Saturday, February 28, 2004
1 Down, 2 To Go
Well the weekend o' fun is well underway. Sittin' here waiting for J-Mo and Kyle to arrive, and we will be off to the WPBA Delta Classic. Just checked the bracket. Allison and Jeanette are both still in the winner's bracket.

Last night, headed to Nashville. Stopped by the mall where Bobbie works to see if she was working. She was. She seemed pleasantly surprised to see me. Talked to her for a few minutes. Then we left and headed downtown. Got downtown aruond 9:30 I'd say. Ate dinner at the Hard Rock. Shane, Bunny, Cassie, and the others were supposed to meet us downtown around 10. They got delayed and didn't get down there until 11:15 or 11:30 I'd guess. Kyle and I had already been at Tootsie's for 15 or 20 minutes when they arrived. We left them there about 12 or so, and decided to stop off and shoot some pool at Buffalo Billiards. Ended up leaving there around 1:15.

I got home around 4 AM. Some really funny stuff happened at the Hard Rock. First of all, Kyle heads into the wrong side of the revolving door and it won't budge. So I just kinda stand back and laugh. So I start in the right side and for some reason, unbeknownst to heterosexual man, Kyle gets in the same little compartment as me. LOL Dude. Then the door gets stuck and won't push, and he's like "Oh (expletive), my foot is hung. Go! Go!" ROFL Fortunately, all this happened in a matter of ten seconds, but it seemed longer. It was quite funny.

Oh, I recycled Kyle's "geritol convention" line as three or four 50-something people entered Tootsie's right in front of us. Bunny was crackin' up.

"Dude if you think that's funny, you need to have some more alcohol."
"Uh, you mean SOME alcohol." ROFL

Well, I'm planning to be home sometime tomorrow night. Will post more then. Have a great weekend! Allison, here I come!

"Maybe, maybe, maybe, you'll find something that's enough to keep you. But if the bright lights don't receive you, you can turn yourself around and come on home..."
Friday, February 27, 2004
Lock and Load
Getting the crosshairs lined up on what should be a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend. Tentative plans are to head up to Nashville tonight. We'll probably head downtown for some pool, then try to meet up with Bunny, Cassie, and everyone around 9:30 or 10. Will probably be leaving around 9:00 or so in the morning to head to the WPBA tournament. I think it is right at a 3-hour-drive. Plan to return Sunday night. If it's half as much fun as last year, it should be a blast. No KFC... No KFC... No KFC... No KFC.

Last night, shot some pool. Ate dinner at Applebees. Sat with Donna. She made me a banana split for my late birthday present. She was gonna make me one on my bday, but they were out of bananas.

Some humorous exchanges from the past couple of days...

"You remind me so much of him."
"Who, Jerry?"
"Yeah, because you always have something smart to say. But it's funny."
"Maybe that's why I'm still single, because I pattern my life after a TV character."

"Is that my banana?"

"Don't tell anyone else about it."
"Don't worry. You're the only person I ever talk to."

"You don't like Seinfeld?"
"I didn't say I didn't like it. I just don't love it like you do."
"Oh. Well. Few do."

"So are ya'll going to the movies?"
"I'm not sure ___ would find a 2-hour movie that you have to read all the lines in all that enjoyable." WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

No Friday Five today. Hmm. I should make up my own. LOL Things are looking busy today at work though. Do you ever stop to think about just how much information, entertainment, and garbage is at our disposal on this internet thing? I mean, when you start typing in that little box up there, there are virtually limitless places to go and pages to view. All by entering a rather short series of letters, numbers, dots, and other symbols. Wow.

In closing, I'm going to add this chick's blog to my links when I have time. She was blasting weather forecasters. (Marv Albert voice) "YES!!!"

And finally, Happy birthday to Tiffany, who is 24 today.

"I'm not talking bout moving in, and I don't want to change your life. But there's a warm wind blowing, the stars are out. And I'd really love to see you tonight..."
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Nice ailerons!!!
Well, when I went to the store this morning for my mid-morning snack, there was like a red '99 Sunfire there with a huge jet-wing-spoiler on back. It was probably about 18 inches tall. The guy was getting in the car when I came out, and I was so tempted to say something like, "Little windy for flying today, eh buddy?" Tee hee.

Mom fixed me some homemade soup yesterday. So I warmed some of that up for dinner last night. Mmmmm. I'm feeling better today than I have all week. Still a bit stuffy.

Daily (sorta) funny:

J: "Man, I'm lovin' this site. It's like Spammers, except it's nothing but Seinfeld."
K: "Sounds like you've found heaven."

Last night when I got home from Bible study, I flipped on the TV, and there was a woman blowing bubbles with gum with her nose on Ripley's Believe It Or Not. She has the world record for a 16 inch bubble. I have just one question: Why? OK, maybe two questions. How do you get started doing that? Are you sitting there one day thinking, you know, blowing bubbles with my mouth is nice, but it would be much cooler, messier, and nastier if I used my disgusting nose? Then I start thinking, who in the world is watching this show right at this moment? I mean, if you are watching TV, most people have sixty, eighty, a hundred or more channels to choose from, so who is going to say, You know there's nothing else on, I'm gonna watch this woman blow bubbles out her nose? So, I turned it after about 30 seconds.

Back to the jet wing... I have recently discovered that I really enjoy driving--shifting, steering, braking, signaling, accelerating, passing, curves, etc. I enjoy having the radio on, and the windows down, if possible. I mean, I'm not wasteful. I don't go driving just to be driving. But when I have somewhere to go, I sometimes really enjoy it. It's an ever-developing skill, really. I think maybe I got burned out a couple of years ago with all those six-hour trips to the beach. But driving has become fun again. Maybe I should've been a race car driver. Hmmm. Of course, that can be dangerous. Hmm. Yeah, maybe I should've been. LOL What?

Well, this has been some of the most pointless rambling I may have ever done. Hope you enjoyed.

"But the choices that we make in life, we gotta live with, whether they're right or wrong... Well, I hear you got a new man now, and I hope he treats you good. And I hope he's doing for you all them little things, that I never could..."
Unfair Campaign Tactics
Let's hope Ralph Nader doesn't get any ideas from this

"Take your records, take your freedom. Take your memories I don't need 'em. Take your space and take your reasons, but you'll think of me..."
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
I will not look at Veronica Varekova. I will not look at...
I know some of you are glad this wasn't standard procedure when you were in school. What? LOL

Seriously, dude, I didn't get to see one of those til I was 22. ROFL

Alternative school? You gotta be kidding me. When I was in school, kids used to pull out cigarette lighters in class and hold them up to your tail 'til you jumped or yelled. And then the teacher would just tell them to stop. Seriouslah.

Whatever happened to writing "I will not look at Veronica Varekova" a hundred times on the blackboard? ROFL

WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I think Letterman should have this kid on.

"What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it's gone. Past yourself, forget the light. Things look dirty when it's on. Funny how it comes to pass that all the good slips away.."
Daily funnies, weirdness, and some birthday wishes
A big happy birthday to Meredith today!!! She is 24, I think? We had sort of a lengthy relationship spanning 2000-20002. Definitely one of the sweetest gals I've ever dated.

Just received a random IM from some guy (which I thought for a moment was Kyle, playing a joke). Checked out the profile, and found out his interests include, well, um, to rephrase, performing certain lewd acts on in-shape, attractive, masculine guys. ROFL So I guess it's a good thing I didn't respond with my usual "Hey buddy." Anyway, after reading that, I closed out the box and ran like a frightened little girl. Hmmm, I hope the new picture on my AOL page doesn't make me look gay.

Daily funnies:
"I think the worst part of living at home would be not being able to invite chicks back to your place."
"Well, when you haven't had a date in two years, that isn't really a big problem." ROFL

(And this, while chatting with a 20 y.o. femme friend of mine)
Her: "I'm just ready to go back to work. I'm tired of sitting around my parents' house all day."
Me: "Well, you're young. At least you're not thirty."
Her: "What's wrong with being thirty?"
Me: "Nothing. I'm just saying if you were like thirty and didn't have a job."
Her: "Oh, yeah. That would be pretty sad."

I have no idea why I found that funny...

Oh, on the health front, I actually feel a little better today. Although I'm wondering if it's just a Nyquil hangover. Hopefully not. Boy, that Nyquil had me floating last night. Felt like I was back on the wobble weed for a minute there. What? ROFL Felt like Rush Limbaugh when he first gets home from the drug store. What?

"If we can't find a way out of these problems, then maybe we don't need this. Standing face to face, enemies at war, we build defenses, and secret hiding places..."
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Fat Tuesday
Well, on this day, I hearken back to the one time that I attended the Mardi Gras festival. Our experience was quite different from most, I'm sure. A rarity, to say the least. LOL And let's just leave it at that.

Still fighting a cold. Wanted to stay in bed sooooooo bad this morning. But I finally got up and went in, almost an hour late. Got to get well by this weekend. I think the stuffiness is messing with my mind. I park right next to the building here, facing the wall. I got in the truck a little while ago to run some errands and put it in first instead of reverse. I nearly plowed a hole in the wall of the building. LOL Wow, I need to be confined to a nursing home or something. Anyway, I think I'm passing on going out to eat tonight again. Need to get well. Oh yeah, and I forgot to get chicken noodle soup at the store. That was the main reason I was going. Geesh.

Saw Christy Hopkins at the grocery store. Wow, I haven't seen her in ages. She called me something I haven't been called in a long time.... No, nothing naughty. ROFL She was like "Is that J.T. Love?" Oh man, that was my nickname in high school, for reasons that will remain undisclosed here ;-) I guess it lingered for a few years afterward, because I worked with her like back in the day, 1993, 94, maybe. I dunno. She was always trying to fix me up with chicks. So she has a kid now, apparently. Anyway, let there be no doubt, if I haven't seen you in a long time, and then I see you... you're most likely going in the blog. Wooooooooooo!!!!

