Thursday, November 30, 2006

Happy Birfday Fag Boy T


Mark Burnett has thrown yet another loop into the game by introducing the larger jury component this year. It isn't that big of a deal, but makes for a pair of wild cards when two people were booted who didn't realize they were going to be jury members. Neither did the people voting them out...and they weren't "massaged" as well as normal people who get booted for the jury.

Thoughts about the last eight players.

Yul -- I want him to win. There is always a player who I want to win.. and he is that guy. It doesn't matter what team he is on. How can you not root for this huge nerd? The pole contest proved it and I think my wife would leave me for smart and funny and I wouldn't be surprised if he was like Tom Westman and was the winner just because everyone loved him...
Becky -- She is finally speaking on camera. That was my indicator that she would be going deep into the game. She didn't really exist.
Parvati -- She remains gorgeous and will be picked off in the next few weeks.
Jonathan -- What a douche bag. He has no chance of winning and this week's episode looks like it was be a bash Jonathan episode. I can't wait.
Ozzy -- He was on the radar a lot at the beginning of the season and then disappeared. My guess is that he will win a few more individual immunities and with Yul having his immunity, the game willb e dominated by that tribe.
Adam -- I want to say soemthing, but he's getting voted off this week... at least that's my guess.
Candace -- Just as boring... she smooched Adam after Adam puked and hasn't brushed his teeth in weeks. Where was this girl when I was in college.
Sundra -- Who's that?

Dumb and early prediction of boot order.

Adam, Candace, Parvati, Jonathan, Becky, Sundra, Ozzy, and Yul.

I am torn on the final four... I don't know how to really rank them.


Reminder -- (The number in parenthesis represents the position in the draft they were chosen.)

Adam (1)
Yul (4)
Becky (8)
Ozzy (Oscar) (9)
Candice (13)
Rebecca (17) -- BOOTED WEEK NINE
Sekou (16) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE
Side Bet
Caucasian Americans -- 4 Left
African Americans -- 1 Left

Sundra (3)
Jonathan (11)
Parvati (15)
Nathan (6) -- BOOTED WEEK TEN
Jessica (14) -- BOOTED WEEK SEVEN
Anh-Tuah (Cao Boi) (7) -- BOOTED WEEK SIX
Christina (10) -- BOOTED WEEK SIX
Stephanie (18) -- BOOTED WEEK FIVE
Cecilia (2) -- BOOTED WEEK THREE
Billy (19) -- BOOTED WEEK TWO
Side Bet
Hispanic Americans -- 1 Left
Asian Americans -- 2 Left

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Book 55 of 26 -- Nelson DeMille's Wild Fire

Nelson DeMille made a career writing thoroughly entertaining Cold War spy novels. When the Cold War ended, DeMille was able to adapt his wwriting very well by incorporating other true stories into fictionalized accounts. This was best seen by his book Night Fall -- a story focussing on the July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 crash.

Wild Fire is a return to the spook and scare of the Cold War period. It follows a conspiracy within the United States government to set off two nuclear devices in two major American cities.

Why?-- you may ask... Well, to set off a program entitled Wild Fire. Real or not, DeMille has created a scary prospect. The United States actively tells terrorists around the world that if ANY group takes any action, there are 230 nuclear warheads aimed at all suspected terror spots.

What better way to engage this "Mutually Assured Destruction" than to set off a bomb in your own country?

The smart ass protagonist and his wife FBI agent work together to stop or not stop the attack.

It is an easy ready that falls victim to too much detail every once in awhile, but that's fine -- especially since the story gets really good in the middle.

500 pages of milky goodness. I liked this book a whole bunch.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Getting THE Call...

Muh wife and I went on a short trip recently where we had to put Tucker into the dog resort.

When we check him in, we always fill out a sheet that lists what we are dropping off and an emergency contact. 99% of the time, the emergency contact is me. I figure that I will take the call and locate someone who can help out. It's better to be the clearinghouse since we know the strengths and weaknesses of most of our key contacts.

