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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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Home Safely

All right. I've arrived safely and life has worked itself back to pretty much normal. I arrived in Columbus a little after noon after some nice little delays on the New York end. I got my car and headed in to work.

I just stayed in my jeans and hid in an office while I was at work. I had a lot of catching up to do and I didn't want people to think I was special because I was rocking the jeans. I worked over and left just in time to get home so my wife and daughters could head to choir practice.

I hung out with my son worked some more on my laptop, then when Lo got home, I caught up on some tv from the DVR. Time to wind it up for the day now, but I plan to write a little more about what New York itself tomorrow.

Until then.

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At 2/01/2007 4:42 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Glad you are home safely and that you had a good trip!

 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It is Over

Oh, well. My time of living like a king is just about over but the sleeping. I just need to hit the hay so that I can get up at 5am so that I can get to the airport for my flight.

Today was a good day and it was nice to meet a lot of people that I had only talked to on the phone. I sat in on some good meetings and got a lot of free food :)

The only problem was the walking. I'm not opposed to walking in theory, however I was wearing new shoes today and the back of my ankle is a bloody mess (I felt like Curt Schilling) and I have very sore blisters on the bottoms of my feet. Not to be gross (okay, to be gross), the one on my left foot ruptured while we were walking back last night. Good times.

I'll talk a little more about other aspects of my trip later, but for now I bid adieu. Next time I write, I should be in the great state of OHIO!

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Monday, January 29, 2007

New York, New York

At 3pm today, I am heading for the airport to fly to New York City. I have never been there before, but I am going to be the Development Lead on a few new projects, so my boss wants me to go. It will be the two owners of the company plus me representing our company to the clients.

I am staying at the Millenium Hilton near the financial district and it looks to be niiiice. The rooms that I will be staying it normally go for $460 a night (I'll be there two nights) and have a 42" Plasma TV, among other amenities.

I don't know whether or not I'd ever want to live in New York, but it is where business is done, so this is a huge experience for me. Additionally, for my company to put this kind of money behind me means a lot for me.

Another fun perk will be being with my boss while he is putting a hurtin' on the Black Card while entertaining the clients. I should get the side experience of getting to enjoy a few of the nicer meals that New York City has to offer. It should be fun getting to experience a piece of the city from two people who used to live there. I'm just sad that I won't be able to really see any sights (other than the rebuilding of the WTC, which I'll be able to see from the hotel).

Wish me safe travel, I'll be checking in again from The Big Apple.

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At 1/29/2007 12:30 PM, Blogger Gooey said...

Well are you just the lucky pants!

Two places I'd have to visit in New York should I go there (and provided these places are still open):

1) Nintendo World Store
2) Apple's 5th Ave. Store

Yeah, I'm such a geek . . . .

 
At 1/29/2007 9:37 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Okay then.....hope the flight was good, and now you "Wow'em" and have a great time!!

I'm so proud of your mad puter skills and that you are finally making the kinda dough that I said you would be making some day!!!

Have a great time and enjoy yourself!!!

Oz out.

 

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

New Haircut

Well, I've finally taken my first serious step to undoing the haircut that I got two days before my son was born. On 4/24/04, I had a Great Clips employee strap a "3 guard" onto her clippers and level my hair. I've kept that cut up myself for almost 3 years now.

Finally bowing to pressure from my wife, I started to grow it out a little over a month ago. Today, we went to Saturday's and I got the sides and back cut short with a "2 guard" and left the top at the length that it was. We put a little product in it, messed it up, and we have some semblance of a style.

What my hair looks like today is not my "endgame", but this is merely a way for me to look presentable until my hair grows enough to lock into something more permanent.

Hopefully, I don't look too dumb!

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At 1/29/2007 9:28 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

You don't look dumb! It is a definate improvement.
Like I said, it makes your head look less round! It now looks longer and slimmer.
Once it grows in a little more on top, it will be even better!

