27 December 2007
Christmas was great as usual. The wife and I had a relaxing time at her parents house, planning and prepping for "Little Christmas" (a party thrown for friends every year on 12/23), going to church on Christmas Eve for the candlelight service, putting presents under the tree and playing with the niece and nephew. Our trip finished up with the annual Nachos Navidad. Later, we went to see a movie with Elizabeth's sister Georgia and her husband Brian.
This year was even more special, as Elizabeth was asked to preach in all three services at her home church on Sunday. She did a stellar job (of course) and she received several compliments from family, friends and members of the congregation.
Overall, it was a very Merry Christmas - hope yours was as well!
19 December 2007
14 December 2007
Afterwards, they were getting ready to brave the cold and bike home. Then someone extremely familiar stopped and said 'hi' to them. Lo and behold, it was Dana - who used to be the favorite waitress of my roommates and I about 10 years ago at Perkins. She knew them from being a biker herself. Different circles collide, etcetera, etc. *Note: these are 'real' bikers that pedal, not the kind that ride to Sturgis!
As we were catching up, my ex-roommate and friend Josh walked by - who currently lives in Pennsylvania, and was only in town for a couple of days to visit his sister.
It's a small world after all!
10 December 2007
That all changed when the wife went on eBay and bought tickets to yesterday's Packers game at Lambeau Field! Due to the arrangements of the purchase, the tickets wouldn't make it here by mail in time before we left for the weekend. So, we drove a little extra to pick them up in person. Then, after spending a day or so with my parents, we trekked up toward Green Bay for some football!
After spending the night in Appleton, we followed the masses right up to the stadium - turned left, and ended up parking in a local resident's yard for $10 (some lawns were in the $22 range). A three block walk got us to the gate. We had a great time at the game and didn't even get that cold. It did get a bit chilly when the clouds blocked out the sun, but with all the crowd 'packed' in tight it was really nice overall.
Today, I'm enjoying my time off - the wife was jealous because she didn't take it off and had to go to work. I'll do some shopping today and find her a good anniversary present. ;)
02 December 2007
But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I love what I do, but I don't like taking things home with me. It was surprising how focused I was, though.
Back to the 'official' grind tomorrow! =)
26 November 2007
The only real problem is that the turn signals still don't work properly. After two months and almost $700 in total repair costs, you'd think they would at least work right. Also, since the ignition had to be replaced the new key doesn't work on the helmet and fork locks.
Time to call the fix-it guy again, I guess.
25 November 2007
Original Team------------Became Team(s):
Baltimore Colts---------Indianapolis Colts
Cleveland Rams----------Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams
Cleveland Browns--------Baltimore Ravens
Chicago Cardinals-------St. Louis Cardinals, Phoenix Cardinals, Arizona Cardinals
Oakland Raiders---------Los Angeles Raiders, Oakland Raiders
Houston Oilers----------Tennessee Oilers, Tennessee Titans
Los Angeles Chargers----San Diego Chargers
Boston Patriots---------Bay State Patriots, New England Patriots
Decatur Staleys---------Chicago Staleys, Chicago Bears
Dallas Steers-----------Dallas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys
Boston Braves-----------Boston Redskins, Washington Redskins
Pittsburgh Pirates------Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Texans-----------Kansas City Chiefs
New York Titans---------New York Jets
Sometimes the Internet can be useful, after all. ;)
23 November 2007
However, for some reason we decided to run the last leg of the race. I am nowhere near athletic or in shape, but I ran anyway - which probably wasn't a big deal. Then, we kept running faster and faster until we were both sprinting across the finish line.
Later, lots of good food and conversation with family and friends kept my mind off of what I would most likely be in for this morning. Today, I'm sore - and haven't felt certain things ache since I ran Cross Country in high school. But then I think about the fact that I actually signed up, participated in -and- actually ran in a 5K.
I hurt a little - but it feels good overall. Weird...
