Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat

Ghosts, Goblins, Frankenstein, Dracula...the day is finally here. Halloween is, in my opinion, a very underrated holiday. I mean sure Christmas is the best, and Thanksgiving is pretty sweet too...but this Holiday is unique because it's the one time you get to be something you're not. When you're a kid you get to dress up like superheroes, ninja turtles, princesses, athletes, etc. For one day you get to pretend to be whatever person or thing you want to be...and you get to walk around and get candy! It's great! When you get a little older, it's the one day where you can truly act like a kid again. Dress up like a monster or a king or a rock star or Santa's sack and just have a great time without worrying about who you are or what's going on.

My family has always been into Halloween (some more than others...Cough! Aunt Cheryl Cough!). I've grown up with some sweet costumes...never store bought, but always crafted. Luckily my grandpa used to get into Halloween quite a bit and he'd decorate everything in site...he was pretty crafty and he passed his good decorating genes on down to my mom who has made my brother and me some pretty sweet costumes.

So in honor of Halloween, this magically awesome holiday, let's take a trip down memory lane and look at some of my costumes over the years.

My first costume: The 102nd Dalmation.

A devilish child...almost as cool as Ben's pterodaktyl
The Pan man...Peter Pan
That year Ben was Captain Hook...check out his face...great stuff.


Robin...the coolest superhero ever (on left)! Check out those tights! Also, my cousin Scotty is Batman, cousin Kim is the cowgirl, Ben is Mario and cousin Kevin is one awesome lawn jockey.


Ralph Macchio/Karate Kid....Ben's Mario costume makes another appearance. I think he has a tail this year so he's clearly Mario from "Super Mario 3"
Also, that cat in the garbage can is still around...and still awesome.


The all-time best...first grade. I was Garth to Ben's Wayne. We got to parade around the school...the 8th graders thought I was soooo cool. (At least I think they did)

Dennis Rodman!?! Not one of my better years. Sweet touch with the black sweatshirt underneath the jersey to cover up the fact that I'm white.


Kyle Broflovski from South Park. I painted big white eyes on too...I should have taken the picture afterwards. Sweet additions with Mr. Hankey and Ike though.


Now We'll move up to College. Junior Year....I was the Dude from the Big Lebowski!


Last year I went as Steve Zissou from the Life Aquatic. From left to right: Matt went as Lautaro. Lautaro went as "Future Brian" (he's got more hair, he's fatter and he's illiterate! See why I don't want to grow up?) Will as Mr. Rogers, Valerie as a gangster, Roy Lee as Santa's Sack and my favorite...Taylor in the front as a Raptor. Good times.


And now this year...I'm going as.....
ARTHUR, KING OF THE BRITONS!



Also, this wasn't a Halloween costume...I think Ben and I were just messing around. But I came across the picture and it's one of the best. I mean...that mask is priceless.


Alright gang...hope all of you are enjoying your Halloweens so far. Have a great time tonight, be safe, eat lots of candy...be sure to scare at least one child that you don't know.

Happy Halloween!

Song of the Day: Ryan Adams - Halloween Head (I figured everyone knew to listen to "Thriller" at least 6 times today.)

Beer of the Day: Dogfish Head - Punkin Ale

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Two VERY important things...

Today is a big day. Yes it's the day before Halloween (Hope everyone's got their costumes ready), but two big pieces of news made their way into my life...so let's talk about them.

1.) Growing up I hated Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean I hated the movie the Titanic, I didn't get why all teenage girls thought he was the shiz and to tell you the truth...I just thought he was a pansy. Well, my thoughts began to change with "Catch Me if You Can" a very underrated movie in my boock. Then, Leo became a pretty stellar dude with his performance in "Gangs of New York." However, it was his role in "The Departed" that made me firmly believe that Leo was a Bad Ass Mudda who don't take no crap from nobody. Now, I'm not saying that Leo is on an even level with Mr. Clooney in my mind, he's quickly climbing his way up my list of awesome dudes...but he was still far behind Clooney, Brady, and a few others...until I saw this:
LEO!!!(in Dr. Evil whisper)

So yeah you're thinking...cool Leo is sitting courtside at a Lakers' game, what's the big deal? Well my friends...look at Leo's hat. Yessssur, that's a hat of the one and only Louisville Cardinals! Wassssup!

I know you're probably thinking that Leo just has that hat because of the "L" and that's what his name starts with...but you'd be wrong. He's actually a HUGE Cards' fan...and soon we're totally going to be best friends and he's going to give me millions of dollars...it's gonna be awesome.


Man, what an exciting bit of info right? I mean what could possibly be better than a picture of Leo in a Louisville hat? Well my Friends....

2.) The people from the video game "Rock Band" are teaming up with Apple Corps (Not the mac people) to produce a BEATLES ROCK BAND GAME!!!

O...M...G!!!

I mean for real, is this my game or what? Apparently it's going to span the Beatles' entire career in attempts to turn a new generation on to their badass music. I mean, I LOVE the guitar hero type games and McCartney's solo song "Band on the Run" is in the new guitar hero and that made me pretty excited by itself. I mean a whole game where I can pretend I'm a Beatle!!! It really is a dream come true.

For the record, I have a pretty sweet image of what this game will be like in my head and while it's probably not going to be exactly the same (unless Sir Paul and Ringo have some spare time to play bass and drums while I sing and play guitar) I imagine it will still be totally sweet...plus I can wear my Sgt. Pepper jacket while playing....I'm gonna be soooo cool!

Sheesh, that's some big time news for me right there. I mean I would settle for getting one of those pieces of info in a month let alone both in less than 24 hours. What a great day in the LoB!

Take care kiddos!

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Yer Blues (this song totally has to be in the game)
Beer of the Day: Fuller's - London Pride

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Let's bring it back....

WASSSSSUUUUUPPPPP!

I was going to come on here and talk about how awesome the new Guitar Hero is, but I need to play it a little more before devoting a whole day to it. Then, I was going to talk about how UofL's stud WR Scott Long tore his ACL and is done for the year (after 154yds and 2 TDs Vs. USF), but that would make me much too sad.

So instead, I'll talk about something that was inspired by one of Ben's posts on the Brouha Blog.

We've already brought back some classic sayings and catchphrases such as, "Boomshakalaka" and "That's so funny I forgot to laugh" But, today I want to bring back another one of my favorites.

WASSSSSUPPPP!

I know what you're thinking...Brian, this has been played out soooo much. There is no rhyme or reason to attempt to make this cool again. Well, I disagree.

When I was a child and that commercial came out I thought it was easily the coolest and funniest thing ever. If I had a dollar for every time I said "Wasssssup" to someone in grade school I would have approximately 85 million dollars. Well that's probably not true, but I probably would have had enough money to pay off the kids who kicked my ass for always saying, "Wasssup" all day long....which would have been nice.

The point is this...I miss it. I miss seeing people and giving them a subtle "wasssuppp" I miss picking up the phone and answering it (when I knew who it was) "Wassssssssuuuuuppp" It was classic fun and it was good for a laugh like a quarter of the time.

So my friends and fellow blog readers, I ask that you please help me in reintegrating this wonderful pop culture phenomenon back into our everyday lives. Also the first person to give me a legit (not forced) "Wassssssup" gets a special prize.