Hmmm, I probably shouldn't mention that nickname here, because I do not want it to be resurrected. I'm fine with Bone... or Little Nibbler... or JT.... or Human Jukebox... or Billiard Boy (thanks, Bunny... lol).

K, gonna have dinner with Kim, I think, and then watch the Bama game, and maybe a little of Super Millionaire. Sorry not more interesting. My mind doesn't seem to be real creative when I'm sick.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, sometime early this morning, celebrated my 3,000th visitor since moving my blog to blogspot October 29th. Wheeeeeeeee....

"It's what we did. It's who we were. She loved me and I loved her. I still do, and always will. I'll never feel the way she made me feel again..."
Regional differences
Here's a fun little quiz someone emailed me yesterday

My results? "87% (Dixie). Did you have any Confederate ancestors?"

Wow, I thought I'd be more towards the middle than that. Yeesh... or as Howard Dean might say... Rrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!

"Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand, just like that river twisting thru a dusty land. And when she shines she really shows you all she can. Oh Rio, Rio, dance across the Rio Grande..."
Monday, February 23, 2004
The absolute worst part...
...of being single is when you're sick. (Hmm, I think I've posted this exact entry before.) Seriously though, when you say those vows, "in sickness and in health", you better mean 'em.

Couldn't find anyone to bring me any dinner, so I got dressed and went to McDonald's. It was a nice night. Nice enough to roll down the windows in the truck. The forecast was rain all day, but I don't think it rained any here. Anyway, the 80's station played "Paradise City" by GNR on my way home. Man, that just made my night, put me right there on the beach. I can't wait to get back.

(anti-hetero warning)
Then I did what most guys probably did tonight, watched most of "Message in a Bottle." What the crap? Well, I did. I watched it. Who cares? I like it. (/end anti-hetero innuendo) Bobbie and I saw that together. Wow, that was 1999.

Watching Super Millionaire now. I wonder if they encourage the contestants to make these corny little comments about each question, or if they're just doing it on their own. Cos, well, they're really corny. I like this last chick that was on, from Boston or whatever. She just gave her answer and that was it. I like the "3 wise men" lifeline, too. That's cool.

Oh man, "Bird on a Wire" is on now. I also saw this movie at the theater, when I was seventeen! I was on a date with Paige. Wow.

Well, I think I'm about to drink some NyQuil and try to sleep.

"Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Oh want you please take me home, yeah yeah..."
A Cure for the Common Cold? (amended)
OK, I definitely have a head cold. I tried to fight it long as I could, but today, I've probably lost a pound in nasal mucus alone. OK, that was gross, I know.

Why don't all you sick people stay the freak at home?!?!!?!? OK, I don't stay at home either, but that's not the point. Tee hee. Come to think of it, hardly any of the sick people I've been around even read this.

Got an email from the Bunster today. Looks like she and Cassie will be hanging out in Nashville this weekend. Hopefully, I can make it up there Friday night to hang out with them, although we have to be up early Saturday to leave for the WPBA tournament, and her plane doesn't get in until 9 Friday night. See, if she had a blog, I could just link to it and you would already know all this ;-)

Daily funny:
(on phone around 2:00 PM)
K: "Hello."
J: "Whassup?"
K: "I just woke up."
J: "You gonna try to head up to Nashville Friday night or what?"
K: Oh man, I don't know. It's too early in the morning to think about stuff like that."

ROFL

Anyhow, went by to get some chicken stew and some Vitamin C. These little Halls drops only have 60 mg each, so I got some 1000 mg tablets, to try and rid myself of the Acquired Snotting Syndrome.

"Was it somethin I said or somethin I did? Did my words not come out right? Though I tried not to hurt you. Though I tried, but I guess thats why they say every rose has its thorn..."
In The News...
63 gallons... that'll be $100

Haz Mat... lol I'm proud to say that, so far in life, I've done nothing that required a Haz Mat crew to be called in.

Italian Men Pretend To Be Gay To Avoid Military Service

Gas Prices Approach Record Highs

OK, that one's not funny. Not funny at all.

"I remember Sunday mornings, walkin' on the beach. And that place we'd stop for breakfast, with the old red vinyl seats. The hours of the tide chart. The way the sunlight danced upon your face..."
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Dr. Van Nostrand from the clinic...
Hello sports fans, and welcome to another exciting edition of Sunday Night Blog Fun...

Sittin' here watchin' Seinfeld. "The Package" is on. Kramer is taking pictures of George in his underwear that he can give to photo-store Sheila. LOL

Haven't been feeling all that funny and creative the past couple of days, plus I've been gone a lot, thus the decrease in blog entries. I'm trying to fight off a cold. Since most everyone I know and have been around the past two weeks have been sick, I guess it was just a matter of time. So I've been resting mostly the past couple of days and pouring down the Vitamin C's to try and ward it off. Can't be sick for the WPBA tournament. T minus six days. That's gonna be some fun. I think it'll be better this year because I know more of what to expect after attending last year for the first time.

Watched a little of the NASCAR race today. It seemed to be a decent race. Close finish anyway. Went to eat at the steak house after church.

Need to get my taxes done soon. I don't plan on paying anyone to do it. Maybe I can find a free service online. Surely. Need to plan a beach trip after the billiards tournament. Late March/early April. Well, I guess that's about it for the most boring blog entry ever. Will try to be more entertaining later. Oh yeah, I was gonna work on some of my links and the look of the page here.

Oh man, this exchange is so funny...

Kramer: "Yes, I'm Doctor Van Nostrand from the clinic. I'm going to need Elaine Benes' chart. She's a patient of mine, and she's not going to make it. It's uh, very bad, very messy."
Receptionist: "I see and what clinic is that again?"
Kramer: "Uh, that's correct."
Receptionist: "Excuse me?"
Kramer: "From the Hoffer-Mandheim Clinic in Belgium."
Receptionist: "Really?"
Kramer: "The Netherlands?"

ROFL I love this show.

"I know you're only protecting yourself. I know you're thinking of somebody else. Someone who hurt you, but I'm not above making up for the love you've been denying you could ever feel. I'm not above doing anything to restore your faith if I can..."
Saturday, February 21, 2004
50 Ways To Lose In 8-Ball
Wow, I displayed a veritable array of ways to lose at pool Thursday night.

Game 1: Got to and sank the 8 ball on my third turn. Unfortunately, also sank the cue ball on my third shot. Loss.
Game 2: Got to the 8 pretty quick again. Missed it two or three times. Loss.
Game 5: Jumped out to a 7 ball lead. I'm shooting at the 8, while my opponent still has all his balls on the table. Several misses later, and you guessed it... Loss. Wow, that has never happened before.
Game 6: The old stand-by: Pocketing the 8 ball early. Loss.

The thing is, I played really well up until the 8 ball. Oh well. Had dinner at Applebees Thursday. Shot pool again after work Friday. Went by Jessica's. Her house is really nice. Very spacious. We ordered pizza. I actually got some sleep this morning. Got in bed a little after 2:00 and slept 'til nearly Noon.

While I can't give details right now until all contracts are signed, I think the Blog Assimilation Society is making good progress in the recruitment of Bunny, and possibly Shane. That should add more fun to the local blogging community.

A work funny from yesterday:

Sneeze, sneeze, sneeze, sneeze.
"Oh wow, you're a multiple sneezer." LOL

(From "The Good Samaritan")

George: Yes, I definitely waited. But let me say this. Once he passes on that option, that "God bless you" is up for grabs.
Jerry: No argument. Unless... she's one of these multiple sneezers, and he's holding his "God bless you" in abeyance, until she completes the series.
George: Well, I don't think she is a multiple sneezer, because she sneezed again later, and it was also a single.
Jerry: Maybe she was having an off night. ROFL

Also, this lady at work broke the toilet seat in one of the bathrooms. LOL So now, instead of the U-shaped seat, it's more like a J or an L. ROFL Just thought I'd share.

"Life ain't no, beauty show. We don't know where tomorrow ends. And when we're sad, it's kind of a drag. Awww, yeah..."
Friday, February 20, 2004
Smell Mail
New Technology Will Allow Users To Scent E-Mail

Kewl <@;o)

Of course, I'm not a big email person. ROFL Oh man.

"I wonder how you sleep. I wonder what you think of me. If I could go back, would you have ever been with me? I want you to be uneased. I want you to remember. I want you to believe in me. I want you on my side..."
Presenting the Friday Five
When was the last time you...

1. ...went to the doctor?

Um, I'd say maybe this past August or September. My theory is, the more you go, the more you have to go, so I try not to go too often.

2. ...went to the dentist?

I think it was 2002. Is that bad? $800, which was one of the cheaper dental visits I've had recently. That tends to get pushed to the bottom of my list of priorities when the money is being appropriated at my one-person budget summits.

3. ...filled your gas tank?

All the way? LOL Whenever was the last time I could afford to. I dunno. If I had that much money, I'd open up a small business. Seriouslah, I usually just get $10 or $15, which is like barely 9 gallons now :-(

4. ...got enough sleep?

Oh man. I don't think it has been in the year and a half that I've been at this job. Wow, I don't even really know. I know I don't get nearly enough. Sometimes on a Friday night/Saturday morning I might approach 8 hours, I guess. Actually, at the lake house last month, I think one night I went to bed about 3 and got up about 10, so that was nice. I've gotten about 9.5 hours combined the past two nights. Sleep is something I definitely need to work on.