 

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Girls' Basketball

So, I went to watch my oldest daughter play basketball today (as I do every Saturday). The league they are in only has 2 girls' teams in her age group, so she plays the same team every week. They tied the first week, lost the second week, won last week, and whooped upon this week. Today, they won 30-6.

My daughter played tenacious defense and completely swallowed up the girl she was assigned to. Several times, when the girl tried to drive on her, my daughter just swatted the ball away - killing any momentum of the team's offensive attack.

She even got a great assist today. She drove the ball in, dribbled all over the court, got toward the hoop, then quickly dished it to a wide open teammate on the outside. The teammate drained the shot (nothing but net) and I thought that Magic couldn't have done it better!

Of course, I may be a bit biased!

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Kid Duty

Well, Lo is off with one of her friends to go to another friends house for a product demonstration/party. I am on kid duty not only with my 3, but Lo's friends' daughter as well. We had stuffed-crusted pizza for dinner and then they played.

They had not been playing well for the last little bit. There have been some nice little disagreements. Right now, however, everyone is down here watching T3. It is on TBS, so there isn't anything crazy on it, and the girls all think that the robots are cool.

As soon as it is over, they want to watch some DVR'ed episodes of Reba. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll fall asleep... :-)

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

How Strange Is This

I worked last night at the office until 6pm and then I came home and worked pretty much solidly from 7pm until almost 3am. I was back in to work before 8:30am this morning and worked through lunch. I'm not complaining, but I say all that to say this:

I left work today at 4:25pm and actually left my computer there instead of bringing it home. Yet, I somehow felt like I was leaving early and getting away with something. As I left the lot, I actually felt like I was practically on vacation.

I might have issues...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I Can Die Now

That sounds odd, huh? What I meant was that I've got life insurance goin' again, so my death won't stick my family in the wallet, as well as their emotions!

I've had life insurance in the past, but with my new job, they only just started offering it to us. I bought the maximum amount that they would let me buy and in addition to that, my employer has bought another year's worth of our salary in life insurance for our families as well. So, at least Lo will be set with a little over five years of my salary with which to get by. Five years ought to be enough time for her to find her millionaire (or move in on the good looking single guy I work with and marry him:-) ).

Okay, this is all morbid sounding and I'm not in that mood at all. Just feeling a little silly and didn't have much else to blog about. Sorry if you think I'm craaazaaay.

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At 1/25/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

You think he'd be my backup? Haha!

 
At 1/25/2007 10:33 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Are you saying he wouldn't be? Good looking, smart, good career, nice guy, financially secure, drives a beamer... you have someone better in mind?

 
At 1/25/2007 2:42 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

No, not saying that at all! I was asking if you think he'd be willing. As in, if something happened to you....he's my backup! ;)

 

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

New Coach

Coach Tomlin
Well, the Steelers have their man. That man is Mike Tomlin, the Minnesota Vikings' former defensive coordinator. Of course, he only held that position for one season - his first as any coordinator. However, he is widely regarded as a great coaching prospect and the Steelers have a great eye for coaching talent, so I will have to trust my guys.

The sad news is that the team has now lost Ken Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm (two Steelers coaches also considered for the positions) to the Arizona Cardinals. I hope that Tomlin keeps the Steelers' defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau, because he is just the man.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Practice

Practice tonight was again pretty good, however we spent the first (almost) hour discussing the band's future and everyone's place in it. We asked the guy who played with us last week (Joel) to join us on a more regular basis and he was excited to be asked. His schedule is a bit hectic (he is a pilot for an executive airline), but we are going to practice as much as our schedules allow.

We also spent a good amount of time talking about each member's motivation for being in the band, playing the music, etc. Then, we spent the last hour going over the song from last week and then working to improve the arrangement on another original song.

It seems promising, but we still need to lock down either an electric guitarist or drummer (which ever one Alex *doesn't* want to do) at a bare minimum to function. A keyboardist would also be nice, but I don't want to push our luck :-)

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At 1/23/2007 11:13 AM, Anonymous sam said...

