Monday, August 31, 2009

Life Is Good!

So most of my weekend was spent with a fever and a terrible sinus headache. However, I'm feeling muy bueno right now and there are a few reasons why...

1.) This past weekend was the last weekend that any of us will have to spend without College Football or Basketball until April! That my friends....is amazing. I know this year's football season doesn't appear to be that awesome for UofL fans...but read this article and you'll get excited for the Cards. They're still trying, they're undefeated right now...and dang it...they're the friggin' Louisville Cardinals! LET'S GO CARDS!

2.) The weather in Louisville right now is fan-freakin-tastic. No joke, it feels like October outside. It's sunny, but it barely got up to 70 and there isn't any humidity. I can ride with my windows down, I had chili for lunch and I didn't sweat once today. I hope that it doesn't get over 70 until 2010.

3.) This is the real winner as to why I'm so excited today...I only have to work 3 days this week and then I'm off to South Carolina to spend 10 days with Taylor! We'll be in Charleston for a few and then we'll be on the beach at Pawley's Island for the rest of the time. It's going to be amazing! I can't wait to see her and get my toes in the sand while loungin' with a beverage. Excited doesn't begin to explain how I feel about this upcoming trip.

Seriously...life is good right now:

Have a good Monday everyone!

Song of the Day: Band of Horses - Ode to LRC
GRE Word: Pulchritudinous - Beautiful

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Funday...

It's Friday...Wooohooo! Sadly, I think I'm coming down with some kind of cold or something because I feel pretty terrible right now.

Nevertheless, we must march on. Except today I'm just going to post some cool videos I've seen lately. So here you go...

*Shaq vs. Jimmy Kimmel in Scrabble:

Shaq really is hilarious...which makes it even more disappointing that "Shaq Vs." is so terrible. However, I'm lobbying for "vagonadO" to be a vocab word on the GRE.

* Wilco was profiled on CBS's Sunday Morning recently...see:


It really is bizarre that Wilco isn't more popular then they are...they're a great great band.

* Here is some great stuff from the Avett Bros!

Telling Time


Late in Life


Those are some jamming dudes. If you would like the audio to those videos, you can get the MP3s here.


*Finally, we have this gem from Fail blog. No wise cracks about the title of the video either...

It has to suck being old.

That's all for today gang. Have a great weekend.

Song of the Day: The Jayhawks - I'd Run Away
GRE Word - VagonadO - A fabricated body part that is shockingly gross and disturbing.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Age, Booze and Creativity...

I recently went into a store to buy a bottle of bourbon and saw a girl with a cart full of heaven hill vodka, Bacardi razz and Bacardi o...I also noticed she was on the phone trying to be quiet while obviously getting other booze orders for her underage friends. She looked at me as if I was going to rat her out, but I just smiled and moved on. As I paid for my bourbon I thought to myself, "It sure is nice to be able to buy whatever alcohol I want."

That is the beauty of being over the age of 21.

However, I was talking with Taylor the other night and we were discussing how our creativity, when it comes to social events, has been ruined by our ability to drink legally. If I were going to do something with my friends this weekend it would undoubtedly revolve around having drinks somewhere. There's nothing wrong with this, I like drinking and I like seeing my friends, but it just kinda takes the fun out of it. There are literally 30 bars within walking distance from my house and even though they all look a little different, they all pretty much serve the same function...it's just kinda sad.

The reason this is so sad is because of how creative and stupid and fun the last few years prior to turning 21 are. Take senior year high school for example, I always wanted to hang out with my friends, but we couldn't just go to a bar and have a few drinks...we had to come up with something to do. Now a lot of the time we'd just sit in my mom's basement and watch a game or something...but often we just did things just to do them. We would go to Target and look for random things to buy on clearance. We'd go to fast food restaurants, throw frisbee at a park, etc. It was innocent, it was fun...and it was much more creative then just going to a bar.

When thinking about this whole "going to a bar vs. creativity" thing I was reminded of a hilarious and dumb thing that my friends and I did in high school....I'll share it now:

Do you all remember the soft drink dnL? It was like 7up upside down?
Well it was a pretty gross soft drink, but my buddy Tom was always in to these weird drinks (Pepsi Blue, Sprite Remix, etc.). Anyway, Tom found out that Super America(now Speedway) gas stations had coupons for 50cents off of a 20 oz bottle of dnL. To make things even better, Kroger had 20 oz bottles of dnL on sale for $1....also Kroger doubles coupons up to 50 cents. See what we have going on here?

I'm not lying to you when I say that for like 3 consecutive days after school my buddies and I would drive around to Super Americas, take their entire stack of dnL coupons and then go to all of the Kroger stores around town and buy all of their 20 oz bottles of dnL...for FREE. We may have had to pay tax, but I don't remember. Anyway, we literally ended up with like over 100 bottles of dnL...which is probably why I'm about 95% sure that a single sip of dnL today would put me in a coma.

Now to you this may seem like a really lame story about a couple of losers killing time in high school. While you'd be mostly right, the point is that those three days after school were ridiculously fun. I mean honestly, what a stupidly awesome story...we totally stuck it to Kroger!

My point is this, I like going out to a bar and having a few drinks with my friends and I love being able to pick up a 6 pack at the store. However, it makes me a little sad that people's stupid creativity and ability to entertain themselves seem to die after turning 21...it shouldn't be like that. If nothing else, beer and booze should make us MORE creative.

Anyway, this weekend...do something different for a change. Channel your inner 18 year old and figure out an unusual way to entertain yourself...I think we'd all benefit from it.

*Note: How awesome would it be if there was a gas station coupon that allowed you to get free beer from Kroger? That would be the coolest...it would totally blow my mind. It would be like a perfect meeting between pre-21 and post-21 Brian.

Have a good Thursday.