18 November 2007
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
7 Random and/or Weird Things About Me
1. I like Dorito’s on sandwiches too (if it's a peanut butter sandwich).
2. I still enjoy purchasing, opening and building LEGO sets.
3. There is a vacuum cleaner directly behind me.
4. I can be very sneaky...sometimes.
5. A state patrol officer had a friendly conversation with me on Saturday evening.
6. My favorite drink is a Captain & Coke.
7. I didn't know what a Meme was and had to look it up! =)
7 Random People/Sites
5. " "
7. Number Seven
What really irks me is that I remember one of them being really funny. So please, laugh like you would if you thought something was funny! =)
10 November 2007
They were really funny - and went by the names Frick & Frack. Working for said company was quite a pain in the arse for most of us, and their humor always made it just a little better.
Unfortunately, Frack left for greener pastures...leaving Frick by herself and pretty much killing the code name duo. Eventually Frick left too...as did I.
Occasionally, I am reminded of them while watching Battlestar Galactica (they use the term "frack" for that other 'f' word). Today, while wandering through the mall with my wife and the outlaws, I overheard a bunch of teens talking about someone they know whose nicknames were Frick and Frack.
I laughed out loud, but nobody heard me. So here's to you, Frick & Frack! Hope things are going well for you both. =)
04 November 2007
This means that I woke up at 4:03 CST because my head was so stuffed up I could no longer breathe through my nose. After several attempts, I almost fell back to sleep but I couldn't.
So I've been putzing around on the computer blog-hopping and surfing the web. *weeeee*
29 October 2007
- At stop lights
- The bus/train stop
- In line for coffee
- Deciding what to have for lunch
- Stuck in traffic
- For [insert name/relation here] to meet you
- To buy things at the store
Interesting, isn't it? I thought so...
25 October 2007
Yesterday I had a sore throat and stuffy head, then last night I went to bed right after dinner and woke up at 2am - and couldn't breathe, started coughing, and that thing where you sneeze and cough at the same time?!?! WTF! *grrr*
I'm going to attempt to go to sleep now for the 5th time today.
24 October 2007
Here's a brief recap:
> Italy is wonderful - if you haven't gone yet, you should definitely start planning.
> Tuscany is gorgeous and should definitely be included in your planning.
> Roma, Siena, Firenze and Cinque Terre have more beauty & history than one could ever imagine!
> They don't call it Vatican City for nothing - it's enormous.
> Pop tastes better in Europe (real sugar) but it costs a lot lot more (sometimes $3.36/bottle)
> Bring additional memory cards and batteries for your digital camera - you'll need them.
> Scooters own the streets of Roma.
> You can easily go through two bottles of wine at dinner.
Over all, we had a great time with Heather and Adam on our trip to Europe. There were a few setbacks (like having our return flight cancelled) but we also got to meet Dave & Julie, some really nice people that we spent our last days with at the hotel/airport.
Now it's time to get back to reality...
17 October 2007
I will have to get a flickr account so I can post all the photos that I took - the scenery is more beautiful than one can imagine. We are currently in Siena proper, a history town with lots of shops and culture and magnificent architecture and history.
It beats Rome hands down...sorry, Roma - Siena is our new favorite and we have yet to visit Florence!
14 October 2007
Then it was off to the Colosseum and we had a great time with several picture opportunities. Afterward, we did some streetwalking and soaked in the scene plus going to Capital Hill and the Roman Forum.
We made it back to the hotel via Metro and then Adam asked for a recommendation to a local establishment for dinner. We were directed to "La Barca" which was ever-so-friendly and the food was excellente!
Now we're back - and I'm blogging - and we're not exactly sober, but what the heck. ;) Tomorrow we're hitting the Vatican for some good ol' reformation. *heh*
13 October 2007
We're now in Amsterdam, enjoying the culture and scenery. 15min of Internet for 3 euro...not too shabby!
Favorite quote so far: "Attention, Mr. & Mrs. Smith - you are delaying your flight. Please approach the gate immediately or we will proceed to unload your luggage."
12 October 2007
Maybe I'll get a chance to blog while traversing the Italian wilderness...
Addio, amici! =)
07 October 2007
30 September 2007
29 September 2007
Part of me is enjoying the fact that I'm not putting myself through it - as it's been a heck of a long and busy summer/fall so far and I really don't want to wear myself out before our trip to Europe. The other part of me misses going back, reliving the college days and catching up with old friends that I usually only get to see this weekend.
