Friday, January 29, 2010

My New Toy...

After a long wait, I bought a macbook last night. To put it simply...it is the balls! I've used macs before and I thought I was pretty familiar with them, but the more I used this thing last night the more I realized that this thing will do much more.

I'm in the process of taking all my stuff off my old computer and putting it on the new guy and while it's taking a while...I'm totally geeking out on it. Making sure I have all my songs labeled correctly, making sure they all have album art, organizing my photos...it's just awesome.

So yeah, this weekend I'm going to be playing with my computer. Is that sad? Maybe, but I'm totally pumped about it. Expect a pretty good post in the near future with songs, videos and pictures I've made on this incredible machine.

Have a good weekend all.

Also: My Morning Jacket is touring the South with the NOLA Preservation Hall Jazz Band this spring. They're not coming to KY, but they are stopping in Charleston on April 28th. Oh yeah, my last exam is on the 27th....boom baby! It's going to be awesome.

Song of the Day: My Morning Jacket - Easy Morning Rebel

Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, Mr. Yochum and Holden Caufield...

I just read that J.D. Salinger died yesterday. I know very little about J.D. Salinger and I think that goes for most people. I know that he spent most of his life shut in from the public eye...I also know he wrote my favorite book of all time, The Catcher in the Rye. Anyway, I felt an odd feeling of sadness when I found out about his death today. There are certain famous people (Paul McCartney) who's deaths will really affect me, but I didn't think Salinger's would cause any reaction at all.

When I was growing up I hated reading for school. To tell you the truth, I'm still not wild about reading. However, when I was a sophomore in high school I had an English teacher named Mr. Yochum and he made us read The Catcher in the Rye. This was the first time I can remember really wanting to read. I wanted to know what was going to happen next to Holden Caufield and I wanted to be able to participate in the next day's class. The combination of Mr. Yochum and J.D. Salinger was unbelievable, maybe not to all of the kids in my class...but certainly to me. Mr. Yochum was an awesomely sarcastic teacher and we all thought he was hilarious. Through Mr. Yochum's teaching and Salinger's creation of Holden Caufield...I learned to like reading...at least a little. Actually, I ended up being an English major as some of you know, not so much because I liked reading, but because the English teachers at Centre are quite possibly the best set of professors on the planet. I wasn't a great English major...but I got by. Perhaps if more people had written like Salinger (or Salinger had just written more) I would have earned better grades. Probably not...
Anyway, I re-read Catcher in the Rye a few summers ago and I remember enjoying it even more then I did the first time. I was looking at quotes from Holden online earlier...here are some of my favorites:

"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

"
When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go."

"
All morons hate it when you call them a moron."

"
Sensitive. That killed me. That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a toilet seat."

"
I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can."

"
There isn't any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you're with some girl that really knocks you out."

"
People always clap for the wrong things."

"
I'm always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."

"
The thing is, it's really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs - if yours are really good ones and theirs aren't. You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don't give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do. It's one of the reasons why I roomed with a stupid bastard like Stradlater. At least his suitcases were as good as mine."

"
If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody."

"
"You ought to go to a boy's school sometimes. Try it sometime," I said. "It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques. The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together, the guys that play bridge stick together. Even the guys that belong to the goddam Book-of-the-Month Club stick together.""

"
People never give your message to anybody"

"Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."

"If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the 'F**k you' signs in the world. It's impossible."

"
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

What a great book. You really should read it sometime. However, you might want to call Mr. Yochum and see if he'll discuss it with you when you're done. It makes it better.


Song of the Day: Belle & Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nothing...

I'm not going to lie to you guys...I have nothing to talk about today. Sometimes, I struggle to come up with a blog topic and then I eventually think of something. Today...nothing. So...here's 10 random things that have occurred recently.

1.) I went to Cumberland Brews last night...Mr. Bitters is a delicious beer.

2.) I finally got my financial aid money!

3.) School is going well.

4.) I'm going to buy a new computer on Friday.

5.) I had Qboda for lunch...it was good.

6.) I'm going to take a nap when I leave work.

7.) Modern Family is on tonight.

8.) T-Will and Earl won't be participating in the NBA rookie game...boo.

9.) I stopped taking guitar lessons for the time being.

10.) I have a new shirt on today!

I'm sorry...that was terrible. I'll do better tomorrow. Have a good night!

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Nowhere Man

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Here we go...

* Juwanna Men are still dominating. I'll let you know if anything changes.

* Has anyone seen "Crazy Heart" yet? I think I might have to check it out this weekend.
Also, if anyone knows Jeff Bridges...tell him I'd like to hang out and drink bourbon. That guy is awesome.

* Here is a hilarious video of a Syracuse fan celebrating the Orange's win over their rival Georgetown:

Kaboom! I'm going to celebrate like that after every UofL win from now on.

* Speaking of UofL wins, some dude keeps making awesome youtube videos of every UofL win. Since we seem to be inconsistent this year...these videos haven't been as prevalent as I would have liked. Still, check it:

Go Cards!