Song of the Day: Counting Crows - Anna Begins
GRE Word: Vex - To annoy; to bother; to perplex; to puzzle

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Centre Dear

The other day my Grandma's neighbor was talking about how his daughter is having a tough time figuring out which college to attend. He mentioned a few she was looking at, WKU, UK, etc. and then he said, "She also is thinking about Centre." Immediately my eyes lit up and I began to go on and on about Centre and how much it means to me. I think I might have overwhelmed him a bit...but no matter how I tried, I couldn't get across how much I love Centre College.

By far the worst part of graduating from college is knowing that you'll never get to go back. Sure I see my friends from Centre a few times a year and I even make the trip to Danville every once in a while...but it's not the same.

Taylor and I talked about missing Centre for about 45 mins last night before we decided to quit before one of us started crying (it would have been me). We talked about what we missed, laughed at funny things that happened...but more then anything, we just sat there in a mixture of sadness and happiness while thinking that the years we spent at Centre were probably the best of our lives. That's not to say I don't enjoy my life now or that I won't enjoy my life in the future...but Centre gives you something that you can't get anywhere else.

For three years of my life (4 for most) I was able to live in a tiny little community with my best friends. Sure I missed my family and my other friends who weren't there, but we made do with what we had...and soon our friend group became more and more like a family (I realize that sounds super sappy...but it's true). Unlike bigger schools, Centre keeps everyone close. None of my friends lived further than 300 yards away from my apartment senior year. It was cozy, it was convenient and it was special.

***Program notice: This post is going to have to be extended for another day. I just wrote about 6 more paragraphs on why I love Centre so much and I deleted them....it wasn't good enough. So I'm going to leave you with this much of the post and I'm going to postpone my Centre love letter for another day. I don't mean to be dramatic about all of this, but this is the kind of thing that needs to be better prepared...I'm sorry to be such a tease.

So, I'll leave you with this today. I love Centre College, everyone I know that has gone to Centre feels the same way. Sure we all whined and complained about it from time to time, but after being away for more than a year I can honestly say that to me...Centre College is the greatest place in the entire world. You don't just go to Centre and come away satisfied, you go to Centre and fall in love with the place. I'll be paying student loans back until I'm about 35 years old...and I don't care...it was worth every penny and then some. If you know someone thinking about attending Centre in the near future, encourage them to do it. It's expensive, but like I said...it's worth 50x the price (socially and academically).

Alright gang, I'll be back in the near future with a more organized way to tell you all why I love Centre so much.

Have a good'un.

Song of the Day: Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
GRE Word: Insipid - Lacking zest or excitement; dull

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Hey There...Tiddy bitty bang bang...let's do it.

* First off, I'm just going to let it be known that today's tidbits are pretty uninspiring. So, if you're coming here today looking for some awesome bit of info...it's probably not gonna happen. Just wanted to crush all hope of a great blog day before your hopes got too high.

* Now then, let's roll with our new lower...but still optimistic expectations.

* I went to the dentist yesterday and they had to put a temporary spacer in my mouth. Let me tell ya, it's killing me. The left side of my mouth is throbbing and the right side is all pissed because of the abundant amount of chewing it has had to perform lately. Needless to say, my mouth is not happy.

* So really, let's move on past this whole "Summer" business and get on with Fall. I want Chili, sweatshirts, pumpkin beer and football...NOW!

* So I've been on an undercover "operation dump Becky 8.0" and this one is working better than the past 12 operations. I've set no goals for myself and I'm just trying to exercise when possible and eat less. I've lost 5 pounds this past month. Feel free to check out my hot bod next time you see me. Sadly, I look about the same as I did before...

* I wanna give a "Good Luck" shout out to Taylor today as she attends her first day of classes for the Fall semester. She only has one class today, but it's 3 hours long. I'm sure you'll do fine, but good luck anyway, dear!

* Speaking of Taylor, only 8 more days till I head down that way for an awesome 10 day vacation. Jealous much?

* Great news, ESPN is going to broadcast the USC vs Ohio St. game in 3D this year! Yeah, after reading the headline of that story I was super stoked...Then I realized that they were only going to show the broadcast in certain movie theaters across the nation. Plus, you can't buy tickets you have to win them. So really it's not all that cool. But, the idea is something that I want ESPN to continue to mess with.

* Finally, Paste has a great list of 25 Indie Films to Catch This Fall. There are several on there that I want to see, but these three are heading my list right now.

Extract


It Might Get Loud


Youth In Revolt


Movies are fun!

Alright guys, those are all the amazing tidbits I have for today. I'll try to do better next time. Have a good day.

Song of the Day: Spoon - The Underdog
GRE Word: Sate: To satisfy fully or to excess

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ugh...

I've had an extremely busy day so this post is going to be really short.

My Grandma had a yard sale this weekend and let me tell you it was hilarious. Aside from seeing all the weird people who come to yard sales, there was one moment that absolutely cracked me up.
So, this car comes and parks in the drive way...where all of the stuff was located. The person didn't pull up so far that they knocked over anything, but it was clear that the driveway was off limits for parking. However, before getting out of the car, this individual proceeded to hang their handicap sign from their rearview mirror. I could do nothing but laugh...it was very well played.


I know this is the lamest/shortest post of all time, but after a dentist trip, picking Lauren up from school and a hefty assignment at work that had to be done by tomorrow (not to mention the guitar lesson I'm headed to in about 5 mins) it has just been a busy day.

Oh well, more tomorrow gang.

Song of the Day: Aretha Franklin - You Send Me
GRE Word: Feign - To give false appearance or impression.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Facts

So I don't have a whole lot to talk about today...but here's a rundown of today's facts.

1.) Today is Friday and I love Fridays. Honestly, my favorite time of the entire week is the time right after you get finished with work/class/whatever on a Friday. You get to unwind and have a drink on the porch, watch TV, whatever...the next two days are all yours and it's a great feeling.

2.) I made a mix last night of Rock songs from the past decade or so. No Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was a lot harder then I thought it would be. The mix is awesome, but they just don't make gut-bustin' Rock and Roll like they used to.

3.) My grandma is having a yard sale tomorrow. Feel free to stop by, there's lots of cool stuff. If you really want to come get a hold of me and I'll get you the address.