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Super Bowl Matchup

Well, I got 50% of my wish. I didn't want Michigan-Boy Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl and I like Peyton Manning well enough, so I was rooting for Indy. They won, which is really great.

What I didn't get was the New Orleans Saints to the big game. They got beaten down by the Bears at the end of the game, killing the feel-good story of the year.

So now that the matchup is set (Bears - Colts), I officially have my rooting interest decided. I'm 100% rooting for the Colts, though I wouldn't mind if Nathan Vasher from the Bears has a good game. I like him because his last name sounds similar to my middle name. Goofy, I know, but this blog is called Memoirs of a Lunatic.

If you care, who are you pulling for?

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At 1/23/2007 8:53 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I'm rooting for whichever company has the best commercial(s).

^_^ \/

 
At 1/23/2007 11:13 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Very nice. That is funny. I hope they are good this year, especially if the game isn't!!!

 

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Invincible

Invincible
I watched Invincible tonight. I've had it on my entertainment center, courtesy of Netflix, for a week or so, but just got down to watching it. Between work and season 1 of 24, I've been pretty busy!

The movie was good, though a bit slow at the beginning. The movie is, of course, a true story and is very similar to Rocky in some respects. Similarities include Philly, an open tryout (remember the open search for a contender in Rocky I ?), and of course the underdog theme. In fact, in real life the main character Vince Papale was given the nickname Rocky after the movie came out during his career with the Eagles.

I like movies like this (Rudy, Rocky, The Rookie) and knew that it would take quite a bit for me to not like this one. What was really great, though, was the fact that in the movie he makes a special teams play that causes Coach Vermeil's first victory. Reading up on Vince Papale after the movie, he did indeed recover a fumble and helped the Eagles win in what was Coach Dick Vermeil's first NFL victory.

Sometimes art does imitate life.

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At 1/21/2007 7:12 AM, Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I'm a sucker for a good sports underdog movie, and I thought Invincible was a great addition to the genre ... Mark Wahlberg was just great, and I loved how it captured the look and feel of gritty Philly

 

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Do Not Know How

I don't know how I got all of my work done today in a reasonable time, but I did. I had to create many pages of documentation and debug a server issue on a new environment - all before I could even think of leaving today.

However, I did it and it is only a little after 6pm. Lo just got here and we are about to head out with some co-workers to go hang out. Should be a good time.

It's Friiiiiiiiiii Daaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mike Vick

From ESPN.com:


Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle to security at Miami International Airport that smelled like marijuana and contained a substance in a hidden compartment. He was not arrested and was allowed to board an AirTran flight that landed in Atlanta before noon Wednesday.


Three years ago, Michael Vick signed the richest contract in NFL at the time, 137 million dollars. He got the money in advance of really showing that kind of elite talent at the quarterback position. He got that money because he was a popular player who had potential and was exciting to watch because of his scrambling ability.

The problem is that he can run, but he can't pass. Then, he will go through spells when he passes well, but then he doesn't run. Then the pass goes away again. He isn't elite, I'd rather have Drew Brees (and his 60 million dollar contract) and have a quarterback who can pass and not only wins, but makes players around him better. For goodness' sake, Drew Brees' coach was Coach of the Year, Mike Vick's got fired. Vick's coach's father called Vick a "Coach Killer" before his son was fired.

Vick is waaaaaay overrated and now he is acting like a jerk. Good job, superstar.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

24

24 Season 1 DVD
At the urging of my co-worker Jeff, I set my DVR up to tape all episodes of 24 this year. Because there were two double episodes back to back, I had 4 hours of 24 to watch. Because I had a ton of work to do Monday night, I actually stayed up until after 5am Tuesday morning.

While I worked, I watched my first 4 hours of 24 *ever*. It was really great. So great in fact, that I watched another 5 hours of it tonight. My friend Jeff had lent me his DVD copy of the first season of the show 2 months ago, but I had never made the time for it. After seeing season 6, I had to see more of the show, so I got right into the DVDs.

