A Better Version of Me
Monday, November 29, 2004
Background Music
I recently added some background music over there on the right for those of you interested in listening whilst you peruse my posts. All the songs were written and performed by my wife, Bree, and her friend Pam. Pam sings lead vocals and plays the guitar. Bree sings harmony and plays the piano. A couple of other guys played bass and drums on some of the songs, but they've since exited the stage (any bassists and/or drummers out there?). So, if you're interested in listening to some good, independent music, give them a click. Also, if you're a bigshot record executive and think they're hot stuff, email me. I'm sure they'd love to get signed and do the music thing full time.

Saturday, November 27, 2004
I Have Plenty of Reasons to Give Thanks.
Thankgiving day always helps me realize that I have plenty of reasons to give thanks. This year the holiday was spent at my house, with my wife, our parents, her sister and my grandma. I was the official "man of the house" and got to carve the turkey. I did a decent job for my first time. Never heard any major complaints. Overall, Thanksgiving was a wonderful holiday and I feel blessed to have been able to enjoy it the way I did.

Monday, November 22, 2004
Happy Birthday to Me!
Twenty-six. Yikes. I'm a gettin' old. Oh well, I'm not too obsessive about my age. I'll always be a kid at heart.

Speaking of birthdays, this is a pretty cool site. It's a sneaky way to find out how old someone really is, without having to ask them. Hehehe!

Saturday, November 20, 2004
Grilled Cheese Miracle!

Do you think this is really the Virgin Mary? If so, you could be the next owner of this blessed sandwich--for the right price.

Friday, November 19, 2004
My Political Compass
I present to you the results of my political compass test. Feel free to take the test yourself. Let me know your results!

Thursday, November 18, 2004
Another Interesting Graphic from the Presidential Election

R.I.P. O.D.B.
Russell Jones, a.k.a. Ol Dirty Bastard, Dirt McGirt and Big Baby Jesus, was laid to rest today. He was to rap music as Bobcat Goldthwait was to Hollywood. His unique style of delivery was rivaled by no one else in the business. I'd followed him since his days in the Wu Tang Clan, and he never disappointed me. He was not exactly a model citizen, but his exploits in the recording studio were always something to marvel.

"Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay."

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
The Classic Literature Within Me
The name of the rose
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose. You are a
mystery novel dealing with theology, especially
with catholic vs liberal issues. You search
wisdom and knowledge endlessly, feeling that
learning is essential in life.

Which literature classic are you?
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Thanks to CandiedGinger for pointing this quiz out to me.

Florida Kerry supporters now seeking treatment for 'Post-Election Selection Trauma.' Amazing. What will they come up with next?

Monday, November 15, 2004
PETA Sighting of the Day
I saw a small group of PETA people on an overpass above the highway on my way to class this morning. They had draped a large sign over the side of the overpass that read:

"Thanksgiving is murder on turkeys."

What an interesting bunch.

Friday, November 12, 2004
Top Five Rap Voices of All Time
Here's my ranking:
  1. Guru
  2. Chuck D
  3. Notorious B.I.G.
  4. B-Real
  5. Ice Cube

Those are my favorite vocalists in the world of rap. Not necessarily for their lyrics, but for the shear unique sound of their voices. Like my choices? Think they suck? Let me know. Tell me your favorites, please!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The Joystick From Heaven
The other night I was perusing the toy section at Kohls while my lovely wife was taking her sweet time looking for some new clothes. To my surprise, I stumbled upon a couple of extraordinary items in this small haven of jubilee.

To begin with, I found my first ever Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt car. I almost couldn't believe my eyes! I've spent most of my life checking out the Hot Wheels section of most of the stores I enter to see if any of the fanatics happened to let a Treasure Hunt car slip through their fingers. Unfortunately, I had never found a Treasure Hunt car of my own (since I'm not crazy enough to camp out in the toy section of every department store and wait for the Hot Wheels stocker to come out with the brand new case of cars), until now! Granted, it's a Jeff Burton NASCAR Hot Wheel (I kinda like NASCAR, but I've never been a Jeff Burton person per se), but I still think it's pretty cool. Plus, it was hanging in the very front, for all eyes to see! I guess there aren't many crazy Hot Wheels fanatics that frequent the Kohls in Lawrence!

Now, on the my next, and perhaps most enjoyable, find of the evening. With my Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt car already in tow, I began to scan the games section. I noticed these old-school, Atari-like joy sticks in little shaped plastic (HDPE #1) containers. I picked one up that had Ms. Pacman featured as the main attraction. I knew my wife had a weakness for Ms. Pacman and I also knew that her birthday was coming up on Nov. 17. Upon closer examination, I also realized that this joystick contained other classic games from the 1980's. What were they, you ask? Well, hold yer horses, I'm gettin' there! This joystick also contained Galaga (this just might be my favorite game of all time), Pole Position, Xevious and Mappy. Wow! Upon reading this, I realized I couldn't wait a whole week to give this to my wife as a gift. I had to play this now! There were some serious childhood memories to be relived! So, I took my finds and found my wife and she graciously allowed me to purchase both of them. She really kicks ass! Did I tell you that the joystick just plugs directly into the video inputs on the TV? That's all you have to do. The games are all inside the joystick. Just plug it in and play! It sure has made me a happy camper for the past couple days. I've already worn out the first set of batteries!

Monday, November 08, 2004
Some Friendly Advice for the Democrats
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein

Dems, your constant belittling of the Republicans has not gotten you very far for several years now. So why do you keep it up? You will never gain support by constantly poking fun at anyone who questions your beliefs. You will only turn more and more people away from your party. How about supporting your own arguments for once instead of just attacking ours? Get a clue and stop the insanity!!

Sunday, November 07, 2004
Red State Dominance in Major College Football During Election Week
Ohio State 32
Michigan State 19 (Take that Michael Moore. Ohio beats your team once again!)

Indiana 22
Illinois 26

Maryland 0
Virginia 16

Temple 21
West Virginia 42

Arizona 23
Washington 13

Stanford 31
Arizona State 34

Air Force 31
Army 22

Navy 10
Tulane 42

San Diego State 16
BYU 49

Fresno State 52
Rice 14

San Jose State 24
Nevada 42

Louisiana Tech 23
Hawaii 34

9-3 overall, way to go guys. Yet another big loss for the blue states!

South Park Me

I think I would look like this if I appeared on South Park. Thanks to Karol for the heads up on this cool website!

Friday, November 05, 2004
Kerry Campaign
Looks like it had plenty of problems behind the scenes.

Bush Country 2004


Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Who's in the White House?!!!
Who's in the White House?!!

Bush, Bush!
Bush, Bush!

Who's in the White House?!!

Bush, Bush!
Bush, Bush!

Who's in the White House?!!

Bush, Bush!
Bush, Bush!

Monday, November 01, 2004
Big Day Tomorrow
Well, it all gets decided tomorrow. One of the most heated presidential campaigns in recent memory will finally end. Who will win? I have no idea. I'm certainly pulling for Bush. Tomorrow should be an action-packed day.

Jessica has been in Iowa for the past few days helping the Bush campaign. I commend her for her efforts. I'm sure she's been working her tail off lately. She exemplifies a true commitment to the Republican cause. I admire that. Makes me want to get involved in a campaign the next time around. I can't wait to hear her stories from the trail.

Everybody please get out and vote tomorrow. Go Bush! Four more years!

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