4.) Monsters of Folk are awesome. This is an awesome video of them talking about other Supergroups throughout the years...

The Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young comments are my favorite. Also, the "Monsters of Folk" album is gonna be the shizz.

5.) We didn't go to trivia last night....so our streak of finishing in the money is on hold at 2.

6.) I went to the grocery last night and totally stocked up. I absolutely love a good trip to the grocery. My cart included: Beer cheese, bananas, waffles, powerade, bologna and many other necessities.

7.) A frozen cheese pizza is one of the best meals of all time.

8.) It's totally gorgeous outside right now.

9.) T-Will is funny. Here is a video he filmed on the night of the NBA draft:

Seriously T-Will, lets try to get you another year of eligibility.

10.) Kitty, Daisy and Lewis is the next album that I am going to buy. Check them out.


I'm off to begin my weekend...there's a glass of bourbon calling my name from my porch. Have a good one folks.

Song of the Day: The Hives - I Hate To Say I Told You So
GRE Word: Cadge - To get something by taking advantage of someone

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Top 5: Movies I've Never Seen

I like movies, I really do. However, there are a lot of "classics" that, for whatever reason, I've never seen. So, here are the 5 best movies I've never seen.

5.) Gone With The Wind
I'm not too upset that I've never seen this movie...but I just feel like I should.

4.) The Graduate
Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actors. "Here's to you Mrs. Robinson" is all I know about what goes on in this movie....maybe I'll watch it sometime.

3.) Pulp Fiction
I have absolutely no idea what this movie is about, but it involves a pretty stellar cast and most people love it.

2.) The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are two of my favorite actors. Also, I know many respectable people who have named this as their favorite movie of all time....it better live up to the hype.

1.) The Godfather
I know, I'm probably less of a man because I've never seen this movie. But, before you go yelling, "How have you not seen the Godfather?!?!?!" Let me ask you this, "How many times have you seen 'Dumb and Dumber'?" because I've probably seen it like 35 times, so in your face! (sigh) Yeah...I'm gonna watch this flick soon.

In addition I've also never seen any of the "Bourne" movies and I hear those are pretty kick ass. So maybe sometime soon I'll rent all of these and have a good ol' movie watchin' weekend.

Please don't judge me.

Have a great day people!

Song of the Day: Phantom Planet - One Ray of Sunlight
GRE Word: Adulation - Excessive praise; intense adoration

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blah Blah Blah...

It's recently come to my attention that I have a problem. Not a serious problem, but a rather annoying problem. The problem it seems...is that I talk a whole lot. Now I wouldn't say that I always talk a lot or that I am super pompous or annoying when I do it, but there are times when I think to myself, "My God, shut the hell up, Brian!"

This may not be that big of a problem, no one (except maybe Taylor and/or Ben) has ever told me I talk a lot, so maybe it's all in my head. However, I hate people that talk a lot. It's one of my biggest turn offs. I mean we've all been there when somebody just gets going and won't shut up. I don't want to be "that" guy.

Now then, I've noticed two things about my talkability. The first is that it occurs more often when I drink. I, as do most people, loosen up when I drink....which leads to massive amounts of talking. I don't have more thoughts or opinions when I drink, I just feel like everyone should know what I'm thinking. In the words of Mike Birbiglia, it's like my filter is a drunk little league coach and every time I have an idea or thought it's just: "BATTER UP!!! COME ON, LET'S GET UP THERE AND TAKE SOME CUTS!" No warm up, no filter, no nothing.

The second thing I've noticed about my blabber mouth is that I can always tell when I'm talking too much...but I can't make myself stop. I mean I'll be in the middle of a story or something and I will think to myself, "Seriously, no one cares...STOP TALKING" But for whatever reason I just can't stop talking.

So, here is the solution...and it's going to be a team effort. Not only am I going to try that whole listening thing more, but also I'm going to try to be more aware of the amount of words coming out of my mouth and I want you guys to inform me as soon as I say one word too many. Don't nod along and act like your listening, just give me some signal that shows me it's time to stop. We'll all be better off because of it.

This blog post could end up being a total waste. Maybe none of you have ever been bothered by my talking. Or, maybe most of you are sitting there thinking, "Thank God! I can't believe it took him this long to realize it." Regardless I need everyone's help fixing this possible problem...because I don't want to become the next Blabby McTalksalot. That guy is the worst.

Have a good Wednesday everyone.

Song of the Day: My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
GRE Word: Prattle - To talk or chatter idly or meaninglessly; babble or prate.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

What better place then here? What better time then now?

* First and foremost a big congrats to Ms. Taylor today! As you may know she has been bogged down with work ever since she got backed to Charleston, working long days and taking a rather challenging class as well. However, her work load didn't stop her from getting a most excellent grade in her summer class! She normally gets great grades so it's not a total surprise, but considering the circumstances and the little amount of free time...it's pretty darn impressive. Good work, dear!

* Tonight at 9 p.m. est. "Shaq vs." makes its premiere on ABC. The Big Witness Protector takes on Ben Roethlisberger in football tonight. If this show is half as great as I think it's going to be, we're all in for a treat.

* Big news gang, everyone's favorite show is coming back on this Thursday! No "The O.C." isn't coming back on..."Project Runway" is finally making its return. Don't act all macho, everyone loves that show. Mainly because of Heidi...but also mainly because of Tim Gunn.

* Did anybody tune in to see ex-UofL QB Hunter Cantwell make his pro debut last night? Hunter led the Carolina Panthers on like an 80 yard game tying TD and 2pt conversion in the final 2 minutes of last night's preseason game. However, soon after the Giants punted back to the Panthers and Hunter took the ball on his own 25 with just over 5 seconds to play. He was getting ready to unload a Hail Mary when he was hit from behind and fumbled. The Giants naturally picked the ball up and ran it in for the game winning TD with no time on the clock.

UofL football is cursed.

* Speaking of UofL football. It's been confirmed that Greg Paulus will be the starting QB for Syracuse this year. Yes, this Greg Paulus:
Anything less then 4 sacks/roughing the passer penalties on November 14th will simply not stand. I hate that guy.