So late in the day on the night he is actually sleeping over, we come out of a movie in New York City when we see on my phone that resort had left me a message.

This left us upset and with a pit in our stomach. In all of his stays, they have never called us about anything. We immediately got concerned and rushed out of the theater.

After fumbling for a bit, we heard that the message was about something benign that didn't have to do with his well being at all. I was gut wrenching there for a little bit.

If that didn't prove to us just how much we love the furry little fella, I don't know what will.

We then got into a discussion about what would have had to have been wrong for us to cut the trip short. Dying? Breaking a leg? Losing a toe? what?

We decided to not think about it or talk about it any more than we had to.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Rating the Bond Movies and Bonds

So muh wife and I went to see the new Bond film this weekend. Before we get too deep into this blog, I am going to say this quickly.... so make no mistakes abotu how I feel about it. This ... is ... one of the BEST Bond films of all time.

Side Note -- Yes... it isn't perfect and is a bit on the long side, but I love the "introduction" of the Bond character as we see Craig handle it beautifully turning Bond from a cartoon into a likable smart ass. Daniel Craig is fantastic.

I have been having lots of Bond movie discussions with people this week and I noticed that there appear to be two ways to rate the Bond movies -- by the movies themselves and how they are played by individual actors. I must state that each actor brings a different type of movie so you can still lump all of a particular actor's movies into one group. I think you will see what I mean in a second.

Bond as played by the actors.

1. Sean Connery -- He was the first and will probably always be the best. He was handsome and charming and I enjoyed his quips. His best film was Goldfinger by far.

2. Daniel Craig -- A few people will give me crap, but I thought he handled the role perfectly, bringing the unsure Bond through a series of failures until he came into his own during the torture scene. This may change after his next movie, but he stands firmly in number 2 to me.

3. George Lazenby -- Too bad he only got one movie. The only movie where Bond gets married and shows a whole different side of his personality until the Craig character.

4. Roger Moore -- He lightened up the character quite a bit and I enjoyed it immensely.

5. Pierce Brosnan -- He carried the role through the 90s and early 21st century. The best I could say about his version of Bond was that he didn't die.

6. Timothy Dalton -- I still feel bad for him. He got the role at completley the wrong time and was given a P.C. Bond. It made it impossible to be good.

Bond as a reflection of society?

1. Sean Connery -- What a classic and still rules the top.

2. George Lazenby -- The world needed a more sensitive Bond and Lazenby offered it up as he kicked Telly Savalas' ass.

3. Daniel Craig -- I didn't write much for Connery because I wanted to save these comments for Craig's movie. What made Bond great in the beginning was that his "kills" were personal. He focussed his energies on individuals and this was a nice return to that practice.

4. Roger Moore -- He was a world traveller with a sense of humor. It was a lot of fun.

5. Timothy Dalton -- A P.C. Bond? blech...

6. Pierce Brosnan -- Yes... I think his movies were the worst of the series... they were great for special effects and mass murders (How can we forget the North Korea scenes.... ???? ), but that was it. They were empty and stupid in the long run. Who really gave a shit at all? Not me.

I know a few will disagree. I would love to hear how you honestly feel and not just naysaying....

Sunday, November 26, 2006

A Guy Thing

A woman meets a man in a bar. They talk; they connect; they end up leaving together. They get back to his place, and as he shows her around his apartment, she notices that one wall of his bedroom is completely filled with soft, sweet, cuddly teddy bears.

There are three shelves in the bedroom, with hundreds and hundreds of cute, cuddly teddy bears, carefully placed in rows covering the entire wall!

It was obvious that he had taken quite some time to lovingly arrange them and she was immediately touched by the amount of thought he had put into organizing the display.

There were small bears all along the bottom shelf, medium-sized bears covering the length of the middle shelf, and huge, enormous bears running all the way along the top shelf.

She found it strange for an obviously masculine guy to have such a large collection of Teddy Bears, but doesn't mention this to him,and actually is quite impressed by his sensitive side.

