more true. Do you know what keeps Apples out of the hands of the masses? Price point. Ooooh, they got a Mac Mini under $500.00. I thought that was a big deal. But you know what? You can get a freaking Dell with a monitor for under $400.00. And, it runs better hardware. The only thing it can't do is run OS X.

You wanna go all geek on me? Fine. I can get an Intel box, slap a Linux distro with a VERY pimped looking interface (Apple has NOTHING on some of the KDE folks) on it and not only would my box be cheaper, more secure, and faster than an Apple, I would also be more geek. So that argument can't be made.

Microsoft decided to make the hardware a commodity. Because they did, prices for the hardware have been driven down and Intel boxes can be had on the cheap. As a contrast, Sun Microsystems decided to make hardware a commodity, giving away their software in hopes of it being run on their high end servers.

Apple has done neither. By trying to control both markets, they are stuck making most of their money on things like iPods and unless things change, their desktops will never be anywhere near a major player in the market, no matter how cute they are.

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At 4/19/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Ok...I must be less of a nerd...cause all I understood was apple...and now I want one...to eat! :) YUMMY!!

I first thought this was going to be about why you do not like to eat apples! I am very dissapointed!! :)

 
At 4/19/2006 12:11 PM, Blogger Guru said...

No, I'm a big fan of the fruit. It may just be my favorite.

Sorry I disappointed you.

 
At 4/19/2006 4:02 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

No longer disapointed!! As long as I know you are a fan!

I LUV the Granny Smith apples, myself!! Tartness is always a good thing, I always say!! :)

 
At 4/19/2006 9:39 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

And you know what angle I'm gonna come at you from -- the big VISUAL ARTIST perspective. ;)

It's not just about "cute" boxes and "snazzy" interfaces. Running visual apps like Photoshop and Illustrator are much smoother experiences on a MAC than a PC (in my humble opinion). And trust me, I've used both in a fast paced work environment. There were times when my PC choked up so much that I wanted to hurl it through a window.

Having said that, I'm in complete agreement with you on Apple's price gouging. I'm sorry, but there's no excuse for the amount of money they expect the average consumer to shell out for one of their products. Sure, they'll always have the artist niche market. But if they really wanna get out there and grab some of that market share then they need to finally get with the program and slash their exorbitant prices.

 
At 4/19/2006 10:18 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I've heard the visual artist perspective, but I don't buy it.

If I spent half of what a nice Mac costs, I'd have a PC that would kick the crap out of the Mac at running Photoshop.

Imagine if I spent $1800.00 building a graphics PC. 2 gigs of RAM, multiple hard drives to optimize and have the scratch disk on a separate physical volume than the paging file.

Dude, it would be OVER!

 
At 4/20/2006 1:31 PM, Anonymous eric said...

guru i hear ya loud and clear. my last pc i constructed in the end cost me about 800$ and could out perform a g5 desktop @ 3 times the price. the thing is when you get into the laptop comparisons, its a different story. for what apple offers it would cost you about the same from almost any laptop company.

i'm a web designer and although i could do all my work on a pc, its just easier and more effecient to do it on my powerbook.

its not take apple is superior to other pc companies (although os x is a hell of a lot better than XP) its the name your paying for. they are like the cadillac and everyone else is chevy. even though under the hood its all the same shit, and they are even made in the same place, you have to pay for the look and name. and that is my biggest gripe with apple. if i go on anymore it'll be a post in your comment section, but you get the point :)

 
At 4/20/2006 3:44 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I feel ya, dawg. I agree about notebooks. In fact, I did see a powerbook that was very reasonably priced.

I also agree that if they are close in price and you can do your work on the powerbook, then get it. It is "cooler" and does run OS X.

I can't do my work on a Mac because I program Web Applications in Micro$oft technologies. So many businesses use them that it definitely benefits me to stay up on it. If I was doing Web or Graphics design, I could use Photoshop and Dreamweaver or whatever on Mac or PC.

But, Visual Studio and SQL Server don't run on Macs yet. I have to work where the work is, ya know? If there was a huge market for Cocoa developers in Columbus, or if I was at all visually creative, I'd probably switch up. But, I'm not, so I'm stuck being a pawn - used by the man!