* In a report today Jennifer Lopez claimed that she is in-fact, "not a "diva." While that will remain debatable at best, I did learn of one sure-fire diva today...Brett Favre. Seriously, I love you Brett, you're an awesome guy...hang it up, go away and wait until you are eligible for the Hall of Fame. I'm tired of hearing about him and I'm sure Rachel Nichols is tired of standing on your lawn in Mississippi.

* There is a new Drunk History (vol. 4). I would post it on here but I haven't had a chance to see it yet and I don't want to post anything too over the line on the blog. Chances are I'll go home, laugh my head off and then post it later this week.

* I head to the Beach for a nice vacation (which includes mucho time with Taylor) in just over two weeks. I'm super pumped.

That's all for today folks.

Song of the Day: Zee Avi - Just You And Me
GRE Word: Predilection - A disposition in favor of something else; preference

Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Pet Peeve

Hola Amigos. Everyone have a good weekend? Mine was just dandy. We had a great time in Indy, eating too much, drinking some bourbon and beer, playing cards. Nothing too fancy, but a good time indeed.

Since I'm super tired today, and when I'm tired I'm irritable, I thought I'd share with you another pet peeve of mine.

I hadn't heard this in a long time, but last night I overheard some winner at Ben's volleyball game talking about what a great time he had this weekend and how he visited his buddy down in...

"Lex-Vegas"

I mean really? That has to be one of the lamest sayings of all time.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to never hear this expression, it's basically just a way of making a city sound "cooler" by adding "Vegas" to the end of it's name.

The two main perpetrators of this terrible slang saying are Nashville and Lexington. I'm not a huge fan of either city as is, but I will say that I like them alright. However, the moment I hear someone refer to either of them as "Nash-Vegas" or "Lex-Vegas" I just cringe and attempt to control my anger.

I mean I've never been to Las Vegas, but it looks pretty flippin' sweet. Trying to steal some of Las Vegas' awesomness by adding Vegas to your city's name is just lame.

Oh well, it's not a huge thing...it's just something that gets on my nerves. I think it mainly gets on my nerves because the people who usually say these things are not people I generally like.

Sigh...Just another notch on the pet peeves belt.

For the record, I've never heard anyone say "Lou-Vegas" in reference to Louisville. I'm sure it's happened, but I've never heard it. I think it's probably because it sounds to much like "Lou Bega" the man responsible for the hit Mambo #5 and nobody wants to think about that guy.

Have a good Monday all.

Song of the Day: Wolfmother - Joker & The Thief
GRE Word: Approbation - An expression of approval or praise

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Facts

Big weekend about to happen...time to get our facts straight.

1.) I'm headed to Indianapolis in a few short hours for a "bachelor party" weekend for the Dude man. Nothing too crazy but dad, Ben, Dude, Ryan and I are sure to have a good time. I'm looking forward to it.

2.) Taylor is now finished with her summer class. She's been absolutely swamped for the last month with 8-10 hour work days and class on top of that. She'll get a small 10 day break from class and she certainly deserves it. One step closer to being a master of English though!

3.) When I stated yesterday that "UK fan" was one of my least favorite qualities in someone...that wasn't a lie. It's not to say that I dislike all UK fans, I've just found that I don't necessarily mix well with them. However, for the 4 or 5 UK fans that I am close to...pat yourself on the back. That means that I like the rest of your personality so much that it makes up for that one thing. So congrats to UK fans that I still like, the rest of your personality rocks!

4.) The band Cake is awesome. I've always liked them, but I was listening to them earlier and I was just thinking, "They are total badasses" I think it was the song Stickshifts and Safety Belts that made me want to mention them today. I love that song.

5.) My meeting with Keith, from UofL, was rescheduled yesterday. It's kind of a bummer, but I'll still get to talk to him about grad school in a couple weeks.

6.) Our trivia team finished in the money for the second week in a row. We scrambled through a tough night to come out in 3rd place! We're getting back in the swing of things.

7.) Dude had the quote of the week last night at trivia. I said something sarcastic (imagine that) about someone or something and Dude laughed and then said to me, "How have you never been punched in the face?" It's something that I ask myself often.

8.) I'm officially moving on past the Pitino drama. I'm still pissed at him, but he's our coach so I'll support him and give him another chance. This also means that any and all UofL jokes are welcome....such as this which I received in an e-mail titled, "The Happiest Man in Louisville"
It's totally true. Steve Kragthorpe has to just LOVE Rick Pitino right now. Probably about as much as Rick Pitino LOVES the Eagles and Mike Vick right now. Oh, sports...

10.) The two funniest things I've heard surrounding the whole Pitino story are these...

* From either a blog or a message board (I can't remember) "You know who the real winner in all of this is? Porcini. Now maybe people will stop trying to add an "s" to the end of their name. Maybe Kroger ought to whip up a high profile sex scandal too!

* Finally, the name of the 2nd place team at trivia last night, "Kragthorpe just gets busy in the Burger King bathroom"

that's in reference to a line from The Digital Underground's Humpty Dance for those that might not have understood the humor.

It feels good to laugh.


Have a great weekend all.

Song of the Day: Cake - I Will Survive
GRE Word: Abscond - To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Let's just take a little break...

Yes, Rick Pitino is the talk of the sports world. Yes it sucks. Yes it was wrong. Yes I'm ready to move on.

Soooo, here are just so basic ice-breaker questions. Feel free to comment with your answers. Also, for the record...I love "get to know you" games.

Apple juice or orange juice? Orange

Are you a morning or night person? Night, hands down

Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods? Salty

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates, I'm not really sure why...but they seem cooler and less sneaky.

What was your favorite childhood television program? Probably Ninja Turtles

Are you a collector of anything?
I collect bobbleheads

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I dunno, Lion?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to morph places

What is usually your first thought when you wake up? "Damn it"

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
Taylor

What's your favorite color? Red

What's your favorite animal?
Monkey, I used to collect Monkey stuffed animals

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
Sure, why not?

