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Memoirs of a Lunatic

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

Friday, June 30, 2006

Changes

Things are going to look a little different around my office after today. I am actually staying after work for a few hours to help move stuff around (free dinner is involved).

My company is hiring more people to cover all of our new business that we had to buy out another office in our building. This weekend, they are knocking out all kinds of walls and completely rearranging our layout.

This does mean, however, that I won't have a desk right in front of a window anymore. I don't mind terribly, it will probably increase my productivity. I like to people watch and sometimes 15 second breaks turn into 1 or 2 minute breaks. I have to be careful to not let that get out of hand. Well, that won't be a problem anymore I guess.

The plan (I think) is actually to knock out almost all of the walls in the office (leaving 3 offices for management and a conference room). My boss bought a bunch of new desks and high cubicle walls to grow our own cubicle farm.

I don't mind working in a cubicle farm, especially if the walls are high. I've done it at my 3 previous jobs and I actually had more privacy than I do sharing an office right now.

We get to work from home Monday because the construction is going to take Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and maybe some of Tuesday. So, I don't report back to work until next Wednesday, though Monday will be a "code in my PJs" kind of day.

I don't mind the change, as long as it is for the best. And as far as I am concerned, justified growth by my employer is only a good sign for my future!

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At 6/30/2006 8:00 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ah yes, I love working in my pjs!

 
At 6/30/2006 1:25 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

We have some construction going on at the Helpdesk at the moment, only instead of adding to our space, we've lost about 25% of our workspace . . . . They replaced it with a large room that will be used to house adjunct professors.

 
At 6/30/2006 4:26 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I have a window in my office overlooking the Scioto River, COSI, and the western horizon. I'm on the 10th floor, so it's actually a nice view, but guess what, my blinds are always closed. Go figure...

 
At 7/03/2006 12:56 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Well I guess that answers the comment I just made in your most recent post. I'm reading these in reverse order. :)

 
At 7/04/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: If only I could somehow get to wear PJs to the office...

Gooey: Oh, that stinks. No love for the helpdesk!

Alex: Your building is in a great spot. Your parking on the other hand...

Nicole: No problem. I'm happy that such a blogebrity reads at all!

 

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things About Spanglish


Spanglish

  1. I got this movie from Netflix on Friday.

  2. Lo and I finally watched it last night.

  3. I really liked it, though I wasn't expecting to.

  4. The actress that played Flor really didn't speak any English, which could have only helped her be so convincing when in some of her situations.

  5. The actress that played the daughter, Bernice, gained 15 lbs to play the role. She is normally a size 1 or 2.

  6. I did not think that she was that fat in the movie and I was disgusted about how her mother treated her.

  7. In fact, I hated almost every thing about Tea Leoni's character (including the way she "got it on").

  8. I'll tell you what, though. Tea Leoni did an excellent job acting the part. It was no Bad Boys, but - what is?

  9. Speaking of acting, this was actually a very good Adam Sandler serious adult role. The movie was funny and he was funny, but he didn't resort to playing "Adam Sandler guy".

  10. Speaking of comedy, this movie was so funny to me. Just the little throwaway lines sprinkled throughout and the dialog in general. I loved it. Like when the daughter was trying on the clothes that she did not know had been altered and she is mumbling on about the "world's thinnest Mexican woman", when the suckup girl in the restaurant says to John, "I admire you for your feelings, and hope to adopt them as my own". That is killer. I can't even begin to explain why but all of the dialog was just so funny to me.

  11. Does anyone know what Georgie (the son) did that his mom was really mad about and that his dad wasn't? I don't think that is really ever explained. I don't know why, but it drove Lo and I nuts.

  12. Even though it was a bit counter to what some people seem to have wanted, I liked how the movie ended.

  13. I rated this movie 5 stars out of 5 in my Netflix ratings.


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At 6/29/2006 8:48 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I just love the jigga-jigga-jigga in the beginning!

 
At 6/29/2006 12:02 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Saw the movie....it was ok!

It was a loooong time ago...so most of my memory of it is long gone! Along with other stuff!

 
At 6/29/2006 5:05 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I thought it was pretty good. I think I prefer Adam Sandler in more comical settings, but I still enjoyed it.

 
At 7/04/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: Wrong boob!

PJ: Just okay? You can do better than that!

Lo: Pretty good? What is wrong with you people???

 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2+2=5...

... for extremely large values of two.

Happy hump day everyone. In keeping with my math joke post title, I'm going to share a little math/computer geek wisdom with you today.

For my latest computer science homework (which is still mad easy), I had to write code that simulated a 2x2 square with an inscribed circle of radius 1. (If you can't visualize it, click here.)

I then had to simulate random darts hitting the square. If they also landed inside the circle also, it counted as a hit. Every toss counted as a try.

The cool thing that this program proved is that the more tosses you make, the ultimate ratio of circle to square and hits to tosses approaches pi. On several runs (over 100,000 tosses), I got 3.142; which if I was rounding pi to 3 decimal places, it would be correct.

How geekily cool is that?

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At 6/28/2006 5:06 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Huh?

 
At 6/28/2006 6:59 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

WTF?

 
At 6/28/2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Pi, you gotta remember pi. Pi is good stuff. 3.14 is only the beginning of this infinite number.

Pi is needed for something as simple as tires for your car. Without it, your odomoter overtime would be incorrect.

Pi is good.

 
At 6/28/2006 11:16 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wait, you said "mad easy".

Dude, you can't possibly exist. You're a fantastic monster!

 
At 6/29/2006 7:28 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Lo and Oz: Uhhhh, sorry?

Alex: Pi is great, and so is its cousin Phi, the golden ratio.

Nicole: Yes I did. I promise I'm for real. I almost said "mad, crazy easy", but I didn't want to seem like I was bragging!

 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Final Harry Potter Book

JK Rowling has added to the speculation that Harry is going to die by saying that she can't imagine the story going on written by anyone but her. She also admitted that 2 characters die in this next book.

She will not, of course, say who they are, but she mentions that we are dealing with pure evil, and evil doesn't go for side characters - it goes for the main ones.