5. ...backed up your computer?

Ha. Funny you should ask. Our main computer crashed at work last weekend, and just discovered that we hadn't done a backup in right at a year. Not good. At home, I really never do. There's nothing on there that is vital. I sort of hope it will get erased so the FBI will have no evidence. What? LOL OK, I don't even know what that means.

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right..."
Thursday, February 19, 2004
Billiards Tonight!!!
6:00 PM. Be there. Everyone is welcome. Don't worry about coming unannounced. We don't discriminate. We'll kick your tail anyway. Just ask Micah. ROFL Woooooooooo!!!!!!!

Oh man, it is sooo nice out. Just washed and vacuumed the truck. About to go for a run, I think.

Hey yaaaaaaaaa!!!!

"The sky it was gold, it was rose. I was taking sips of it through my nose, and I wish I could get back there, someplace. Back there smiling in the pictures she would take..."
The weather is here... wish you were beautiful...
Well, things have slowed down some at work. OK, well, not really. I've just decided to slow down and do less work. LOL

THE WEATHER IS SOOOO NICE!!!! It's neat how you can have like fifty straight cold, dreary, damp, cloudy, rainy, gloomy days, but one beautiful day just makes you forget all the bad. I am officially declaring today "The Nicest Day of 2004 So Far." Sunny and highs in the mid-60's is our forecast. It was pretty, but cooler yesterday. I went running. I needed it. People have stocked me up on junk food with my bday and VD being two days apart. I've got three boxes of candy here and a birthday cake which I've eaten two pieces of. I finished all but two of the chocolate oatmeal cookies that this lady at work made me. So, yeah. I need to quit.

There was an incident which occurred last night, which may just be a near-perfect microcosm of my singledom. I got invited over to a cute chick's house, but I decided it was more important to stay here and get some rest because I had to work in the morning. Hmm. Wow, that hearkens back to days of Kyle and Liz...

L: "I've got to finish moving tonight after work. I started last night but got so tired I fell asleep on the couch."
(long period of silence... J kicks K under the table)
K: "Well, I've gotta go to work in the morning."
Woooooooooo!!!!!!!

In Seinfeld news, "The Blood" was on last night. That's the episode with Kelly Waymire, who passed away last year, at like 36.

Kramer: "Well, somebody's baby-sitting."
Elaine: "You? I'm more responsible than you are."
Kramer: "Don't be ridiculous... Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go to fill my freezer with my own blood." ROFL

Went by to see my sister. She was watching Newlyweds. I caught the end of it. (Amber, aren't you proud?) He was trying to make a deal or something where she would guarantee to give him some three times a week for a year. Maybe I have a big misconception of marriage, but you've only been married a few months and already you're having to deal to get it three times a week? That's kinda sad. But like I say, my idea of marriage and reality might be completely different. Probably is. lol

Had a frozen pizza for dinner last night. There is no doubt that for the rest of my life, everytime I have a frozen pizza, I will remember the "Frozen Pizza Disaster of 1/25/04." Blech!!

Thought for the day: Look for contentment in material things, and you will never find it.

"Now I don't understand what happened to our love. Babe, I'm gonna get you back. I'm gonna show you what I'm made of. I can see you. Your brown skin shinin' in the sun. I see you walkin' real slow and smilin' at everyone..."
Seinology
I just joined Seinology today.

My user name is Yev Kassem. LOL Hardcore Sein fans will know who that is. Everyone else will not. Yes, it's from the show.

"You know it's funny how sometimes it don't work out like you want to. No, you never get nothing at all. Then she tells you that it's over. Boy, don't you hate it when it's over. I guess something just got lost. And it deeply saddens me..."
26.9 and Rising
Single and Smiling

OK, the only point of sharing this article is this stat. The average age at first marriage for men. Well, this article says 26.8, according to the 2000 Census. But I just read where it's up to 26.9 for 2002. I am doing my part to drive that number higher. ROFL Actually, I'm probably helping to drive the female number up, too. I've run off more than my fair share. WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

"I know you don't want to hear what I say. I know you're gonna keep turning away. But I've been there and if I can survive, I can keep you alive. I'm not above going thru it again. I've not above being cool for a while. If you're cruel to me I'll understand..."
Road versus Treadmill
I have been discussing and researching this debate the past couple of days. To me, I think you have to run a "farther" distance on a treadmill to get the same workout you do on the road. But looking around online, there's not a lot of hard evidence to be found. Of course, no one at a gym who is trying to get you to pay them a monthly membership fee is going to tell you running on a road is better than running on their treadmill.

I did find this article. It's pretty good, if you have time to read it. Here are a lines I liked from the article:

"six-minute miling pace on a treadmill usually produces lower heart and oxygen consumption rates than same-pace running on the track..."

"There is little doubt that treadmill training is better for fitness than a completely sedentary lifestyle, and there is no question that non-competitive joggers can improve their overall fitness on a treadmill..."

To me, the #1 thing you cannot account for on a treadmill is wind resistance. You can't overstate how important that is, or maybe I should say, how big a difference that makes. From experience, even a light wind makes a big difference if you're running into it.

#2 is the shock and jarring that your body takes on the road. Treadmill running is definitely gentler, and better for your knees, I'm sure.

I just think if you were to run two miles on a treadmill today, and two miles on the road tomorrow, you would definitely feel it more from the road. And those are the main two reasons, in my opinion. It seems like you get a lot more out of breath on the road as well.

Also, on the treadmill, there's really no propelling yourself forward. It is running and all you're doing is stepping, basically. While your grounded foot is on the mill, you lose something, because the mill moves it for you, if that makes sense.

There are two advantages to running on the road, that might make it seem a little easier than the mill. First of all, the change of scenery probably keeps it from being as boring. Secondly, you don't have the natural cooling of the air hitting your body in a gym. Of course, if you're watching TV in a well air-conditioned gym, then those points are no good. lol

Of course, the treadmill has advantages. Besides being a lot less jarring to the body, you don't have to worry about weather. And, you can keep a steady pace. It's sometimes difficult to stay at the same speed on the road.

Lastly, I'm not really sure how accurately a computer can measure distance. I remember we used to have a stationary bike when I lived at home, and I could knock out five miles on that thing in no time. Speaking of, I need to tune up my bike and start riding again.

So, road or treadmill? Well, I'd say whichever works best for you. The main thing from a fitness standpoint is increasing the heart rate and burning calories, right? But I would say to try out both. And don't fool yourself into thinking that just because you knock out three miles on the mill, that it's going to be that easy on the pavement. And if you're training for distance running, I'd say definitely take the road most of the time. However, I think the mill could be used to supplement road training, on rainy days, and also to help pace yourself. Oh well. I hope you enjoyed today's discussion. And keep in mind, all this comes from a road runner. Beep beep. ROFL Oh man, that was the corniest thing I've ever said. I should really delete that. I really should.

"It always seemed such a waste. She always had a pretty face. I wondered why she hung around this place..."
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
The blog entry you've all been waiting for...
I have no idea what that means. I'm running out of titles.

Kinda busy yesterday. Had about 20 things to do. Got about 5 or 6 done. Finished laundry. Cleaned up the house a little. Temps are supposed to be in the sixties Thursday and Friday. That would be really nice. Heard from Bunny. She is getting moved into her new condo, with her new roomate. Flying into Nashville next weekend, so we'll all have to try and get together, although it conflicts directly with our WPBA trip.

Went by to see my sister and she was flipping channels. I saw some billiards on and I was like, "Go back!" She flipped back and I was like, "Oh, Ralph Souquet and Francisco Bustamante." She was like, "I'm not believing you know their names." ROFL WOOOOOOOO!! What? I thought everyone knew The Kaiser and Django.

She had bought me the movie, Naked Gun 33 1/3, awhile back, and gave it to me last night. I love all three of those movies. K came to town last night and we ate at the Steakhouse. I had the hamburger steak. Good, as always. Why do other places find it so difficult to properly cook a steak to order?

Nightly funny:
K: "Well, I've got to try and get some sleep.... 10 hours a night just isn't enough." ROFL

Why does everyone remark about Nelly being my IM icon? I dunno. Everyone thought the blue "Be Mine" heart was geigh. I can't win. lol

"Here we go again, ashamed of being broken in. We're getting off track. I wanna get you back again. I want you to trouble me. I wanted you to linger. I want you to agree with me. I want so much, so bad..."
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
A Little Sein-link Love
Seinology

Pretty cool site, with Sein links, scripts, episode guide, and message board. Right now, on the message board, they are doing a Seinfeld Survivor, voting on each season's episodes. Right now, they have reached Season Six, and it is down to the final two, "The Race" and "The Fusilli Jerry." I voted to vote off "The Race."

Anywho, check it out.

"Some people stay far away from the door, if there's a chance of it opening up. They hear a voice in the hall outside, and hope that it just passes by. Some people live with the fear of a touch, and the anger of having been a fool. They will not listen to anyone, so nobody tells them a lie..."
Power Up, Time
Remember on 1943, you got like three little points and you could add to your offensive power, your defensive power, your special weapons, and to your energy or whatever? Well, I would like to power up my "time in the day" 2 points, and also my sleep 1 point. LOL There's not enough of either to go around. But I suppose if I was bored, I'd be... well, bored.