It seems kind of weird, actually. But oh well, maybe I'll go back next year. ;)
22 September 2007
Upon searching the motorcycle ads in Craigslist, I came across one classified ad that had the following spelling mistakes:
- 'un motittied' (unmodified?)
- 'egnition' (ignition)
- 'tackomitor' (tachometer)
- 'board' (as in the cylinder was bored larger)
- 'tiers' (yes, tires)
- 'achuly' (actually, my personal favorite).
I am not a perfectionist...but for the love of God, if you're going to publish something ANYWHERE you should have the common decency to make sure you don't look like an ass.
It's not looking promising, but I can either rent one or I'll have to come up with an alternate plan.
The title is going to be the most difficult of the three tasks.
Update: ...upon installing said new parts, the bike still doesn't run. *grrr*
18 September 2007
I did, however, have a lot of fun on my weekend.
So, tonight I was a vegetable and got caught up on Doctor Who.
16 September 2007
Until I needed to use it last night and it was frozen on a black screen. A simple reboot produced the familiar 'cla-clunk' sound coming from the bottom of the case where the hard drive resides. That's two Seagate drives I've gone through - this last one being out of warranty.
So I replaced it with a larger drive from Western Digital this morning. I've almost completed getting everything installed - and then it'll be time for a backup.
06 September 2007
It's located in northern Wisconsin on a small lake in the middle of nowhere. "Busy" is defined as five boats on the lake - and is a rare occasion at that. With all the chaos and hectic nature of city life its great to get away from it all and escape to the country. =)
30 August 2007
21 August 2007
18 August 2007
...and that's the truth! *thbbbt*
11 August 2007
06 August 2007
I spent the weekend hanging out with friends, mostly. Friday night I stayed in. On Saturday, Kurt and I watched the Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. Saturday night I went to an old haunt (Moose Country) for dinner with friends and to catch up with Diane, a college friend/ex-roomie who had come up for Renae's baby shower. Kurt and Julie, their daughter Abbie, Todd and Renae, myself, and Diane had a great time watching Abbie as she dipped her fingers in Ranch dressing.
Kurt & Julie had to put Abbie to bed, so the rest of us opted to rent a movie (300) and watch it on Todd & Renae's new huge flat-panel television. Way-cool...now I want one. =) On the way there, I gave Diane a tour of downtown Minneapolis. She took a lot of pictures by sticking her camera out of the sunroof (like the one in this post). We also drove by the infamous bridge that collapsed on 35W. You can get pretty close by driving down University on the north side of the river. The whole thing is still pretty eerie, maybe I'll go back when it's light out.
I surprised the heck out of Nate by showing up at his bar on the way home from the movie. I like doing that, it keeps him guessing. *evil grin*
04 August 2007
I had the Sorrento Chicken, one of my favorites - but this time I got it with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Hey, you have to eat sort of healthy, right? =) They also have these really yummy breadsticks that have pepperoni bits inside.
Thanks to Heather for the great idea and to the others for a great end-of-week lunch! This could easily start becoming a traditional thing...
30 July 2007
28 July 2007
NitzerEbb, Front 242, Bigod20, VNV Nation and Skinny Puppy are all good ways to get the blood pumping at 9am. ;) I think I may have scared off some of the early-morning-walkers out there, though - as I had my windows down and stereo up until it got too hot out.
22 July 2007
Bon Jovi? At a country music festival?! No, I'm not joking. They've been dabbling with some country writers, producers and even a duet or two. This concert was a great show and they played all the hits, from Runaway to I Love This Town. I probably never would have seen them live if I wasn't working at the venue - but still, I was incredibly surprised at how good it was. We had a great time!
11 July 2007
The show runs all week and we went last night. It was pretty good, over all. Some parts were a little strange but others were incredible. I may have to watch the movie again as a comparison. All in all, it was a good weeknight hanging out with friends - and that's all that matters, really. =)
08 July 2007
The concert was a blast, and thanks to Brian & Georgia for giving us their extra tickets!
05 July 2007
On the way home, we pulled into a local parking lot to catch the fireworks from the Taste of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul. It was a perfect way to see the show...no crowds to deal with and it was very quiet and peaceful. Next year, we'll try to get something with a better view.
30 June 2007
...which is kinda freaky, but still pretty cool for us sci-fi car geeks who watched every episode back in the 80's. I just hope it's not anything stupid like Knight Rider 2000 (or 2010, for that matter!).