I know some of the storyline, so that has hurt some of the suspense for me, but the show is still pretty great. The awesome thing is that they drag nothing out. They also respect no characters. No one is above getting knocked off. Jack Bauer is the main character and that is it. No one else is safe.

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At 1/18/2007 8:45 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Welcome to the addiction that is 24. My friends and I went to one of their houses and watched the premiere with pizza and beer. So far we think the opening is better than last seasons, and if things continue like they are, season 6 could end up being better than season 5, and season 5 was un-frickin'-believable.

 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Late

I'm dragging.

I took a nap yesterday afternoon, so I figured that this would all work out. I mean, it did... I'm still alive, but I'm dead tired.

I stayed up last night / this morning until after 5am working on work stuff that I should have been catching up on while I was napping yesterday. However, to be fair to me, I took a 4 hour nap, but spent 7 hours on work, so it would have been a late night anyway, just not after-five-am-get-less-than-an-hour-and-a-half-sleep late.

It's time for bed now. Energy... fading... quickly...

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Roller Coaster?

Man, this whole band thing is a crazy ride. We recently had to ask a band member to leave (who I think wanted to be asked to leave). In the meantime, a member of our church who is a great individual has been asking to play with us. The problem is that his schedule is unpredictable. He is a pilot for an executive airline and doesn't always know when he is available.

However, he is someone we've always enjoyed jamming with, so we set it up. What a good thing that was. Tonight was a very productive practice. He likes our original songs and had lots of suggestions to help make them better. Little things like changes in dynamics that change a song from just being catchy to one that actually can have an emotional impact. His musical ability also allowed Alex to have free reign to really experiment and make some great additions to the music.

I don't know where all of this will go, and the fact that this guy could potentially miss regularly scheduled practices, though knowing that in advance, our schedule could be more flexible. However, assuming that is okay, we have another problem. He is moving to Zanesville in a few months after his house is built. That would give him a 45 minute to an hour drive to get to us.

He is still planning on attending our church, so he'll be around, but I'm not sure how it will all play out. Why can't I just know the future!?!??

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At 1/16/2007 8:40 AM, Blogger Alex said...

It is all crazy man! I had my own plans for last night, and it didn't involve practicing. I guess God had other ideas. I really didn't expect what happened last night to really happen. Truly, Joel's prayer was answered and God showed up, in a big way. What I did on the guitar with my effects wasn't me, I can tell you that.

All I can say is, we gotta let God lead now, because this is beyond our understanding or ability. I am really motivated now to put music to the other stuff we have written.

 

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Last Day

Today could possibly be the last time that I run sound for a Sunday morning service at our church. I've wanted to back away for a few months, but I didn't want to leave the team in a time of need. Now, starting in February, someone new is starting who is believed to be quite knowledgeable with sound and I can back off to only playing bass twice a month.

Work has been so busy that I really need to cut down on some of these other commitments, especially the ones that frustrate me and drive me insane (like running sound). Hopefully the news is graciously received and they don't hate me too much...

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wu-tang on Numb3rs?

I was watching my DVRed episode of Numb3rs from last night and there was a quote that got my attention.

Charlie was discussing chess with his boss and says, "The game of chess is like a swordfight, you must think first before you move". Then they are interrupted.

That line caught my attention in a hurry. I first heard it on the Wu-tang Clan's song Da Mystery of Chessboxin back around 1993. I then was interested in the kung fu movie that they sampled (Shaolin and Wu Tang, links here and here). While watching that movie, I was able to identify several quotes lifted right from the movie and played on Wu-tang albums.

The use of that exact word-for-word quote cannot be an accident. Now I wonder - was the person who inserted it a fan of the Wu-tang clan or kung fu movies?

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Done and Done

Well, tonight's GAP job went pretty well. We were called out because a customer's computer had been blue screening during boot up. They could not even boot to safe mode. We started to try to repair Windows, but we got the message that the hard drive was empty and damaged. That wasn't good news.