And if that "special prize" isn't good enough to get you to use it again...well, for crying out loud scream "Wasssup" at someone a few times so we can have more spinoffs like these gems.



*Note: I forgot a tidbit yesterday....The CrapBags were victorious and had high score in the league 115 points! Byahhh!

Also, today is Matt's birthday...Happy 23rd b-day buddy!

Song of the Day: Wings - Band on the Run
Beer of the Day: New Holland - Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

You know the drill...let's get to 'em

* Despite this being one of the worst World Series ever (Really? A suspended game? I know it was raining hard...but it's just icing on the cake for me) some good can still come out of it. That's because today from 2 - 6 p.m. if you go to any Taco Bell...you'll receive a free crunchy Taco! Because Rays' shortstop Jason Bartlett stole a base in Game 1...all of America gets a free Taco. Way to go guy who no one knows, way to steal that base!

* Do you ever just go into what I like to call "spelling slumps?" Basically all of the sudden you just can't spell a certain word. Well today I have misspelled "want" about 5 times. I keep wanting to make it a contraction like this, "wan't." It's really messing with my mind. I have no idea how to fix it. Maybe Lautaro's prediction last Halloween that I would be illiterate in the future is beginning to come true. Yikes!

* How about getting into the Halloween spirit with a My Morning Jack-O-Lantern:
Pretty sweet carving job of Jim James there. One time my mom carved a pumpkin of my face...it was awesome. I'll see if I can find a picture.

* Speaking of Halloween...what are you guys dressing up as? I think I may give an award to the reader with the best costume...so feel free to send in your pictures or ideas. I'll show you a picture of my costume on Friday! Also, if you don't dress up you can't read the blog anymore...for real.

* The NBA starts tonight with a double-header on TNT. Cavs vs. Celtics at 7, Blazers vs. Lakers at 10ish. I'm not a huge fan of the NBA...but it is basketball and that's a step in the right direction.

* I bought the new guitar hero! I can't wait to get some free time and play it. It was a battle trying to find it...but I finally found one. I really don't understand the business strategy of coming out with an awesome item that everyone wants and then only making a few of them. I mean really...what's with that? Although, this guitar hero commercial might have caused a bit more buzz than normal.

Wow, I wonder how much money it costs to have A-Rod, Kobe, Tony Hawk and Michael Phelps all make asses of themselves in their undies? My guess is more money than you and I have combined.

* I will be so stoked a week and a day from now when the election is over.

* Finally, some very big news. The Life of Brian is closing in on it's 100th post! This is a special event that will not go unnoticed. I haven't decided how to appropriately celebrate...but as always: Beer - Yes, Pants - No...that you can be sure of.

Song of the Day: She and Him - I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
Beer of the Day: Dogfish Head - Punkin Ale

Monday, October 27, 2008

Today is not as fun as the last few days of my life...

Homecoming has come and gone, Taylor is back in Charleston, Everyone else is back at their destinations, I am back at work...and it is lame.

This weekend was a really good time though and in hopes of not being super bummed out and writing a blog that is super sad...I thought I would introduce a new segment on the blog called..."10 things I like and dislike these days."

I stole this idea from the "Louisville Sports Report" and basically this is just a list of 10 things that I either like or dislike at this exact moment. Today it's split evenly with 5 and 5...but it won't always be. So here we go...

LIKE: Having graduated.
- I realize this sounds like crazy talk, but it was kind of a good feeling this weekend going back to Centre and feeling a little more grown up. I mean there were still moments of immaturity (Will and I immediately changed Roy Lee's fridge magnets to say, "Welcome Balls Class of 2008" instead of "Welcome Back") and plenty of drinking...but I felt older. It was just nice to see all the old friends, sit around...talk about our struggles with the real world...and then go to bed by 2. I don't know, we're not in college anymore and it just felt kinda nice to be older.

DISLIKE: The World Series.
- I mean seriously, I want the Phillies to win and all...but let's at least play some solid baseball. Booted ground balls should be done with...a pitcher should never hit a home run in the Series...and there is no need to make more than 3 pitching changes in one inning! Also Fox, whenever you want to cut down your "pre-game" show and allow the games to end by midnight...all of us would appreciate it.

LIKE: Centre College Couples.
- Taylor and I have always been there, as have Jake and Leslie. Lautaro and Sarah have been going strong for a while now too. However, this weekend not only did Danielle and Will make it official...but Matt and Leigh ended over a year of uncertainty by actually becoming "boyfriend and girlfriend." It's making everyone feel more comfortable. Matt and Leigh have made the last year of my life completely uncertain...I used to get sick to my stomach just thinking about how nervous I got when I was asked if the two were dating...thank god they ended that speculation. Also, if you count co-workers...Roy Lee might be joining the list soon too! Just kidding Wig-O.

DISLIKE: My Back.
- Seriously, it's been two weeks since I collided with Ben at basketball and my back still is killing me. I'm tired of it...it makes me feel like an old man.

LIKE: UofL Sports.
- Ok so really...that defense on our football team is no joke. I didn't get to watch the game but everything I've read/heard about it has me feeling upbeat about UofL football for the first time in a long time. Also, I did get to see the Basketball team play yesterday. Samardo Samuels is better than you at basketball...trust me. That statement is true for any human being reading this blog...not named Lebron or Kobe (well, maybe a few others too...but he is REALLY good). Also, I love Earl Clark. It's a good time to be a Cardinal fan.

DISLIKE: Pants
- I mean seriously, who out there really likes pants? Not me.

LIKE: The Weather in Louisville right now.
- It's cloudy...and it's really cold. I mean like 44 degrees cold. It's not too early to start thinking about Christmas you know....ok well maybe it is. But, next week...it's not!

DISLIKE: Having Graduated
- All that stuff I said earlier....lies. College is the best and if I could go back...I would...as long as everyone that I chose came back with me.

LIKE: The Life of Brian
- I write this blog for no real reason. I initially started it because I like to say things and I thought it would be a good way to keep all of my friends somewhat in touch with each other. However, it's success (I don't know what that means exactly) is much greater than I could have imagined. It's nice to know that several people told me this weekend they were "daily" readers or that they really enjoyed certain posts. I appreciate all of you that read and if you ever have any suggestions, comments, complaints, ideas, etc. Please let me know. This blog is as much about you as it is about me...well not really, but without most of you who read this blog my life would be pretty lame. I appreciate all of you guys and you all are the reasons why I feel like my life is worth blogging about.

DISLIKE: Charleston, SC
- Ok sure, you're a pretty cool city. But, you know what's not cool? Stealing my girlfriend for several months...returning her for a few days and then taking her back again...I mean seriously...what did I ever do to you? A-Hole!

Alright boys and girls...that's all I've got for today...enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Song of the Day: The Postal Service - Brand New Colony
Beer of the Day: Thirsty Dog - Old Leg Humper

Friday, October 24, 2008

Gotta Make It Quick....

I'm gonna try and head to Danville a little early so I don't have much time today...here we go.

1.) Taylor is home and we're going to Centre for awesome Homecoming festivities as soon as I leave work (and pack). There are no words for my excitement.

2.) Lautaro and I woke up to a nice gift this morning...a lake in our kitchen. Our landlord had been fixing a hole where the rain gets in...but he didn't get it fixed fast enough...it's kind of a mess. Oh well.