29 June 2007
24 June 2007
The first shocker was a 1970 Plymouth GTX 440 6-pack: $52,000
The second was a 1970 Plymouth Hemicuda w/ 43k original miles: $250,000!!!
The third was the fact that the 'Cuda didn't sell - the owner wanted 300+ for it...
I'm a car enthusiast, but still - $300k could buy a really decent house in the Twin Cities. I'm not sure I would spend that on a car, even if I had that kind of money!
I almost forgot the point of this post's title. I was at the show for ~5 hours. I'm of Norwegian descent, so you can pretty much guess the rest. Sunscreen and sticking to the shade didn't help much, either. =/
22 June 2007
1) I caught a cold - a nasty head cold or sinus infection or some alien goo grew inside my head.
2) Life at work was quite hellish, too - all systems decided to puke at the same time.
3) Because of #1, I managed to only get about 5 hours of sleep in two days.
4) #3 happened during the two days mentioned in #2.
5) My cousin came to town, only for a day, but we still had fun.
6) We celebrated my father-in-law's birthday.
7) I went shopping with the wife so she could get new stuff for her trip to CA.
8) I got up early to take wifey to the airport.
9) My good friend/ex-roomie/neighbor and I hung out.
10) I hung out with co-workers for happy hour.
I know there's something else I missed, but I'm just going to stop there...and my weekend hasn't even started yet! *grin*
17 June 2007
And of course today is Father's Day - so I called dear old Dad to wish him well.
09 June 2007
Wifey is still in bed...and I'm jealous.
04 June 2007
We also watched a movie - and it was the guys' turn to pick, even though Elizabeth and Heather tried their best to persuade us into something they wanted. Adam and I held our ground, and we chose a sci-fi comedy starring Robert Urich titled "The Ice Pirates." It was funny and stupid, but that's what we wanted.
I'm a little frightened at what might come of that choice, but we'll have to find out next time!
02 June 2007
Funny how you simply don't care about things as you get older.
28 May 2007
This year marked the start of what could be a new tradition: Wine Tasting & Tour. Unlike the winerys the wife and I visited in the pacific northwest, the local establishment allowed you to sample approximately 20 variations free of charge and then showed you how wine is made. Obviously, the hope is to get you to buy a bottle or two (which I gladly did) and everyone is "happy."
Most of my friends have little ones which provided some additional entertainment. From making Smores and wearing them, catching 'fishes' and comparing who caught what, and random games in the lawn like "Pickle in the Middle" with a frisbee about 3' in diameter.
Otherwise, we drank more than usual (but not too much, as we're "too old"), played games, told jokes, laughed at funny things, etc. And no, I didn't catch a single fish - but that's okay. I still had fun anyway.
24 May 2007
I always partake in the raffle as it's a good way to earn money for a good cause - and I might get something cool out of it too. This year, I threw three tickets in the hat for a 25-lb Pearson's Salted Nut Roll...and won! Here's a pic of it sitting in front of two employees:
It's enormous! We still haven't figured out how to cut it, either. I also won two round-trip airline tickets, which made my night (and $$$ spent on raffle tickets) quite rewarding.
23 May 2007
There's a tornado warning out right now for the NW burbs, and a Severe Thunderstorm warning for us here in Minneapolis. The outlook doesn't look promising, but hopefully it will rain now and then stop - allowing the wind to dry off the grass and let us play after 7:30pm.
Update: It poured for about 30 minutes later in the afternoon, soaking the green and cancelling the bowling part of the event. Oh well, better luck next year!
21 May 2007
1) People don't know how to properly park in Dubuque, IA. (hint: it's with the traffic)
2) If a road is closed you can probably find a way around it...maybe.
3) There is absolutely nothing on local TV on Sunday at 7am worth watching.
4) Big celebrations don't necessarily mean a lot of square footage or thousands of attendees.
5) You should have more than 10 cars if you decide to have a car show and charge admission.
6) When the signs say "Left Lane Closed Ahead" don't wait until the lane ends to move over...id10ts!
7) My parents dog really isn't as smart as he lets on (and that's not much).
8) Cell phone coverage is getting better in the sticks.