Here is my vote for the two characters... Voldemort and Snape. Perhaps Snape can die saving Harry and in the process kill Voldemort. That would be good stuff.

The next movie is due out summer 2007 and with book 7 "halfway finished", I expect that it should come out about the same time.

You have any thoughts about who should be the two? Would you mind if Harry died?

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At 6/27/2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I think Harry will die while in the process of killing Voldemort. I don't think one could live without the other. IMHO, I think Snape will live, but will be handicaped in some way after the HP/V fight.

 
At 6/27/2006 8:00 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

If Harry dies for a reason that seems integral to the plot of the book then I'd be able to handle it. But if the series wraps up in a book filled with unnecessary deaths and gratuitous plot twists then I'm gonna be HELLA pissed!

I'm still peeved over Piccard's...er, I mean DUMBLEDORE'S "death" in the last book. If Rowling doesn't round that out nicely then I'm gonna want to have a few words with her.

But what must that be like to be responsible for the plot of a book that SO many people are waiting to read?? I honestly don't know if I could shoulder that much responsbility.

 
At 6/27/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Hey...Spock died....and he is still doing well!

Kirk died...and noe he is a lawyer!

Perhaps it is all for the best?

 
At 6/28/2006 11:50 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Check this out!

 
At 6/28/2006 3:01 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: I really hope you are wrong about that.

Nicole: Do you know how you could shoulder that weight? Try being worth over a billion dollars, more than the queen!

Oz: But Spock came back, there was a Star Trek III. There will be no HP 8.

Trin2: I should wager on my two. I could win $1000.00 !

 

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Monday, June 26, 2006

The DaVinci Code

DaVinci Code Audio Book

Okay, I decided to see what all of the fuss was about. I procured myself a copy of the book on CD and listened to it daily during my two hour total commute time.

I found the book very engaging and a good mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I also found myself very sympathetic to Silas and Bishop Aringarosa. The only villain that I didn't feel sorry for was The Teacher.

The biggest stink about the book is the premise of its secret societies, "true" nature of Christianity, etc. I found these points in the book very annoying, but I just allowed myself to imagine that the book took place in a world where it was all true. Obviously, it is not.

People also ask why in the world people get so upset over a fictional book. Dan Brown claims that all locations, rituals, and secret societies are absolutely true. He has made this claim in interviews and it is in the book.

The problem is that there is no proof for his assertions. Even secular historians choke on what he calls "established fact". The Priory of Sion is a fraud and no true historian believes it has any roots beyond the 1950s when it was formed by a pretender to the French throne. It is a much more established fact (by men wiser than I) that Dan Brown plays fast and loose with this and other facts in the book.

Even that only matters because 1/3 of Canadians believe the premise of the book and over 50% of Americans have "had their spiritual life deepened" by reading the book. That is troubling. However, the solution is to read the truth, learn the truth, and prepared to give an answer to anyone that asks. Don't be afraid of the book. Read the book. Understand what people are talking about. Then, find out the true history of items contained in the book. Seek out the errors. Know how to answer people who feel that it destroys faith.

Okay, soapbox off. Final points: The book is interesting and a good read. The book is just fiction.

4 Comments:

At 6/26/2006 12:01 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I plan on getting this book from the library and reading it soon. I'm curious about what all the fuss is about as well.

Btw, speaking of engaging, fictional books, when is the next HP going to be finished?

 
At 6/26/2006 5:58 PM, Blogger Kristi said...

I loved the book and the story. I realize that it is fiction. I never understood how people got so worked up over this novel.

 
At 6/26/2006 8:34 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Thanks Guru. I'm glad to hear that someone else realizes that, though Dan Brown's assertions are blatantly flawed, this is just a book. Running from it, screaming at it and pretending it doesn't exist does NOTHING.

 
At 6/27/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: You won't be disappointed. I'm hoping for the last HP next year, hopefully in the summer, maybe by the holidays.

Kristi: Any Guru working up comes strictly from the dunderheads that believe every word that is in print in the novel. That drives me nuts when people don't check facts.

Nicole: That sums up my position beautifully.

 

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

National Treasure

National Treasure

This past week, Netflix brought National Treasure right to my door. I watched her and I'll have to admit that I liked it. I'm not sure what the critical consensus was, but I found it interesting from beginning to end.

It has a little bit of conspiracy, a little action, and treasure hunting, what more could a guy ask for? I thought that most of the movie was going to be about Nick Cage stealing the Declaration of Independence. Little did I know that that happens early and is only the beginning of the adventure!

In addition, this is an action movie that you can watch with the whole family. There isn't any gratuitous nudity or gory violence. I give it two thumbs up!

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At 6/26/2006 3:21 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

My friends and I saw this at the old Brice Outlet Mall theater about 1.5 years ago. I intially didn't want to go, but boredom got the better of me. I too found myself really enjoying the movie, and I really want to get it on DVD. Nick Cage is a fantastic actor.

Do you have a cell phone I can borrow?

 
At 6/26/2006 3:42 PM, Blogger Guru said...

"Just like that?"

 
At 6/26/2006 8:27 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

I haven't seen it but I have a friend who LOVED this movie.

Mind you, Nicholas Cage could dress up in a waffle suit and tap dance to the theme from the Carol Burnett show and she'd still be thrilled.

 

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fun Evening

I had a good time last night. Immediately after I got home from work, I grabbed by younger daughter and my son and headed to my friend Alex's house. With my oldest having a slumber party last night, I wanted to get the other two out of the house so they didn't pose a distraction.

I planned on taking the two younger ones to McDonald's to wear themselves out at the playplace. I called Alex and asked if he wanted me to take his two girls with me, as well, so he and his wife could have an evening out. He let me take them, so the five of us headed out.

The kids were all very good. My two year old son LOVES to climb up in the tubes at the playplace. He used to just climb up and slide down, but now he explores the entire space without fear. I've never had to help him out either, he is a natural and just lives to climb.

After dinner, I got all of the children ice cream, dropped off Alex's kids and headed home to the party. I'll let Lo post all about the slumber party, since it was her brainchild, but I'll drop this tidbit... it was a huge success!

Have a good Saturday!