Trying not to let my blogging slack too much, though. Here's some randomness:

To show you how much I watch TV, I had no idea Raymond had a kid. I was flipping thru last night and came across "Everybody Loves Raymond." Apparently, they have a daughter, who looks to be 8-10 years old. Did they adopt her? I mean, I've probably watched that show maybe five times in my entire life, but surely I would have seen her before now. lol

Did I dream this, or is there really a birth control patch? I think I may have dreamed it. If not, I was thinking it looked like one of those SNL spoof commercials. It was like, "Say goodbye to the pill. Now I've got the patch." And showed this chick with a little white patch, about 3 inches by 3 inches on her back. Another chick was wearing one on her arm. ROFL I can just see SNL doing this, some chick has one on her face or something. I'm sure you can imagine how those zany SNL writers would make that quite humorous. Of course, I suppose if they were strategically placed, they really could work ;-)

I love the Seinfeld that was on last night, "The Voice." La la laaaaaaaaa!!! Talk to meeeeee!! Unfortunately, I am on video more than once with my bellybutton talking. lol Woooooooooo!!! That's also the one where Kramer hires an assistant. LOL

He and Jerry are in Jerry's apartment talking:

K: "Do you have any idea how much time I waste in this apartment?"
J: "I could ballpark it." ROFL

"Breaking up is like knocking over a coke machine. You can't do it in one push. You've got to rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over."

"You cannot quit me so quickly. There's no hope in you for me. No corner you could squeeze me. But I got all the time for you, love..."
Jenny, Jenny
867-5309 for sale on Ebay

Well, you know Mister Eighties had to post about this. Only Tommy Tutone could still be making headlines after 20 years.

"Jenny, I've got your number. I need to make you mine. Jenny, don't change your number... 867-5309. 867-5309. 867-5309. 867-5309. I got it, I got it, I got it. I got your number on the wall..."
Monday, February 16, 2004
DefCon 1
Oh man, you don't even wanna know how busy work was today. We had major computer problems over the weekend. Our main computer crashed. So turns out we've lost probably 25-40% of our files. Tough to say for sure right now. So we're like on CompCon 1 until further notice, which means:

1. No fun and a lot more work for me.
2. Greatly reduced time on the internet. (which is closely related to #1)
3. No easily accessible exits. (Seriously, they locked the doors today)
4. A maximum of fifteen minutes for lunch.

I may be going in Saturday and/or Sunday to work over and try to get everything straightened out and reloaded. I've had a splitting headache since about 9 or 10 this morning. There's just so much to get done, ASAP, you know. Our computer guy doesn't help things. He delivered our new comp today, so after he left I spent the next two hours trying to actually get the computer working. He knows nothing about the settings and such, so half of them were screwed up once he left. He makes $125/hour. Yet I have to go behind him to actually get things functioning? Something's wrong there.

OK, I want to forget about work until tomorrow. Let's see, what else? Watched a large part of the Daytona 500 yesterday. It was maybe the most boring NASCAR race I have ever watched. They seriously need to change things back how they were a few years ago. It's like the first four cars running in line, nose-to-tail, for the last 20 laps. That's excitement right there. Oh well. Ran by the Establishment of Tasty Delights and Cute Watresses last night after church. Sat with Beth. Kyle was sick as a dog. Man, he's been sick for awhile. I'm still suckin' down V-C's to try and ward off the funk. Came home and watched a bit of the NBA All-Star game. Wasn't all that exciting either, truthfully. I mean, you can only watch Shaquille O'Neal dunk so many times, right?

Funny from Saturday:
"Something is wrong with this picture: Three girls have called me tonight with no plans for Valentine's Day, yet here I sit with you." ROFL

Watched a couple of Seinfelds last night, too--"The Handicap Spot" and "The Old Man."

George: "What I don't get is, just because the battery is dead, you'd think she'd be able to roll up the hill with her hands!"
Kramer: "You'd think."
George: "I mean, batteries have gone dead before. Aren't they prepared? Must be one of those rich, spoiled handicapped people, who didn't want to do any work, and just wanted to sit in her wheelchair and take it easy." ROFL

K, sorry about the long blog hiatus. I'll try to be more creative lata...

"Though you haven't made your mind up yet, I would never do you wrong. I've known it from the moment that we met. There's no doubt in my mind where you belong..."
Sunday, February 15, 2004
It's 3 AM, I must be... crazy?
Rainin' like a mutha outside. Snow? No, I don't think so. The forecasters around here must've forecast snow at least ten times this winter. Amount I've seen? A few flurries. Twice. Of course I'm used to it. I think it's all for ratings. People will watch whoever is calling for the best chance. Weather forecaster. How bogus. I wish it would snow some. Maybe it will. I doubt it.

On to better things... After work, went by Matt's to get another check. He had written me one dated April (by mistake, supposedly) so I got another one. Went to shoot pool for a bit. Just a bunch of couples up there. Some dude was up there wanting to play. I actually beat him twice. I'm always surprised when I win. LOL Michelle was working. She was saying she had dumped her boyfriend last weekend, and decided to work instead of sitting home alone on VD. Seems like I've heard that one before.

After that, some friends of mine were going bowling, so I decided I might as well do that rather than go home. Ended up having a pretty good time. It was the first time I had been bowling in well over a year. I actually did pretty well, considering--164, 161, & 200, I think. 175 avg. Not bad for me. Needed a spare and 9 in the 10th to hit 200, and got it exactly. That's always a nice goal to attain.

Got home to find that Bobbie had called. No message, just call ID. Freak! I hate I missed that. Oh well. Gotta get in da bed...

"So long ago, I don't remember when. That's when they say I lost my only friend. They say she died easy of a broken heart disease..."
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Happy VD All!
Well, the day is here. The over-hyped, over-commercialized, supposed celebration of love. LOL I'm wearing my Valentine's boxer-briefs today. TMI. Woooooooo!!!

I must share this funny from a female friend of mine:

"Well i have written a book called "How to Handle Being Single on Valentine's Day for 23 Years and Still Be Able to Pull the Gun Away from your Head," if you would like to use it as a guide on how to spend your day. LOL

Funny stuff. Sounds like something I'd come up with. I dunno. The saddest part about Valentine's Day for me is thinking that there are thousands of cute, single, sweet females who are going to be lonely. I hate that.

Had a good, but late night last night. My thither took me out to dinner at the steak house. It was great, as always. Got home around 8:30. K wanted to head to H'ville to shoot pool. So we did. That was the best I had played on the long tables in awhile. There was a hottie walking around with a basket of Valentine's goodies for sale.

She was like, "Have you already gotten something special for your someone special?"
I said, "Well I don't have anyone special this year." ROFL
I then directed her to Kyle and said, "He's got someone special. Don't let him lie to you."
She was like, "Well he looks like he's already got it taken care of."
And Kyle was like, "Yeah, yeah." Then when she walked off. "Oh man, that was a big one right there." ROFL

Went to AB's after that. Just drank some tea. Starting getting calls from work on my cell. Major computer problems. So I ended up going by there after we got back. Looks like a crash to me. Got home about 1:45.

Went to Cardinal for lunch. Got a chili dog and some nachos (cough, cough). Gotta work here in a bit. Watching the Bama/Tennessee basketball game. It is sooooo nice outside today. I mean, it must be about 55. Sunny. Little wind. Might run by the car wash on my way to work. I get off at 6. Don't know what's going on after that. Fighting off the urge to call any ex-girlfriend. That's never a good idea. Is it? lol

Hmm, I haven't shaved today. Just realized that. Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day!

"I'm beaten and battered. Well if my dreams get shattered, then pain gives me the right to be unkind..."
Uh.. You've got... um..uh.. something... uh... in your teeth...
You're having a nice dinner with someone. Let's say someone of the opposite sex. You're talking, then looking down to eat your food, looking back up to talk, when, EWWWW! You see a large speck of something lodged between their front teeth. Thus today's dilemma: How do you tell someone they have something in their teeth?

Well, if you're in a larger group and don't want to embarrass them, you might "eye" them to get their attention, then sorta point at your own teeth to give them the idea.

However, in a one-on-one situation, I think that it all depends on how well you know the person. If you hardly know them at all, then you don't say anything. You have to be comfortable with someone to tell them something this vital. This could also go for people you aren't particularly fond of. lol That way, for the rest of the night, they'd look like a complete moron to others.

If you're pretty good friends, then you might just come out and say it, "You've got something between your teeth." That is loosely translated, "You have a large nasty black something between your teeth and if you don't take steps immediately to extricate it, I may lose my lunch."

And finally, if you really know the person, maybe you've been dating for a year or married for a couple of years or something, you might just reach right over there and pick it out yourself. LOL "Hang on....mmmph... there! Hmmm...Looks like some pepper." (flick it off your finger)

Well, I'm hungry now. Time for lunch. lol

"What's the matter girl? Well don't you think I'm good enough. This old man had a hard time gettin' here. You can leave your number at the door..."
Friday, February 13, 2004
The Friday (the 13th) Five
I thought this Friday Five was a little lame. But that's probably because superstition is not my thing. I guess it fits the day though, right?

1. Are you superstitious?

I don't think so. Unless you consider low-level OCD to be superstitious. I have sliding closet doors in my bedroom, and every night I have to go and push them as far as they will go to make sure they're closed, even though most of the time they're already closed. Weird.

I guess I have done the "knock on wood" thing several times. And sometimes when a black cat crosses the street in front of me, I'll speed up to make sure it has crossed my path... but nothing bad ever happens. What?

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?

The only thing I can even think of that anyone I know ever does is eating blackeyed peas on New Year's Day, which is supposed to bring good luck in the new year, I think. Seems like I've heard stories of athletes doing crazy stuff, like wearing the same underwear or socks or something while they're winning. I guess if it gives you confidence that something good is going to happen, then that can only help you.

I do have a friend who rarely leaves home on Friday the 13th. Of course, he pretty much never leaves home anyway. LOL

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?

