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Memoirs of a Lunatic

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

Saturday, March 31, 2007

To the Finals!

We did it!!! OSU beat Georgetown tonight 67-60 and I, for one, couldn't have been happier.

Buckeyes Over Georgetown

We hung out at a friend's house tonight to catch the game and in-between our shenanigans, the Buckeyes managed to knock out the Hoyas and set up another national championship showdown with the Florida Gators.

We just can't lose to them again, can we? COME ON, BUCKEYES!!!!!

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At 4/01/2007 4:29 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Go Bucks! We better not lose to FL again in B-ball!

 

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Mona Lisa in MS Paint

In the tradition of MS Paint greatness, I present to you the Mona Lisa.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

American Idol

First of all, let me say that I think that Ryan putting on that wig to look like Sanjaya's "fauxhawk" was hilarious. After that, the show was all downhill. I'm not saying that Chris Sligh didn't have a bad performance Tuesday (because he did), I'm just saying that Sanjaya *really* needs to go.

The longer this keeps up, the more likely that he will end up getting a record deal and we will have to deal with him as an annoying G-List "celebrity" who is always popping up all over the place.

God help us if that happens...

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At 3/30/2007 9:38 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

I actually watched this week because Gwen Stefani was the focus artist for the week (love her music from the No Doubt days, current stuff isn't too bad, and she's just downright hot), and I totally agree, Sanjaya needs to exit stage left. You should have seen my mom and I when Ryan said that Sanjaya was safe for the week, then they proceeded to tell Haley and Chris they were in the bottom three with Phil. As soon as they said Chris was there, I knew he was out because his tempo was pretty off the night before.

Seriously, Sanjaya needs to go. My mom is wondering if the others are starting to get mad that Sanjaya isn't leaving the show.

 
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Little Harsh

Don't you agree?

Geek Divorce

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

OMFG

Oy! My Facacta Goyim! ;-)

The drama that I spoke about on Sunday has reared its ugly head again. I spent this evening trying to sort through some crap.

Someone who is supposed to be my friend is telling me lies (or half-truths anyway, allowing me to believe non-truths). I'm pretty sure I've narrowed down which of the parties that it is, but his rationale is really suspect at this point.

Because I'm a finisher, I'll probably push this too far in search of a resolution, especially since he is an admitted sweep-it-under-the-rug kind of guy.

Really, there is no other choice. We'll kill each other, or be best friends at the end of this ;-)

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At 3/28/2007 10:01 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Hopefully the latter!

 

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Peyton Manning On SNL

This is some of the funniest stuff I have seen in a long time...

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At 3/30/2007 4:30 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

That's funny stuff!

 

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

What a Weekend

Now that this sucker is (almost) over, let me say a few things about it. We certainly had some fun. There was some drama, too, that kind of put a damper on some of my fun, but it was still a good time.

We got to Jeff's house at around 6pm on Friday and started having fun. At 9pm, the bus picked us up and headed to the first place. We stayed there for awhile and then we bussed across the river to Kentucky to hit another spot. From there, we headed over to another place right across the street, where we closed it down with dancing.

Saturday, we woke up somewhat late and Jeff and I brought back breakfast for the people who stayed overnight. Then, we all went to our hotels and relaxed for a few. Soon, it was time for dinner and we decided to walk across the river to Kentucky again (2 miles) to get dinner.

We walked back, returned to our hotel and hung out in the bar/restaurant and played some pool. Pretty soon, it was time for the early risers (5k race in the morning) to hit the hay. My boss (the CEO and owner of the company) was rearing to go, so Lo and I took a cab with him over to Kentucky again and danced for about 2-3 hours.

Today, we woke up a little late again and hung out for a few before heading home after checking out. We ended up stopping at the Outlet Malls to do a little shopping and eat some lunch before coming back home and ending our weekend.

We had a ton of fun and my wife is so much fun to be out with. All of my coworkers love her (I have pictures to prove it ;-) ), and she just really likes to dance and is darn good (and sexy) at it, too.