3.) The blog is now world wide. I checked the traffic site and it turns out we not only have visitors from over 20 states...we also have visits from Mexico, Canada, India and Australia! I'm not psychic but I think soon I'll be getting "Chocolate Rain" type Internet buzz! It's gonna be great.

4.) UofL vs. South Florida this weekend. Ehhh...Just remember that we won the Orange Bowl two years ago.

5.) Monster Margarita and Danville Special from Guadys in my belly in about 5 hours!

6.) Here's some stuff from UofL B-Ball Media Day:


7.) The Office last night...brilliant! This season has been outstanding...they could use a little more Pam though! However, the Bruce Springsteen mix and the "it squeaks when you bang it...that's what she said"...simply marvelous.

8.) The World Series...it needs to step up the excitement a bit.

9.) That's all folks...I'm too excited to keep blogging.

10.) Have a great weekend everyone.

Song of the Weekend: Blink-182 - Dammit
Beer of the Weekend: Natural Light

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Oh My!!!

Wowza am I jacked up....let's talk about a few things.

The first being that today is truly an awesome day in the Life of Brian. Thursday's are always a great day for me...no work at the bar, I have a guitar lesson, The Office and Always Sunny are on...it's just like a little mini Friday (Note: until I stop working Friday's at O'Shea's Thursday will be better than Friday in my book.) So anyway, yeah I don't have to work tonight which is good. I get to go play guitar with Craig for a half an hour. I'm going to grab some dinner with Mom and work on my Halloween costume with her...and then not only are the Office and Always Sunny on...but World Series baseball as well!

So yeah you can see why this is such a great Thursday! What I've forgotten to mention is the fact that UofL basketball media day is today. I know what you're thinking..."Brian having this ridiculous blog will not get you media credentials to attend the Cards' media day." Well, you're right...but the reason it's awesome is because UofL will be sporting their new uniforms and that's easily something to be jazzed about. Plus, there's going to be tons of interviews and stories about how bad ass Earl Clark, T-Will, Sam-Sam, Edgar, Andre, Jerry, Preston and Co. are gonna be this year...and then I'll get to think about how we're gonna be the 2009 National Champs! Media day is totally one of my favorite days of the year.

Hmm...it seems like there was another reason to get excited about today. I covered the guitar lesson, the office and media day...hmmm.

Oh yeah,

TAYLOR WILL BE HOME IN ABOUT 9 HOURS!!! WOO-HOO!!!

I'm actually almost as happy for her as I am for me. She's been away from the bluegrass since July 5th and I know she's looking forward to being home for a while and seeing everyone...of course I said almost as happy because I'm so doggone excited and pumped for her to get here...I just can't possibly drop my own happiness level one bit! Her flight is in at 11:30ish, I'm heading out to the airport with her mom and dad to get her! Can't wait!!!

Also, I don't know if I've mentioned...but Centre Homecoming is this weekend and Roy Lee has promised Champagne and Pancakes Saturday morning...He better not be foolin'!!!


Ok, since I try not to be self absorbed on the blog ("try" is the key word) I'm gonna share with you something else that's got me jacked up today that might bring some joy to you guys as well...

If you're like me...you like music...and you have a lot on your computer. Well, I have tons of music on my computer, but I've just never really got a chance to listen to it. Well, thanks to i-Tunes...some of that is about to end.

You know when you open your i-Tunes and you get the annoying thing that asks if you want to update to the new version? Well I usually ignore it and just move on. Well, thanks to Will...I updated to the new version and the reason I did was because of "Genius playlists"

Will mentioned these to me and when I asked what they were he couldn't believe I hadn't used it yet. Basically here's what happens.

You download the new i-Tunes version 8.0.1. It takes a while to download and then it's going to tell you that it's sending/checking your song info. Soon you'll need to restart your computer. You'll get a bit frustrated here...but just wait. Next, when your computer re-boots and you open your i-Tunes again...you'll have a new application...the Genius!

What this does is help you get more tunes that you'll like. What you do is pick a song...any song...from your i-Tunes library. Then you click the "Genius" button at the bottom. Soon, you'll have a 25 song playlist (available in 50 and 100 too...I think) made up of songs throughout your entire music library...all based on the song you chose. Some are similar artists, some are similar genres and some just sound a lot similar. Also, the "Genius sidebar" will show you songs on i-Tunes that aren't in your library that you might like as well. It's pretty awesome.

However, while I'd love to sit here and tell you that it creates a picture perfect playlist every time...I won't...because it doesn't. But, if you don't like it...just choose a different song. I would say about 1 outta every 2 or 3 playlists are really worthwhile! Also, the service is not available on the song "Banana Phone" by Raffi...I know, it's bullshit!

Anyway, it's a pretty sweet little tool to play with, and it's sure to bring some songs to your attention that you never knew you had.

Alright, I'm sorry for all the excitement today...I wanted to scream from a mountain top how happy I am today...but I didn't have a mountain...I had a blog...and today's lead story was "Brian is having a super awesome day!"

Take care everyone!

Song of the Day: The Avett Brothers - Shame
Beer of the Day: Rogue - Mocha Porter

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Everybody's Favorite Game...

It's Bloons...if I've ever seen Bloons before!





So yeah, I thought I'd take time out today to talk about the one thing that single handedly kept me off Dean's list all three years at Centre...BLOONS!!!

I know some of you are sitting there and thinking that beer may have played a role in me not making Dean's list...and perhaps some of you are thinking that I couldn't make Dean's list regardless of games and alcohol...Well, you're right.

But, anyhow...let's talk about BLOONS!!!

Bloons is an online game where you control a monkey armed with arrows and your task is to pop as many balloons (or bloons) as you can. Each level you get a certain number of arrows...and each level you have to pop a certain number of balloons to advance. I know a lot of you are probably thinking this sounds like a child's game...or perhaps some of you are thinking that hardcore drugs may have been another reason for my absence from the Dean's list. Well...No and No.

The thing about Bloons that kept me entertained for hours at a time...was how difficult and easy it was at the same time. Sure you just aim and click and hope for the best...but some levels are not as easy as they seem.

My first real experience with Bloons was my junior year. Sure I had dabbled with Bloons a few times prior...but with my job at the CTL now...I had a ton of free time, and a computer to mess with during this time. After I finished reading all the UofL articles my little eyes could handle...I'd travel over to addicitinggames.com and try my hand at a few online games. One day, I just got lucky and happened upon Bloons. To quote Michael Scott, "I didn't work for 5 days" after that. My nights, days and dreams were all filled with monkeys shooting arrows at balloons. My friend and co-worker JohnBen became so obsessed...he even wrote a song about the game (that's where this blog entry title comes from).

Soon, I had beaten Bloons and I felt pretty good about myself. I even was getting excited about the fact that I could live a normal life again. That is until they released, "More Bloons" about a month later. The game took over my life once again and soon "Even More Bloons" was released along with bloonsworld.com, a site where you could build your own levels and everything! Needless to say, my life was doomed.

From that day on I've never been the same...and because of Bloons I never made the Dean's list...which forced me to attempt to own a bar as opposed to go to graduate school. DAMN YOU BLOONS!

For realzies though...try the game out...you'll be so surprised by the fun that you may want to clear your schedule for the next 3-5 days.

Have a great hump day! (haha...hump day...haha...hump)

Song of the Day: Ben Folds - Silver Street
Beer of the Day: BBC - Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout.