I haven't ranked my favorite superstitions lately, so I really couldn't say. Back in the day, when riding in cars with girls, seems like they used to do this silly thing when we would cross railroad tracks where they hit the top of the car and yelled something. I can't remember what they yelled, but I kinda like that one, because it seemed to make them happy... plus there were girls in the car. You gotta love that. lol

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?

No, I don't think so. I like the number 4. And 23. But I don't consider them lucky. I mean, I've said "what luck" and "good luck" and "I'm so lucky" and stuff like that before, but those are more just expressions, I think. We shouldn't mistake luck for blessings.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?

No. I don't know that much about it though. My question is, do we consider people nutty because they become astrologers, or do people become astrologers because they're nutty? Tee hee. (Wow, I'll probably get some backlash from the Astrologers & Seers Society on that one.)

"I like the limited edition, khaki and army green. Patent leather pin stripe, you should see how I do the strings. Size twelve with the strap. Red and white with the cardinal cap. All flavors, well it just depends on when and where I'm at..."
Thursday, February 12, 2004
"Those aren't my underwear!!!!"
It's a pretty scary thing when you're putting up laundry, and you find a pair of briefs in there, when all you ever wear are boxers. Ewwwww!! How the freak did that happen?

That's almost as scary as being at someone's house, going to the bathroom, and when you flush, the water starts coming UP! LOL

More birthday stuff...

"Eighty-six the candles. I'm scared of the bright lights."

Kyle got all the Applebee's girls to sign my birthday card. That was pretty cool. Chatted with Amanda for a bit tonight. Had a message from Amy on my machine when I got home. Got calls earlier today from Tiffany, Jen, my aunt, and Melody. I'm sure I'm leaving someone out. But thanks for all the birthday wishes the past couple of days. It was great to hear from everybody. Got to see Beth and Donna tonight. Jessica (#3) was up there eating, too, and gave me a big hug. She was lookin' really cute. I think my thither ith going to take me out for dinner tomorrow night.

Random (disturbing) exchange:
Me: "So what are you doing for Valentine's Day?"
Beth: "Working. A double."
Me: "Really?"
B: "Yeah. What are you doing?"
Me: "Nothing."
(awkward pause)
B: "Yeah, I'm working. Why would I want to sit home alone and be depressed all night?"
(another awkward pause)

What's that you say? Oooooh!!! It was at THAT POINT that I was supposed to say THAT?! Oh!!! Well, at least I'll know next time. lol

Don't forget the Friday Five, manana.

"Well I guess it's been a good year, for roses and aggressions, for flowers and freeways. And I guess I'll put a smile on. Get a new girlfriend. Yeah, put a new hat on..."
Hey Shawty...
..it's my birthday.

Kinda taking a little bloggin' hiatus today. Lots of calls and IM's from folks. That's the best part about it all, to me. Not the gifts or anything. Just people thinking of you. It's just been really nice catching up with different folks. Really. Nice.

Tammy cooked me some chocolate oatmeal cookies and brought them this morning, along with a 20 ounce Mountain Dew. Mmmmm. I'm gonna be fat! Then the owners sent a chocolate cake, some chips and dip, and a six-pack of Mountain Dews. For some reason, people must think I like Mountain Dew. Again. I'm gonna be fat!

Had home-cooked pork chops, green beans, fried potatoes, and other stuff for lunch. Mmmmm! Had a nice conversation with Jess this morning as well. She just bought a house, and is moving in this weekend. Congratulations!

I must include this funny (this isn't about anyone in particular):
"What is the deal with him and Tammy, are they together?"
"No. ROFL He hasn't even called her since that weekend."

When people ask how old I am, and I tell them, I've gotten this response several times the past couple of days: "Oh really?! I didn't think you were that old!" Or "I thought you were 27 or 28." So, I'm not sure how to take that. I guess it's better than, "Oh wow, I thought you were like forty or something." LOL

"And I thought of all the bad luck, and the struggles we went through. How I lost me, and you lost you. What are these voices outside love's open door? Make us throw off our contentment, and beg for something more..."
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
The final day of my thirtieth year...
...turned out to be a good day, a really good day.

I got calls from two people today that I haven't heard from in months. So I'm sitting here in a listless languor and my cell phone rings. Turns out to be Jen, who I've dated off and on three or four times over the past three years. We had a nice little chat. Hadn't heard from her in at least three months.

Then I go to church and afterwards my usual Wednesday night, second job, in the rain... I stop by home to change clothes and I have a message on my home phone. Turns out to be Bobbie, the girl I was engaged to many moons ago, calling to wish me a happy birthday. Wow! I have not talked to her since like last summer sometime. Anyway, I have no time to talk so I figure I'll call her when I get done. So while I'm out I run into Charlotte, this girl I went to church with like many years ago. I ask where she's working and she's like "They're hiring," and tells me to put her name down on my resume. So I'm all stoked about that.

Then, the usuals-- Mandy was working and Jonathan was coming out of Food World. I promise I have run into him at least four of the last five weeks up there on Wednesday night. LOL So I call Bobbie back when I get home. We had a nice conversation, catching up on everything. We always had this relationship, even after we split up, maybe especially after we split up, where we could talk about anything. Sorta like Nina on Seinfeld that time ("The Betrayal"). We never had a bad conversation. LOL

Anyway, it was just really nice to hear from people I haven't heard from in awhile, you know. It's good to hear from friends and acquaintances. I mean, isn't that what life is all about? The people we touch, and those who touch our lives. Then I had a message from Bunny. Turns out she has been in Kansas City at some conference. Good to hear from her, too. She always sends bday cards, and cards for every holiday. It was just a good night overall. Thank you, Lord.

Well, thirty-one, here I come... ready or not. (Hmm, actually that should be the final day of my thirty-first year...technically.)

"I think I'll take a moment, to celebrate my age. The ending of an era. The turning of a page. Now it's time to focus in on where I go from here. Lord, have mercy on my next thirty years..."
Be Mine, Be Mine, Be Mine
OK, several of my male friends have indicated they find my AOL IM buddy icon, which happens to be a light blue heart which flashes the words "Be Mine", well, as J-Mo put it..."your buddy icon is a little on the gay side dude."

Well, look, I can't be switching icons just because I'm talking to a guy, then switch back when I'm talking to a chick. So deal with it. Just because you have a heart icon, you're single, thin, neat, and enjoy Phil Collins music... where was I going with this? ROFL It'll all be over this weekend, and I'll be back to my normal hetero icon.

In other news, as I was leaving work, I was like, "Well take a good look. This is what thirty looks like. You'll never see it again."

No cards in the mail today. I did get a "Happy Almost Your Birthday" call.

Had to air my tire up again today. I may be getting close to having to purchase new ones. That's all I can think of. Gonna study a bit and finish putting up clothes.

"Shot thru the heart and you're to blame. Darling, you give love a bad name. I play my part and you play your game. You give love a bad name..."
Vitamin C
I've gotten my Mom and sister started on Vitamin C drops now. These people recommened 3,000 mg per day.

I've been sucking on these drops for about a week now. Dad has been big on Vitamin C for years. He's been taking V-C supplements since the 80's and hasn't looked back. LOL And I could count on one hand the number of colds he's had in that time. Seriously.

"All you've got is this moment. Twenty-first century's yesterday. You can care all you want. Everybody does. Hey, that's OK..."
Flashback, July 2003
For some reason this morning, I've been thinking about being on that bus from Jersey to NY. We're flying thru the Lincoln Tunnel at 75 mph, with cars on all sides, looking down at the cars, seeing them come within seemingly inches of us as we speed around curves. And we're all just sorta laughing, oooh'ing and aaah'ing like we're on some ride at an amusement park.

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! I miss NY. I wanna be in Battery Park, reading the Daily News and eatin' a gyro.

Back to my scintillating life here in Nowhere, USA... Mom has gotten sicker... or more sick (whichever is correct). Her tests all came back negative, but it sounds to me like maybe strep has developed since she had the tests. I gave her some TheraFlu and Vitamin C drops yesterday. She's worse than me about not going to the doctor. Guess I came by that honestly.

The drive in this morning was quite eventful. I take a shortcut which is two-lane most of the way, so I almost always pass several cars. Well, there seemed to be an unusual amount of traffic in the other lane today, plus it was foggy, but with some quick decision-making, I still managed to pull off several passes with deft precision. I don't know why in the world anyone would want to drive to work going 45 or 50 miles per hour. Hmm, what did I say yesterday about being in a hurry? LOL Then, I had the moron who decided he didn't want to be passed and sped up to 75 when I was going around. But I made it around. No road rage.

Checked my credit card this morning. They finally charged it for the WPBA tix. I was beginning to get worried, since I ordered them Thursday. Looks like I saved at least forty bucks by not going thru Ticketmaster. Yay me!

Oh well, just about finished up laundry. Exciting! Got one more load to pull out of the dryer when I get home. Watched most of the Bama/Kentucky basketball game last night. I did get to see last week's "Friends." I haven't watched it all season, I don't think. But NBC reran last Thursday's ep last night. Pretty funny when Ross and Monica discover they actually kissed each other when they were in college.

Speakin' of Friends, Happy birthday to Jen today. Year after year, she continues to have the best hair of any female celebrity. LOL

Why do I love Spin Doctors so much, when they only really ever had two songs? LOL

"If you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you'd like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. If you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you want to talk for hours, just go ahead now..."
In the news
Yellow Snow Links Crook To Crime Scene

There's a headline I bet you never thought you'd see. I think that's like Rule 2b in Section 3.4 of the Criminal's Manual.

Man Fined $217,000 For Speeding

Speeding fines based on income. Hmm. I like it!