 

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Einstein

Albert Einstein
Do you know that the translation of Einstein's name is "a stone"?

Ein Stein in German is "a stone". I knew that ein was "a" and wondered what stein translated to.

So, I hit up Google Translation and now I know - and so do you!

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At 4/17/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Thank you for this knowledge!!

 
At 4/18/2006 12:09 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Okay, so I'm not as smart as Einstein but at least I know what his name means. ;)

 
At 4/19/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Guru said...

PJ: I do what I can.

Nicole: Each step in learning takes you one step closer to where he was. I mean, I'm sure he knew what his name meant, so if you are to approach him, you must also learn facts that he knew. The name is a small step. Baby steps are the key.

 

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Sunday

BC Easter Comic

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At 4/16/2006 4:21 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Good reminder of what today is really about. We get so mired in bunnies and eggs and candies that we often forget. :)

 
At 4/17/2006 2:32 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Happy Easter, Guru!

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

 

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bass

I've always wanted to be able to play some kind of instrument. In the past, the G-Man has taught me a lot about the bass. In fact, I've played a mini-concert with G before.

For a lot of reasons, I took the G with me today (for expert analysis) and bought a bass. In fact, here is the one that I got...

Guru's New Bass

I also bought a bass starter kit that included a practice amp, a strap, a tuner, a bag, a cable, and a guitar stand. It was all at a very good price.

Now, I am going to get practiced back up and start being in the rotation for our church's praise band. I played a little bit tonight and I am right at the place that I left off last playing, so that's good. Of course, that isn't so hot, but it is a starting place.

There is a music store across the street from my work that gives lessons for a very reasonable price, though I might go through some exercises that I found online first and see where I am then. No need to waste money on the super basics that I can get myself.

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At 4/16/2006 9:53 AM, Blogger Cody said...

Congrats.

 
At 4/16/2006 4:03 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

NICE! And you're acquainting yourself with it for totally honorable reasons. That's always a plus. ;)

 

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Friday, April 14, 2006

A Wolf

A Wolf?

This is a picture of the lower right-hand corner of a painting that I actually look at if I sit at my desk and stare straight ahead. It reminds me of a wolf's head, with the dark mass making up most of the skull, then the streaky part being the snout, ending in the dark blob for the nose. Finally, there is a blob under the snout that looks kind of like a lower jaw with a fang extending upward.

Sometimes, I can see in the main dark mass a car, perhaps being destroyed, or a rocket streaking through the atmosphere.

Do you guys see any of that, or do you see something else, or nothing at all?

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At 4/14/2006 9:21 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I can see what you're talking about. I also see a pick-up truck. The "skull" part being the cab of the truck.

 
At 4/14/2006 11:13 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I see both. But to me it is more like a talking car with eyes and stuff!! Very cool!

 
At 4/14/2006 10:37 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I kinda see the wolf's head thing. Or maybe a dragon?

 

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Whatup My Peeps

So, it is Thursday... and I'm posting this late, so it is almost Friday. I love Fridays because that means the weekend is about here. Oh, how I love the weekend. Loverboy said that Everybody's Working for the Weekend, and truer words were never spoken (sung). I love to do nothing.

This Sunday is Easter, which means that I get to rock my suit again that I just bought. It is really turning out to be a bargain, since I wore it to the kids' dance, two interviews, and now Easter Sunday - all in the span of a month. Watch out! I'm goin' corporate!

My mom's side of the family might be coming in to town this weekend. I'm trying to get the itinerary nailed down so I can get my dad to hook up and see them. Since my mom left my dad, he hasn't really seen them (they live in PA) and most of them like my dad right now more than my mom, anyway!

That's it for now. Happy Friday Eve!

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At 4/14/2006 10:36 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

This was probably one of my happiest Fridays in memory. Our company let us leave at 1pm and for the first time in ages I was actually ALLOWED to take them up on their offer. RAWKIN!