P.S. TAYLOR COMES TOMORROW! HOMECOMING ON FRIDAY!!! WOO-HOO

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

It's that time of the week...Give me some Tidbits baby!

* CrapBags got back on the winning track this week with a nice win over Ben and the Zuckercorns. If the season were to end today, we would have grabbed the last playoff spot...but there is still plenty of time to grab the regular season crown. Things are looking a little better these days for the Bags and the fact that Brian Westbrook is going to grow a pair and attempt to play an entire game this weekend is good news as well. Go Bags!

* So I still use my Centre College e-mail address...because it's easier...but I may have to switch after today. Some chick (gotta be a frosh) decided she wanted to start some dance team or something at Centre...so what does she do??? She sends an e-mail to everyone that is in Centre's database. Former students, current students, faculty, etc. I'm not sure how she did this, but I do know that there is a faster and more efficient way to get this done. To make a long story short, this e-mail has slowed the server way down...and it continues to be slowed down by other people who are hitting "reply all" and letting everyone know that they want to be removed from the list. It's really making me mad because I hate when people reply-all when it doesn't concern everyone on the list. Also, if anyone joins this girl's dance society or whatever after she ruined part of my Tuesday...I'll be upset.

* Today, thanks to Dad, I got my travel plans set up for my trip to Chicago next month. I'll be flying up and staying 4 days and three nights as I attend the Siebel Institutes three day course "How to start your own Brewery." It's really going to be awesome and if anyone wants to take off work for three days and join me...feel free.

* I got a question for you guys...it's really been bothering me. Have any of you ever had your mouth wired shut? If so, did it ever worry you that you might have to throw up? I read an article the other day about some athlete having his jaw wired shut and I started thinking how awful that would be. Then I thought, what if that guy sucks down some bad shellfish and has to vomit? Or maybe he just catches the Flu from someone? For the record some people I have asked about this have claimed they believe the vomit would come out of the person's nose (I don't think so), others just claim that this guy would be in big trouble. If anyone has the real answer please let me know...but until I get confirmation that there is some kind of emergency release on the wiring...I'm gonna pray that this never happens to me.

* So the apartment is looking really good these days. The living room has gotten a big lift the last two days with the addition of the fireworks couch, the Beatles coffee table and the Michael Jordan Jr. Jammer. I swear I'll post pictures one day...I know it really keeps you all up at night not knowing what my living room looks like. For that I'm forever sorry.

* Today is Lautaro's birthday! Woo-hoo! Yeah, he's 23 which means he's two years away from being halfway to 50! I was going to throw him a big party...but since most of our friends live out of town these days...I'll just act like I didn't want to throw him a party...that way he's not depressed when no one shows up!

* Anybody see this play in the South Carolina vs. LSU game this weekend? It's pretty absurd....check out the ref...

As with most things that occur in the SEC...I'm willing to bet there was some kinda foul play going on behind the scenes. Apparently the SEC is claiming that there is nothing wrong the ref's behavior and he was just acting out of self defense. Really? Self defense? Is that why he side stepped a few times and the initiated the contact? Give me a break. Also, apparently that ref used to play linebacker at UK...no comment from me on that piece of info.

* I tried the new Budweiser "American Ale" let me just say...it's gross and has made me hate Budweiser. I firmly believe that this beer is a scam and you can read more about my feelings on The Brouha Blog.

* Finally, the moment you guys have all been waiting for...Rick Pitino's first practice update!!!
I LOVE BASKETBALL!!!

Have a good Tuesday boys and girls!

Song of the Day: Jay-Z - Heart of the City
Beer of the Day: Kronenberg - 1664

Monday, October 20, 2008

Weekend Recap

Alright Monday...Woohoo...woohoo...woo. So yeah, I'm DRAGGIN' today. This weekend really got the best of me.

Friday after work Dude and Melissa picked me up and we headed up to Charlestown State Park in Indiana for a weekend in the wilderness. We set up the tent, got the fire going, drank some beer, ate some chili dogs...it was great. Then we discovered that hot apple cider with bourbon was pretty good as well. We stayed up late chattin' around the fire...good times.

We woke the next morning feeling pretty good, and we waited for the rest of our troop to join us. A few hours later Dad, Ben and Ryan arrived ready to join the fun. We trekked through one of the hiking trails in the afternoon and the weather/fall scenery made this much more enjoyable than I had originally thought.

Once back at the camp, we drank/threw football/ did whatever while listening to the UL and UK games (Dude and Melissa turned the Cats game off before it ended...and they won.). We sat around the fire later on with some more cider and bourbon and chatted about everything from Ryan's unbelievable ability to sound just like Yoda (easily the worst impression I've ever heard) to Melissa's strategy in a game of rock-paper-scissors (she told Dude and I the night before that she thought it was stupid to choose scissors because it got beat by TWO things and therefore it was worthless...Oh, Bourbon...how you make our brains malfunction).

Anyway, we ended up going to bed pretty late once again...and then attempting to stay warm in the midst of the falls first frost of the year...it wasn't easy. The next morning after some coffee, eggs and bacon...we packed up our camp and headed home.

Once home, I spent a good hour in the shower (there are few things better than the "after-camping" shower) and then watched football for most of the day...falling asleep off and on. It truly was a wonderful way to spend the day.

Later, I went over to Mom's, fresh back from Vicki's in Virginia, and the two of us grabbed some dinner before moving the fireworks couch over to the apartment....making it possible for more than two people to watch TV comfortably!

It was a good weekend, a tiring one...but a really fun one. And while I drag through the rest of my Monday...I'm upbeat and excited because Taylor arrives on Thursday and we're going to homecoming on Friday! BOOMSHAKALAKA.


Also, I wanted to share this youtube video with you guys. I got it today in an e-mail and laughed pretty hard. I almost just posted the video today...but I was afraid you guys would feel cheated. I think it's funny enough that you wouldn't have minded.

Anyway, here's the Phillies Matt Stairs after he hit a game-winning pinch hit home run. I'm willing to bet his "loving" teammates are gonna give him some shit for this one...

Seriously Matt...just for one day, carry around a tape recorder and listen to everything that comes out of your mouth...I think you'll be surprised at some of your phrasing.

Song of the Day: Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Beer of the Day: Leinenkugel's - Fireside Nut Brown

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Great Outdoors...

Most of you probably know that I'm a bit of an outdoors man..and by that I mean I like to get drunk on patios.

I'm just kidding, I stole that joke from somewhere (I dunno where!) The truth of it is, I'm nothing of an outdoors man. Wildlife scares me, I don't like to hunt, fish or hike and I much prefer to eat food that's already cooked for me as opposed to killing and cooking my meat.

With all of this said, I do really enjoy some parts of nature. Well, it's not even nature...it's just the peacefulness that comes with it.

I once read an interview with Paul McCartney where he was talking about how he started playing the mandolin. He said, "I went for a walk one day, just to enjoy life a bit...and stopped in an instrument store." The whole story is pretty cool...but it's the that first part that's always stuck with me. Paul FREAKIN' McCartney takes walks to just enjoy life! He's a billionaire...he could have whatever he wanted...he's a BEATLE for crying out loud! But, I've always thought it was so cool for him to know that taking a walk through his foggy little British town is what helps him enjoy life.