Do you believe in ghosts? Oh yes, I should tell you sometime about the ghost walk I went on in New Orleans. It was insane.

Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)? I'm sure there have been plenty. Goldeneye, Fifa, NBA Street...I really like video games.

You're given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on? Pay off my car and student loans, go on a trip somewhere with my loved ones...save the rest.

Have any bad habits? I bite my nails, I cuss too often and I get road rage sometimes.

List 3 of your best personality traits: Passionate, Easy going, honest

List 3 of your worst personality traits:
Competitiveness (I like that I'm competitive, but I take it too far sometimes), I wish I had a better filter, Lazy at times

Have any celebrity crushes?
Kate Beckinsale, Tina Fey, Natalie Portman, George Clooney (Jon Hamm is climbing the list)

List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself:
I wish I were taller...and less hairy

Any tattoos or piercings?
Nah

What's the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?
Physically it's their smile, personality it's their sense of humor.

What personality traits do you dislike in other people? Selfishness, cheap, gossipy, dull, UK fan

Are you mostly a clean or messy person? clean for sure.

Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years?
Yup

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Louisville, KY

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'd love to go back to England, but if it's somewhere new...New Zealand.

Name 1 regret you have: Not going abroad while at Centre.

Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid:
The lack of responsibility

Name 1 thing you love about being an adult: The sense of independence and being able to purchase booze.

What's your favorite song of the moment? Monsters of Folk - Dear God

What's your favorite song of all time? Impossible to choose.

What's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night? Get together for some drinks with good friends and listen to good music or play a game.

What's your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Nap and watch sports

Have any hidden talents? Yes

You're about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal?
a box of Corn Pops

What would be your dream job? Athletic Director at UofL

Which would you rather have, 100 million dollars or true love? Love

If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be? Long healthy lives for all my loved ones, 100 million dollars, 3 more wishes.

Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? If so, why? Sure, I think when I was in my teens I would have been pretty stoked to have boobs...I was pretty in to those things and I didn't have any access to them.

Name 1 thing not many people know about you: I have more clothes than most women and I'll change an outfit several times before leaving the house.

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to? Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Do you believe in the afterlife?
Yeah sure!


Well that was fun.

Song of the Day: Christina Courtin - Foreign Country
GRE Word - Fulminate - To loudly attack or denounce

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On Rick Pitino...

Oh boy...


This is going to be a long one…

Rick Pitino admitted to police that he had consensual sex with a woman in 2003 and then gave her $3,000 after she told him she was pregnant and planned to have an abortion.


Let’s get something straight right away…this IS a big deal. Rick Pitino gets paid a lot of money to do his job and whether it’s fair or not, his job goes beyond the court. He is the face of the university. He represents the players he coaches, the school he coaches for and the city he coaches in. He is and should be held to a higher standard then other University employees.


Now, let’s get something else out of the way….this shouldn’t be totally surprising. I have always supported Rick Pitino, but I’ve always known he’s probably not that great of a guy. You know what? Most college coaches aren’t that great. College coaching at its highest level takes a certain person…it takes a cocky person…it takes a person with an ego the size of Montana. To think that Coach Pitino is the first and only coach in college sports to have an affair is simply naive. It’s also na├»ve to think he’s the only coach in the Big East to have an affair. It’s not just coaching (or sports) either. Musicians, politicians, big business men… stuff like this happens, often. This doesn’t make it ok… but it’s the world we live in.


Where this situation gets sticky is the second part…abortion. I’m not going to sit here and give you my views on abortion, but here’s what I will say it’s legal in the United States. Pitino met with this woman because she said she was pregnant. He said he didn’t know what to do, but she said she was going to have an abortion. It was her decision. However, she didn’t have health insurance, so Pitino, without a paternity test, gave her money to have the operation. This clearly is not a good move. It reflects poorly on Pitino’s character and his judgement, the whole thing does. But, the woman decided what she wanted to do with her pregnancy and the law gives her that choice. Pitino didn’t question, he just gave her money to go through with her plan. It’s not smart, but it’s not a crime. I’m also willing to bet that a situation like this isn’t all that uncommon. Right or wrong is not the point, as I said before…it’s the world we live in.


Now there are people who think Pitino should be fired or resign immediately…and that very well could be the case. However, I am not in that camp. Before you go accusing me of only caring about winning, let me explain. Over the past 8 years I have loved watching Rick Pitino and the way he has led my University of Louisville Cardinals. The players have been respectful on the court and performed to the best of their ability. In addition, many of the players who have come through have praised Pitino for his coaching and the fact that he has been such a strong, positive figure in their lives, helping them not only become better basketball players but also better young me. When looking at the performance on the court, Pitino has excelled and that’s what he is paid to do.


Should Pitino have done what he did? No way. But should he be fired or asked to leave? Absolutely not. Bill Clinton and Kobe Bryant were in equally messy situations…both dealt with serious ramifications because of their poor choices, both dealt with the situations in the best way possible, both bounced back and have made their lives better by learning from their mistakes.

Rick Pitino has given lots of time and hard work to the University of Louisville over the past 8 years and many Cardinal fans, including myself have benefited from his hard work. While his actions are in no way in order with my personal beliefs, I will stand by Rick Pitino. He hasn’t committed a crime, he has been honest and he admitted to his mistake…in my opinion he has earned a second chance.


I’m a fan of the University of Louisville but I’m also a human being. Rick Pitino has made a huge mistake. He’s embarrassed himself, his family and the University of Louisville. But to not give the man a second chance would be extremely close-minded and downright disappointing.

I mean, he could have just paid her. Rick Pitino is worth millions of dollars and this woman tried to extort money from him, which is illegal. Rick Pitino knew this would come out, he could have given the woman 10,000,000 dollars and it would have been gone forever, but he fought it. He made a mistake, but she committed a crime. He chose to admit to this stuff and be honest about it.


We’re all human…even celebrities (See Jim James blog from Monday) and we all make mistakes because we’re human. It happens and it’s the world we live in.