9) My dad is old enough to start collecting Social Security?!?!
10) Wifey's little red Jetta really likes cruising at 80 mph.
That's all for now.
18 May 2007
And they like me
I like cows
Just you wait and see
They go 'moo'
Hey, mooove over!"
- Excerpt from the song "Cows" by The Suburbs
The wife and I are heading to my parents farm this weekend. I'm looking forward to it, as I haven't been back since Christmas. It's great to get out of town and away from city life every once in awhile. Maybe this time I'll teach wifey how to drive a tractor. =)
14 May 2007
A shout-out to all you parents out there. Taking care of kids is a lot of work, and both Elizabeth and I decided that we're not in any hurry to join the club. =)
12 May 2007
It was a perfect night to be outside, so we sat around the fire for a couple of hours. Heather made strawberry shortcake for dessert and it was quite yummy. After things got a bit chilly, we went back inside to watch Thursday's episode of "The Office."
As always, Adam and Heather are great hosts and we had a wonderful evening!
08 May 2007
Disney really pisses me off sometimes. Listen to this drivel yourself...even the logo makes me cringe.
04 May 2007
Not only were the seats perfect (center screen, half-way back), but the movie itself was spectacular! We agreed that it's the best of the three. With multiple villains, good story line and superb special effects you can't really go wrong.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
And thanks again to Adam - you rock!
30 April 2007
My '87 Dodge Shadow was almost identical to this one...although it didn't morph out of anything and probably never scared the dog away.
26 April 2007
Although I washed my hands 10 minutes ago, either the moonlight or the path still lingers and is eminating from the keyboard as I type. I think my eyes are burning...
23 April 2007
Mr. Stone made me go to the ER. Not one, not two...but THREE TIMES since his arrival. Unlike his relatives who visited more than three years ago, Mr. Stone is a big guy. He just won't leave, no matter how much I drink in hopes of drowning him. Stubborn bastard!
I've also missed three days of work because of Mr. K. Stone's unwillingness to leave me alone. I can't wait until my visit with the urologist tomorrow - because I'm going to suggest that K. Stone get blown into tiny little pieces!!! Also, that I get additional drugs to better deal with his attitude and abuse.
Wish me luck! =)
13 April 2007
There's probably a Friday The 13th movie marathon somewhere, too. =)
05 April 2007
My wife said that she liked it, although it was a bit cheesy...which is why I liked it! Go figure.
01 April 2007
On Saturday, we contacted our good friends Adam & Heather - and ended up going out to Ristorante Luci for dinner. It was fabulous! Made-from-scratch pasta, bruschetta so good my mouth is still watering, excellent bread and divine dessert. The four of us had originally planned on hanging out somewhere afterward, but it ended up getting too late for that. We had a great night once again!
23 March 2007
22 March 2007
17 March 2007
The best part is watching how people get dressed up for the holiday. Some just wear something green, others don Irish promotional garb, while a few actually get really creative - like the guy dressed as a pint of Guinness.
16 March 2007
I did, however, make it to work on time and was pretty much busy all day - which didn't give me time to think about how tired I was. Then, after work I met up with some old employees (one of which got a new job) at Town Hall Brewery for a couple drinks...and then another with my ex-roommate Keith at Houlihan's later this evening.
Now it's my downtime, and I'm completely wiped out tired - not buzzed or anything, just tired!
11 March 2007
Afterward, we trekked over to their place and watched yet another dance competition movie. The wife and Heather are planning even more viewings...the former has already sent out a list. Adam and I shall fight back with Sci-Fi flicks.
10 March 2007
09 March 2007
I don't have a problem with the majority of the finalists as they're each pretty darn good. It's going to be tough to narrow it down for the AI Challenge pool that my wife hosts every year. There are, however, a few people that simply don't belong in the Top 12: Sanjaya, Chris R. and Haley - you're the first to get eliminated, hopefully.
05 March 2007
I met a lot of really cool people along the way, some of which I see weekly and others not so much - but it's always easy to reminisce about the days gone by. As long as it's not every time we hang out...'cause then it's just annoying.
But it has to be done - otherwise, we'd all forget who we were and what we did that make us what we are now. (try saying THAT three times really fast!)