They share a bottle of wine and continue talking and, after a while, she finds herself thinking, "Oh my God! Maybe,this guy could be the one! Maybe he could be the future father my children?"

She turns to him and kisses him lightly on the lips. He responds warmly. They continue to kiss, the passion builds, and he romantically lifts her in his arms and carries her into his bedroom where they rip off each other's clothes and make hot,steamy love.

She is so overwhelmed that she responds with more passion, more creativity, more heat than she has ever known.

After an intense, explosive night of raw passion with this sensitive guy, they are lying there together in the afterglow.

The woman rolls over, gently strokes his chest and asks coyly, "Well, how was it?"

The guy gently smiles at her, strokes her cheek, looks deeply into her eyes, and says: "Help yourself to any prize from the middle shelf."

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Rutgers Versus Syracuse

I was too upset last week to address the shit football that RU played ruining a possible undefeated season... it was such a low point after the extreme high I (we) was/were on....

Thank god I went to the game today to see the game...

It was a great game for the RU side...and I know a few of the Syracuse fans were upset by that last touchdown by Brian Leonard instad of sitting on the ball, but it was good to see him break the RU record at home in his last home game.

The picture above says it all for me.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Funny Joke

I am not sure why this is so funny to me... but it is such a basic and silly joke that it cracks me up.


Are You Male or Female ????????

To find the answer, look down -

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Not here, Stupid.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving... NOW LAUGH JACKASSES!!!

A married man was having an affair with his secretary.

One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM. The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt.

He put on his shoes and drove home.

"Where have you been?" his wife demanded.
"I can't lie to you," he replied, "I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon."

She looked down at his shoes and said: "You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!"

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Birfday Mr. B

You don't look a day over 22.

Fooling Me Completely...

I was at a convention recently and I stayed in yet another hotel. I dragged my carry on suitcase up to the front desk and I couldn't believe that I had to sleep in yet another room that wasn't my own.

I was thinking ahead about what I had to do once I got to my room that included checking the pillows and following up on work emails when I told the woman at the front desk that I was ready to check in.

I went through the entire process of giving up my name and credit card information. She handed me my pass card to get into the room and stopped speaking for a second.

That got my attention and I looked up from the sheet I was reading as this was a unique moment...

That forced me to pay attention to the woman... when I realized... she wasn't a woman. I don't know if it was a tranvestite or a transexual or somewhere in between, but it was a surprise to me.

I am always surprised when I am fooled for a little while by one of these folks. I don't give a poo about their lifestyles, but it always amazes me when I am surprised....

"Blah blah blah Smelmoooo... "

Exactly my loyal reader... exactly...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Watching Comic Relief 2006 -- Boring Reflections

One of my favorite memories growing up was watching Comic Relief every year... yeah... I was a tool, but I loved watching Stand Up comedy whenever I could. I used to watch the Comedy Channel -- that's right... Comedy Channel... not Comedy Central all the time.

Comic Relief used to be a mixture of two things -- a blend of established famous comics that didn't do too much public performing and new comics that no one had heard of. I enjoyed the show because I was able to see these new comics and old perform.

This year's Comic Relief was no different. It was a 4 hour show that featured a mix of comics -- mostly old -- that were trying to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. I taped it and watched it mostly on fast forward.

I was surprised to see that my favorite comedian was actually Rosie O'Donnell. It seems as though she hasn't really lost her touch when it comes to performing... That's right folks... I am admitting it here... she was hilarious.

In fact... she used to host a stand up show on VH1 that made the careers of many young comedians.

I was bored by Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, but Lewis Black and George Lopez were fantastic.

(Side note -- George Lopez is NOT the father of Mario Lopez.... )

Good times for myself and how I made the entire 4 hour show finish up in 1 hour and 15 minutes is beyond me.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Evil Dead -- The Musical... NO REALLY!!! READ THIS!!!!

For my birfday, muh lovely wife and I attended a performance of Evil Dead The Musical with a pair of friends.

It is an Off Broadway show that has been receiving some decent reviews across the nation and finally just opened in New York City a couple of weeks ago.