French Woman Marries Dead Man

And all this time, I've been limiting myself to girls who are alive. ROFL

"But the warm summer breezes, and French wines and cheeses, put his ambition at bay. Summers and winters scattered like splinters. And four or five years slipped away..."
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Pet Peeve #27
I hate when I answer the phone at work and the first thing the person says is, "Oh, you actually answered your phone" or "Well I didn't think anyone was there" or something along those lines. My usual response is CLICK. But today, for some reason, I actually didn't hang up. That's a rarity.

In other good news, this blog is now at the top of yahoo's list on searches for:

"gonorrhea from a tractor", applebees

ROFL Another of my goals has been met. That comes from this post.

Got another bday card today. Wow, they're coming in early. Two yesterday and one today. That's pretty much all the people I know, I think. LOL Doing laundry. Back to it.

"I'm not sayin' there was nothing wrong, I just didn't think you'd ever get tired of me. And I'm not sayin' we ever had the right to hold on. I just didn't wanna let it get away from me..."
This is interesting...
Atkins diet creator was obese; had heart disease

I'll let you chew on that for awhile...

"Shouldn't have looked back, man I'll always regret it. Something's goin' on and I'll probably never get it. She was crying like a baby, stupid, dumb. It's just too bad that girl's a bum..."
Couldn't help but laugh...
...when I read J-Mo's blog. It's "that time of the month, huh?" ROFL

I can also relate to the pants story. A couple of female acquaintances of mine alerted me to a similar much-needed update to my own wardrobe several months ago. Gotta listen to the chicks, man. After all, isn't that the only reason we buy new clothes? LOL I pretty much owe all my fashion knowledge in the past year to Jessica, Amber, and my sister. Thanks. Oh, and I can't forget dirty Nelly for the band-aid and the boggan. LOL WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

In other news, Dad called yesterday and needed help moving a box. So I went there after work. Only took about half an hour. He was all talking about his surgery and what to do if something happened or if there were complications. I mean, I know things happen, but I don't like to think negative like that.

Went to Wal-Mart, as I said earlier. The woman in front of me chose to pay by the method of the CHECK. (long sigh) Don't you always dread when the person in front of you pulls that out, just a little? LOL Funny how impatient we are sometimes. What are we in a hurry for in life? Death? Is that what we're rushing to get to? Relax. Enjoy your time in the Wal-Mart line. It's part of life. A seemingly bigger part with every passing day. LOL

Wathced "Two and a Half Men" last night. Never watched it before. It was pretty funny. Better than reality TV. Except for Super Millionaire. When is that starting?

Had my Eagles CD in the past few days...

"You can't hide your lyin' eyes. And your smile is a thin disguise. I thought by now you'd realize, there ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes..."
Here it comes...
Preparing for the first Valentine's Day that I've really been single since at least 1994...

This is going to be different. Spending it on the other side. LOL Wait, that didn't sound exactly correct.

If you do have someone to spend Valentine's Day with, let me just say, don't forget your single friends. I can see that I was very guilty of that in the past. This can be a very difficult time for someone "between relationships." I would imagine it is even worse when Valentine's Day falls on the weekend, as it does this year. I regret that I have often forgotten about my single friends in the past. I guess some of them are married now, so they can forget about me this year. LOL

Obviously, it is a holiday created to make money for jewelry stores, candy companies, greeting card companies, florists, etc. But that doesn't lessen the feeling that many feel on this day. Besides, it has been my experience that when you're dating someone, every holiday you spend together is special, not to mention birthdays and anniversaries. So was it really necessary to create this day? No. Just another reason to spend money. You can't fight it. Guys who don't spend money end up looking like a loser and a cheapskate. Let us all remember, real love is not measured in any way by material things. The way you treat someone, the care you show them, the compromises and sacrifices you make, that's what matters. Love isn't something you say, it's something you do.

Some may say, "Bone, you don't seem to be depressed about being single on Valentine's Day." Well, this is true. I have learned, or I should say, I am learning "in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Plus, like I said, it's going to be something different this year. Also, I'm looking forward to saving that money. LOL Just kidding. Man, can't a guy crack a joke? Although I bought four Valentine's cards at Wal-Mart last night. What's up with that?

Let me share some words of encouragement:

"I would that all men were even as I myself....."
"I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry..." (I Cor. 7)

And in closing, whether single or a couple, if you know someone who you think might be feeling down Saturday, give them a call, or stop by to see them. Or, yes, even send them a card.

Wow, this has strangely hopped back and forth from serious to light-hearted, almost disconcertingly. K, that's all for now... fortunately.

"I guess I've grown tired. It's just what's expected of me, to tear your heart from the inside to the outside. You know I was wired. I just didn't mean it the hundred thousand times I hurt you... Dear Joan, I wanted to say I'm sorry for the screaming last night, and the nights before..."
Monday, February 09, 2004
New tires? Naaaah!!!
Blogging away while somebody somewhere is wondering if the correct plural form of Grammy is Grammies or Grammys, or if no one really knows, so they just say Grammy Awards...

Went out for my mid-morning snack. Now the gas pumps at the Shell station where I go to are the most difficult I have ever used to stop exactly on the dollar. Probably one out of every four or five times, I go to 10.01 or 15.01 or whatever. So I mentioned that to the blonde chick that is always working in there, and she said that a lot of people have that problem. Of course, it's no biggie since I usually get a snack, too, so it's not going to come out even anyway, or I pay with a check card.

Anyway, picked up a Dr. Pepper and bag of pretzels. Then noticed my tire was low again, so I checked the pressure and it was down to 21 psi. Now, if the gas pumps are a bit temperamental, the air machine is even more fickle. First of all, I think the hose has four leaks in it, and that is probably the main problem. Once I was getting air there, or thought I was, and when I checked the pressure, I had lost like 10 pounds. LOL So anyway, I finally got it up to around 30 and came back to work. Sure I could buy new tires, but where's the fun in that?

Did anyone see Seinfeld last night? "The Opera" was on, where Elaine's boyfriend turns out to be Crazy Joe Divola. LOL Well, he's stalking Jerry so Jerry is locking his apartment door. He and George are inside the apartment and you hear this loud thump at the door. Jerry goes to the door and is like, "Who is it?" Kramer is like, "It's me." So he opens the door and Kramer is on the floor. LOL He's like, "When did you start locking your door?" ROFL

"That's all that I need, yeah. Someone else to cling to. Someone I can lean on until I don't need to. Just stay all thru the night and in the morning let me down. That's all that I need, right now..."
Grindin' away
Two hours into another 40-hour-week. I think I may have to work this Saturday, so that'll be more than 40. Actually watched a few minutes of the Grammy Awards last night. Was turning back and forth between that and "Black Sheep" (with Farley and Spade) on Comedy Central. MB20 didn't win anything. Then I sorta got disinterested when the awards went into their 20-minute funk tribute. What was up with that?

Bundled up, braved the cold and the wind, and went running yesterday afternoon. I seem to be getting more motivated to do that here lately. Had dinner at Applebees last night after church. Sat with Beth. She was like, "You better not order any beef." Cos the last two times I did, a burger and steak, they were way undercooked. So I got some wings and a Caesar's salad.

Been suckin' down Vitamin C drops, a la Jeanette Lee (see flashback below), to ward off any possible sickness. Kyle was coughing and wheezing the other night, and sounded like he was coming down with something. He said several people at band practice were spreading the love. lol So I quarantined myself from that for a couple of days.

/Flashback... February 2003... I have the worst cold I've had in a few years.

Saturday...inside the billiards arena - "Jeanette could I get a picture with you."
"Sure, let's do it outside." Outside, some other paparazzi are bothering her, and she says, "No, I believe these guys were first." So I put my arm around her, we pose, picture is snapped.

The following day, in the snack shop downstairs... sitting there eating some crap food, when we spot JL coming towards us. She speaks.

"You guys playing in the amateur tournament?"
"No, we're just here to observe... You look tired."
"Uh, I woke up this morning with a horrible cold. I don't know where I could have gotten it."
(I turn my head the other way) I don't know anything about that.
"Anyway, I've been sucking on Vitamin C drops all morning trying to get better."

/end Flashback

Another random funny... my aunt called Friday to ask what my work email address was. She was like, "Well sometimes I get stuff that I think you'd like. Are you a big email person or would you rather not be bothered?" ROFL I was like, "Eh, it doesn't matter. Just send it on." Woooooooooo!!!! Turns out it was the Captain Kangaroo/Mister Rogers hoax she was forwarding.

"Marry him or marry me. I'm the one that loves you baby can't you see. I ain't got no future or family tree. But I know what a prince and lover ought to be..."
Sunday, February 08, 2004
I'm glad I'm not the only one...
...who thinks Joe Lieberman favors Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner on "Alf" and later, Norm MacDonald's boss on "Norm."

Last night on SNL's Weekend Update, they reported that Lieberman had dropped out of the race, and can now return to his regular job, as the dad on "Alf." ROFL

"So oftentimes it happens, that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key. Me, I'm already gone. And I'm feeling strong..."
Saturday, February 07, 2004
Quintessential Winter Day
That's what was today was to me. Cold and gray and windy. The streets around here seemed much emptier than normal. And me? Well, my body apparently decided it was time to catch up on sleep. Six months of five or six hours per night must've finally caught up with me. I got in this morning around 3:00. Got to bed about 4:30. Woke up at 11. Then laid back down around 2 and slept til 4:30. Hmmm, looking at it like that, I only got nine hours total. Still, I needed it, no doubt.