All good things must come to an end, I guess. So did this weekend. Oh, well. We have something good to look forward to again some time.

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At 3/27/2007 8:51 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

It was a good weekend (except for the drama).

And you're right that I like to dance, but slow down on the other stuff there!

 
At 3/27/2007 11:19 PM, Blogger Guru said...

No need to slow down, honey. You can shake it with the best of them!!!! And I, for one (but not the only one) appreciate that you move that thang so well!

 

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Hyatt

Our hotel here is really nice. We are staying here, right near a lot of action. The hotel is situated right near Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ballpark, US Bank Arena, The Taft Theatre, and lots of other places.

The weather has been really nice and we are probably going to do a lot of walking to check some stuff out. We are probably going to walk across the river to Kentucky to get dinner. I know how that sounds, but all of the nightlife in this area is on the Northern Kentucky side. We even partied at two places there last night.

Got to get moving...

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Going Out of Town

We are leaving today to go to Cincinnati to visit a friend of mine and participate in his birthday bash. Trin and G have agreed to watch our brats tonight and then tomorrow they are going to other relatives' houses.

We are planning to not come back until Sunday afternoon and I'm expecting it to be a lot of fun. Tonight, we are going to just stay at my friend's house, since we won't be in until probably deep into Saturday morning (partay!). Tomorrow, however, we have reservations at a hotel downtown and hopefully, I'll talk more about that then.

I took the day off work today, however there is a lot to be done before we go - so I'm off to do it!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sprechen Sie Deutsch

I had a GAP job last night. The customer has a PC with Windows 98 (1st Edition!) on it. They've had a disk for Windows 2000 Pro for a while, but were unwilling to use it (software compatibility issues). Well, after the 9 millionth time that Windows 98 went down, they decided to go ahead and run the upgrade.

The problem was that the disk that I had to use had had something spilled on it that had eaten away at the disk somewhat. It was unreadable. I decided to download a Windows 2000 install and then just use their serial number, no problem.

Well, fortunately I was installing it to dual boot, because I had downloaded a German version of the operating system. D'oh. Fortunately, I found from a Microsoft page that Windows 2000 in any language can be made to display not only that language for the interface and help, but also "English, Western European, Eastern European, Asian, and right-to-left".

Good thing I am really familiar with the Windows 2000 install, as I was able to navigate it (in German) with no issues. The problem arose, though, when the install kept failing at a particular point (the computer would spontaneously reboot) and I had to scrap that idea and just repair their Windows 98 install until we can get a good version of the Windows 2000 install disk.

It was a nice try anyhow!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wrong One

The wrong person got sent home from American Idol again. I know Sanjaya is on VoteForTheWorst.com, but he was in the bottom 3 last week, I thought their stranglehold had weakened. Instead Stephanie Edwards was given the boot, though she was a very strong singer overall.

I will admit that her performance yesterday lacked its normal shine, but even so, Sanjaya was much worse. I thought Tha 'Jaya and Haley would have been bottom two. Up is down and down is up. This is not good.

At least there is still someone worthy of winning left, for now anyway!

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At 3/22/2007 10:11 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yeah, Haley needs to go home. She is nice to look at, but her voice is too "broadway". Don't get me wrong, she can sing, but just not in a pop-star style!

 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

American Idol

Well, this week was pretty good. Sanjaya was utter crap and he needs to just GO. I don't care about Momjaya or that whiny crying girl. Get him out of the competition, now!!! Blake was the man, as usual, and while everyone was good - certain people separated themselves, I think. Ryan Seacrest beat boxing and dancing was out of control.

That's it. Two hours distilled into a few sentences. It is what I do :-)

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Never Thought I Would Think It

I'm considering not being such a regular blogger on here. Today's gem is my 1,255th post. That is certainly a lot, and I haven't missed a day in about 2.5 years. However, while I do have some things to blog about, I've found that I'm a bit too busy to actually do it.