It is based upon my favorite series of horror flicks (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness) by loosely combining the plots of the first two and makes lots of silly references to the third flick.

The musical is a comedy. There is nothing scary about it and it is really a laugh riot. They make fun of the horror genre by essentially skewering the entire genre. You don't need to know the movies at all to enjoy it... the best person to confirm this is muh lovely wife who begrudgingly went but was entertained enough by my excitement alone.

Once the first few minutes were in the book and the audience understood that the show was going to be a huge joke, she enjoyed it thoroughly. I want to describe this show better, but I can't. It is pure fun and schlock.

I would really hate to be the clean up crew as the cast goes through gallons and gallons and GALLONS of fake blood in one of the most inspired final "battle" scenes ever...

I say gallons because they pour the blood out of their wounds in some extremely funny ways... So much blood comes out that they give the first four rows plastic parkas to protect them from the blood that lands in the "Splatter Zone."

Thank you wife and thank you friends for a fantastic time at a fantastic show.... Please add more Tangent Woman and more if you can... I can't do this show the justice it deserves!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Happy Birfday to Me

I am 33.

Hooray for me.

I ate a tree.

Rhyme like Steakbellie...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Top 29 random facts about Jack Bauer

I know 24 starts in a few months... actually 2 ish... but I can't wait... here's something to satisfy your needs.

1.If you wake up in the morning, it's because Jack Bauer spared your life.
2.Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. Jack Bauer gets played by no man.
3.If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
4. Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact.
5. Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.
6. Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
7. Jack Bauer's favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.
8. 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
9. If Jack says "I just want to talk to him/her" and that him/her is you....well amigo, you're screwed.
10.Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
11. Jack Bauer doesn't miss. If he didn't hit you it's because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.
12.If you get 7 stars on your wanted level on Grand Theft Auto, Jack Bauer comes after you. You don't want to get 7 stars.
13.When you open a can of whoop-ass, Jack Bauer jumps out.
14. Jack Bauer does not sleep. The only rest he needs is what he gets when he's knocked out or temporarily killed.
15. Jack Bauer has no problem following orders, unless you tell him to do something he doesn't want to.
16. Jack Bauer's gun is actually a water pistol, but the water shoots out in the form of bullets. Why? Because the gun is being held by Jack freakin' Bauer.
17. Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.
18. As a child, Jack Bauer's first words were "There's no time!"
19. While being 'put under' in the hospital, Jack Bauer can count backwards from 100 every time. This annoys the doctors.
20. Jack Bauer can watch all 4 seasons of 24 in 24 hours.
21. Jack Bauer literally died for his country, and lived to tell about it.
22. Jack Bauer's family threw him a surprise birthday party when he was a child. Once.
23 Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead. It just makes him angry.
24. Everytime Jack Bauer yells "NOW!" at the end of a sentence, a terrorist dies.
25. If Jack's starring at someone and his eye twitches, assume that person has less than 15 minutes to live.
26. When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer freakin' hates lemonade.
27.Guns dont kill people, Jack Bauer kills people.
28.David Spade always says 'yes' to Jack Bauer when he wants to redeem his credit card miles.
29.Don't ask what Jack Bauer would do for a Klondike bar

Friday, November 17, 2006

Daniel Craig -- AWESOME

I am very excited that there are only excellent reviews for Daniel Craig as James Bond. He is a great actor and I was getting tired of listening to all the haters.

I will definitely be seeing this one...

69 -- Scarring Me For Life

I recently went to a Giants game at the Meadowlands... and I was reminded of just how frigging funny the number "69" is and how I learned about the meaning of the word.

At the game, the referee kept announcing that "69 has checked in as an eligible receiver" and that cracked the audience up. They cheered for that every time the referee made the announcement. Even I giggled at the audience's sheer excitement.

When I was about 10 or 11, I was sent to basketball camp and as a means of identification, we were all given a number.

You may have already guessed it, but I was number 69. For two days, I played basketball and had no idea what the damn number meant and for two days, there were kids giggling every time my number was announced.