That brings to mind what I like to call my "sleep-exercise conundrum." When I get home in the afternoons, I am usually so tired that I skip out on running or whatever. This is undoubtedly caused by going to bed between 11 and 12 and getting up at 5:15 every morning. Those sort of hours never seemed to bother me years ago. But apparently I now need a little more rest. So, the answer would seem to be simple--get to bed earlier. Yet, for some reason, I seem to have a real problem doing that. I know I need to, but night after night after night, it is usually 11 or 11:30 before I lie down. (prepare for overused thought-ending phrase...) Oh well. LOL

All this did lead to a recent funny:
Me: "So how many hours of sleep do you get each night?"
K: "I probably average eleven or twelve." ROFL

Other recent funnies:
"Just go into a blackout period before Valentine's Day, man. That's what Jon's doing."
"Dude, I don't have to impose a voluntary blackout period. The blackout period just happens on its own."

"Interesting search string for my website: day in the life of average bachelor blog applebee's"
"That's you... except you're not exactly a bachelor... since that doesn't involve living with your parents."

"What you need, I hope it finds you someday. But for me I've gotta be on my way. When you realize what was lost, I hope you find it was worth the cost. Cause it would break my heart to know you finally came around, a little too late..."
Friday, February 06, 2004
Letterman Cancels Show
I was wondering why a Julia Roberts rerun was on last night.

"I can't stand to fly. I'm not that naive. I'm just out to find, the better part of me..."
The Friday Five
OK, so I finally decided to join hundreds of other bloggers. It's all in good fun.

The Friday Five

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

Climbing in a girl's bedroom window while her parents were asleep... several times.

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?

Hang-gliding. Or lying on the interstate to test the ground clearance of an 18-wheeler. Although I'm not sure anyone would disapprove. Or maybe moving to New York.

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)

5 - I'm pretty level-headed. But I guess up and quitting your job with no definite plan for the future was risky... or stupid. There's a difference between a calculated risk and pure stupidity. The key is risk management. "Ovaltine. Why do they call it ovaltine? The mug is round. The can is round. Should call it Roundtine." What?

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?

Ended up getting engaged to the girl whose window I climbed thru ;-)

5. ... and what's the worst?

Was unemployed for nearly a month when I up and quit my job a few years ago.

My other great dare was taking someone else's table when their name was called at Lambert's a few years ago, and they never came up to claim it. Saved us about a 30-45 minute wait. Yes, I'm a regular daredevil.

Oh, and don't forget climbing over the rail of a balcony and scaling down a pole to save a few friends. That was oh so recent.

"Reach down your hand in your pocket, and pull out some hope for me. It's been a long day. Always, ain't that right..."
Long, Lost..... Something
So Shane sends out this story today.

Says he was looking online for a girl he went out with a time or two years ago. Turns out to be Misty Herring! I was like, "Dude you went out with her? I had her phone number!" I used to go up to the video store all the time and rent movies just to talk to her. ROFL Yes, it's true. I was crushin' on her for a couple of months--like ten years ago. She was a hottie. As Shane said, "I miss those days." ROFL

That led to a daily funny:
"Well at least she's still single. Although that really doesn't help you now, does it?" (pause) "Of course, I'm not sure how that helps me either." ROFL

"I could've written a play so sweet and so funny. Given old Mister Shakespeare a run for his money. Written the words to the prettiest tune, that would never leave a dry eye in the room. My only excuse for not doing enough... I was too busy being in love..."
Carlie :-(
Tragic ending to sad story

I'm sure you're all hearing the news this morning. I can't even begin to imagine how and why someone could do this.

13 arrests in the past ten years! Shouldn't have even been walking around free.

"Can you teach me 'bout tomorrow, with all the pain and sorrow running free? And tomorrow's just another day. And I don't believe in, time is wasted, time walking. Time, you ain't no friend of mine..."
Creme-filled Utopia
Got to work this morning and there was a note... "There are doughnuts for everyone, on my desk!!" Woooooooo!!! So as I walk in there, I'm thinking, "I hope they're not crap doughnuts." Oh no. They're fresh Krispy Kremes. An assortment. I'm eating a creme-filled now. Mmmmmmm. Those are my favorite. Doughnuts, AND it's Friday. Nice start to the day.

Recap of last night: Billiards + ABs = Relaxing way to unwind and kickoff the weekend.

Watched a bit of the Duke/UNC game last night when I got home. Duke won by 2 :-\ But it was a great game. "The Parking Garage" ep of Sein was on last night, a true "nothing" classic. Jerry gets arrested for urinating in the garage. then makes up his fake 'uromysitisis' poisoning. "Doctor's have told me that when I feel it, the best thing to do is just release it. Otherwise, I could die." ROFL

Oh, and the rain! Wow, it rained basically non-stop from like 2 or 3 AM Thursday until... well, actually it's still raining here. Supposed to stop today sometime though. I think a few schools closed today due to flooding. That's pretty rare around here. I like the rain, 'cept I stepped in a big puddle last night and soaked my New Balances.

I was thinking last night... I wish it was July and I was at Coney Island, eatin' a cheese dog from Nathan's and walkin' down the boardwalk... or somethin'.

"I don't need no backup plan. I don't want nobody. Nobody don't want me. I'm so sad, so lonely. Still I'm always landin' on my feet..."
Thursday, February 05, 2004
Malodorous Emanation
Blogging away while somebody somewhere is wondering whatever happened to Ronald, Hamburglar, Grimace, and the Fry Guys... I loved those commercials.

This guy, sort of a rogue engineer, who does work for us from time to time came in this morning around 9:00. He REEKED of cigarette smoke!! (Maybe a little marijuana, too. I'm not sure.) I'm not even joking. I mean, it was the worst I had ever smelled. This room is not a tiny room either. But it was filled with his malodorous emanations. I tried to be polite, but my head started hurting so I went and got some lysol. I came back in the room and was like "Dude, you've been smokin' or something." He was like, "Not recently." I was like what the freak ever, man. I started spraying it all over the place. Even after that, later on, when one of the sales people came in, they could still smell the smoke.

Reminded me of this time in 7th grade when our teacher smelled something and traced it to this one boy's desk. She walked right over to the desk and started spraying Lysol in that distinct area, then sent him out in the hall. Kinda cruel, I guess. But funny, too. That was just B.O. right there. LOL Wow, these stories keep coming to me. One time I worked with a guy who always reeked of B.O. It was so bad, they passed around this sheet and made us sign it saying we would bathe with soap and water every day and use deodorant. LOL Wooooooooooooo!!!

Anywho, called the box office and ordered the WPBA tix today. Decided to try that route instead of ticketmaster, and avoid the $6.25 per ticket convenience charge. So, I think I saved about 40 bucks overall. However, this means we don't get the tickets until we arrive, which I'm not crazy about. I'd rather have them in my hands. Oh well. They wouldn't have a box office if they weren't competent... surely. LOL

In the overused words & phrases department:

Low-carb - Donato's is now making low-carb pizzas, with some kind of no-dough, protein-filled (plastic tasting... i added that) crust. Seems to me people just always want some quick starvation-type diet, instead of combining some sort of exercise routine with healthy meals. Now every restaurant is scrambling to add a low-carb section.

Hump day - Sick of hearing this fifty different times from everone on Wednesdays. It's just slightly overused. Played.... sooooo played.

Had frozen pizza for supper last night. It was good. First time I'd had frozen pizza since "the incident" at the lake house a couple of weeks ago. Wow, something was definitely wrong with that!

Wow, it's been raining pretty much non-stop since I woke up this morning. Looking forward to billiards tonight, the beginning of the weekly wind-down. It really gets my Friday-Sunday started off on the right foot.

"Gonna be some sweet sounds, comin' down, on the night shift. I bet you're singing proud. I bet you'll pull a crowd. Gonna be a long night. It's gonna be alright, on the night shift. You found another home. I know you're not alone, on the night shift..."
In the news...
Girl Doesn't Get Credit for Hooters

Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates! Donna Martin graduates! ROFL

Citizens Arraaaaayest!

Wow, he bought his own radar gun so he can clock people going by his house. Too bad you can't buy a life.

Don't read this one if you're eating

So I guess maybe you can die from an odor. Reference to Seinfeld episode #28, "The Alternate Side."

Elaine: "Can you die from an odor? I mean, like if you were locked in a
vomitorium for two weeks, could you actually die from the odor?"
Jerry: "An overdose of odor. Good question."
George: "Do I smell?"
Elaine: "No. I was just down on the forty-second street subway today. It is disgusting."

Man Beaten, Then Weds Two Days Later from Hospital Bed

Wow, sounds like a severe beating. And he still couldn't get a postponement. LOL Maybe he should've pretended he had started smoking.

"Keep your distance from me. Don't pay no attention to me. I got a disease. Yeah, well, I think that I'm sick. Leave me be while my world is coming down on me..."
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
That girl is gonna be pretty good lookin'....
Had a good run. However, it's colder than it looks outside. (Isn't that in a Barenaked Ladies song?)

King Kong is on WE... um, I mean, on TV. ROFL That Jessica Lange was pretty good lookin' in 1976. Wow.

"And the waves crash around me. And the sand slips out to sea. And the wind that blows reminds me, of what was... and what will never be."
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares...
Downtown!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I just heard it, the original, on radio on the way home. Petula Clark, babee! Straight from the annals of Seinfeld ("The Bottle Deposit"). That made my day. Doesn't take much.

More randomness:
Wednesdays really kick my tail. Looking back, it's hard for me to see how I was working three jobs last spring. While we're on that topic, however, I have been thinking about trying to pick up another part-time job--soon.

For those who've asked about Mom, she's doing a lot better. I took her to drop off her car today to get it fixed. Her voice is probably 75% now, but her test results still aren't back. And thanks for asking :-)

I could hardly stand to listen to Phil Simms on the Super Bowl broadcast. Doesn't CBS have any better announcers? I mean, I have nothing against him as a QB or ex-QB or whatever. But his voice is akin to fingernails on a chalkboard to me. And the boredom. Please help us! The boredom!