I don't know that I'll stop today, but the idea is certainly weighing heavily in my mind. I'm not sure why I feel so compelled to write everyday, would it be so bad to miss a day?

I'm such a freak :-)

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Marine

The Marine
While Lo was out Saturday with some girlfriends, I hung out with another husband left to care for the kidfolk. We ended up taking the kids out for Sammie's Pizza Buffet and renting a movie. The men picked up The Marine while the girls got an Olsen Twins video.

The Marine was terribly unbelievable, full of horrible dialog, and shallow characters. In short, it is many things that an action movie should be! Joking aside, the movie was a decent diversion, but unless you can really suspend disbelief for awhile and you are someone who likes cheesy action movies, I wouldn't recommend it.

2 stars out of 5

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The iRack

There seems to be a thinly veiled message here. I just can't figure out what it is!!!

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Tourney Bracket

I paid my $10.00, put in my two brackets and now the first round is complete. I have not done as well as I would have liked, that's for sure. I still took some chances on my "real" bracket and those haven't come through. My "stuff done hit the fan" bracket is in last place, but that one had upsets all over the place. No such luck.

The people that are leading our company pool have all pretty much just picked the favorites. That had been my strategy in previous years, but I tried to be different this year and now I'm exactly in the middle of the pack.

I think the universe can barely contain what I *don't* know about basketball!

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Work Stuff

Man, I am hecka busy with crap for a current project at work. I'm the development lead on it (this is the project that I went to New York for) and even though the workload is getting heavy, we are still on track to finish on time. This is going to be huge if we can just meet all the deadlines without having to alter the final one. This will be the first major project for our company in recent memory for that not to happen (though often, it is not our fault).

I'm getting busy again with interviews, as well. We need like 15 more people. My boss said today that if we knew anyone who could *operate* a computer, to get them set up for an interview. That means we are pretty desperate! I'm not for that level of desperation, but we do need people. Where are all the C# and SQL Server guys in the Columbus area? I work for the best company in the world, people! Come sign up!!!

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At 3/16/2007 9:14 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

You do work for a great company! If I knew anything about computers (and your boss didn't have that no spouse rule) I'd sign up!

 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Idol Vote

I'm a little sad that Brandon got voted off tonight. I realize that he forgot his words, but come on, Sanjaya was way worse. Hopefully, Mr. Malakar being the the bottom two means that he will be voted off next week or the week after.

As for yesterday's show, I agree that Lakisha and Melinda are in a different league than most of the singers. However, even though Jordin is very likable, I disagree that she makes it a three-way race.

I also disagreed with their assessment of Blake's performance. I really liked what he did. I thought he showed a lot of talent and maturity to rearrange the song to that level of complexity and even outside of that, I liked the arrangement. He will live to fight another day, so I guess I can't complain.

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At 3/15/2007 9:02 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

Yea, Blake, yea!

 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tourney Time

Well, that reported most unproductive time in American business is upon us. I don't really care about basketball, but I paid my $10.00 to put in two brackets at work. I did one that has my "real" (as real as a basketball idiot can do) predictions and one that represents my "oh no, the stuff done hit the fan" predictions, full of crazy scenarios.

I don't expect to win, but IMHO it is worth the $10 just to be in on the smack talking and camaraderie around the office.

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At 3/14/2007 11:48 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Gotta love talking smack!

 

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Monday, March 12, 2007

A Scary Moment

I had a pretty good scare this morning. At 5:50am, my phone rang. I jumped up to answer it because a call at that hour can only be bad. I hear an automated voice telling me that this is a response to the alarm going off at my house. I don't hear the alarm (and that worries me), so I hit the 0# to clarify it as an emergency. After several seconds of hold time (emergency, my BUTT), I get an operator.

