A Better Version of Me
Monday, October 31, 2005
Two Tired Puppies

Well, I Guess This Really Is The Technical Term For The Contraption.
Who knew?!

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Fuera De Exilio
Last May, Audioslave became the first American rock band to perform a live concert in Cuba. This free concert attracted approximately 70,000 people to the Anti-Imperialist Plaza in Havana. You can now purchase a DVD of this performance. If you're a big Audioslave fan, such as myself, I recommend giving this concert a look-see. They play several new songs along with many classic Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine songs. I'll admit, Chris Cornell can't hold Zack de la Rocha's jock when it comes to reciting the militant poetry of RATM, but he gives it a shot. However, his excellent singing voice and good looks probably put him above Zack overall. The left over RATMers do an excellent job with the Soundgarden tunes. Tom Morello makes this concert worth watching all by himself. There's no better way to figure out exactly how Tom makes his guitar sound so unique than to watch him perform over and over. Tom rocks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire
Who needs the O'Leary's cow when you have plenty of crazy, championship-starved White Sox fans to destroy Chicago? After seeing Bulls fans cause $10 million dollars worth of damage to the city in 1992, I can't imagine what may happen on the streets of Chicago if the White Sox win the World Series.

I'm sure this father and son duo would have plenty of fun rioting.

They stormed the field during a regular season game with the Royals and attacked the first base coach.

The next year, another guy ran on the field during a game against the Royals and attacked the umpire.

These fans definitely have a history of violence and I hate to think about what could happen tonight if the Sox win. It could be Disco Demolition Night times a thousand!

Monday, October 24, 2005
Not For The Squeamish
I witnessed Tyrone Prothro's injury live on television a couple of weeks ago during the Alabama/Florida football game. It was the nastiest break I've ever seen since Joe Theismann met Lawrence Taylor. I sure hope he heals okay. Anyway, I looked for a picture of the event soon after it happened, but I was not successful until today.

Some people say that complete, clean breaks actually cause less pain that partial fractures. I don't know myself, since I've never experienced one. I sure hope that's the case though, because this picture makes my stomach churn.

Quiz Time
You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

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American Short-Timer
This guy has a disclaimer saying he's not in Iraq, but I find that hard to believe. Either way, he provides some interesting narratives about a soldier's life in Iraq.

Also, another, more famous, former blogging soldier has recently released a book about his experiences in the Middle East. I think it may be worth a read.

Sunday, October 23, 2005
Aggies To The Side, You Know I Hate Your '98. You Gonna Get Yours!
Well, I went to my first K-State football game of the year yesterday with my father-in-law. The event featured the Texas A&M Aggies as the visiting team. Every sighting of that team brings back bad memories of the 1998 Big 12 Championship game. I saw that game in person and got to witness Sirr Frickin' Parker destroy the Wildcats' dreams of playing for a national championship.

During yesterday's game, I began to think that our time had come to finally avenge that loss, to some extent. This time, K-State found themselves behind by 15 points to begin the fourth quarter. They managed to set off a 20-point salvo during the last quarter of the game, but alas, it didn't put the 'Cats over the top. A&M pulled out a 30-28 victory. Bastards. You're gonna get yours! Someday!

Friday, October 21, 2005
Tonganoxie Chieftains Kansas City Chiefs
Well, looks like the Chiefs will be playing the Dolphins tonight to avoid the potential rath of Wilma. Guess I'll be watching some pro football tonight instead of the normal Friday night high school variety. Don't forget to set your fantasy football lineups early if you plan on starting any Chiefs and/or Dolphins! However, this game will not be televised nationally or on DirecTV's Sunday Ticket. Good thing the local Kansas City affiliate will get to broadcast the feed. I'll be interested to see how many brave souls actually put off evacuating to attend a football game. I think my priorities would be elsewhere.

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wherever She May Rome
Well, Bree left on Tuesday for Italy. She will be spending a week there with her mom, sister and friend Pam. Meanwhile, I get to revisit the bachelor life. I think I'll try and clean up the house a bit find that long-lost beer bong. Kegstands anyone?!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Back! Caught You Lookin' For The Same Thing. It's A New Thing--Check Out This I Bring
I've returned from my trip to Portland and I'd like to present a few photos from the trip. Sorry in advance for the poor quality. These are printed photos from my mom's camera that I had to scan. I often forget to take my digital camera on trips!

This pic shows Bree and I at the Fort Vancouver NHS visitors' center showing off our new cancellations in our National Parks Passport. FYI, I pimped the 'F' without weed on my breath.

Check out me and the parents inside the fort. Nice bastion!

"Wow, Multnomah Falls sure is tall! Do you think we can get to the top?"