We decided that the computer might have been lying to us, so we took their hard drive out and slaved it to another machine. As soon as we plugged it in and restarted, the Windows install on the other machine started repairing the hard drive. We copied the files from the (possibly damaged) hard drive to the other computer just in case and then put everything back to normal. Both computers booted as they should.

They were happy to get out with a $75.00 bill and their computer (that they use for their business) fixed in short order with no outstanding issues.

Problem solved, done and done!!!

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Useful Member of Society

That was the title of the e-mail that my Dad sent me two days ago. He was referring to the fact that he was able to finally secure employment. That is a huge blessing.

My Dad has been out of work for a year (since Jan. '06). He last worked at Media Play, but they folded and he was having difficulty finding new employment because he is 60 years old.

The last time he had to look for a job, he was 51 and while the age discrimination was still there, he found a job in short order. Now that he is past the 6 decade barrier, life was a lot tougher.

I'm glad that he found a good job and that it seems to be one that he could finish out his working life doing. I'm very thankful for that.

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At 1/11/2007 11:32 AM, Blogger Alex said...

That's great to hear. A few more years and he'll be able to look back and think "I don't have to worry about that anymore".

I still have 20 long years to go before I can retire, unless I become a professional drummer, then I would do that as long as my body would let me. Even then, it wouldn't be so much like "work". ;)

 
At 1/17/2007 5:03 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

That is awesome news dude!

I am excited that he found what he needed!

 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jerry Springer

Wow. How late to the party am I? I knew that Jerry had devolved into some crazy made-up stuff, but I had no idea until I saw some of the show today while at a doctor's office. It was terrible and the people on stage weren't even good at "acting" their part. There were terrible stupid slap fights every two minutes and it was just embarrassing that they still air that show. Then, Maury came on and that show has turned into what Jerry Springer was not that long ago.

What the heck? Are stay at home moms and out of work peeps that hard up for entertainment that this is what they want to watch all morning? I just don't get it. Can anyone explain it to me?

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At 1/11/2007 10:18 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I know my mom likes turning on Maury while she works at the shop...she thinks the Who's Your Daddy shows are hilarious!

 

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Wow

First the positives. Ohio State only gave up 7 points in the 2nd half. Ted Ginn had an exciting kickoff return.

That's it. That's all I've got for you. Ginn left the game in the first quarter and we could not overcome penalties, turnovers, bad coaching decisions, and bad field position en route to a 20 point deficit at halftime.

I understand that Florida's offense was moving the ball like crazy in the first half, but remember that they started on our half of the field several times, including after a fumble by Troy Smith, an insane 4th and 1 try, and twice on 15 yard penalties on special teams.

None of that matters too much, though, because the offense couldn't get it going. Let's say that we take fourteen points away from the Gators by way of us not being idiots. The would still have easily outscored us 27-14.

We were rusty, we had no Ted Ginn, tons of excuses that just don't matter. Oh, and our offensive line couldn't block my freaking grandma. We lost and it would have sat better if it hadn't been that way or even better still if it wasn't a Florida school. What a crappy off-season this is going to be.

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At 1/09/2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Had we lost by a touch down or less, maybe a touchdown and a field goal, I might not be as pissed, but 27 points? That's horrible. I turned it off about half-way through the 4th, because I couldn't stand to watch it anymore. The team that played last night was not the team I've been watching for the last several months, at all. And I'm sorry, but I don't see Ginn being out in the first as a major factor in how badly we lost. As far as I'm concerned, the last half of the season he wasn't doing that well anyway, missing a lot of great passes from Troy, and even when he did make the reception he was usually downed pretty quickly.

Gah, today sucks . . . .

 
At 1/10/2007 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sad to be a Buckeye.....and I don't even like football!!

Jemmers :)

 

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Monday, January 08, 2007

The Big Game

So, this is it. In a few hours, the game will start. A few hours after that, Division I college football will have a new national champion. I'm really nervous and I might die if the game is close!!!