I think about that quote often and I've learned that I have my own things I do to enjoy life...and most of them involve being outside.

The balcony at my apartment is awesome...it's cozy, it's big, it's amazing. I sit out there often...sometimes with Lautaro and others, sometimes by myself...but it's just so relaxing to sit back and enjoy the fresh air. I like to watch the trees, I like to listen to people come by, I like to look at the parts of the sky that aren't blocked by trees....I just like it. It's nice to be able to get away from work, stress, TV, whatever...even if it's just on my porch.

Camping is a lot like that for me too. I'm not an extreme camper...I bring food with me, I sleep in a nice tent...with a heater if it's too cold..it's not terribly rugged...but it's great. I love sitting around the fire...talking to whoever is with me, having a beer or two, doing whatever. It helps me relax.

I don't have a whole lot of stress in my life, it's pretty easy going...but there are times we all need to escape and while I'm not one to go hike a trail, climb a mountain or hunt an elk...I can usually find some relief in the great outdoors...even if it's just on my porch.



Also, The Cards start their quest for the 2009 NCAA Basketball Championship tonight at midnight. It's gonna happen....it's got to happen! GO CARDS!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Song of the Weekend: The Beatles - And Your Bird Can Sing
Beer of the Weekend: North Coast - Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

Thursday, October 16, 2008

AHHH KELLY CLARKSON!!!

So as we all know, I've been "interning" at O'Shea's family of pubs the past few weeks. It's all been going pretty well, but last night was insane. I've been shadowing waiters and waitresses all week and last night I was put to good use. A party of 45 people came in...half of them little girls...all under the age of 12! A grade school field hockey team, who had just won the city championship, to be exact. Amy, my manager, asked, "Hey Brian, you think you could wait some tables tonight...it should be pretty busy?" I replied, "Ah, sure...no problem." Little did I know what was about to happen.

The entire team sat in a long row of tables, and I was charged with the task of getting their drink orders. I tried to get them all to settle down (yeah right!) and I told them I was going to start at one end and work my way down to the other. So, I went to the first little girl and said, "What can I get you to drink?" Apparently, the entire table thought I was talking to them because every single one of them shouted their order at me immediately.

"Sprite, Coke with 3 cherries in it, Diet Coke, Surge, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, I want water with no lemon, but maybe put one on the side just in case, blah, blah, blah"

AHHH!!! My two favorites were the kid who asked for Surge (what is it 1997?) .and the kid who demanded Mr. Pibb...even though we didn't have it.

I finally got all their drinks to them and when I delivered the last little girl's I was met with a, "Well, it's about time!" I literally glared at the little girl and thought to myself, "I'll strike a child...I'm not afraid of it...I'll do it right now." But, luckily I just moved on.

I then went to take more kids' orders...except these kids were even younger, obviously siblings of the team members. I went to the first little kid and asked what she wanted...her response: "Mac-a-woney with cheese....but I don't want cheese, just wots and wots of ketchup!" I just laughed and thought ok (I later found her mother and told her what she ordered, the mom smiled and was like...yeah she always wants that...just bring her the regular mac and cheese and I'll give her some ketchup.) The next little girl ordered, "Lots of french fries and some chicken nuggets! But make sure I have way more fries than chicken nuggets!"

Sure...you're not my kid...I don't care what you eat.

After about an hour and a half of utter chaos and me running around like jo-jo the indian circus boy with a pretty new pet...the team left and soon after I got to go home. It was a rather ridiculous night, but it helped me learn a great deal about how to deal with large parties and bitchy pre-teen girls. The night was then topped off by the realization that I forgot to clock in...instead of telling my boss and having her fix it...I just left, I'm not doing this for the money anyway...although after last night a few dollars for the effort would have been nice, Oh well!

*****LIFE OF BRIAN ALERT*****


So sometimes I can get a little self absorbed and forget about things that are going on in my life. Also, this blog is in no way a representation of all of my feelings or even the importance of my feelings...I just write on here once a day about whatever I'm thinking about after lunch. However, sometimes I let things slip...and I've let something big time go unmentioned on the blog....the fact that DUDE AND MELISSA ARE GETTIN' HITCHED!

That's right, the Dude man...the masterbrewer of the Brouha House, and the Batman to my Robin for five summers at Farmington is engaged to be married to his wonderful girlfriend Melissa!

I think Dude mentioned to my Dad he was let down that he didn't get a Blog shout out for the big news...and as well he should be...this is an error that just can't happen. In all honesty, I had planned to write a blog about it after Dude proposed last week...but the news hadn't been broken to everyone yet and I wasn't sure who read the blog and whatnot...so I decided to put it off in hopes of not spoiling the surprise for anyone. After the news was shared with all...well I just forget to even mention it...and that's poor.

Truth be told though, I owe Dude a lot of thanks. I worked with him for five summers at Farmington and out there during ridiculously hot summer days he and I become close companions while discussing life's biggest mysteries over cup after cup of Fierce Grape Gatorade. As the years went on Dude and Melissa kept on dating and I began to grow closer to her as well. The two are now important factors in my life as we get together rather often and discuss beer, sports, guitar hero and other ridiculous things.

I'm actually going camping with the two of them this weekend and it should be a blast (it's supposed to go down to 36 degrees on Saturday night!). It'll be great to help them celebrate their big engagement by sitting around the campfire, drinking beer and talking about whatever.

Dude and Melissa, I'm extremely happy for you guys and I'm terribly sorry I didn't get you a shout out sooner. Also, just for the record...if I'm not best man at the wedding...I'm gonna post terrible and embarrassing photos of you guys on the blog...your move!

I'm just kidding...Congrats you two!

Beer of the Day: Young's - Double Chocolate Stout
Song of the Day: The Beatles - You Won't See Me

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ahh Come On...Not T-WILL?!?!?

Remember last week when I posted about Jim James being in the hospital and how certain things involving people I've never met can ruin my day/week? Well I didn't get any sleep last night...because of this guy:
I found out literally minutes before I went to sleep last night that UofL senior/captain/best player Terrence Williams had blown out his knee during a pick-up game and heard a "pop" when he landed awkwardly. I initially thought the worst. Every year for as long as I can remember, the UofL b-ball team has been hit with an injury...not just any injury but one that usually involves a knee ligament (or an equally important body part that is critical to basketball) and it involves one of our three best players. I'm gonna be honest, Will Scott's a fine young man...but if something pops in his knee...I would've slept just fine...no offense Scott.

Anyway, It turns out that he tore his medial meniscus. Which sounds bad...but considering T-Will, Rick Pitino, Me and everyone else was pretty positive that it was a season ending ACL tear...this is pretty good news. Still, there is a 4-6 week recovery time and often this injury can be quite nagging.

Now while I did feel bad for Jim James last week, words can't express the emotions/feelings/thoughts that run through my head when something happens to a UofL basketball team member.

Last season when David Padgett went down with a knee injury...I got some beer and laid in my room for hours. To tell you the truth...if T-Will would have been out for the year....there was no way I was coming to work today...and I would have gone on straight bender status. No communication with anyone...just darkness, booze, crying and videos of old UofL games.

Now, I realize that this sounds a bit extreme to most people...and it is. But, I LOVE UofL BASKETBALL!!! I'm not ashamed of it and I know that I'm a complete and total psycho in reagrds to the team...but so what? I mean really...when UofL b-ball is happening and they're playing well...my life is better...when it's not or they lose a tough game...I'm generally sadder in all aspects of my life.