I wasn't as big of a dork as I am I now as I was back then so I couldn't figure out what it was that I actually did... so I went home and asked my mother what the number meant.

I don't remember the converstation with her very well, but I don't think I got the answer I was desperately seeking because I ended up asking one of the giggling kids who explained it all to me...

You couldn't imagine the relief I felt when I learned what it was... they weren't laughing at me.. they were laughing at the number itself... what a relief!

Not too much longer after that, I experienced one of the greatest movies of all time Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and it featured one of the best lines in American movies today...

Ted: OK wait. If you guys are really us, what number are we thinking of?
Bill, Ted: 69, dudes.
Bill, Ted: Whoa.

It's funny how much that line permeates my vernacular... and muh wifes... If I said the first line, I guarantee that muh wife would say 69... Truly funny.

The number is a funny number and if for some reason you have access to a computer and read this blog and still don't know what 69 means... I have one suggestion for you... Go ask your mother.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Survivor Cook Islands continues to chug along and one of the main reasons for me to watch this is the contest with ASSSHHHFFAAAUUULLLTTT since it isn't the most exciting season.

Part of the reason for that is that the people on the show are all really nice people. I like them and would want to be friends with most of them.

Yul is smart and funny and I wouldn't be surprised if he was like Tom Westman and was the winner just because everyone loved him...
Becky is cute, smart and seems personable.
Parvati is oviously aware of how hot she is, but seems down to earth enough to respect her. She tries harder than most of the women in the challenges... bar none.
Jonathan is a bit of a schemer but I think if there were more "bad" people on the show, he could be editted in a nicer way.
Nathan is turning into a top notch narrator and even cracks me up...
Ozzy is a bit of a loosy goosy, but he is pretty quiet in the long run...
I guess you could say that the biggest jerk on the show might be Adam... but he isn't that bad.

So I guess what I am saying is that they shouldn't vote off colorful people until the end.. since they make the show that much more interesting.

Oh yeah... and one more thing... Jeff CONTINUES to wear the dumbest hats...


Reminder -- (The number in parenthesis represents the position in the draft they were chosen.)

Adam (1)
Yul (4)
Jenny (5)
Becky (8)
Ozzy (Oscar) (9)
Candice (13)
Rebecca (17)
Sekou (16) -- BOOTED WEEK ONE
Side Bet
Caucasian Americans -- 4 Left
African Americans -- 3 Left

Sundra (3)
Nathan (6)
Jonathan (11)
Parvati (15)
Jessica (14) -- BOOTED WEEK SEVEN
Anh-Tuah (Cao Boi) (7) -- BOOTED WEEK SIX
Christina (10) -- BOOTED WEEK SIX
Stephanie (18) -- BOOTED WEEK FIVE
Cecilia (2) -- BOOTED WEEK THREE
Billy (19) -- BOOTED WEEK TWO
Side Bet
Hispanic Americans -- 1 Left
Asian Americans -- 3 Left

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Work Trip

I am on a work trip today... so nothing too much... unless I feel frisky with the Blackberry.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Guilty Pleasure

Alright... I admit it... when I am really, really, really bored, I like to go into YouTube and look up the trick pool shots.

Some of those are really awesome and I am really jealous of them.

Three Word Movie Reviews


Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Volume 2) -- I Pissed Muhself.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Volume 4) -- I Pissed Again...

The Dead Zone (Season 3) -- Deeper Than Two

District B-13 -- Fast-paced, Energetic Funness

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! -- Obscene, Witty... Awesome

Fat Actress -- Heavy, Weighty.... Different

Feast -- Visually Incredible... Fun

Goal! -- Surprisingly.... a GOAL!!!!

K Street: The Complete Series -- Good.... and.... bad....

Keeping Up With the Steins -- Piven Fans! AVOID!!!!

Little Man -- Not Entirely Horrible

Mini's First Time -- Inappropriately marketed...decent-ish

Mission Impossible 3 -- Not Series Best...

