A Better Version of Me
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Random eBay Find of the Day
My mom has one of these torches, except she actually carried the flame with hers. I had no idea that someone would pay a thousand dollars for a commemorative torch. Maybe I should tell mom to put an alarm on the case that contains her authentic one.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Today I saw my newest neighbor across the street mowing his lawn and I realized, for the first time, that he looks just like Peter Griffin. That made me smile. I love that guy.
"Just don't forget our deal, Lois. I sit through this and later tonight I get anal. You hear me? No matter how neat I want the house you have to clean it."
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I Uncocked My Shit...I'm Heartbroke, But I'm Still Loc'ed
At the moment, the Royals are mired in an eight-game losing streak with no hope of it ending anytime soon. This sucks when the season ends before it really even gets going. However, at least Carlos Beltran (ex-Royal) and the Mets have begun the season on a good note. I'm looking forward to the chance to see them in person in a few weeks.
If the curse of the Royals' outfielders of 2000 holds true, then the Mets should win the World Series this year. You see, in 2000, the Royals' starting outfielders were Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye and Carlos Beltran. Shortly thereafter, they all left because the Royals' could no longer afford them. Since then, Damon won a World Series in 2004 and Dye won one in 2005 (and was the Series MVP). So, to completely make Royals' fans upset, Beltran's team should win the title this year. Go Mets!
Monday, April 10, 2006
On Sunday, Bree and I finally got around to taking a short trip to Independence, MO, to learn more about their favorite son, Harry Truman.
First, we took the tour of his beautiful home. It's a nice, well-preserved place. Harry's hat and coat still hang by the door, the last place he put them before he died. His wife, Bess, never felt the need to move them. The kitchen calender remains on the month of October, 1982, when Bess died. The public can't yet tour the second floor because the Trumans only child, Margaret, is still alive. Bess's will specifically stated that the second floor of the house should remain a private residence for Margaret while she's alive, in case she wants to come back and visit. Margaret, 82, currently lives in New York and she hasn't been back to the area in twelve years. I thought that was some interesting trivia put forth by our guide.
Next, we walked about a mile down the street to the Truman Library. The house definitely impressed me, but the library was the highlight of the trip for my history-addicted self. The place contains a wealth of knowledge and artifacts from the Truman years in office. The Recognition of Israel section had me in awe. Being able to stand within inches of the original document, signed by Truman, recognizing the state of Israel really got me. And next to it was the beautiful Torah inside a silver and copper ark given to Truman by Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, that same May of 1948. Some other excellent exhibits included the decision to drop the bomb, the reconstruction of Europe and the origins of the cold war. Whether you agree or disagree with Truman's actions, you certainly must recognize the fact the he faced some of the toughest challenges of any president in the 20th century. I certainly admire him for that. Having the guts to drop the bomb, be the first leader to recognize Israel and stand up to Stalin in the beginning of the arms race certainly proved his main point--"The buck stops here." Not bad for a guy who, at age 33, had deemed his life a complete failure.
So, if you're ever in the Kansas City area, I urge you to check out the Truman Library. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
I'm Tellin' You, Kansas City, Kansas City's Oh And One
They play some crappy baseball contests there and I went and, saw me one.
But hey, at least I got a free picture out of it!
Here's to another 100-loss season!