Luckily today, even though I still have terrible visions of T-Will never playing again, Earl getting hit by a car, Jerry breaking his arm, ect. I can breathe a little sigh of relief since it appears that T-Will will be ok...it will just be a few more weeks before he's himself again and doing things like this:

This

or even this...


I swear if UofL could ever go through one basketball season without a key player getting injured...I'd stop wearing pants for an entire year as a sign of happiness and gratitude!

Oh well, Get well soon Terrence!

Beer of the Day: New Holland - The Poet
Song of the Day: Wilco - Hummingbird

P.S. This has been a pretty sports-crazed week on the blog. I apologize to those who don't care for sports...sometimes I become a bit obsessed.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits...

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for some tidbits today?!?!?!?!
* CrapBags...lost their third in a row...we're now 3-3 and tied for 4th...I don't want to talk about it.

* I collided with Ben at basketball last night while going for a loose ball...I'm fairly certain that I have either broken a rib or punctured a lung...the pain isn't constant which is good...but every once in a while if I turn the wrong way...I immediately black out and wake up crying because of the pain. It's actually a pretty neat trick.

* I have to share this with you...don't think I'm a pervert. I saw this headline/story on the front of Yahoo today..."Eva Longoria shows off fuller figure" Star claims she, "just stopped working out" Well here is the picture of the new...fuller Eva:
Sheesh, what a fatty!
The good news is that she confirmed that she's gained 7 pounds but is still a size 0. I mean really??? Pretty slow news day, huh? Hey Tony Parker, why don't you use some of your millions of dollars and buy your woman a sandwich (baguette)....she looks hungry.

* Jim James seems to be recovering ok from his little spill off of the stage the other night. MMJ had to cancel a bunch of shows this week...but they've already rescheduled them for December.

* SportsIllustrated.com claims that the one and only Louisville Cardinals will sport the nation's finest frontcourt this season. With T-Will, Earl and Sam-Sam leading the way...all I can say is...sweet!

* Shane Victorino is a bad ass...Youkilis better get it going if he wants to remain the coolest guy left in the playoffs. If Victorino grows a beard or keeps hitting homeruns and wearing his awesome two-ear flap helmet...Youk is in a lot of trouble.

* All Captain Crunch cereal is on sale for $2.00 a box at Kroger this week. Lautaro picked up some Crunch Berries yesterday...I'm gonna stop and get some Peanut Butter Crunch later! Oh how I do love the Cap'n Crunch.

* Big News outta Charleston...Taylor was able to arrange for her flight to be moved up a day so now she gets to spend an extra night in Kentucky! Boo-Yah!!! 9 more days.

* So Lautaro and I met up with JohnBen, Faye, Drew and some others at Cumberland Brews this weekend. It was Faye's birthday so JohnBen was going to drive....then we realized that we could get cityscoot to come get us for 9 bucks. Cityscoot is a company where you call them and they ride on little scooters to where ever you are...then they fold their scooter up, place it in your trunk and drive you home in your car. That way you wake up the next morning and don't have to go through the whole, "Dude, Where's My Car?" routine.
The cool part was, the guy who drove us all home was my drum teacher in high school. I told him who I was and that I had taken his percussion class and he looked at me and was like, "Cool man, I remember your name...but I don't remember your beard!" It was enough to make me laugh for a long time.

*The apartment is really coming together...pictures should come soon.

* Posting that Nike commercial yesterday got me thinking about how much I love other Nike commercials...here are two more of my favorites:



* It seems like I had a few other things to talk about...but I can't remember them...I'm tired today...and my ribs are killing me!

Have a great Tuesday!

Beer of the Day: Magic Hat - #9
Song of the Day: Wax Fang - The Majestic

Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Monday

Actually...there isn't anything big about this Monday...I just called it that because I've been thinking about UofL basketball all day and how I can't wait till they start playing on Big Monday on ESPN.

What I do want to talk about is how great of a sports weekend it was. I'd have to say that the excitement meter for me, as far as sports were concerned, was not as high as it should have been. There was a UofL game, some good college football matchups, NFL games on Sunday and the baseball postseason as well...but I just wasn't expecting much. However, maybe cause my expectations were so low...I came away feeling pretty pumped about sports.

Friday night we got the UofL vs. Memphis matchup. This game still leaves me scratching my head...UofL won...and that's awesome...but, they really played poorly on offense. For the 5th time out of 6 games the Cards failed to score in the 1st quarter...which has left us in a hole to start all of those games...and the Cards gained like 200 less yards than Memphis did. Luckily those numbers were a bit skewed because our defense and special teams combined to score more points than our offense. I'm not complaining...I'm just saying it was bizarre. A kickoff return, blocked field goal and fumble recovery all resulted in TDs for the Cards. I don't remember the last time the Cards did all of that in one season...let alone one game...so that was exciting. We got the win, it was ugly...but we had to have it. Good work Cards!

Here are some highlights...just know that Trent Guy (who ran back the kick and scored on a 43 yard TD) was shot and almost died three months ago...he's a badass.


Also, Steve Kragthorpe and Jeff Brohm...I beg you to sit down sometime and watch a real football team attempt to run out the clock with the lead...it doesn't involve any of these things:
1.) Snapping the ball with more than 10 seconds on the play clock, game clock running and other team left with one timeout.
2.) Running a RB who weighs less than me up the middle on 3rd and one....give that one to Brock Bolen...PLEASE!!!
3.) CALLING A TO when you just received a gift of a first down that should all but wrap up the game. Get to the line hike the ball and kneel it...DO NOT CALL TIMEOUT (which just gave them more time to review the call). Literally stared at the TV with my mouth open for like a minute when Krags called that TO...holy shit!

Ok, Saturday we saw a see-saw battle between UK and South Carolina end up going in Spurrier's favor once again. I now firmly believe that UK will never beat Steve Spurrier. UK's defense is really good....their offense is absolutely terrible. Also doesn't help that Dicky Lyons Jr. is out for the year...it sucks when you lose a player...especially a starter/senior...I do feel bad for Dicky. The good news for him is that he at least still has a promising career as the next great white rapper.

Texas vs. Oklahoma game was impressive to say the least....there were some for big time athletes in that game...it made the UofL vs. Memphis game look like a mediocre high school battle.

Florida drilled LSU proving that the SEC is really really good....at defense.

How Alabama isn't #1 this week is beyond me...College Football never fails to make me want to smack my head against a wall.

Also on Saturday, the Rays won in extras against the Red Sox. I don't want the Red Sox to win...but I can't root for the Rays....October baseball should never be played in that stadium...ever.

SUNDAY: Looking at the line-up of Sunday NFL games Lautaro and I both laughed at how terrible they seemed. Turns out they were awesome. The Falcons/Bears game was unbelievable. How the Falcons let the Bears score on them with 11 seconds left was embarrassing....how the Bears let the Falcons get a field goal to win after that is enough to make me laugh at the Bears for the rest of the year...no matter what.

It was also nice to see the Cardinals beat the Cowboys...I hate the Cowboys and Romo-sexual's "incomplete" pass should have been a TD for Arizona (I don't like the tuck rule) Apparently Romo broke his finger during the game and is out several weeks now...I'd feel bad for him...but now he gets to lay around the house while Jessica Simpson takes care of him...bastard.