01 March 2007
28 February 2007
I think I'll make a snowman or maybe even go skiing...heck, I'll probably just drive around in it.
25 February 2007
There was actually decent snow - as a large winter storm went through the area and dumped as much as 16" in parts of Minnesota. Duluth only saw about 6-8" but it was very windy and drifts were abound!
We had a great time, and it was nice to get away from the Twin Cities - even if it was for only one weekend.
22 February 2007
Yesterday was gorgeous, sunny and warm - it was 43F on my way home from work! As the evening progressed it got very windy, though. On my way to pick up really good Chinese food for dinner, Jeeves (my Jeep) was attacked and mildly injured. There was a rather large (4'x6') piece of something laying on the side of the street. A big gust of wind picked it up and hurled it right at the windshield. The impact was really loud and made a big crackly spider-web thing.
I'm glad it wasn't warmer and that I wasn't driving a convertible or a motorcycle...because that would have really hurt!
20 February 2007
It was also my birthday! We went out with the in-laws at Granite City for a late lunch to celebrate. They make their own beer and it's quite tasty. I also used my free b-day car wash privileges to make Jeeves (my Jeep) all nice and shiny...at least for a little while. I got some spending money from my parents and my wife's parents, a Best Buy gift certificate from brother- and sister-in-law, and an iTunes gift card from my niece and nephew. My wife bought me a pair of Keen shoes, which are way-cool and really comfy! A last-minute present happened late Sunday night, when we purchased our second Tivo so we can record even more of our favorite shows.
To top it off, our friends Paul and Jennifer welcomed their new baby boy into the world. It's kind of neat to share a birthday with the handsome little guy. So, I stopped by the hospital to visit with them and extend congratulations on their new addition to the family.
16 February 2007
We didn't get anything worth mentioning here in MN, which I consider (probably incorrectly) to still be part of the Midwest region. Whenever the media blares about a storm hitting the Midwest, they almost always mean between Chicago and eastern Ohio. When I sold books door-to-door in MA, some people didn't even know Wisconsin was a state (they thought it was somewhere in upstate NY).
I would give anything to see 100+ inches of snow in 4 days. We used to get really bad winter snow and ice storms when I was a kid growing up in southern WI...where drifts would sometimes be 15+ feet high. Not anymore, and I'm quite jealous of New England for getting all of our winter fun and excitement.
Even if we do get a somewhat big storm in WI/MN, it's barely mentioned on the national scale...because it's either expected or nobody cares. Or, because people don't know where we are. But with New York and Pennsylvania, on the other hand - that deserves extensive coverage for some reason.
So enjoy the snow and winter while you can, northeastern states - because we can't enjoy ours. All we get is arctic cold air - and a little snow for something pretty.
14 February 2007
As the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts!"
Why is it that all of the holidays have to be so commercialized? At this rate, we'll soon have to brave the crowds in the stores to get people their Labor Day present...
12 February 2007
The movie was Fast Forward...a long-time childhood favorite of my darling wife. I'm an 80's fan, Adam's a fanatic, and yet neither of us had ever seen (or heard of) this movie. It was directed by Sidney Poitier and the music was done by none other than Quincy Jones...so it had to be somewhat decent, right?
The movie was actually pretty good. You could obviously tell it was a knockoff of Fame, but it was far less serious and a lot more campy. Think of Fame, combined with an early Michael Jackson video, make it into a HS musical where small-town kids try to make it big at some dancing contest, then get 'challenged' at a NY club for rights to work on the street.
Too much for you? Well, obviously you don't enjoy goofy 80's movies about dancing. *laughs* The four of us had a great time, Adam made popcorn, we had drinks and all was well with the world.
10 February 2007
As I turn 36 in another week, I realized that I was twice as old (if not older) than the kids playing basketball, the cheerleaders, the "Snow Ball" court and the majority of the spectators. It was a little strange being back in a gym for a HS sporting event - but it was still a lot of fun watching everybody.
Common questions/comments in the group included: "Could those jeans be any tighter?" and "Check out that guy's hair." followed by "Are those cheerleader outfits revealing enough?" and finally "LOVE the camoflage jacket with that formal dress!"
And then we laughed, saying that we probably got dismantled the same way when we were that age.