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At 6/24/2006 9:14 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Aww drat, and now it's almost over!

 

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Free Lunch

Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch? In the last few weeks, my Friday midday meals have been free of charge.

Two weeks ago, we had pizza from a local pizza place (it was awesome)! Last week, we were treated to lunch at The Old Bag of Nails. Today, we are getting pizza again from a different place.

Add to that the free pop, popcorn, granola bars, and pretzels, and we get some nice perks here.

I am definitely very lucky to work where I do!

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At 6/23/2006 6:19 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

SHOW OFF!!! ;)

Save any for us?

 
At 6/23/2006 10:49 PM, Blogger Guru said...

No way there will be leftovers with the folks I work with!!!

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen of GURU's Thoughts About the NBA Finals

Eleven reasons that I am glad that the Heat won and two reasons I am sad that the Mavs lost.

Shaq and D-Wade with the trophy.

  1. Shaquille O'Neal. This guy is such a great guy and he deserves it.

  2. Shaq's Promise. I really wanted his promise to bring a title to come true. He did it in 2 years. Awesome

  3. Kobe Bryant. This guy is such a crappy guy and he deserves his arrogance rubbed in his face by Shaq hoisting the trophy with D-Wade, who -unlike Kobe- has no ego issues.

  4. The fact that since he was forced out of LA, Shaq's Heat have gone to the conference finals and then won the title. Kobe's Lakers have missed the playoffs and lost in the first round.

  5. Dwayne Wade. I love this guy. He has had no problem playing second fiddle to Shaq's huge personality. He just goes on the floor and does what it takes to win. He is totally selfless. What a great guy.

  6. Floppers. Everytime I would watch a game, someone from Dallas would be flopping on the floor. It is the same reason I hated the Kings a few years ago. MAN UP, play the game, and let the refs call it if it happens (without the drama)!

  7. Dirk Nowitski. Don't like him

  8. Alozo Mourning. He had those kidney problems and came back, accepting a lesser role because he just wanted to win

  9. Pat Riley. I know the whole stuff with Van Gundy, etc, but Van Gundy wasn't going to lead these guys to victory. The old guy stepping down from the front office was that one that could do that.

  10. Gary Payton. He tried to get a title with Shaq in LA, finally got it with him in Miami - without Kobe!

  11. The Heat have shown everyone how superstars and role players should act together as a team. Detroit was a team who prided themselves on no superstars, but the Heat have 2. The Heat also have some ex-superstars and regular role players. They were still a team.

  12. Sad Reason # 1. Avery Johnson. I really like his style and intensity.

  13. Sad Reason # 2. Mark Cuban. I love him as an owner and I'm sad he can't get his first title. I hope next year.


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At 6/22/2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well I'm happy for Shaq even though I could care less for basketball...but I would still love to attend an OSU game. I think in person, I would find it more enjoyable.

 
At 6/22/2006 9:52 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Well, next year is the year to go see OSU play. They are going to be really great and should end up in the Final Four, if not win the whole thing!!!

Tickets aren't that expensive (not like football) and you could go see OSU play Marathon Oil or some crap during their tuneup schedule for pretty cheap.

 
At 6/22/2006 10:00 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Hi Guru!!

 
At 6/22/2006 11:07 AM, Anonymous PoopyDigs said...

My husband still keeps on screaming, "Can you feel the HEEEAT?"

 
At 6/22/2006 9:15 PM, Blogger Witness Street said...

Well, I'm happy for D-Wade and Payton. I'm sad for Cuban and Dirk.

But next year should be LeBron's turn. We are all witnesses!!! :)

 
At 6/22/2006 10:14 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wow, that is a truly SCARY shot of Shaq but he's not the world's most photogenic guy. ;)

 
At 6/23/2006 10:51 PM, Blogger Guru said...

PJ: Hi PJ

Poopy: As well he should!

Witness: As an Ohioan, I am pulling for King James, too. I'm a big fan of his, as well.

Nicole: No, he doesn't look his best there. Are you saying he isn't handsome, though, in normal circumstances?

 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Cute (to me anyway) Kids Stories

A few weeks ago, my 2 year old son (26 months) got a permanent marker and drew on his closet, walls, windowsill, chair, bed, carpet, dresser, and himself. We got it out of the carpet and off of the windowsill and we are going to repaint the walls and closet door. His bedsheets, however, still have marker on them.

He has been taking our spray bottle of water and secretly going in and spraying his bed. We didn't think much of it as he likes to spray the bottle on stuff. That was, until last night. Last night, he snuck into the bathroom, took his baby wash, and then went into his room and closed the door - leaving the lights out. I immediately opened the door and turned on the light. I found him putting the baby wash on the marker stain on his bed.

Lo said he had done that earlier in the day, too. With his repeated attempts to spray the marker stain down with water and now with soap, it seems like he is trying to clean up after himself. How cute is that?

My other story is bragging on my daughters a bit. As I've said before, I play a little bass. There is one particular little riff that is pretty catchy and is essentially played over and over again in one particular song at church. It is only 4 notes (played A-A-D, F#-F#-E), so I showed the girls how to play it on their little guitars. My oldest just plugged away until she can actually play it and the younger daughter has to play it with her guitar face up in her lap because her hands are too small, but she got it, too. They played it over and over again all Monday night.

But then, a little later, I started hearing the music for the Star Spangled Banner. My oldest had plucked notes until she got what sounded like the notes for "O, say can you see, by the".

How ridiculously cool is that? She definitely seems to have inherited Lo's family's ear for music. I was pretty stunned. They definitely need to get into some lessons to bring out these tendencies.

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At 6/21/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

He is so precious. I can't stay upset with him when he does stuff like that.

If he spills something (on purpose or on accident) and I lean down to clean it up, he will come over and kiss my head as if to say "I'm sorry". So cute! Now he can actually say "I'm sorry" and it is super cute!

The girls definitely need to start taking some lessons!

 
At 6/21/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ha, sounds like he needs a sprayer of his very own...or even a whole set!

 
At 6/21/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Totally cute!!!!! :)

 
At 6/22/2006 10:13 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!! :)

 
At 6/23/2006 10:52 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Lo: He is the cutest Luke ever!