I know that casual fans like a close, hard-fought game, but I hope that OSU butt-pounds the Gators up and down the field. I don't want it to be close from the first whistle to the last.

GO BUCKS!!!!

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At 1/09/2007 12:41 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

Uh . . . yeah, hind-sight's 20/20.

 
At 1/09/2007 8:12 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Well, it didn't really stay a close game for too long!

 

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Mental Block

I really can't get enough things together to write about, so I'm going to babble about my day :-)

Praise band went pretty well this morning. I got complimented on my improved bass playing, but I'm not sure if the compliment giver was genuine. One neat thing that happened was that a particular song had lots of changes in it and I was moving over the fretboard without looking at my fingers and I wasn't hitting the wrong notes. Yay me!

After church, we had a Plugged In meeting and were served free lunch, so I stuck around!!! I still am not 100% sure that I am going to participate, but they are going to buy me 2 bass DVDs, so I might be able to muddle through another session!

After all that concluded, I got to nap a bit this afternoon, then about an hour of work and finally some TV. I might try to go to bed now and actually rest up. Tomorrow is a big day (OSU Championship Game!!!! Go Bucks!!!)

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At 1/08/2007 9:34 AM, Blogger Alex said...

I think I am going to stick around for another session. I was really unsure before yesterday, actually leaning towards not, but with the beginner/advanced class breakdown, and planning to do something with them in the end doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

 

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Lady in the Water

So, Lo and I checked this movie out tonight. It was pretty good. I wasn't sure what to expect and it started so slow that I really was worried that I was wasting my time this evening.

It turns out that the story actually got pretty interesting. The story is obviously fantasy, but that kind of thing is fun to watch sometimes. Not sure if I would watch it again, it would depend on what kind of mood I was in, I guess.

I just really don't understand M. Night haters, though. I agree that he may be his largest fan, but as far as movies go, his are usually pretty entertaining and good for some escapism.

If you are an M. Night fan and enjoyed his other movies, then you will definitely enjoy this one. Just suffer out the slow beginning (30 mins or so) and you will be rewarded. If you did not like The Village or Unbreakable, then avoid this movie like the plague!!!

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At 1/09/2007 8:10 AM, Blogger Trinity said...

I def wouldn't recommend this movie to everyone. Even though I enjoyed it, Lady in the Water is my least favorite M Night movie so far.

 

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Cowher Resigns

Bill Cowher Resigns
Bill Cowher, the coach of my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers resigned today after year-long speculation that he would do just that. Cowher was a fiery presence on the sidelines and demanded a million percent effort from his players. However, because he gave the same, his players were always willing to give it to him. I think of Joey Porter, almost lawless in his behavior, however when it came to Cowher, Porter loved him and would do anything that he asked.

Pittsburgh has only had 2 head coaches for over 30 years and that speaks to how well the Rooney family selects head coaches. Before his resignation, Cowher was the longest active tenured coach in the NFL. In fact, since 1992 (the year Cowher started), the Steelers have more victories than any other NFL team. That says it all. Cowher was a winner.
Bill Cowher
I hope that the Steelers select their next coach with good care and get someone who will lead the team for another fifteen seasons (or more) with such effectiveness.

Cowher left to spend more time with his family in North Carolina, but it is expected that he could rejoin the NFL as soon as 2008 to a new position. Cowher also desired to be paid more money and be among the highest paid head coaches in the league. This past season, Cowher made 4 million dollars - no small sum - though his opponent in last year's Super Bowl, Mike Holmgren, brings down 8 million dollars a year.

I don't care what line of work that you are in, if someone you beat out and are better than makes twice what you do, you are going to be a bit disgruntled. Let's pretend you are an architect and you are bidding against another architect for a contract. You win out the contract and perhaps several others when your work is pitted against his. You might be more than a little upset to find out that he is bringing home 200% of your salary. I know I would.

I am not going to be bitter, like some fans have been. I am going to choose to thank Coach Cowher for all that he did for our team and for finally bringing home "one for the thumb" last year. Thanks Coach!