The coolest moment of the weekend came in the 3rd game of the Dodgers/Phillies series. After a long saga that involved the two teams throwing at/behind certain players. Shane Victorino of the Phillies stepped up to the plate...knowing he was about to get drilled in the back. However, the moron on the Dodgers threw at Victorino's head. He got out of the way, and then very calmly...motioned that the pitcher was an idiot. You could see Victorino say that it's fine if your gonna throw at him...but hit him in the back/ribs...not the face. Getting thrown at in Baseball is part of the game...but you never go for the head...Shane Victorino is easily the coolest player left in the playoffs...not named Kevin Youkilis.

Ok, now for the best part of the weekend. This commercial...

I saw this commercial several times over the weekend...and then on like three different blogs this morning. It's really awesome. I'm an Adidas kinda guy...but Nike's commercials are always the shiz. I also love Troy Palamalu.

Alright gang, I've recapped a great weekend in sports...but all of that is overshadowed by the fact that UofL basketball practice starts on Friday...here's a little something to hold you over until then.

GO CARDS!!! 2009 NCAA CHAMPS!!!

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
Beer of the Day: Cumberland Brews - Yer Beer

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sometimes You Wanna Go, Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

For as long as I've been able to go to bars...I've always wanted to be a regular at one. You know, walk in...have my drink waiting for me...sit on the same stool everyday...know the bartenders and a few others at the bar. The whole "Cheers" business. I don't know why it appeals to me so much...but it just does.

Well lately, I've realized that while I may not be a regular at a bar...I'm was on the verge of becoming a regular at a few other places...places much less cool than a bar.

Today...well today it all happened.

Dad and I headed to lunch at Qdoba. The same Qdoba that's right down the street from my apartment...the same Qdoba that accounted for a meal of mine five days in a row last week. We'll go in there for lunch at least once a week...often twice...and I'll eat it for dinner at least once as well. Never any less than 2 trips a week...never anymore than 7.

I walked up today, prepared to reel off my order and the blonde chick who works there looked at me, kinda smiled and said, "Three cheese chicken nachos, with black beans and the chips on the side?"

"Yes" I replied...cussing under my breath at the fact that I was now recognized at the Qdoba down the street. Oh well, I thought...at least she got my order right.

However, after lunch Dad and I wandered over to Smoothie King to grab a refreshing smoothie before heading back to the office...wouldn't ya know it, the old lady working there new our order too.

Son of a bee-sting. I always wanted to be a regular...but at a bar, or someplace really cool...not a mexican restaurant and smoothie place.

There's not much you can do...it feels kinda nice to be recognized...even if it is because you eat Qdoba an unhealthy amount.

Fortunately for me...I'm soon becoming a regular at the liquor store down the street too. (I say fortunately because it's a cool liquor store...not because I have a drinking problem) They know me and know I usually get a mixed 6 pack of whatever new craft beers they have. They'll comment on a few and make a few recommendations from time to time...also if I buy more than a 6 pack, they'll package it up nicely to make it easier to carry since they know I live near by and they know I already have to carry my Qdoba home.

Siigh, it's not a bar...but they're places I like to go and they're in my neighborhood...better than nothing I guess.

Have a great weekend people!

Go Cards!!!

Song of the Weekend: The Kinks - Strangers
Beer of the Weekend: DogFish Head - Punkin Ale

P.S. Truly a great episode of the office last night. The Jim vs. Dwight stuff was classic, Michael was hysterical...I do need more Pam though!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ohh Baby, It's A Big Ol' Goofy World

So as I do occasionally...I've been doing some thinking today. The reason I'm thinking is because tonight Lautaro will officially move in and be my roommate. Mostly, I'm just thinking what a terrible mistake I have made. Just kidding, it'll be great to have him around. The real reason I'm so deep in thought is because it's just funny how quickly some people can become large parts of your life.

For instance my girlfriend Taylor and I met about 4 months before we started dating. I actually was invited to a party at Taylor's by another girl, I showed up and met Taylor...exchanged pleasantries...and moved on. Now, it would be a lie if I told you I didn't think she was a pretty good lookin' lady...but it would be another lie if I told you from that day forward she was all I could think about and I knew she was the one right then. To be honest, I never once in my wildest dreams thought, "Hey, I bet in about four months I'll be dating that girl and then four years after that we'll still be dating!" Looking back on my relationship with Taylor...it really is great how it all came about...just kinda out of the blue...she was in Danville, I was in Louisville...an inadvertent phone call here, a drunk claim that, "Taylor thinks you're hot!" and boomshakalaka...four years later still dating, happy as can be. One day when we have more time, I'll share the whole Brian and Taylor saga with you guys...it could probably be made into a Disney movie...Beauty and the Beast part 2 or something.

Now let's take my good pal Will. Will was my roommate for my three years at Centre and the two of us are very good friends. You wanna know when I first met Will? I was visiting my brother at Centre my freshman year of college and I went over to the freshman dorm to visit a guy I knew from high school. As I sat in this fella's dorm room drinking a beer, this kinda tall, kind of awkward, argyle wearing, goofy as hell kid walks in a plops himself down on the futon. I was introduced and we just kinda hung out for 15...20 mins maybe. I left the freshman dorm then and headed back to my brother's room...not ever once thinking about the goofy kid on the futon (who would later be nicknamed futon by one of our friends...weird). However, a few months later I was dating Taylor and Will was dating Lauren...one of Taylor's best friends from high school. The four of us began to hang out almost every weekend and soon Will and I were friends...knowing that even if Will and Lauren broke up (they did), Will and I would still be friends...and roommates for three years....crazy.

Now for my current roommate. I knew who Lautaro was freshman year of college, I had never met him...but he was good friends with Will and Taylor. I did meet him sophomore year, he lived down the hall...and came down to hang out one time and made a comment about my My Morning Jacket t-shirt and navy blue pinstriped pants. He left our room a little while later and I would see him from time to time the rest of that year and even Junior year he would come by and play Wii in our room. However, I really hardly knew him until last year..but we've been good friends ever since.

It's just so weird how people you meet can seem so insignificant at first...and then turn out to be really important people.

Did I think the girl hosting the party I went to the summer between High School and College would be my girlfriend of four years now??? No way.

Did I think the argyle wearin' fool on the futon would soon by my roommate and we'd be best of friends? Hell no.

Did I think the lazy Argentine from down the hall...who commented on the troubles of matching shirts with navy blue pinstriped pants would be the person I would share my first apartment with after college? Not a chance.

The point is, Not only am I glad things turned out the way they did in all three of these scenarios. (I'm sure I have stories for each of my other friends as well...I mean who would ever believe themselves to be friends with Mitch after first meeting him? Not me.) But also, I'm glad I was at least somewhat nice to these people upon meeting them for the first time...I'm sure that the way I act might turn people off sometimes...but I'm glad that I was able to create and sustain relationships with all of these people...even though the times when I met then seemed fairly insignificant at the time.

Also, for the record...I think I was a huge douchebag to my friend Leigh when I first met her, I don't even remember the whole story (what a conceded jackass!)...so she'll have to tell you how much she thought I sucked...but hey it was nice of her to give me another chance.