Trin: Yes, we need to cultivate these urges now!

PJ and Nicole: I don't know where they got it from, Lo and I didn't lose any of our cuteness when they were born!

 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Solid Day

I had a solid day at work yesterday. I spent the whole day getting ready for a meeting I was to have from 3:30 to 4:30 (it went until after 5:00). When I got to the meeting, I was prepared to famously have my design obliterated by the big boss.

It got started and he was asking a lot of questions and looking very unhappy. I was able to answer most questions, explain how I saw the big picture, and get through. At one point, he began to discuss a new way which would require much more work for very little gain. I objected with that thought, explaining the unnecessary complexity that his way would add. He told me that he liked my explanation and that my proposed way was good.

The big boss then had to go to another meeting (it was after 4:30 now), so the 2nd in command of the company and I went to continue the meeting in the conference room. He ultimately did make some changes to my design, which I agree with, but I was able to argue one important piece of the design to remain. He agreed that it was very necessary, so I took that small victory out with me, as well.

I'm happy about all of this because I think that I earned some respect points with both of them, if not for my ability to prepare a database schema and software blueprint, at least for my ability to defend my point with rational arguments. Then again, maybe not. Maybe after I went home, they laughed at me. However, I would rather believe something closer to the former... it will get me through the day!

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At 6/20/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Sounds like you are actually getting things accomplished, though. Read my work related blog post.

 
At 6/20/2006 10:32 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Dude, I commend you for standing up and saying what you had to say. That took cajones that I don't know if I possess yet. ;)

And it's amazingly cool that you had a manager who was willing to not only listen to your ideas but actually ADMIT that your way was better than his. I honestly didn't think they MADE bosses like that anymore!

 
At 6/20/2006 11:09 PM, Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Work bullshit = the story of my life (well, I had a hellacious time in Dallas but...knock on wood...things are really, really nice in ALbuquerque so far!). :-)

Take care, great blog you have here!

 
At 6/23/2006 10:54 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Yeah, I am definitely getting stuff done.

Nicole: The whole reason for the meeting was to refine my ideas. Part of the expectation is that I stand up and defend my thought processes. I work at a great place!

Ariadnek: I hope Albuquerque stays nice for you! Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Moon Over Parma

No, don't worry. Despite my proclivity to occasionally show me bum, I didn't enact that famous song. What I did do was have a great time playing at the Parma Baptist Church / Cleveland Hope Family Festival.

Tell you what, it was HOT. We were under a tent that was open on 3 sides and closed in the back. There were probably seats for a couple of hundred people under the tent. Most people elected NOT to sit under the tent, however. They milled around just outside the tent so that I couldn't see out. Under the tent was easily 10 degrees hotter than right outside, so they all elected to sit at the tables near the tent.

We played three well-received sets, though the whole band thinks set number two was pretty bad. My wife said she couldn't tell from the audience, but we all knew that we were not gellin'.

There was plenty to do there. All food was free. That included hot dogs, cotton candy, sno-cones, and nachos. They had jump houses and big inflatable slides for the kids, too. There were cornhole sets and tons of other activities to get involved in.

The sound system was awesome. sevenoseven was hired in to provide the sound and they brought $150,000 worth of sound equipment. They had tons of speakers, two digital sound boards, individual monitor mixes for every band member, and tons of other bells and whistles. We probably never sounded better. I know that when I was pounding on the bass, I could feel it. Hats off to the crew from sevenoseven for doing it RIGHT!

Additionally, besides the other free food, our home church also bought our lunch (Wendy's) and our dinner (Applebees). Yahoo for free food!

Here is the only picture we took of the activities at all.
Part of the Activities.

And here we are (I'm wearing the red hat).
VBC Praise Band

VBC Praise Band

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At 6/19/2006 8:17 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Ahhh, Wendy's, what memories we have there.

 
At 6/19/2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

A concert and free food...how great is that?!

 
At 6/19/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

It's true, you have been known to show off your (non)bum. I usually end up having to apologize for you. ;)

The festival was pretty nice, I especially liked the free yard sale going on across the street at the church. I got a Ralph Lauren purse (for free!). I know Alex's wife loaded up on lots of great finds.

 
At 6/19/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

And, a great memory made at Wendy's indeed!

You won't live that down for a while, Alex.

 
At 6/19/2006 12:00 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Alex: Ah yes. Good thing we don't live there and no one knew you, or you might be a registered sex offender now!

Trin: Pretty darn great.

Lo: There is never any need to apologize for me! How cool was that, a yard sale at the best price... free, free, free!

Lo2: He may never live it down.

 
At 6/19/2006 8:56 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

See, I told you you'd ROCK!!!

Sounds like quite a brouhaha you guys had going. Well, not LITERALLY a brouhaha...maybe I should have said "shindig". Either way, quite a grand affair.

Wait a minute...NON-BUM??? HAHAHA!!!

 

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there. In honor of all of you, I've got the...

Top Ten Things You'll Never Hear a Dad Say

10. Well, how 'bout that?... I'm lost! Looks like we'll have to stop and ask for directions.

9. You know Pumpkin, now that you're thirteen, you'll be ready for unchaperoned car dates. Won't that be fun?

8. I noticed that all your friends have a certain "up yours" attitude ... I like that.

7. Here's a credit card and the keys to my new car -- GO CRAZY.

6. What do you mean you wanna play football? Figure skating not good enough for you, son?

5. Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend ... you might want to consider throwing a party.

4. Well, I don't know what's wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies -- you know -- that makes it run or something. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.

3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring -- now quit your belly-aching, and let's go to the mall.

2. Whaddya wanna go and get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend.

1. Father's Day? aahh -- don't worry about that -- it's no big deal.

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At 6/18/2006 9:02 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

Happy Father's Day, Guru! My father and I spent the afternoon playing ball, but it rained hard. Now he has a fever.

But I'm digressing. I wish I hear father say No. 7. Just once!

Cheers!

 
At 6/18/2006 11:30 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

HAPPY DAD'S DAY!!!

And I beg to differ on #1. My father says it every year and he means it too! He's a rare breed. :)

Hope you enjoyed your day.