 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Let's All Sing the Hallelujah Chorus

Dude, Bucky's gone! The thing that I've wanted all along, Bucky's ouster, has finally happened.

I don't think he should have ever made top 12, but he is gone now and that is all that matters. He can no longer be the idol. Life is back to normal. The human blinking machine is audi.

Bucky Covington

None of you out there are sad, are you?

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At 4/13/2006 9:01 AM, Blogger Ashburnite said...

when he was voted out, I litteraly jumped up and yelled "YES!!!" Thank god we don't have to look at him anymore.

 
At 4/13/2006 9:27 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I find it sad that there is someone else who looks almost exactly like him!

 
At 4/13/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

No matter what you may think...he is actually a good singer...of country music....Maybe not Idol material...but still talented!

But the show must go on......And ACE needs to leave!!

 
At 4/13/2006 7:30 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Ash: We all did in my house, too.

Trin: That is a travesty, isn't it?

PJ: I admit that I don't like country, but I don't think he is that good of a country singer. He isn't even the best country singer in the competition, so he needed to go sooner rather than later!

 
At 4/13/2006 8:03 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Dude, this is seriously not an excuse. Your blog was just NOT in my feed list and I don't know how that happened. So that's where my dumb self has been all this time. :(

I'm so mad. :-\

And I actually had a soft spot for Bucky. I am NOT glad he's gone. That's all I'll say on that. ;)

 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Last Week of School

I'm in the last week of school for winter term and I am glad to get these courses out of the way. The workload this week is very light, too, as it was last week and I am excited to get into next term.

As I've said before (I think), my school is on semesters, but you can go in the summer as well (making it trimesters!). I am doing just that, going year 'round to bang out some schooling.

This next term, I am taking a Management Information Systems class, a Programming class, and my other required writing class (boo).

I am excited to start knocking at the door of my major, but I am slightly bummed that this is all stuff that I know. It is almost a waste of my time, but I'm hoping to learn some things that I haven't picked up along the way - making me a better programmer in the process.

Of course, the worst part is that I have to do it in Java. I do C# for a living, so the syntax won't be all that different, but I would really prefer to do some C++ and really learn about programs and optimization.

Oh, well, a geek can dream, can't he?

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At 4/12/2006 4:50 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Yes he can!!! (dream that is!) :)

 

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Apology

Check out this note that my 6 year old wrote (with her sister's help) to her friend that she had not been very nice to.

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I think that is so sweet that my daughter was so sensitive to her friends feelings and took the initiative to make sure things were good between them.

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At 4/11/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Very precious!! Iti s good that she does this now...it will be easier or more familiar for her in the future! Many people have a hard time saying they are sorry!

You and Lo are raising a very special little girl! Actually, 3 special children!

 
At 4/11/2006 2:40 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

She can be such a sweetie when she wants to be. (And I think she meant to say "my sister uses MY hairbrush".)

 
At 4/11/2006 10:37 PM, Blogger Guru said...

PJ: Yes, they are all great kids and are very special people.

Lo: There are a few places in the letter where our oldest got confused at taking the dictation and messed up in translation. Oh, well. I think the message got through.

 

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How Old is My Inner Child

I haven't done one of these in a long while, so here we go.

How Old is Your Inner Child?


My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while adults might just accept that, I know something's gotta change. And it's gonna change, just as soon as I become an adult and get some power of my own.
Take this quiz!

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Step Child?

Why has Desperate Housewives been getting treated like a red-headed stepchild on ABC recently? They bump it for everything, show reruns and go a very long time between new episodes. I don't know if they are planning on having a mad rush on new ones extending deep into the summer, or what, but like I said before... I'm losing interest.

I only think a TV show is must-see TV until I am without it for awhile, then I realize that life goes on without it and I don't bother picking it back up. I hope that ABC knows what it is doing playing this dangerous game, especially when they are bordering on boring.

Next week is new, though, let's see if they can not drop the ball.

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At 4/10/2006 2:00 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I watched last season, this season I could never get back into it. You're right, it really doesn't get many new shows aired, and I lost interest.

 
At 4/10/2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Glad to see that I'm not the only one.