Oh well, be nice to everyone...not just those you THINK will be important...that's what I was trying to express through this long rambling message. Taylor, I love you. Will, college wouldn't have been the same without you. Lautaro, welcome to Sherwood Forrest! Everyone else in my life that has continued to at least act like they enjoy my company, thanks for sticking around and not hating my guts...I appreciate each of you for different reasons...and I feel privileged to call myself your friend.

Enjoy your Thursdays....The Office is on at 9 tonight!

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Fixing a Hole
Beer of the Day: New Holland - Ichabod Pumpkin Ale

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

We've Got a Rocker Down & Life of Brian Backlash!

So apparently Jim James, frontman for Life of Brian's favorite band My Morning Jacket, took a spill last night and had to go to the hospital. It seems as though he got a little too excited during a nasty version of "Off the Record" and fell off the stage between two amps. It was dark, he was feeling it...it happened. He hit his head and apparently landed awkwardly in a splits kinda position. He was taken to the hospital and has since been released. He's apparently in lots of pain, and several shows have had to be rescheduled or cancelled.

I realize this seems like no big deal, and he is supposed to make a full recovery in 3 weeks, but what was most surprising to me is how I felt after hearing this news.

I don't know Jim James, he is from my hometown and attended the same school as me...but if he saw me...he'd have no clue. But, he is very important to me. His music has made my life better over the past 5 or 6 years that I have been listening to him. I enjoy listening to the songs, seeing the concerts, reading the articles and overall supporting the band...it's part of who I am. So, when I heard the Jim had fallen...hit his head...and was rushed to the hospital...I was really truly sad.

In an age when people pay far too much attention to celebrities and the clothes they wear, places they eat and so on...it was weird to realize that I too cared for someone who I don't really even know.

I've always said that the day Paul McCartney passes away...it will be a very sad day in the Life of Brian. I'll stop whatever I'm doing that day and I'll devote that entire day to Sir Paul and all that he did. I know that sounds extreme...but to be honest, Paul and his other three mop headed bandmates have impacted my life in a large amount...so why wouldn't I care that he was gone?

I've always thought that the Beatles and UofL Basketball were the two most important things to me in terms of entertainment and such. Is it healthy to obsess over something you can't control, someone you don't know, etc? Probably not. But, after hearing about Jim James today I really realized that we probably all have people or things in our lives that mean a lot to us. Of course we all care about Family, Friends, etc....but I bet everyone has their own Beatles, MMJ and UofL sports.

I may tend to be a bit extreme when I discuss my things...but do you mean to tell me that if something happened to Santa Claus...Roy Lee wouldn't have to take some time off of whatever he was doing? See...everyone's got their crutch...something that means something more to them than it does to other people....I just realized today that MMJ has joined the elite crew in my book. Get well soon Jim!


Also, as far as this whole commenting on the site thing goes. There was a mixup with something on the site and I got flooded with a lot of weird comments from weird named people that didn't even really relate to anything on my blog....people named Patchwork 6869, clowneyes9923, etc. I really am not scared or anything...but it just made me realize my blog is maybe a little too personal to be so unsecured. I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family as they moved away or as I lost touch with certain ones. I'm not trying to do anything with the blog...it's just a way for people to see what's up with me...then they can make comments about something and I can see what's up with them. I don't want to stop the blog, or even change it much...because it really has helped keep in touch with folks I care about...but something must be done to secure it.

Comments will now be administered by me...and I've set up a program to see when, where and who(to an extent) the people are that visit my blog. The blogger site sent me the program, and since I can't really block anyone from seeing it...without blocking a lot of others too...I'll just keep an eye on the people looking. If you know me and you like what you're reading...than by all means post a comment and continue to read, if I don't know you personally...I'm not trying to be rude...but your comments will be scrutinized a bit more closely. I appreciate all of you who read my blog and I hope you continue to do so...these are just a few measures the blog site suggested I take to make sure my blog is more secure. The internet is a wonderful thing...but it's open to everyone...so I just gotta be careful.

I appreciate your understanding...hopefully all of this will be for nothing...and we can just go back to the way it was...when we were just trying to get 50 fans to read the blog.

Enjoy your Wednesdays!

Song of the Day: Beck - Lost Cause
Beer of the Day: Magic Hat - Jinx

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

Hit 'em with the Tidbits....BOOMSHAKALAKA!

* The CrapBags lost again this week...I don't know what is wrong, but we won't stand for this. In hopes of inspiring the rest of the bags, I claimed Tom Brady on injured reserve so he could now be part of the Bags. He is the face of this franchise and hopefully he's got enough Gusto on one leg to lend some to the rest of the Bags. In Tom the Bags trust!

* Big news out of Charleston...Taylor will be serving as a T.A. for a class next semester...a class all about Harry Potter. I can't say I've ever read one of the books or seen any of the movies, apparently I'm only one of the 8 or 9 people on the planet who hasn't, but she's super stoked and as a result that makes me excited as well.

* So this past Sunday was spent cleaning my apartment...not just kinda cleaning it, REALLY cleaning it. Mom, Ben, Chris and I spent most of the day scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming and moving things. It kinda sucked...but the apartment in ol' Sherwood Forrest is looking as nice as it ever has. Lautaro moved some of his stuff in last night and I would say he'll be fully moved in by Friday! Once it's all up and running I'll post some pictures and then we'll throw a crazy-awesome party....and have to clean again.

* Everybody's hero and former Cardinal, David Padgett, made a helluva debut with the Miami Heat in the team's first preseason game. Big Dave scored 11 points on 4-5 shooting and grabbed 6 boards in just 17 mins of action...He does look good with some red on that jersey doesn't he?
There will still be a few more cuts before the opening of the NBA season, but I think you'll agree it's a difficult task to find anyone in the world more deserving of a spot in the NBA than Dave.

* It's down to 4 in the MLB playoffs and I'm gonna go ahead and give my full support to the Rays and Phillies. That would be a rather odd World Series...but I don't want the Red Sox to win it again, and as much as I love Manny...the Dodgers aren't really that sweet in my book. So Phils...Rays...let's go!

* I'll be at O'Shea's tonight from 6-10, starting my second week of bar life. The first week at Brendan's was pretty cool, I worked as a host...which kinda sucked, but the people watching was great.
Highlights included:
- A 15 minute makeout session between two of the ugliest 45 year olds in the world.
- Lady drinking entirely to much...dropping her phone and beefing it when trying to pick it up.
- Me realizing that most people don't understand sarcasm - A few times I tried to crack jokes with customers who looked like they would laugh, they didn't. One twentysomething couple came in and I asked if the guy needed a kid's menu? Blank stares from both of them. Then, an elderly couple came in...I asked if the old man (who was obviously still in good health) needed a high chair. His response, "No we'd like a booth, thank you very much!" Well excuuuuuuse me for trying to add a little humor to their day. (For the record, I think the old lady really wanted to laugh, but didn't in hopes of not hurting her husband's feelings)

* Alright, that's all today...but before I leave you I want to share this awesome YouTube video with you. It's of a streaker getting laid out by a football player. The camera work is terrible, but it's so funny to see the streaker's sad exit from the field after he has been totally defeated. Enjoy:

Yowza!

Have a great Tuesday kids!

Song of the Day: My Morning Jacket - It Beats 4 U
Beer of the Day: Buffalo Bill's - Pumpkin Ale