I’ve been a University of Louisville fan for 23 years. I was one before Pitino and I’ll be one after Pitino. He has made a terrible, horrible mistake...there's no way to sugar coat it. He has brought shame on himself, his family and the University of Louisville. His legacy and image will have a mark on them that may stay forever. However, I’m hoping we can all realize a mistake when we see one and give another human being a second chance. While at UofL Rick Pitino has run a respectable, clean, competitive program for 8 years. I vote to stick by his side as he tries to right his wrong and earn the forgiveness of UofL fans and supporters everywhere.


Go Cards!


Song of the Day: The Shins - Mine's Not A High Horse

GRE Word: Precipitate (adj) - Acting with excessive haste or impulse

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

It's me Mario...I'ma gonna win.

* Good news kids! I found out today that I don't have to have mouth surgery to get two teeth implants! Two of my bottom molars just didn't grow in when the baby teeth were lost. I got spacers for those things when I was like 13...but, one of them broke recently and my dentist told me that I would have to go through a long, painful, expensive process to get teeth implanted there...or else my teeth would start moving around. As it turns out, he is a liar. My dad was a the dentist today and asked him about it and he was like, "Oh no, his teeth are still growing so we wouldn't want to put an implant in there right now." So I got that going for me.

* Last night Lautaro made me watch the worst TV show I have ever seen. It was called "Dating in the Dark" Basically, they take three guys and three girls and let them go on like four dates to get to know each other. Buuuut, they have to have these dates in rooms that are pitch black. The audience can see them because of the night vision goggles that the camera is wearing...but the people don't have a clue what the other looks like. Although it's funny to watch them feel each other's face. Anyway, after 4ish dates it appeared that love was in the air for all 3 couples....then they got to see the people. Two of the girls immediately had second thoughts and decided to leave the dudes. As it turns out...looks do matter... a lot! Lautaro...you owe me an hour of my life back.

* Our little fellas are all growns up...
There is a huge part of me that is sad to see those dudes in pro jerseys...but there is also a big part of me that knows those smiles in the pictures are because they just recently achieved their life long dream of playing in the NBA...and they became millionaires. Congrats again guys! T-Will does look pretty good in that red though doesn't he?

* So every time I get upset at the Braves they pull within 5 of first place. So I'm not going to sit here and praise them for being only 4.5 out. I'm gonna continue to say that they still need a few more bats in the lineup if they want to be taken seriously. But, seriously...Chop to the Top Braves!

* Brooks and Dunn apparently decided to call it quits today after far too many years of making music. That sound you hear is the entire world not giving a crap. Sorry if I offended any Brooks and Dunn fans out there...either of you. It's just not my cup of tea.

* Update out of Charleston, Taylor is preparing for the final for her summer class (while also working like 10 hour days). After Thursday she'll be one class closer to being a master of English. You can do it, dear!

* Apparently tonight there is going to be some crazy awesome meteor shower. The annual Perseid meteor shower (or something or another)! I read that if you want to see it at it's best in North America, you should look at the sky between 12 - 5 a.m. If someone is actually up at this hour and it's really cool...feel free to call me. But, if you call me and wake me up and it's not "cool" I get to round house kick you in the face...twice. If you're unsure of its coolness, you can just take a picture and e-mail me tomorrow.

* And finally a few words of wisdom from some surfer guy

Oh so you just ride the barrel and then Whoopaw! and you get in and then Ahhhh! I think I understand now, thanks for clearing that up.

Have a great Tuesday!

Song of the Day: Neko Case - Running Out of Fools
GRE Word: Obviate - To anticipate & make unnecessary

Monday, August 10, 2009

Starstruck..

So on Friday my Mom, Ben, Megan and Megan's mom went to Ramsi's (my suggestion) for dinner. I was debating on whether or not to meet them for a drink and then my Mom called to inform me that this guy was sitting at the table next to them:
Yeah, that made my decision pretty easy. I mean it's friggin' Jim James!

I never know what to do when I see famous people. If it's someone I don't care all that much about I usually just ignore them. If it's someone I do care about I usually just want to leave them alone because I'm sure they're just trying to enjoy themselves.

However, this was different. It was different because Jim James is an absolute idol of mine. When I got to Ramsi's and sat down (borrowed a chair from Jim's table. OMG!!!), all I could do was think about how I wanted to go up to him and tell him how great I thought he was. I wanted to take a picture with him, get his autograph, ask him for an interview for the blog, see if he wanted to hang out sometime, grab a lock of his hair, etc.

I mean honestly that guy is probably the reason I play guitar. I've always loved the Beatles and I've always loved music, but after seeing My Morning Jacket in concert for the first time...music had a different meaning from then on.

I wanted to shake Jim's hand and tell him how much I appreciated the fact that he understands what it means to be in his position. He's a rock star without the rock star qualities. He uses his fame to bring awareness to lots of things and give money to charity. Most importantly, he understands that the best thing about music is that it can speak to more than one demographic. Rap isn't just for gangsters, county isn't just for rednecks, pop isn't just for teenage girls...it's all for everyone. I would argue that no one in the music world has carried out this belief more in the last decade than Mr. James.

Last but not least, I wanted to tell Jim that I would give my left arm to be able to sing like him. Honestly, I download every bootleg and live recording of him that I can because I love the way that he sings. The sound of his voice makes me like a song, no matter what it is.

But, in reality I knew I would never say all of that to him. Heck, I knew I wouldn't say any of that to him. Mainly because I didn't want him to call security on me, but also because as I sat there (and eavesdropped like hell on his conversation with his two buddies) I realized the most important reason that I like Jim James...

He's just a regular dude.

That guy is one of the most famous up and coming rock stars on the planet. He's probably a millionaire and in Louisville he's most definitely famous enough to get star treatment at most places (esp. in the Highlands). But he didn't care. He just sat there and laughed with his friends and talked about a tv show, and wore rubber flip flops. It was weird to see him that close, because for the last 5ish years of my life he has truly been an icon in my eyes. But at the end of the day...he's just a guy...and that's what makes him so cool.