Monster House -- Kids?... no!!... Good

My Bodyguard -- Protect My Favorite

Nacho Libre -- Mexican Napoleon Dynamite

The Omen (2006) -- Same Film, Prettier

The Office (Season 2) -- Worth Watching Again...

Over the Hedge -- Cute Harmless Flick

Oz (Season 4) -- Long, Interesting Soapy....

Rest Stop -- Stupid yet... stupid...

Running Scared -- Surprisingly Really Awesome

Saw III -- Excellent.... Frustrating Ending

Shaun of the Dead -- Best Parody Ever

Slither -- Gory and Fun

Tsotsi -- Fabulous, Phenomenal, Tremendous

Monday, November 13, 2006

Barenaked Ladies at Radio City Music Hall

Muh wife and I recently headed into the city for an evening of fun and games with another couple friend of ours.

The primary goal of the night was to see the Barenaked Ladies perform at Radio City Music Hall.

I have seen two shows now at Radio City Music Hall and neither of them were the Christmas Spectacular. The shows were two completely different kinds of bands and both seemed out of place for the elegant concert venue.

The Smashing Pumpkins in 1997 and Barenaked Ladies in 2006.

For a formerly avid concert goer, I am always impressed by the venue that is Radio City Music Hall. The staff is attentive and well groomed. The floors are clean and bathrooms are phenomenal. Simply put, it is a class act so why the heck is it the host of rock bands -- goofy or grunge?

Standing -- At most concerts, as soon as main act comes out, the audience generally stands for the majority of the concert. At Radio City Music Hall, the audience all stayed seated in the big plush, comfortable seats for the entire concert. I actually appreciated this more than I thought I would... I guess it is a product of getting older. During the final encore of the Barenaked Ladies show, however, I got annoyed at the guy in front of me who decided to be the only one of the 15,000 attendees who wanted to stand and dance. Weird switch for me and I guess I am getting old.

Falsetto Singing -- One of the best parts about going to any concert of a band that you really like is singing along with the band. You know the words and you feel comfortable enough to sing with them. The Barenaked Ladies' music is fun and easy to sing along with... but they often hit notes that unaccomplished singers should never try. One of those notes is during "Brian Wilson" where they hit a few really high pitched notes at once. There really is something to be said about an entire venue who all try to hit that note at once. "Ooof!"

A and Grade 9 -- Bands often get caught up with playing the new music and forget about the music that made them famous. It was a pleasure last year during the U2 concert to hear them pull out two really obscure and old songs for their show. It was equally pleasing to hear the Barenaked Ladies pull out A and Grade 9. Both are fun songs and we had a blast.

It was a good night out.

Sunday, November 12, 2006







Saturday, November 11, 2006

Has anyone heard?

Rutgers is 9-0 and beat the #3 team in the country...

I couldn't get all the pictures I wanted to go up on Blogger... so here are a couple more...

I took these...

Friday, November 10, 2006


What a game... what a night... I have waited 14 years for a night like last night and it was truly an amazing night... My alma mater shut up a lot of critics last night (half of which I work with-ish.) That does not include you Mr. Artie Lange... you have been "believing" for awhile now...

I am not sure why... but I am still super psyched about it all and I am not sure what to say except it was an incredible experience to be in the stadium as RU made that final drive after completely shutting down Louisville in the second half.

Overall... aside from a couple plays that turned out to be big plays... Rutgers actually dominated the Louisville offense.

There was a lot of talk on the radio on the way home and on Sportscenter this morning about where Rutgers should actually be in the BCS rankings after this game...including a few that think they should be considered for the Championship game now if they win it out....

It is a bit of a stretch, but Rutgers did just beat a top 5 team, they destroyed an Illinois team that gave Ohio State a heart attack, they beat Navy worse than Notre Dame beat them, they went into a sold out Heinz field and trampled on a Pitt team that at the time was ranked one spot out of the top 25 and heralded the #1 quarterback in passing efficiency. They made Tyler Palko look silly and when it came to crunch time in the Louisville game they made Brian Brohm look silly.