07 February 2007
I like fonts, really I do. So much in fact that I'm burned out on them and can't decide what I want anymore. So, I've decided to start researching the different families, styles and various types of fonts. That way I'll have a better idea of what font will go best with my project.
My wife will surely read this and call me a geek...and that's okay by me.
05 February 2007
I'm not sure what's worse: no shower, or the fact that I'm thirsty...
04 February 2007
03 February 2007
At 10pm, I decided to wait until morning so I wouldn't have to wake up at 3-4am when the tech could possibly make it out. I guess other people had it really bad (no heat, busted pipes, fire sprinklers flooding mansion) so it could have been worse.
Except that I still woke up at 4:33am this morning and haven't been able to go back to sleep. This makes for a grouchy Norwegian. *nod*
18:02 Update: Water is flowing again, after ~26 hours...I blame Phil! *points*
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02 February 2007
February 2, 2007 - around 7:30 am ET - Punxsutawney, PA
Phil did not see his shadow and thus spring is just around the corner!
Apparently this will have no effect on it being -15 degrees F tomorrow morning. Heck, just what exactly does 'just around the corner' mean, anyway?
31 January 2007
We have an Incentive Program in our department. It's just a chance for the staff to get cool stuff for doing a good job. Things like free lunches, extra time off and the 'Mystery Box' drawing - where they pick a number and get a prize. When the 'box' empties I have to buy stuff to refill it, usually from Target but sometimes I find things elsewhere that get thrown in. I also ask the staff for suggestions... getting back ideas ranging from a plunger to an Xbox 360.
The prizes aren't anything super-duper expensive or flashy - just something fun to do at their desk or take home and say "look what I got!"
28 January 2007
I just wish it would be consistent...is that too much to ask?
27 January 2007
26 January 2007
Then I moved to closer into the city and took the bus from the Mall of America. Sure, the 'commuters' were there as well - and so were the crazy people who argued with their own reflection in the window, shortly before getting off the bus and screaming at trees (and no, I'm -not- kidding).
Then came light rail, feared as the biggest waste of taxpayer dough - now 22 double cars strong and jam-packed during rush hour, sporting events and the Holidazzle Parade. Everyone from all over the world takes the train. After all, it goes to the Mall (hey, that rhymes!). The homeless hang out on it, making their rounds begging for change at different stations. High School kids use it to get to MOA (making out, talking 'gangsta', etc), college hipsters go half-way and connect to their bus, but today I saw something that will forever be burned into memory...
I saw a man pull a 'shorty' (8-oz. can of Budweiser) out of his lunch bag and start drinking, finishing in 3-4 decent swigs. This was at 4:20pm, with no fear of getting called out or seen by the hidden cameras. Of course, I couldn't remain silent - and asked him if it was, indeed, a 'shorty' of Bud that I saw him with.
He replied, "Yeah..." with a sense of pride and 'i-don't-care-ism' and then exited at his stop. I think I've now seen it all...
24 January 2007
First, there is Common Sense. A lot of people tend to use this term for describing what is (or should be) right, ethical, or commonly known to people in general. The dictionary defines it as 'sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.'
In comparison, there is Good Sense. Basically a synonym of the aforementioned term, but not quite - as it is defined as 'sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"...' To me, good sense is what would seem to be logical.
I blame N8 for this entirely, but thank him nonetheless: I now have to stop and think about which term I should use when discussing how some people are just inept. Doing something that is logical isn't necessarily common and a lot of people in society do things in common that aren't really all that good.
21 January 2007
It's amazing the kinds of cool stuff you'll find linked on other people's blogs. Make your own M&M here! I attempted to make this one look like me. Well, kinda...as I don't go around smiling like that all the time. And, I'm not red. But you get the point (and that's to have fun, ya goof)!
19 January 2007
14 January 2007
08 January 2007
I had only been there for drinks with friends and for a bachelor party. My wife hadn't been there at all, so dinner there was a new experience for both of us. We had a great time with Heather and Adam as we got caught up on what's been going on with everyone. We even talked about possible vacation plans.
As we were leaving, Adam caught the band playing and we ended up in the lounge for after-dinner drinks. One of the band members did a good impersonation of Elvis, and he played the accordion...which was a wacky combination! All in all, it was a great night out!