I didn't get up the nerve to tell him any of those things that I wanted to say. I would have bought him a beer, but he was just drinking water I think. Anyway, as I got up to leave I put my chair back at his table and said, "I don't mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to say I'm a fan and I love your stuff."

"Oh, alright...Thanks!" he replied. Then he shook my hand and I was on my way.

I'm sure he wasn't overjoyed that I told him I liked is stuff, but he smiled and seemed genuinely thankful when he spoke....that's all he needed to do.

Anyway, I'll went on my way...calling Taylor and Lautaro to tell them who I just saw and I'm sure he went on his way, forgetting who I was and being his awesome self.

But man, I had a drink and shook Jim James' hand on Friday. That means nothing to a lot of you I'm sure, but to me it meant a lot.

Here's a picture that my Mom took of Ben and Me while at dinner. Our heads are strategically placed so you can see Jim between us. (I can call him Jim now because we're totally friends)
I'm a dork I know it.

In honor of Mr. James. Here is some of my favorite Jim stuff.
"Bermuda Highway"


"Steam Engine"


Also this is a song from his new Monsters of Folk project. It bops for sure!


Also, I shook the Avett Brothers' hands back in April at their concert in Danville. So I'm pretty sure I'm on track to shake Paul McCartney's hand sometime before the year is over.

I'm such a loser.

Song of the Day: Jim James - Goin' To Acapulco
GRE Word: Urbane - Sophisticated; refined; elegant

Friday, August 07, 2009

Seriously Folks, Stop Trying To Enter My Rage Cage...

Alright here's the deal...

I'm a laid back dude, I really am. I don't like confrontation, I don't like arguments and more often then not I just prefer to make a joke about a situation that appears to be on the verge of conflict.

However, there have been numerous instances recently when people have just pissed me off. Like I said, I think I try to be a peace maker...but every once in a while a button gets pushed and I'm forced to regulate...Last night was one of those moments.

I have been going to trivia on Thursdays at Bearno's every week since May. I go because it's something to do. I get to hang out with people I like and drink $2 beers. It's fun to win too...but we usually don't. So, with the exception of the occasional curse word...I don't get too upset if we lose.

Last night our team was having a good time. We were doing pretty well floating between 3rd and 6th all night. But, early on we noticed how annoying the table was behind us. Not only did they cheer loudly after every correct answer (seriously, act like you've been there before...a high five is plenty), but also some gelled up hair wearin' dude on their team kept looking up answers on his i-Phone. In addition, he did so under the table so no one could see, and then tried to convince his teammates that he knew the answer. Sometimes his teammates wouldn't believe him...but often they would...because he appeared sooo confident in his answer and he tended to be correct.

Now then, we noticed the blatant cheating but after examining this person we decided to let it slide, he clearly didn't have much else going for him. I mean honestly, it's Bearno's trivia...who cares? Here's where it gets good...

The last question was asked to us and we wagered 15 points. It was about the periodic table, so clearly my brain was of no use. Instead of trying to act like I knew anything I said, "I'm going to the bathroom, whatever you guys want to answer is fine with me." So I went to the bathroom. When I came back Tilley had drawn a friggin' periodic table and figured out what he thought was the best answer. I was damn impressed. No one else had a clue, so we went with his answer. I was our team's recorder all night, meaning I was in charge of writing down all of our answers. So I sat down and Tilley handed me his work and I began to write down our answers. But, while I was writing I hear this from behind me..

"Are you serious? I can't believe you just went in the bathroom to look up the answers."

I stopped writing, turned around and replied to Mr. Hair Gel, "Excuse me?"

Then gel man said, "I mean it's a little suspicious that you would go to the bathroom and come back and immediately write down the answer."

We all tried to brush it off and laugh (maybe not me so much) and then he kept on.

So I told him to mind his own business and get back to his i-Phone. But, he kept on. Tilley showed him his friggin' periodic table...the dude ran his mouth.

Finally, I told him off a final time and just turned around.

Are you friggin' kidding me? What the hell was wrong with that guy? Why was he watching as I went to the bathroom? I think he has a crush on me. Maybe he has tiny man parts and he's trying to make up for it?

I dunno, but I was hot. The man had stepped in my rage cage and I wasn't about to back down.

Luckily he minded his own business after we served him a fresh cup of "Shut the hell up" and then we went on to place second with his i-pod loving team finishing 3rd because they didn't have the guts to wager 15 points on the final question.

So yeah, suck on that Mr. Hair Gel...suck on it a real long time and then suck some more...and just keep sucking on it!


I realize this was a long story and perhaps one where you kinda had to be there. But the point is this...I'm a calm dude, but don't act like an idiot and then accuse me of cheating...because then you'll be in my rage cage.

And we all know that you don't wanna be in my rage cage...because it's a good way to die!


I'm calm now...have a good weekend.

Song of the Day: Warren G - Regulators
GRE Word: Impecunious - Lacking funds; without money

Thursday, August 06, 2009

UofL Football: Goals for '09

Today is the first football practice for my beloved University of Louisville Cardinals. There was a time, not too long ago, when the first day of football practice would get me all sorts of jacked up. There would be talks of heisman trophies, BCS bowls, 10 win seasons and even National Championships! Those days are gone. This year is the third under head coach Steve Kragthorpe and I think it's safe to say that it may be his last. However, the best thing about the first day of practice...is that everyone is undefeated.

So, I'm not going to dwell on our past two seasons of misery. I'm not going to call for Steve Kragthorpe's head if he doesn't win 8 or more games. I'm just going to root my pants off for my favorite team...each and every game.

However, it would appear as though the Cards may in fact suffer another dreadful season. But, I've decided to set up some goals for the Cards...not outrageous goals...but goals that will help me get through the season without breaking anything.

So without further ado, I'd like to present you with Brian's goals for a successful 2009 UofL Football season.