This dimwit can't seem to get it through his head why I might be speaking somewhat softly. I don't know... MAYBE I'M WORRIED AN INTRUDER IS IN THE HOUSE AND I DON'T WANT HIM TO KNOW I'M TRYING TO ALERT THE POLICE!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally repeat myself enough times (mind you - he knows what number and what account he is speaking to already) to have him tell me that the alarm actually went off at our old 2 bedroom townhouse. He also saw our current 3 bedroom townhouse on the list and that there were no alarms there (here). In addition, the new person who lived at my old place had cleared the alarm already.

I'm so angry with the office (who handles these accounts) for dropping the ball on this one by not transferring the accounts correctly. Thanks for scaring me to death worrying that my family is going to be the victim of a home invasion or something!

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man
I finally got around to seeing Cinderella Man today. I originally thought that it was a horrible name for the movie, but heard so many good things about the movie that I thought that I would give it a go, since I typically like boxing movies. I especially liked that they even made fun of the name "Cinderella Man" during the movie!

This movie was so inspirational and I really enjoyed it. Aside from the boxing connection, this movie is similar to the original Rocky. If you remember, in Rocky, a bum fighter ends up with an improbable title shot and rise to fame. The difference, of course, is that Cinderella Man is totally true.

If you can watch 2.5 hour movies and like inspirational films, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Home Alone

Well, not quite. I've got 3 little ones here and a 4th (one of the girls' friends) just left. We just had some pizza and now I'm sitting here making copies of CDs and DVDs for church members who have requested them. Because of all of the things that have gone on, I haven't done it for a few weeks and the requests have really backed up.

I am supposed to start teaching bass guitar again tomorrow. Really don't want to. Only one person has signed up (was in it last time... only one that showed up every week then), but I'm just not good enough to teach the class.

I guess we'll see what happens.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

World's Most Important 6 Second Drum Loop

If you don't watch the entire 18:08, that's okay, but if you like music at all, you should watch the first 5 minutes or so. There really isn't anything to "watch", so you can just put it on and surf somewhere else in a different tab.

The interesting thing I wanted to hear was what the loop was. I actually guessed it as the narrator was describing it before he played it, especially with the mention that gangsta rap had taken it for several songs. What was really interesting was that it came from a band 40 years ago. Watch and learn a little bit about music history and how it evolves.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

AI Final 12

Today is the day that four more Idol hopefuls will go home. In the male category, I only care if Blake, Brandon, and Chris Sligh make it through. In the female category, I would like to see most of them in the finals. However, I think that Antonella (pictures be darned) and Haley can probably go home and I won't be too upset.

I really like to watch Blake perform and 2 of 3 of the ladies can really sing. I want Gina Glocksen to stick around because I have a little crush on her.

I don't know who I want to actually be the big winner this year, but I do know that it had better not be Sanjaya!

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Dress Code

My boss, ever the one to want to change things up, has changed our dress code policy at work. Tuesday - Friday, we are allowed to wear jeans, shorts, warmups, or whatever - as long as they are clean and not full of holes. We can wear t-shirts, just as long as they are fairly plain.

Monday, however, is a completely different story. Unlike any other time in my company's history, Monday's dress is business professional (minus a tie). We are expected to wear dress slacks (not khakis), a button down dress shirt, dress socks (some guys are still working on this!), and nice looking, relatively shiny shoes.

I've already knocked the Monday dress-up out of the way and now I get to wear jeans for the rest of the week. I'm very excited about that.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Joey Porter

Joey Porter in happier times.
Oh, what a sad day this is. Joey Porter, one of my favorite Pittsburgh Steelers, is now a Miami Dolphin. The Steelers cut Porter in a salary cap move and the Miami Dolphins signed him to a five-year, $32 million deal with something like $20 million guaranteed. It definitely worked out better for him, but I know that this is a sad day for all true Steeler fans.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

UFC

I watched my first UFC Pay-Per-View on Saturday night and it was awesome. In actuality, it was the first pay-per-view that I have ever seen for anything!