 
At 6/19/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Witness: Sorry about the fever, but I bet the playing was fun while it lasted.

Nicole: My dad doesn't make a big deal about it either (nor do I), but it is nice to get a fuss made about you from time to time!

 

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Away We Go

I have been up since 4:30 this morning. I just woke up and didn't even try to go back to sleep. There were so many things that I wanted to get accomplished last night that I didn't get done that I had to tackle them this morning.

I have to travel to Parma, Ohio to perform with my church's worship band at a family festival put on by Cleveland Hope (clevelandhope.com). We are playing 3 sets of 30 minutes each. In between each set, we get a 30 minute break while there are magicians and stuff like that performing.

I'm not the greatest bass player in the world, so my sheet music needed rewritten to a format that I was more comfortable with. So, I did that this morning. It didn't all need done, just a few songs, but it takes time - so here I am!

I also need to run to WalMart to get a 3 hole punch. I bought a binder ages ago for my music, but I don't have a 3 hole punch to get the music into the binder. Such is my level of preparation for things!

When I get back, I hope to have some pictures to put up here. If you are so inclined, pray for our safe travel and for me especially that I don't suck too bad. I don't need to be great, I'm just really pulling for serviceable.

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At 6/17/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Sup playa! You ready to go rockin' with the cross? Me is! See ya, brutha man!

 
At 6/18/2006 11:32 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Gladly pray for ya but I doubt you need it in the bass department. I'm sure you'll rawk to Holy Heaven!

Yes, that was funny. ;)

And that first comment cracked me up. I think that's the first time I've seen the words "playa" and "cross" used in the same paragraph.

 

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Ben's Apology

I wrote the other day about Ben Roethlisberger's accident and what I thought about his stupidity for not wearing a helmet. Ben has released his apology and this is what it says.

"In the past few days, I have gained a new perspective on life. By the grace of God, I am fortunate to be alive, surrounded by loved ones and lifted by the prayers and support of so many. I am sorry for any anxiety and concern my actions have caused others, specifically my family, the Steelers organization, my teammates and our fans.

"I recognize that I have a responsibility to safeguard my health in the off-season so I can continue to lead our team effectively. I never meant any harm to others nor to break any laws. I was confident in my ability to ride a motorcycle and simply believed such an accident would not happen to me.

"If I ever ride again, it certainly will be with a helmet."

"I will forever be grateful for their caring treatment," he said of the hospital staff that cared for him.

"I want to assure everyone I am committed to a complete and timely recovery," he concluded. "I look forward to being at training camp in Latrobe and to winning football games this season."


I'm glad that he has a better perspective on this and he is VERY fortunate to be alive, let alone up and walking so soon!

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Proof

Proof

I watched the movie Proof last night. It is about a woman whose father is a math genius gone crazy. She cares for him until his death. After his death, she shares a proof with a student of his that she claims that she has written.

Because the subject of the proof is so advanced, everyone claims that she stole it from her father and that she only thinks that she wrote it. See, the problem is that everyone thinks that she is crazy, too.

The rest of the movie deals with that fact and the authorship of the proof. Some great themes in the movie involve "what can actually be proven, and how"? There is also plenty of girlie relationship stuff, too :-)

This movie was a little dry, and I'm pretty sure that Lo hated it - though she can comment to that end. However, any movie that has logic and math woven throughout the story will hold my interest, so I liked it!

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At 6/15/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I didn't hate it. It was a bit slow but it wasn't total crap. I probably wouldn't watch it again though.

 
At 6/15/2006 4:09 PM, Blogger Princess21 said...

On a semi-related topic.....I now watch the show Numb3rs. A show that deals with math....I think you have talked about it before!! I really like it....even with the whole "brainy" aspect of it! So I will prob like this movie....but more so cause of the cute boy!! :)

 
At 6/15/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Lo: That's cool you didn't hate it and honestly, I wouldn't watch it again, either.

PJ: I LOVE Numb3rs. It is one of the 4 or 5 shows that I HAVE to see during the TV season.

 

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A Funny

I plan on putting a real post up today; but for now, here is a picture that my friend Alex sent me.

How Low Is It?
Sofa King Low

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Vault

Vault Energy Drink

Last night on the way home from work, I stopped to get a pop for my long commute. In the interest of $$$, I got a Vault Zero, the zero calorie energy drink from Coke that "Drinks like a Soda, Kicks like an Energy Drink". It was $.79, so I had to try.

It has 117.5 mg of caffeine in one 20oz bottle. By comparison, the famed Mountain Dew has 91.67 per 20oz. It was pretty good. It tastes similar to Surge. In fact, representatives of Coca-Cola have given some credit for the release of Vault to SaveSurge.org, a website community dedicated to bringing Surge back to store shelves. On that site, members claim that mixing a little orange juice with Vault makes something very close to Vault.

Have any of you had Vault or Vault Zero? Did you like it? How did it compare to other energy drinks or other soft drinks?

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At 6/15/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Vault is 73|-| 5|-||7. Though, it's nothing compared to the energy rush and sweet taste of BAWLS. Monster is another flavorite of mine.

 
At 6/15/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Can you buy BAWLS in the store, or only on ThinkGeek? (TG is the only place I have seen it.)

It took me about 30 seconds to figure out what "Vault is", but I've got it. I knew what method you were using to say it, I was just a little slow on the decode!

 
At 6/17/2006 4:11 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

The CompUSA up at Easton is the only place within 20 miles of me that sells it. You buy it in a case of twelve 10oz. bottles for $18 a case. It's not cheap, but it's damn good.

 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ben Roethlisberger's Accident

Okay, so anyone who knows me knows that I am upset about Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident. I'm also a little weirded out that he was live on a radio show that I listen to just a little while before he crashed his motorcycle

Ben Roethlisberger's Crashed Motorcycle

and left this pool of blood from a nine inch cut in the back of his head.

Ben Roethlisberger's Blood

He also broke his jaw, nose, and had multiple other facial fractures. Early reports of a serious knee injury seem to not be true.