1.) Fewer than 5 "Too many men on the field" penalties. It's not hard...all you have to do is count. However, in addition I would like there to be fewer than ZERO "Too many men on the field" penalties when we are coming out of a time out. It shouldn't happen. Not once...not ever. It's just counting guys...that's all.

2.) I would like to make 50% of our field goal attempts within 40 yards. I'll cut our kicker's some slack because hey field goals over 40 yards are tough and I don't think we made a single one last year. But, if we could just make half of our field goals from 39 yards away and closer...that'd be good enough for me.

3.) I want Steve Kragthorpe to yell at someone at least once a game. He can't just yell because he knows other football coaches yell...he must yell at someone who has just messed up. It's football, scream for crying out loud.

4.) I would like Steve Kragthorpe to smile at least 2 times this season. I know we may not win many games and I know I just told you to scream at people...but if this is the facial expression I have to look at all season long:
I'm gonna lose it. Once again, it's football...show some friggin' emotion.


5.) If we are attempting to run out the clock and the other team is out of time outs, not once are we allowed to snap the ball with more than 2 seconds on the play clock. If you can run an extra 8 seconds off the clock when you have a 4 point lead and there is under two minutes to play...RUN IT OFF! Guess what, you get at least 3 downs to run the clock...those 8-10 seconds each down start to add up. Once again...it's just counting.

6.) I want Vic Anderson to do crazy awesome things. He's one of the only bright spots on the team and he's a helluva lot of fun to watch. I'm not saying he has to score 10 TDs or rush for 1,000 yards...but just do something exciting once every couple of games. It can even be something as small as producing this ridiculous picture:
That's good enough for me.

7.) If we play Syracuse and Greg Paulus is playing QB, I want him to get JACKED UP! I don't care if we have to take a roughing the passer penalty. He sucks and we should drive him into the turf whenever we can.

8.) Here's another basic math problem. If we're faced with a 3rd and 6...I don't ever want us to run an out rout that will result in anything less than 6 yards. If we get tackled before we get the 6 yards that's fine. But, never should we run a route that lands us out of bounds before the marker. If we need 4 yards...throw out the 3 yard out routes!

9.) If Joe Tronzo is in at fullback and serving as the lead blocker for our running back, I want to running back to follow him....EVERY DAMN TIME! Don't dance around the outside or try to find a bigger hole. Tronzo might be the strongest dude in the nation...he will make you a hole...I promise. He's number 48, just follow him. I mean seriously...dude's a beast:


10.) Look like we know what were doing at least 85% of the time. We don't have to actually know what were doing, but if we could just look like a somewhat competent football team, that'd be enough

11.) This one is for me personally. Watch every game from start to finish. In addition drink at least one beer each quarter and promise to yell and cheer for the Cards every single game!

Ok let's recap:

1.) Less than 5 too many men on the field penalties and zero after a timeout
2.) Make 50% of our field goals inside 40 yards
3.) Steve Kragthorpe must yell at someone at least once a game
4.) Steve Kragthorpe must smile twice this season
5.) No snapping the ball with more than 2 seconds on the play clock when trying to run out the clock
6.) Vic Anderson must do a few crazy awesome things
7.) If Paulus plays...Paulus goes down...often.
8.) No out routes on third down that will result in fewer yards than needed for the first down.
9.) Follow the really strong dude...#48
10.) Look like you know what's going on.
11.) Drink at least one beer every quarter, watch all the games...be a fan

As you can see, I'm not asking for much. I'm not even demanding a win...or even a touchdown. But, if we can fulfill all of these goals together...then I'd be a much happier fan. Even if we don't win a game.


Sigh...We won the Orange Bowl in 2006, you know?


GO CARDS!


Song of the Day: Get Down Click - Louisville
GRE Word: Enigmatic - Mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Top 5: Songs to Listen to on a Day Like Today

It's a gloomy day outside. I'm not saying that these are the best songs to listen to on a gloomy day...they're just a few of my favorite songs to listen to when it's gloomy. (Sorry the video is kinda crummy on some, I just wanted you all to be able to hear them if you weren't familiar.)

5.) Jeff Tweedy - Sunken Treasure (Live)


4.) Ben Folds - Fred Jones Pt.2


3.) The National - Start A War


2.) The Beatles - For No One


1.) Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark


Gloomy songs for a gloomy day....it works.

Enjoy your day!

Song of the Day: Norah Jones - The Long Day Is Over (another good gloomy one)
GRE Word: Castigation - Serve criticism or punishment

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits...

Let's get it...

* I'm not one to predict the end of the world or anything...but this is getting crazy.
In the last year Louisville has been hit with a hurricane, a terrible ice storm and now crazy flooding. Not to mention the earthquake we had just over a year ago. It's insane. I mean I woke up and there were just sheets of rain pounding my window, followed by hail and then more rain. My drive to work normally takes about 6 minutes...today it took me about 25.

I don't know what's going on, but it's kinda creepy. Stay safe out there everyone.

* I'm getting my haircut in an hour. Gross!

* As I was driving to work this morning I realized that I should make a mix to listen to whenever it storms. My Morning Jacket - Dondante is the only surefire song that is on the list so far. Feel free to give me some suggestions.

* This just in...the Braves suck at baseball. They got things going in the right direction for a while and then they decided they'd rather just play a nice game of grab-ass instead of trying to score runs. I mean who loses to the Padres? Honestly?

* The NBA schedule came out today. I'm pretty excited since T-Will and Earl will both be in the league. Cardinal fans will get to see Earl on TV 18 times this year. T-Will will play on TV exactly zero times. Apparently the Nets are not good. Thankfully, the one thing I know T-Will will continue to do in the pros is end up on SportsCenter. So that'll be nice.

* A woman who recently graduated from Monroe College in New York is suing the school for $72,000 (her full tuition) because she can't find a job. Really? I mean really? This is what it's come to? I tell you what, I for one would not want to go to Monroe College...not because they can't get me a job...but because this lady is a graduate and is a complete moron.

* That's all for today. Stay dry folks!

Song of the Day: Paul McCartney - Calico Skies
GRE Word: Empirical - Based on observation or experiment