I know this, if this season's story was last season's, I never would have seen more than a few episodes.

The only thing keeping me on right now is what the show once was, and the hope that it may become that once again.

 

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Word of the Day

This was a word of the day on my personal Google page.

uxorious \uk-SOR-ee-us; ug-ZOR-\, adjective:
Excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.

Where I'm from, we just call that "whipped". It is easier to say and everyone understands it!

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Tom Cruise

Tommy on Oprah's Couch
With Tommy acting like such a wacko recently, I have had only negative feelings toward the guy. I had forgotten how much I liked so many of his movies.

I was watching Minority Report on TV tonight (I own it on DVD, but watched it anyway), and was thinking about how much I used to enjoy this guy.

Top Gun, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, A Few Good Men (one of my all time faves), The Firm, Interview With a Vampire, Mission: Impossible, Minority Report, and The Last Samurai. Those are just the ones that I would watch over and over again. He has been in several others that I enjoyed, but might only see once or if I am bored.

Why does he have to be so weird?

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At 4/09/2006 10:16 AM, Blogger danni said...

Really, you like his films? They have gone downhill recently. War of the Worlds was awful. anyway, check this site out

 
At 4/09/2006 2:48 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I like mostly his older films. Notice I didn't have War of the Worlds, Eyes Wide Shut, Mission: Impossible 2, etc on there as I agree that much of his recent work is yuck.

 
At 4/09/2006 3:35 PM, Blogger danni said...

yeah, Top Gun and Risky Business are both awesome films. He was a ton better in the 80's and early 90's. His work has gotten worse the as he has risen the ranks of scientology.

 
At 4/09/2006 9:29 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Those two things (crappy films and scientology) can't be related, can they !?!? ;-)

 
At 4/10/2006 8:43 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I caught the end of Minority Report...fantastic movie!!!

Btw, G and I saw a preview of MI3 while we were at the movie theatre last weekend. I was bored after only seeing 10 seconds of it-it looks that bad!

 

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Jesus Walked on Ice?

I understand people not believing the Bible or in God, I really do. But, can you honestly tell me that this guy's theory to disprove Jesus walking on water is any good?

Check the picture.
Jesus Walked on Ice?

Cited from here.

The scientists acknowledge that the Sea of Galilee, in what is now northern Israel, has never frozen in modern times. But they say geological core samples suggest that average temperatures were lower in Jesus' day, and that there were at least two protracted cold spells in the region 1,500 to 2,500 years ago.

In addition to chilly weather, their explanation depends on a rare physical property of the Sea of Galilee, known to modern-day Israelis as Lake Kinneret. It is fed by salty springs along its western shore that produce plumes of dense water, thermally isolating areas that could freeze even if the entire lake did not, they assert.

"I don't know whether the story is based on someone seeing Jesus walk on ice," said Doron Nof, an Israel-born professor of oceanography at Florida State University. "All I know is that during that time, a freeze could have happened -- and it could have looked like someone was walking on water, particularly if it rained after the ice formed."



Come on! Could this be any more far fetched? Look, these dudes were fishermen! You don't think they would know about ice that happened about on this lake? It wouldn't ever occur to them that Jesus could just walk out on it? He was the only guy ever to try that? If there was ice in the water, kids would be doing that all the time. No one ever would have made a deal out of it.

That is laughable and illogical.

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At 4/10/2006 8:47 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well, what about Peter? He also walked on the water while he was looking at Jesus. Then he took his eyes off of Him and fell into the water. What, the frozen water beneath him suddenly melted???

 

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fantasy Baseball Time Again

Time for the Gurus to hit the field again. Opening day was this week and we are back into baseball season. My team has got some good hitters like Chris Shelton, Marcus Giles, David Wright, Michael Young, and Aramis Ramirez. I've got some great starters like Roy Halladay, Dontrelle Willis, John Smoltz, and Jose Contreras.

What I don't have is relievers. I don't think I have a single team's closer on my team. I might have to offer some of my starters as trade bait. Oh, well. It is a long season, and I'll just have to keep after it!