It seems as if people don't give Rutgers the respect they deserve because they are a "cinderella team" and they don't want them to buck "tradition". Tradition that teams like Florida, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, etc. are the only teams that should play in a championship game and when relatively recently good teams like UWV, Louisville, and Rutgers start winning games it's assumed that they will never stand a chance against those teams with such a long history of winning. It's as if people think there's no room for these teams among the perennial powerhouses but I will say this....they should move over and make some room cause these big east teams are coming.

And with that... I leave you... still jumping for joy.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Book 54 of 26 -- The Ha-Ha by David King

So... Can someone help me understand why I read an entire book about a man who can't even communicate with the outside world and he spends the good majority of the book expressing his frustrations?


The Ha Ha is a very well written book. That's why.

It is uneventful yet really interesting.

It is a good first book by David King and I hope he takes himself less seriously from now on though.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Riding the Train to DC One Weekday Morning

I recently rode the AMTRAK train down to DC for a work event... and I had a few minutes to I typed this stuff.

Metropark Train Station -- THe parking garage at the Metropark Train Station is an amazingly designed building. I wanted to park my car for a couple days and I needed to find a spot. I drove the pattern of the garage which involved a lot of turns and ramps and bumps and more turns. I kid you not, but I was driving around for 15 minutes when I finally found a space. That doesn't bother me. It should be expected at 8:30 in the morning. I was most surprised that after all that driving, I was only on the fifth floor. The bulding is seven stories high. Boring story... but I am still amazed.

Philadelphia is a popular place for people to get off the train at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday in October. When I got on in Metropark, the train was pretty darn full, but when the train got to Philadelphia, people got off -- at least 2/3 of them. It freed up my next door neighbor's seat and I am glad to be able to watch a stupid movie instead of listening to a moron behind me talk to his secretary a bit to friendly-ish.

Suicide -- The big talk of the train was the guy who got whacked by a train a couple of days prior to my ride. It happened at the Metropark train station-ish. Apparently, this fella was trying to cross the tracks and he stepped in front of a train. I never understand this if it is by mistake. How do you not see a train coming... but whatever. I love how no one really gave a crap or not if the person was alright, but they complained more about the delay the corpse caused. "I was late because of that guy... a whole hour." I bet he was going to Philadelphia...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day Joke -- Now Go Out and Vote

What is the difference between Democrats and Republicans?

Well... when a Democrat is finished reading his book, he uses a bookmark, but when a Republican is finished reading his book, he bends over the page.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Dropping Tucker Off At the Resort -- a 180

I have often said and written about the resort that we drop Tucker off at when muh wife and I travel. For a few bucks a night, Tucker gets to run around with other dogs and play all day long. It is the anti-kennel and we love the knowledge that Tucker is socializing with other dogs and having a great time.

I have also written about how I am a bit selfish with this too. In the past, I drop Tucker off and he gets excited by the place. He then has no problem showing his excitement and runs immediately into the back of the resort. I always feel a bit goofy about it because I wonder how much he likes us when he can't get away from us. I selfishly want him to be sad to see us go.

He didn't do that this week. For the first time in two years-ish, he didn't do it.

The lady behind the desk took our little darling away from me and led him into the back. He walked with his head down and slowly. I didn't think too much of it since I know he loves being with us. (For the non-believers out there, Tucker really does get all antsy and runs around the house when we aren't in the same room as him.)

The gate shut and I knew that Tucker had another door to go through. I heard that door open and then I heard a quick rustling... with some shouts of concern. I turn and I saw our cute little fella with his nose and paw sticking out the gate looking at me.

My heart dropped... I finally got what I asked for and here I was... sad to leave him.

The lady got Tucker under control and I gave Tucker a treat and a pet on the head... he eventually turned and went with the lady into the back with some slight coersion.

Wow... be careful what you wish for kids... sometimes... you will get it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wife "Helps" Her Dying Husband

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly: "I have something I must confess."

"There's no need to, " his wife replied.

"No," he insisted, "I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"

"I know," she replied, "now just rest and let the poison work."