Awesome sunrise this morning. A deep, full pink, surrounded by a purplish, grayish blue. (Yes, that's a color. LOL It's in Crayola's 512 crayon box.)

Got behind a mobile home on the way to work. Felt like J-Mo. I mean, I don't get all stressed out or anything like that. But seriously, is morning rush hour the absolute best possible time to move these things?

There should be like a blog critic, who writes reviews of blogs each day, like a movie critic. Maybe there already is. Or maybe I've just laid out a million-dollar idea. If there was, boy, I bet he wouldn't have many nice things to say about this.

And finally, this is the best news I've heard in awhile... 80s Fashion Revival

Well, all I've got to say about that my friends is, my closets are full! Bring it on! LOL

Well, I think I'm going to go running, before the rain sets in... although running in the rain would probably be quite fun.

"My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things. You set it up so well, so carefully. Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things. You're still the same old girl you used to be. You can't hide your lyin' eyes..."
This blog entry isn't going to be any good...
"Something a pessimistic blogger would say." Just playing $20,000 Pyramid by myself, or whatever it was most recently named. I think I watched too much Game Show Network the other day. LOL (I insert my own laughs just in case they don't come naturally for you, the reader.)

Today's trivia: 26% of men and 17% of women admit they never do this... (answer at bottom)

I think I dreamed that I was blogging. LOL And it was really interesting. (Several readers remark, "That WAS a dream.") That's kinda sad, I think, to dream you are blogging.

Last night's celebrity look-alike winner: A young Nicholas Cage. I spotted him in AB's. I had my camera, but then I began to question myself. "I don't know how comfortable I feel asking a male server to pose for a picture." LOL I don't wanna be like the look-alike paparrazi. We were tossing funnies back and forth, like "City of Angels is my favorite movie" or "I loved you in Con-Air" or "How was it working with Meg Ryan?"

Yesterday's funny:
Me: "Why don't you get a place of your own for a few months, get used to doing things like paying bills, going shopping, and doing housework?"
K: "I do all that stuff already."
Me: "Oh."
K: "Except paying bills."
K: "And going shopping."
Me: "LOL"
K: "And doing housework."
ROFL

Trivia answer:
Wash their hands after using the restroom. Yuck!!

"Everybody's lied to someone. People still use other people with a crooked smile. All around the world there's a sinking feeling. Out there right now someone's feeling down on themselves and don't know why, every night..."
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Twenty Questions
The following are the results of this survey:

Bone, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always.

Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a feeling of continually trying to "catch up" with yourself.

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor. You can "size up" situations and take in information rapidly. However, you must then subject that data to being classified and organized which causes you to "lose touch" with the immediacy of the problem.

Your logical and methodical nature hamper you in this regard though in the long run it may work to your advantage since you "learn from experience" and can go through the process more rapidly on subsequent occasions.

You remain predominantly functional in your orientation and practical. Abstraction and theory are secondary to application. In keeping with this, you focus on details until they manifest themselves in a unique pattern and only then work with the "larger whole."

With regards to your career choices, you have a mentality that would be good as a scientist, coach, athlete, design consultant, or an engineering technician. You can "see where you want to go" and even be able to "tell yourself," but find that you are "fighting yourself" at the darndest times.

Your Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 25%
Visual : 75%
Left : 53%
Right : 46%

Hmm.. that sounds about right, especially that moderation part. LOL And I definitely learn from experience. Does that mean some people don't? Hmmm. Anyhow, I ripped that little quiz off Erin's blog.

"It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you. It's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do. I bless the rains down in Africa. Gonna take some time to do the things we never have..."
A Look Back At Enero
Before I begin... well, I've already begun, I guess. Hmmm... (smoke coming out ears) Anyway, while watching the Super Bowl the other night, Ricky Proehl caught a couple of passes, and I'm like, "Ricky Proehl? Wasn't he on Tecmo Super Bowl?" ROFL We agreed that he was. I was like, "Wow, he's been around a long time." So we start trying to figure out what current NFL players were on Tecmo Super Bowl (which was a kickin' football game for the original Nintendo). Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Tim Brown, Rodney Peete, and Gary Anderson were the only ones we could come up with. LOL I'm sure there are more. But that's been a long time ago. I guess it was 1990 or 91. I remember even Favre wasn't on there, because Green Bay's starting QB was Don Majkowski. LOL As disturbing as it is that I remember that... hmm.. well, I really have nothing to finish that statement with. Wow, that was back in th' day when my thumbs used to get blisters from pressing that game pad and the A and B buttons so hard and so often. Four running plays and four passing plays. LOL I remember the quarters were like 5 minutes long and the kickoff would take like 30-40 seconds. ROFL Ahh... memories...

Now, looking back, January was a wonderful month in the Life De Bone. I guess it probably has as much to do with my outlook as anything. It's amazing how much my outlook has changed in the past few months. I'm thankful. February. The first thing that comes to mind when I say that word is.. my birthday. Hopefully, someone will remember it. LOL I think I might take that day off from blogging. We'll see.

Unfortunately, I sense and see a lot of my friends struggling with things, being depressed or just not able to find contentment. I wish I could help more. I want to help. I just don't always know what to do or say. Some of the things I say often sound so cliche, but they're true, as most cliches are.

One thing I do know is that January flew by, seemingly faster than any month I can recall. Let us not wish away our todays, longing for tomorrow. Let us not miss our todays, longing to return to yesterday. I can see the passing of time. I can feel the cold winds of tomorrow, even while I hear voices calling me back to yesterday, but I must live today. Here. Now.

"Right here, right now, there is no other place I wanna be. Right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history..."
Monday, February 02, 2004
My Top Five
Keep in mind I didn't see all the ads, because I missed most of the first quarter, plus we were flippin' channels some, too...

1. 7-Up Rolling Slam Dunk Contest
2. NFL "Tomorrow" ad, with Jerry Jones doing backflips
3. Truth's Shardsoglass.com
4. Pepsi/Hendrix
5. Willie/H & R Block

"All I wanna do is let it be and be with you and watch the wind blow by. All I wanna see is you and me go on forever like the clear blue sky..."
Surrealism (It's not just incongruous paintings anymore...)
Now I probably watch less TV and definitely fewer movies than any non-Amish person in America, but we were flipping around last night and found this Surreal Life show. Have you seen this? Get this--it has Erik Estrada, Ron Jeremy, Tammy Faye Baker, some chick who used to be on Baywatch, some other chick I don't know, and Vanilla Ice! LOL It was actually pretty interesting. Many of you know how I despise so-called reality TV, but I think I may be hooked on this. I mean, how can you not like a show when Erik Estrada usually ends up being the voice of reason? Seriouslah. The thing is, I can never remember to watch shows, because there's usually something going on, or I'm busy or something around here. Oh well...

After church last night, went to a friend's to watch the Super Bowl on the gargantuan screen. LOL My thoughts...

The game was exciting, even if most average fans couldn't name more than 2 or 3 players on either team.

I thought overall, the commercials were not up to the usual standards this year. A few I can remember that I liked were the NFL "tomorrow" ad, which ends with Jerry Jones doing backflips, the Hendrix ad, and the best one I thought was the 7-Up Slam Dunk Contest. LOL That got the biggest laugh out of me, anyway.

As I think I said earlier, I wasn't sure who to pull for, but once the game started, I found myself rooting for Carolina, probably because of the whole underdog thing more than anything else.

The big scandal... JT and JJ at halftime. Well, I was like the only person there who thought I saw something odd. Apparently, no one else saw it. Anyway, I felt like Jerry in "The Pick"... ("Well I'm not sure and... correct me if I'm wrong. But I think I see... a nipple.") LOL

Here's hoping that little stunt gets MTV banned from producing the halftime show for a long, long time. Not because of the stunt, just because of the overall show. Isn't it the same every year? A few people singing half a song, a few dancers on stage, and a few thousand people on the field dancing and screaming. I'm just not sure the core audience for the Super Bowl is 13-17 year old teenagers, ya know? And if it is, why are they showing Janet Jackson's breast?

"I was workin' part-time at the five and dime. My boss was Mister McGee. He told me several times that he didn't like my kind. Cos I was a bit too leisurely..."
Geek City
Man names son 2.0

Well, at least it's sorta original. His wife must've been heavily medicated when she agreed to that. Sadly, I know some people who probably wish they'd have thought of it first. LOL

"Take me down to the paradise city, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. Take me home...yeah, yeah..."
PP sees his S on GHD, means 6 more W of W
Six more weeks of winter

Hey, if your first name was Punxsutawney, you'd stay in a hole most of the time, too.

"It's just like the ocean, under the moon. Well it's the same as the emotion that I get from you. You got the kind of lovin' that could be so smooth. Yeah, give me your heart, make it real, or else forget about it..."
What Don't Kill Us...
I am feeling really bad for Mom lately. The laryngitis still hadn't cleared up as of yesterday. Saturday night, she was over at her sister's and my cousin backed into the front of her car. She called me and I could tell she was heart-broken. I just feel really bad. Her car has never been wrecked. My aunt asked her not to turn it in, because my cousin has already had several wrecks and she doesn't want her insurance to go up anymore. So Mom will probably just end up paying for the damage. They already have the expenses of my sister's wedding on them. I just wish I could pay for it all. See, that's why I could never be rich. I'd be giving my money away trying to help everyone. Oh well...

"I try to walk the sunny side of the street. Don't let no shadows tangle up my feet. There ain't no trouble that we can't rise above, with a handful of faith, and a heart full of love. Carry on. What don't kill us makes us strong. Carry on..."