He crashed at about 11:30am yesterday and I saw a news item at like 11:40-11:45 saying that he had crashed. The story was very poorly written and had little details. I kept hitting refresh on the story, though, and the mistakes were getting fixed and details were filling in. I pretty much kept that browser window open all day and would take 5 second breaks from work to hit refresh and get more details as they became available.

If he had been wearing a helmet, he would be practically injury free. I hope that from now on he wears a freaking helmet. DON'T BE AN IDIOT, IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU A TOUGH GUY!!!

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At 6/13/2006 8:18 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wearing a helmet should be state law...just like wearing a seat belt! I know too many men that have been saved by having a helmet on when they had an accident (my dad being one of them).

 
At 6/13/2006 10:18 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

My heart broke for this guy and his family!!! What a horrible thing!!!

I often say a prayer for those I see on the rode on motorcycles...especially those not wearing a helmet. Not a good thing!!!

 
At 6/13/2006 11:21 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

We always wear a helmet. It is not a law here in Illinois, but it is the smart thing. I am not affraid of dying, but I do not want to veg out for 15 years.

 

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Netflix

Netflix

I signed up for a two-week trial of the Netflix. I have the three-dvd-at-a-time thing going at the moment. I may back down to the two-dvd-at-a-time thing, but that will have to wait a minute to see. Three DVDs seem ideal because I can get a kid movie, a dad movie, and a sappy mommy movie :-P

We do rent movies on a fairly regular basis, and if it wasn't so inconvenient, we would rent more. The nice thing to me is that I can get almost anything to watch. For instance, I have the entire first season of Doogie Houser, MD in my queue right now. My first shipment had Memoirs of a Geisha and Anchorman in it. I hadn't ever seen either, but didn't want to waste money on them. But, a free trial is just what the doctor ordered!

Let me say this, though. The Netflix member site is a thing of beauty. They are definitely on some next level stuff with their queue and movie searches. Hovering on any title will bring up a tooltip window with a DVD cover scan and information about the movie. When you add a movie to your queue, that window just drops in and when you are done, it just goes back up. Very cool.

That's it for now. They aren't paying me, so I'm not going to just go on forever. But, I do plan on keeping it beyond the trial, I will say that.

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At 6/12/2006 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article was up on digg about 3 weeks back, and goes over why Netflix's site is so awesome, and why other companies are trying to emulate it: Here

I totally agree with you, though, in that Netflix's site is uber intuitive and just gets the job done nicely. I love the service, too. I'm on the two-at-a-time plan (looking to bump it up to 3 so I can shoot through some of these 6 disc anime series in two weeks instead of three), and love it. Sure it's not as convenient as driving to Blockbuster and getting a movie right away, but Netflix makes up for that in how many titles they have available (which is nice for me, since I'm primarily using it for anime). You also can't beat the cost.

My advice is to try and get on a weekend schedule with your view and return. Try to get it so your DVDs arrive on a Thursday or Friday, watch them over the weekend, then get them in the mail on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. That way you should be able to shoot through about 9 to 12 DVDs a month.

I think you can also setup Netflix with sub accounts so you can let your kids get on and add DVDs to the queue, but you can restrict it to a certain rating and/or genre. Sure you knew that already, though.

Gooey
http://geeksavant.blogspot.com/

 
At 6/12/2006 10:06 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Eric and I keep talking about getting a Netflix account but it just hasn't happened. We have so much stuff to watch on the TiVo that it hasn't made sense yet.

Maybe once we're done with the ENTIRE season of the Sopranos we'll get on that?

 
At 6/13/2006 12:08 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Crap, that anonymous post was from me. Initially errored out when I tried to submit it, then just did the back button and submitted it again. Guess it didn't pick up on my username. Oh well.

 
At 6/13/2006 7:02 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Gooey: That is pretty much our plan for a rotation, though in my true insane fashion, I am going to have to watch them as soon as I can and send them back. Gotta move through the queue!

Nicole: I want HBO, but I've just never added it to my cable package. I'll just get the Sopranos seasons DVDs sent to my house so I can keep up. I've seen all the way through season 3, though I know what happens up until this season from the episode synopsis on HBO's website.

Gooey2: No, it didn't mess up. I deleted your original post because the link you posted busted the margins and you used my kids' real names. I edited those things and pasted it back. I signed it from you at the bottom.

 
At 6/13/2006 10:34 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Ah, I'll keep it in mind to not use their names in the future.

Also, don't try to tear through your queue too quickly. Netflix has a tendency to throttle the number of DVDs they send to you if they see you returning them too quickly. I suggest keeping 'em for a couple days; watch the special features and all. I try to watch my anime DVDs both subbed and dubbed before sending them back (unless the dub is just abysmal).

Email me your Netflix username so I can add you as a friend and see what the homie likes to watch up in his crib.

 

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sunday

Man, it is late and I do not have much to write about that isn't the same old, same old. Blah, blah, ton of schoolwork, blah. I had 12 assignments given this week, due this week, and all required 2-3 page papers. I used up tons of my free time during the week and on the weekend on it. Blah.

Blah, blah, music, blah. I am playing at a Family Festival put on by Cleveland Hope in Parma, Ohio this Saturday, the 17th. Actually, our church's band is playing. I'm still playing, but not by myself. Didn't want to mislead.

Anyway, I only get to go because the other guy can't go. He is better than I am and I feel a little bad for the band for having to put up with me. Oh, well. There should be a lot of people up there at the thing, but I don't get stage fright with the instrument. That is kind of odd, because - considering my skill level - I should be nervous :-)

Okay, I'm tired now and my knee *really* hurts (long story), so I'm going to go to bed. Night, night.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

World Cup

Okay, so the World Cup is underway! Woo hoo! Or not. America just doesn't care about soccer. I understand that soccer is far and away the most popular sport in the world, but it is very 2nd class here in the States.

It can be said that we just "don't get it", or that we don't like it because we don't dominate, but it is more than that. None of our best athletes play soccer. Imagine if the most athletic people in America played soccer. Imagine if we didn't lose hundreds to basketball, football, and baseball. You don't think we could field a team that would compete on a world stage? Come on.

It is more than all that. The game bores us Americans. Do you watch soccer? Do you love it? Why? What is great? I want to know. What specifically about the sport do you love? I am being serious.