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Teaching the Husband a Lesson...

Husband comes home from the office and wife tells him the washing machine broke and asked if he could try and fix it. He says, "Do I look like a Maytag repairman? Do you see a maytag emblem on my shirt? Just call the repairman and get it fixed."

Next week he comes home and wife tells him the refrigerator is not working properly and asked if he could look at it, maybe fix it. He says," Do I look like a Sears repair person? Do I have a Kenmore service work coat on? Just call the repair man and get it fixed."

Next week he comes home and wife advises him that the garbage disposal broke in the morning. "BUT just as it broke and I was swearing at it, the mailman happened to be delivering the mail and heard me cussing at the disposal. He told me before he was a mailman he used to repair garbage disposals and if I wanted him to, he would take a look at it and see if he could fix it. 'Well what happened', asked the husband. Well, she explained, he said he knew what was wrong and he would be happy to fix it for a small fee. When I asked him how much money, he replied he didn't want money, but instead he would love to have a couple dozen of fresh baked chocolate chip -cookie-s, or have sex with me."

"What!", yelled the husband, "what happened!".

"Oh, he fixed the disposal",said the wife.
"NO, I mean how did you pay him!".

The wife smiled and said,"Do I look like Betty Crocker to you?"

Friday, November 03, 2006

Book 53 of 26 -- Stuart Woods' Short Straw -- A Rant

Good morning kids!!!

Look at me... I am reading a lot and I can't help it if a few of you guys are jealous. Seriously kids... let me read and then let me feel good about.

It somewhat reminds me of an old rant by Dennis Miller (probably about 10 years old) where he brings to light the issue that smart people or people who pursue reading are often ridiculed by society.

Why? Why can't I please read what I want... when I want folks?

That's what I thought... you're jealous...

Now... let me alone about it a little bit since I refuse to feel bad about reading.

Alright... on a train ride to DC, I was able to read a 300+ page book by Stuart Woods entitled Short Straw.

Short Straw is an "Ed Eagle" book and it follows Stuart's reliable formula of put a relatively affluent person into a deadly predicament and he or she essentially throws money at a solution by hiring some reformed or shady personnel.

Short Straw is no different and it is a PERFECT train ride or beach book. THe writing is simplistic enough and there isn't much depth to it at all.

It's a lot like an episode of I Pity the Fool -- with the greatest theme song ever.

Love you all....

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Tucker on Halloween

You knew I did it and I waited a little bit to put the pictures up out of sheer laziness, but yes.... I dressed up Tucker.

He was fantastic on Halloween. He was allowed to come to the door with me and meet the kids.

I offered the kids an option of "Candy or Pet the Dog." What I loved the most was that some kids actually debated it in their heads. Lots of kids chose pet the dog and they got candy anyway.

One girl even sat down and pet him for a few minutes. I would have taken a picture if I didn't mind being considered a sex offender. It was just so cute though...

Here is a picture of Tucker in his costume... I know he looks like he was in pain in the pictures, but I think it might have been more about the leash than anything else since he hates the leash more than anything...

Happy belated Halloween kids.... Tucker and I love ya....

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hey John Kerry...

The joke was supposed to go...

If you don't study and do well in school then you get US stuck in Iraq.


Book 52 of 26 -- Split Second by David Baldacci

Heavens to Betsy... what kind of world are we living in when people like Steakbellie make fun of a person for reading a lot. It really is a bit on the silly side, but hey... if this is what he is going to tease me about... I suppose there are far worse things to suffer for.

So I read Split Second by David Baldacci.

As I have written and for those that have read it... I like reading Baldacci... For the most part, he writes some pretty interesting thrillers and almost all feature a really really bad person in the government that is a really big jerk. This really big jerk often kills people and covers up his or her mistakes.

Split Second is no different, but this time Baldacci delves into the world of the Secret Service... There are good people and bad people and the result is a pretty fun ride to the finish where people you thought were good are not good and people that they lead you to believe are bad... are not bad at all.

Not his b est... but not bad either.