Here we are at the top of the falls, just a few drops of sweat later. I'm too warm-blooded for my own good.

What a view! This whole area contains many beautiful waterfalls and excellent scenery. I wish we'd had more time to traverse the place.

Mmm...Stanich's. Can't beat 'The Special;' a monstrous cheeseburger with ham, egg and a special sauce.

Ahhh, the downtown city market. I mostly browsed, but I did manage to buy a sweet potato dog treat for Lucy. She has since devoured it.

Here are my parents in the Chinese garden. This place really impressed me.

'Disco' grandma and the grandkids. The groom really stole my thunder in this photo.

The bride & groom were like butter on the way to the reception.

Monday, October 17, 2005
Looking For A Fantasy Football PC?
Check out this bad boy. Neat-o! Why didn't I think of that? I need an excuse to get one.

Thursday, October 13, 2005
I'm Going Going Back Back to Portland Portland
I'll be in the beautiful state of Oregon tonight thru Sunday in order to attend my cousin's wedding on Saturday. Should be a fun little trip. I haven't been out to the northwest in quite a few years. I'd like to find some time to soak in the hot springs, but I don't know if I'll be able to do so. I've got all day Friday to do some sight-seeing though. Maybe I'll 'Git 'er done.' See ya later folks!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I'm Lovin' It!
Bree and I rode our bikes to the nearest McDonald's yesterday. The round trip comprised approximately 25 miles and about half of those traced some extremely steep hills. At times my bike felt more like a rollercoaster, sans seatbelts! I had fun on the ride and I really enjoyed the meal in the middle. I'm a sucker for fast food!

I became especially pleased when I got home and noticed that my badass, German-engineered heart-rate monitor said I had burned 2302 calories on the ride. That more than accounted for my double cheeseburger, large fries and large Coke (I had to large-size the meal to get more Monopoly pieces and Best Buy Bucks. I love Monopoly!). Said meal only packed a 1300 calorie punch, according to McDonald's. That's nothin'! I'll have to get a double quarter pounder with cheese next time, I guess.

Don't Believe The Hype
I'm definitely on the bandawagon for the proposed downtown stadium for the KC Royals. I think downtown baseball would be great for KC's urban core. Combine this complex with the already-approved basketball arena that will begin construction soon and the downtown area could actually be worth visiting again.

Maybe I should look into a downtown residence. I'm sure the value of these properties would rise significantly once a stadium and an arena were in place.

Saturday, October 08, 2005
The Midwest At Its Best

Rivalries make everyone's true colors shine through!

Orange Riley County Choppers

I always enjoy the pregame Harleys at KSU Stadium, but I think Baby Jay got a bit overwhelmed. Poor little guy!

Rat-tat-tat-tat Tat Ta Tat Like That, And I...

Never hesitate to put a jayhawk on his back!

Friday, October 07, 2005
Some Food For Thought Before Saturday's KU/KSU Game
So, I'm looking over the University of Kansas' football roster today and I see the following names.

Angus Quigley
Marcus Herford
Jon Cornish
Rodney Fowler
Tang Bacheyie
Jonathan Lamb

I really don't think Coach Mangino should surround himself with so many food and beverage reminders.

He has enough trouble avoiding the Twinkies already.

If he ever gets an NFL job, I know a couple players who will be high on his free agent list.

Reuben Droughns and Taco Wallace. Mmmmmmmmmm.

P.S. Don't worry KU fans, I'll poke fun at Coach Snyder, too, eventhough he's "Eeeexcellent."

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Ladies, I Realize You Probably Don't Immediately Tell Every Boyfriend About Your Blog, But...

Is this really the best way to spring it on him? Discuss.

Monday, October 03, 2005
Ever seen a football team try to punt the ball without a punter behind center? If you watched the K-State/Oklahome game last Saturday, you satisfied your appetite for such an event. If not, you didn't miss much. The ball simply flies out the back of the endzone and the other teams gets a safety. Un. Be. Lievable.


Sunday, October 02, 2005
Leave It To Beaver
I ate breakfast with a couple elderly coworkers, Ray and Vic, the other morning and listened to them converse about their respective wild-game-eating experiences. They had both talked about their mothers' cooking them rabbit, squirrel, goat and even raccoon. Their recollections of killing, skinning, and eating these animals kept my attention and helped me realize how much the depression affected many families. Then Ray chimed in with a last animal he'd eaten.

"I've even eaten beaver," said Ray.

"Really," asked Victor, "I didn't know you could eat beaver."

"Oh yeah," Ray responded, "it tastes really good, actually."

That effectively ruined my somber mood and caused a large grin to grace my face. They had no idea why I suddenly had such a smirk on my face, and I had no intention of trying to explain it. Generation gaps, gotta love'em.

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