Guru Rooting on His Team

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At 4/07/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ummmmmm, that guy looks nothing like you...well, except for the hair. But I guess I'm one to talk-I look nothing like Trinity.
:-(

 
At 4/07/2006 1:49 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, he is just my Yahoo! avatar that I created. Except for the fact that he isn't fat, I like him as a virtual me, but the choices were slim to pick from.

 

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

WHY?!?!??

Why did my Mandiva have to go home? She was NOT the 9th best singer up there. Paris, Bucky, and Ace should have all been gone before Mandiva even got nervous.

I hope someone snaps her up for a record deal pronto. Just rediculous.

Mandisa

I'm going to miss her in the competition.

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At 4/06/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I was super shocked!!! To have Elliott and Mandiva in the bottom two.....SHOCKING!!!!

 
At 4/06/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yeah, Bucky should have TOTALLY gone home before the Disa! Paris and Ace too. I like Ace, he's a very pretty man, but he often hits some flat notes.

 
At 4/07/2006 6:42 AM, Blogger Guru said...

PJ: I just do NOT understand what America is thinking.

Lo: You know I agree.

I think it is a conspiracy against the Diva's larger frame.

 

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Rudeness

So, I have a side business fixing computers, right? So, I go to this lady's house with the G-Man tonight and fix her computer, right? So, because of some difficulties, I cut her a break and only charge her $100 instead of $175, right?

So, how am I repaid? As we are leaving, she says to us, "This is going to be a bit personal, but I'm going to take a chance." She then proceeds to tell us that when G and I want to get healthy, she can help us. If that wasn't clear enough, she stresses we have young children that we want to be around for. If that wasn't enough, she asks us if we realize that we are carrying a lot of extra weight.

Look, G and I are not thin. But, we didn't ask her. We didn't ask for her to try to sell us her herbal crap and we didn't want her opinon. She dropped enough hints about her stuff that if we were interested, we would have asked. But, we didn't.

I thought she was funny because of how rude she was. G-Man was hacked. He doesn't want to accept her business anymore, and I am probably in agreement with him. I don't want her business that bad to put up with that crap.

What do you all think?

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At 4/05/2006 7:35 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

When I heard, I had to laugh...it's so rude that it's funny!

But I tell ya one thing-it's making G want to get back on a diet again. He doesn't want that happening ever again!

 
At 4/05/2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

I am sorry the lady was sooo rude!! And I agree with Trin...it was so rude it was kinda funny!

What would make a person say something like that to another person? Whether or not what they are saying is true...it is still not something someone should say.

Plus...you guys do want to be healthy...and have made choices to do so. So keep on keepin' on!!

 
At 4/05/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

What I can't believe is that she actually asked you if you realized you were carrying a lot of extra weight!

You totally should have played that up like, "What? You think I'm fat?" And then pretend to cry or something.

I mean, seriously, do people think that fat people don't know they're fat? Thanks for pointing that out, lady! If you hadn't said something, I may have gone on like this forever not even knowing I am big!

 
At 4/05/2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Was she ugly? I'll bet she was ugly. If she was, you should have said, "I may be fat, but you're ugly, and I can lose weight."

I'd have also charged her the full fare for being such a downright asshole, called it the "meanie" tax.

Actually, knowing me as I do, I would have been a downright asshole right back. Oh, I'm carrying some extra baggage? Wow, I had no idea! Man, I really should get my eyes checked. Thank you for pointing that out to me! Do you have some exlax, and can I use your bathroom? Or how about your soul to add to the shit that's already blackened it and made it smelly and intollerable to others? By the saving grace of you, I may get to live to see my grandchildren grow up, and maybe see you die in a horrible accident.

Yeah, that would have done nicely.

 
At 4/05/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger Ashburnite said...

I can't believe she had the cajones to say that to you guys. You just don't tell someone that they need to lose weight. You should have told her that when she's ready, you know of a great plastic surgeon.

 
At 4/07/2006 6:47 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: Yeah, like I said, I had to laugh at her, too.

Pj: You know what would make her say that? The greed of selling a little bit more product.

Lo: I seriously thought of going the smart aleck route and just didn't. I'm a little shocked that G didn't go off on her.