We went over to a co-worker's house and ended up staying up way too late and just sleeping there. But, as for the event, the title fight went down just like I had hoped that it would. Randy Couture whooped upon his opponent, Tim Sylvia, and won a nice victory for old guys.

My favorite part was when he knocked Sylvia down like 8 seconds into the fight. It was all Couture after that. Yay, for ultimate fighting!

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Gridiron Gang

Gridiron Gang
Netflix brought me Gridiron Gang and last night I finally got around to watching it. I thought that it was pretty good, and since it followed one of my favorite movie formulas (people being changed through sports), there was never any doubt.

There were definitely some sad parts and it definitely reminded you at the end that this was based on a true story. In a pure Hollywood movie, everyone would be transformed by the team, but in real life we are told before the closing credits that 5 people on that team went back to gang life and back to jail, the one comic relief kid died in a drive-by, and several others had happier endings.

It is sad to think that that is how so many people live their lives, but I am glad that there are people like the character that The Rock was portraying that are taking bold steps to try to help them.

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At 3/05/2007 9:50 AM, Blogger Gooey said...

The movie looked interesting, but most other movies I've seen starring The Rock have usually sucked. May give this one a try though.

Speaking of Netflix, you get the new Watch Now tab on your account yet? I finally got it setup on mine, and it's pretty slick. Blogged about it a few days ago.

 

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

BJ Harris

Last night, the kids had their Upward Awards Night. Last year, the entertainment was a little lackluster, but this year it was out of control good.

BJ HarrisBJ Harris, a magician, came and did his thing. He was so incredibly good, that it was unbelievable.

He wasn't some two bit illusionist doing a couple of lame card tricks, BJ Harris did seriously quality tricks that not only completely wowed the kids (even the ones that got to see it twice like my children) but the adults, as well.

I did have a general idea how some of the tricks were performed, but I couldn't catch any sign of him actually doing them. For his finale, he locked his assistant (his wife) in handcuffs, tied her in a bag and locked her in a trunk with 6 padlocks on it right in the middle of the stage. Two men (both of whom I know) stood on stage on either side of the box during the illusion. Then, BJ stood on top of the box, pulled the curtain up and when it had reached its apex, he immediately dropped it. When the curtain fell, his wife was free and on top of the box and he was locked inside.

I saw the Masked Magician do the trick on one of his specials on TV where he explained how it was done, but that was another trick that I saw no evidence of the "trick" part of the illusion actually being done.

During his performance, BJ also took some time to explain how he came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and shared the gospel during another good illusion. I highly recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to see BJ Harris perform live, you take it!

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Friday, March 02, 2007

The Funeral

The funeral was today and it was very nice and very well done. We ran the tribute video on the big screen as people paid their final respects. Our worship leader also played on the keyboard at this time. Then the casket was closed to start the service.

Our pastor led my mother to the Lord about four years ago or so. Because of that, I asked him to give a fairly evangelical message explaining why we believed that she was in Heaven. He did an excellent job and if by making that request I grooved him a fastball, then he knocked it out of the park.

Afterward, the ladies of the church prepared an excellent array of food (I still have some in my fridge) and decorated an area for us beautifully. I received many compliments on the entire way that our church treated the service and our family.

I am very thankful for the work that they all did.

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At 3/03/2007 4:21 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Guru,
I want to offer my condolences in your recent loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

 

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Family Drama

Hate to be so macabre and stay on the topic of the goings-on surrounding my mother's death, but this is what is going on right now. We had the viewing today and it couldn't just be a nice time of remembrance or any of that. Instead, my brother had to beget all sorts of drama by starting to drink during the first viewing, and then not showing up until the second viewing was over - even though he had many friends show up to support him.

So, then the topic became: Where is your brother? I didn't want to have to worry about where he was or what he was doing, there was enough stuff going on. So, add to the fact that people there are grieving the worry that one of her two sons might end up dead on the side of the road or kill himself even.

Like I said, he showed back up at the end and his friends took him home and hopefully will make sure he gets to the church on time for the funeral tomorrow.

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