For instance, I love American football because I like the hitting. I like the chess match of complex defenses against complex offenses that results in someone getting smacked in the mouth.

With that in mind, what gets your passion up for "football", in the world sense?

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At 6/12/2006 8:43 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Soccer is a no contact sport, so I really don't care about it. I enjoy seeing a fight where a football or hockey game breaks out.

 
At 6/12/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Eric LOVES soccer and he's American. Maybe I'll send him over here to comment...

 
At 6/13/2006 7:11 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Trin: Soccerniks would tell you different. They think you have to be a tough guy to bang around on the pitch.

Nicole: I'd love to hear from him. There just isn't enough action for me. People try to compare it to hockey because of the score, but in the United States' game yesterday, our keeper only stopped ONE ball. Theirs stopped three. Oooh, the action. A hockey goalie stops an average of 25-30, and that makes for more fun for me. I was talking to a co-worker yesterday and I'm sure the soccer guys run plays and stuff - and I just can't tell - but, it just looks like a bunch of little guys kicking the ball around randomly to me. I need an explanation, please, Eric!

 

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Happy Birthday

Today is my daughter's 9th birthday. How crazy is that? She is halfway to moving out! I remember when I was 9 and it seems so much different than the life she lives.

Right after I turned 9, we moved from Pennsylvania (and all my family and friends) to Chesapeake, Virginia. When I was there, I had to get in fights every day just to be able to play at the playground and defend my brother. That would be like my oldest having to fight for my middle kid. I can't even imagine that. I'm glad we don't live in that kind of situation, that's for sure.

I don't want her to have to go through hard stuff in her life, but it is also the hard stuff that teaches you the most, so that just stinks out loud! Oh, well. I'm getting a little morbid on such a happy day.

So, Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl!

Birthday Girl

btw... I can't wait for her to see what she is getting as a big gift this year. It is a little expensive, however, except for a few smaller things, it is all that she is getting from us this year. We just threw all of the money we would spend into one pot and got her an American Girl Doll. You can read about it here.

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At 6/09/2006 11:20 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

She's getting soooo big!!!

 
At 6/09/2006 11:03 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Aww, Happy Birthday!!!

Wait, halfway to moving out? Have you already scheduled it?? ;)

 

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

My First Thirteen


Thirteen of GURU's Favorite Rap Albums

My first Thursday Thirteen. I'm sure that I've forgotten something, and my personal rule was only one album per artist. Otherwise this list might end up pretty boring. Here they are, in no particular order...

  1. Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.

  2. MTV Unplugged - Jay-Z (The Black Album is such a close second)

  3. Me Against the World - 2Pac

  4. Wu-Tang Forever - Wu-Tang Clan

  5. The Chronic - Dr. Dre

  6. Doggystyle - Snoop

  7. The Score - Fugees

  8. Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest

  9. It Was Written - Nas

  10. When Disaster Strikes - Busta Rhymes

  11. It's Dark and Hell is Hot - DMX

  12. Liquid Swords - GZA/Genius (Tough call here. Liquid Swords won a close battle between other Wu solo projects, including Tical by Method Man, and Only Built for Cuban Lynx by Raekwon)

  13. Human Emergency - The Cross Movement


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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It's easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



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At 6/08/2006 10:09 AM, Blogger Princess21 said...

Would never have guessed you for a Rap fan!

Welcome to the Thursday 13!!!!

 
At 6/08/2006 10:27 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Uh oh, I think I signed up for that Thursday Thirteen without knowing what it was. My bad!

And it still cracks me up how much into rap you are. HAHAHA!!!

I'm down with you on The Chronic, Doggystyle, Midnight Marauders and When Disaster Strikes. Good stuff!

 
At 6/09/2006 12:35 AM, Anonymous Kay said...

Hiya

I've seen the Thursday Thirteens around without knowing what it is until now. Since Thursday is over with I will have to start next Thursday

Hope your having a fabulous day

((((Hugs))))

 
At 6/09/2006 9:09 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Congrats on joining us 13ers...glad to have ya!

Btw, what was up with blogger yesterday???

 
At 6/09/2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

Wow, cool. I would have never guessed you dug rap either. This coming from a Fugees fan.

This list makes me want to ease my fundamental aversion to memes. :)

 

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Roger Clemens

Astros Pitcher Roger Clemens is really a class guy. Some people don't like him, but when I see stories like this one, I don't know how you can't.

From here.

Clemens gives Lexington clubhouse extreme makeover

By JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

LEXINGTON, Ky - Until Sunday afternoon, the home clubhouse at Applebee's Park wasn't much of a place to hang out. There was only one small television and an old, musty couch in the center. By Sunday evening, Roger Clemens had furnished the clubhouse with four new black leather couches, two love seats, a 42-inch plasma television, a 20-inch television, a microwave, DVD and a VCR.

As an added measure, Clemens hired a cleaning crew to have all the showers and counters scrubbed. When the Lexington Legends arrived from their trip at 3:30 a.m. Monday, they were stunned to see their new digs.

"We had a ratty old couch and a little TV," catcher David Kady said. "We walk in and there's all this here. It's awesome. You can't appreciate it enough."

Clemens, who will start for the Legends tonight and has been in Lexington with his eldest son Koby since Thursday, enlisted a group of 12 - including vice president of communications Jay Lucas and assistant of Florida operations Jay Edmiston - to go on the shopping trip to a local furniture store and Best Buy.

Out of respect for Clemens, Lucas wouldn't divulge how much Clemens spent. But the television is advertised for $2,069, and it's clear the total bill ran close to $7,000.


How cool is that? It was nothing to him, but everything to those guys. Players go do rehab stuff in the minors all the time, but you rarely hear of something like this. Way cool.

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At 6/07/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

He just needed a tax-write off!
:-)

 
At 6/07/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Cynic!

 

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

High Praise

I got some good feedback from my college writing teacher. I am currently taking my second (and hopefully last) writing course. I got an A+ in my first one and am currently cruising along with a 98.8% in this class. This one is about business communication and since I've had a "real job" for many years, I don't find the writing at all difficult.