Bill Cowher, Super Bowl Champion

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Why Does This Keep Happening

Man, music in my life right now is just sucking. Praise Team practice just sucked tonight. Drummer didn't show up, sound guy didn't realize that he was supposed to be there, someone with little idea what they were doing had messed things up during the week, and things were just chaotic.

Is it wrong to want to work with quality?

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At 1/05/2007 8:43 AM, Blogger Alex said...

I have a lot to say about this, but I will keep my response short.

I heard someone say once that when you are heading down the right track (for God), it will be difficult, but he will always bless. If it's difficult, and you aren't blessed, well, you weren't going down the right path in the first place.

Obviously, we've seen one major blessing as of late. I would say what that blessing is, but "I just can't sir". ;-)

Things will change for the better in '07. '06 was a year of lots of spiritual growth and I'm glad it's over. This will be a good year! Mark my word.

 
At 1/06/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Dude, that is classic. Thanks to your excellent communication, I know exactly what that "one major blessing" is.

It is certainly not going to hurt matters, that is for sure!

 

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Band Craziness


Man, finding people that aren't insane to play with is darn near impossible. We had hooked up with a new guy who played guitar and sang, but he is gone now. He totally wigged out and turned flaky - not showing up for practice and being very secretive. His "privacy is upmost important", so he understood us needing him to go. Our #1 requirement was a commitment to the band, but he actually missed more practices than he attended and missed being several places that he promised that he would be.

I worried at first that he felt too "good" to be in our band, but he isn't beyond us vocally and isn't beyond us instrumentally, either. I am actually the weakest musician in the band, but I can more than play on his songs and the others that we were doing.

I feel like we're never going to find what we need from a guitar player. I think they all must be crazy!!!

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At 1/03/2007 3:57 PM, Blogger Alex said...

I'm with you man! If I got a nickel for every guitar player I've played with...well, I'll leave you to wonder.

I might get frustrated, but through all this crap, I don't give up. I might take a break, but ultimately I keep going. How many years did Noah spend building the ark only to be made fun of. In the end, he was the one who remained faithful and was favored by God.

The guy we have lined up next should be different. Let's pray that he is!

 

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Memento

Memento
At a co-worker's referral, I got Memento from Netflix and watched it. I had wanted to see it for years but either kept forgetting about it or was unsure if I would truly enjoy it.

It turned out to be very much my kind of movie. If you haven't seen it, a quick synopsis of the weirdness from Wikipedia:

"The story is divided into two sections (one in color, the other in black and white) that alternate throughout the narrative. The color portion depicts Leonard's investigation in roughly five minute segments that are in reverse chronological order. Each segment begins as Leonard's memory has just 'reset', leaving him (as well as the audience) unaware of where he is or what he was doing; the segment ends just after the events fade from his memory. The black and white sections are told in chronological order and show Leonard in a motel room conversing with an anonymous phone caller. By the film's end, the two narratives converge into a single color sequence which becomes the climax."

Approaching the end, so many things become very clear about what was happening throughout the movie. I had heard that the movie had a little twistiness to it, so I was on alert throughout the movie and probably picked up on a few things that I may not have noticed until after a second viewing. I can't list them here, because I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it. :-)

If you haven't seen it, I recommend it, but only if you like movies like 12 Monkeys or Sixth Sense, etc that leave you in a certain state of confusion throughout the whole thing.

If you have seen it, what did you think?

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At 1/03/2007 3:23 PM, Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Wow....this sounds like MY kinda movie too!!!

 

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

How great is it that Michigan got its butt handed to it tonight? Number 8 USC beat Number 3 Michigan 32-18. Now, Michigan can have no legitimate claim to being allowed to play number one and Lloyd Carr can go back to worrying why he can't win the big game instead of how he wasn't in the biggest game this new year.

I, for one, hope that he keeps his job. I like beating Michigan every year!!!


btw... Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshiper who sold his soul to Santa?

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