Gooey: Wow. I think you have issues. You weren't fat as a child were you? I decided to take the high road and not be rude.

Ash: I think all good salespeople have big cajones. My mom used to embarass me as a child selling or recruiting people for Tupperware at McDonalds drive thrus and stuff. But, she never insulted anyone doing it...

 

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Go Cocks!

When I lived in South Carolina, I didn't follow College Football too much, but I did pull for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. I never did understand (until much later) why my mom used to laugh at the "Go Cocks!" bumper stickers. I also thought that the University of Southern California was the other USC.

Anywhoo, my Cocks won their second straight NIT Title this weekend.

Go Cocks

For those who don't know, the NIT is the other tournament that goes on at this time of year. It is for those who aren't good enough to get into March Madness.

But, a win is a win and they did beat Michigan, so the Buckeye in me is extremely pleased. So Congrats!

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

It Was Good

Finally, a DH that was fairly interesting. They are stirring up a little drama and the characters actually interacted this week! Can you believe it? I was hoping that they were wrapping up the baby thing and just letting it come home, but I guess not. I'm glad that Lynette saw right through Bree's son's crap. That was niiice!

Grey's Anatomy was good, too. I liked the chief kicking it old school on Yang and I also enjoyed her putting that lesson to practice in her own home. I'm not usually a fan, but she looked nice there!

I also just have to say, "Go George, Go George, get busy!" I like his girlfriend. A) She is hot B) George is her McDreamy. Good for George. Plus, he was finally getting the beginnings of a backbone in there and he is operating a little on his own now. I like it.

I read months ago that Chris O'Donnell was supposed to join the show. I read that the same time I read about Mark showing up. The site assumed that Chris O. would play McSteamy. When he wasn't, I assumed they were wrong about his participation. Guess not, as he looks like Meredith's next love interest.

Good times.

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At 4/03/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Yeah, last night's DH was pretty damn good. I'm glad that they pretty much steered clear of the Caleb arc and focused on the Soliz's baby, Bree replacing one addiction with another, Lynette realizing that Bree's son is a lying faggot (funny how that's not really a slam given his character), and Susan and Carl kind of rekindling there. Very good episode.

And yeah, when George finally sealed the deal with his girl at the end of GA last night, was all, "oh yeah George, you go man!" Any woman who says a guy makes her world stop is totally right for the guy, so I'm happy George is finally getting somewhere with the ladies. And mad props to his woman for putting the ladies in their place when it comes to their individual relationships with George.

 
At 4/03/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

The hot Vet was Chirs O'Donnell??? Wow....missed that one!! But i did watch the show....so yeah for me!!! And I did like it!! I thougth the knitting thing was awesome!! And how much does Dr. Alex SUCK??? Cannot stand him!! I hope he falls and stubs his toe and has to leave the show or something! :) A girl can dream!!

Oh, and I don't do DH. I really like the show Cold Case on 10! hooked!!!

 
At 4/07/2006 6:51 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Gooey: They have kind of put the Applewhites on the back burner, though I do expect Caleb to attempt to do something on Bree's daughter like what he did to get in trouble in the first place. I can't stand Bree's son. Can you believe that there are people around knocking George's woman as being a freak, etc. Why they hating? That woman is sexy and fine.

Pj: Yep, Robin himself. Alex sucks hardcore. I fear, though, that many people like him. I don't think we could get him to stub his toe and leave the show for all the luck in Ireland.

 

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Concert Update

Well, the concert went off without a hitch. Okay, that was a lie, hitches were abound. We had major multimedia issues with the church-supplied computer guy and a couple of rough spots during the concert, but all-in-all, I think it went very well.

Our male lead singer was very disappointed in his performance, but I don't think he is being realistic. I thought he sounded great. In addition, our female lead probably did better than she ever had before. It was a great night for that.

Our first original song went over well, too. The G-Man brought in something that grew into quite a good song. Several members of the audience were impressed with it. Good job to the G.

That's all for now. It is time to finish wrapping up breaking down the gear and head out for some wings.

Later.

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