Last week, one of my assignments was to find an article about business communication, write a memo summarizing the article and recommending whether it should be included in the curriculum for the course, then send the professor an e-mail (pretending she was my boss) introducing the memo and summarizing the memo (which summarizes the article... whew!).

Her comments on the memo:
Content - main points of the article reviewed clearly contained in the memo; organizational structure of the memo is clear, concise. Your work is excellent!

Her comments on the e-mail:
Content - message clearly and succinctly describes nature of the memo. This assignment is well-done. Many people have messed this up, but you did an excellent job.

Wow. I got full marks on the assignment. And her comments made a brother feel pretty good!

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At 6/08/2006 10:29 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Great job, Mr. Guru! :)

And I'm still laughing over your whole rap fixation. Just TOO hilarious!

 

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Monday, June 05, 2006

NBA Finals

Shaquille O'Neal

I've said before that I am a huge fan of Shaq. I love the guy. He is one of the nicest people (at least publicly) and has done some things in his life that I really respect.

I've also said that I admire Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks). He is just a guy who got a lot of money, bought a sports team, and runs it like a fan. I don't know if there is a better owner in the NBA.

The problem now is that Shaq's Heat are in the NBA Finals versus Cuban's Mavericks. Either way, someone that I want to win will win and someone else who I want to win will lose. I don't even care about the NBA, how did I get in this position?

I think that I am pulling a little harder for Shaq, though. He is nearing the end of his career and I really want him to stick it to Kobe. Stupid Kobe. Shaq makes people better and winning a title 2 years after leaving Kobe proves that. Kobe was an incredible scorer these past 2 years, but last year his team didn't make the playoffs and this year got an early exit. Meanwhile, Shaq's Heat were in the Eastern Conference Finals last year and the NBA Finals this year.

Shaq has no problem letting Dwyane Wade get the limelight, especially because D-Wade is quick to point some of it back to Shaq. D-Wade recognizes and respects. That's all I ever wanted Kobe to do. Isn't it funny that other NBA players really want to play with Shaq, but people can't really stand Kobe? (Remember Karl Malone and The Glove signing with the Lakers at Shaq's request? It didn't turn out how people wanted, but without Shaq - they don't take less money to go there.)

It sure doesn't seem like I don't care about the NBA, does it? Well, I like sports, and I love a good sports personality and Shaq and Cuban are two of the best the NBA has to offer.

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At 6/06/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger Witness Street said...

Coming from perhaps a more avid basketball fan, I must say a Heat championship will give Shaq the sweet and rightful revenge on Kobe.

But I'm rooting for Dallas. Mavs baby!

 

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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Joseph

My girls have been practicing up and tonight was the big night. They both appeared in Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace. It was a telling of the story of Joseph from the last chapters of the book of Genesis. The difference was that they did the music Stomp-style with kids singing and beating on trash cans, horseshoes, ladders, 5 gallon buckets, etc.

They really did a good job. Here is a picture of the action.
Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace

Here is a picture of my oldest dancing around with the coat of many colors.
The Coat of Many Colors

I don't have any good pictures of my younger daughter, they all came out blurry (the kids moved around too much), but we do have a pretty good video of the whole performance.

The kids all did a great job and I was proud of my two littles, they worked very hard and it definitely showed.

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At 6/05/2006 12:08 AM, Anonymous nicole said...

Kudos on a play well done! :)

That was so corny, wasn't it?

 
At 6/05/2006 9:24 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Awww, how cute!

 

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Goin to the Chapel

The Bride, Groom, and Pastor

Lo and I went to her cousin's wedding today. There was a lot of hemming and hawing over whether we should have gone or not and if our invites were not really genuine. After being there, I will say that the amount of space that they had was definitely the reason for the scarce invitations. The reception hall had just about every chair filled, though the food was enough for probably twice the crowd! Lo's cousin and her family do love to cook and the food was delicious.

The bride was lovely and although the dress of the wedding was very informal, the ceremony was nice and in the end - the deed was done. Their lives are now over changed for the better :-).

I'm sure that Lo will have more pictures up soon and a better account of the shindig, and maybe some commments about Pastor McHottie that married the couple!

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At 6/03/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Wait, a guy open-minded enough to acknowledge the hotness of OTHER males? You go, Guru. ;)

 
At 6/05/2006 9:26 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well, I'm glad you two decided to stay for the reception...it's not everyday that someone in the family gets married!

 

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Friday, June 02, 2006

The Ruthie

(pronounced Ruh-thee, not Roo-thee)

I work in Delaware, Ohio, proud birthplace of the nineteenth President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes. The high school is named after him, there are signs everywhere, etc. But, the one thing that you might expect to be there... gone.

The home that RBH was born in is now a BP station. All that is left of it is a small plaque in front of the gas station. (Here is a little story about it.) I've been told that The Daily Show also did a little feature on it, as well.

As a joke, the fellas at work call it The Ruthie. As in, "We are going to The Ruthie to get some pop, wanna go?"

I just think it is hillarious that they turned it into a BP and that we call it The Ruthie. That's all.

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At 6/03/2006 10:01 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

In this day and age, anyone giving a name to a gas station is rather funny.

 

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Almost There...

It is Thursday, better known to Guru as Friday Eve. It is almost time to relax!

I had a very productive day at work today. Then, I headed home and passed a crazy bad accident. A semi was on its side, blocking all lanes of traffic northbound on I-71. No joke, cars were lined up for over 10 miles. People were just out of their cars milling around. Their cars weren't moving for a long time, I'll tell you that. Fortunately, I was going southbound, so it was all good.

I got home, found our missing check by tearing apart Lo's van console and headed to praise band practice. I played, learned/figured out a thing or two and rushed home to get on a chat for my MIS class (that I am actually working in right now). During this chat, I talked our church's youth pastor through some home network trouble over the phone.

What a busy day. Hopefully, tomorrow goes guickly, though, so I can be on to the weekend!

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At 6/01/2006 11:06 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Yeah, Thursday usually rules but my Friday doesn't look like it's lining up to be a ray of sunshine so I'm not exactly looking forward to it.

But I hope yours goes swimmingly. ;)

 

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