* Has anyone seen Venus Williams' outfit at the Australian Open? Yeah, it looks like she's naked out there. She's not, she's wearing flesh colored spandex shorts...but it looks like she's going commando. I won't post a picture because this is a family place...but you can see it here. Crazy.

* Did you guys see the Avetts on Austin City Limits this weekend? Sadly, I have to give their show a B- overall. I didn't like their setlist that much and the version of "Die, Die, Die" was terrible in my opinion. They're still awesome though. However, the Heartless Bastards came on after them and were totally awesome, I thought. Even if their singer is creepy looking and I can't understand the words...I thought they were really good.

* So I'm totally rooting for the Saints to win the Super Bowl. If they do win, I'm going to New Orleans to celebrate. I've recovered from my last trip there finally...and I'm ready to roll again. Here's an awesome video of bourbon street during the winning kick on Sunday:
Saints Video: Bourbon Street

(That's a weird video format and I don't know how to resize it...sorry.)

* Finally, speaking of NOLA, our buddy Yim Yames is featured on an upcoming Preservation Hall Jazz Band compilation. Click this link to hear the track "Louisiana Fairytale" which Yim sings through a megaphone. I'm totally diggin' this song.

I'm fresh out of tidbits...we'll try to do better next time. Goodnight Canada!

Song of the Day: Heartless Bastards - Out At Sea

Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekend Recap

Good afternoon gang? How's everyone holding up? Considering I woke up this morning and thought it was Saturday (not even close), I'm hanging in there quite nicely. Anyway, I hope you guys had a great weekend...here's a recap of how mine went:

- I got down to Charleston at about 7 on Friday, Taylor had been craving chili (that's my girl) so I made some for dinner and then the two of us hung out with some of her friends and watched Conan's last show. For the record, Conan is awesome.

- Saturday we got up and wandered around King St. before heading for some lunch at Mellow Mushroom. Then, we were off to Kudu coffee shop to do some homework. For the record, I love coffee shops. I don't think I'd ever just go and sit there 5 days a week, but I do enjoy the atmosphere. After that we headed over to Taylor's friend Lindsay's house to play some trivial pursuit. Taylor and I totally won, just as we had the night before when we also played.

- Sunday I had to start my drive home. It was a bummer to leave Taylor in Charleston, but it was great to see her...especially since this trip wasn't really planned. Hopefully the time will fly until I see her again. My drive home wasn't so bad, I was able to listen to the UofL game, thanks to Mom who sat the phone next to the radio for most of the 2nd half. Then, I got to catch most of the colts/jets game and I was home at halftime of the Saints Vikings game. For the record, I called Favre's INT on the last possession. Lautaro owes me a beer.

- Now it's back to the grind. School's heating up, I'll hopefully be starting my internship work with UofL soon and after jumping through a few more hoops I think I finally be able to get my financial aid money...which means a new computer! Woo!

Alright, new week, things are getting busy...time to roll. Also, if you see me...try to refrain from laughing at the perfect diagonal line of zits that have made their way to my forehead. I honestly haven't had a zit in over a year and right now I have 4. It looks like a pimple constellation on my head...attractive. Oh well.

Song of the Day: Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Today is a Better Day...

Some days, like yesterday, are bad. Others, like today, are much better. After a frustrating Wednesday, things are getting better all the time. Here's a look at some stuff that's going well today...

1.) I had a meeting with the Athletic Department at UofL and it went well. They're going to e-mail me a schedule soon and I'll be working in their marketing department. I won't get paid and I'll only work like 15 hours a week, but I'll be working in the office some, promoting games, helping out at games and doing all sorts of other crazy stuff. I'm pretty pumped.

2.) Not only did the Internet people come and fix my Internet at 9 this morning. I also got a call from the Senior Vice President of Operations. He apologized and told me that if I ever had any more trouble I could just call him directly. Turns out, I have a pretty important connection with the company!

3.) With my schedule about to get crazy busy with school, internships, work, etc. I decided to take off and head to Charleston this weekend. It'll be nice to see Taylor and rest up before coming back and hitting the ground running. That also means I won't be blogging tomorrow, sorry.

4.) New Office & 30 Rock tonight. Even though I hate NBC right now, I still love those shows.

5.) Get the DVRs ready. Conan's last show is Friday night and it will feature Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Neil Young. Also, the Avett Brothers are on ACL this weekend on PBS.

6.) Jeff Bridges has officially been added to the LoB "Awesome person" list. After seeing him at the Golden Globes and seeing him on Conan the other night...the guy is just a bad ass. I mean, he's The Dude.

7.) So I heard about this new Beatles movie about John Lennon's early life called "Nowhere Boy" (clever I know) and I watched a trailer for it today. Check it:

Did you guys pick up on that too? Yeah, the guy playing Paul McCartney is the little boy (Sam) from "Love Actually." Crazy, huh?

Alright, I'm off to class in a bit. Have a great Thursday/Weekend.

Song of the Day: Jeff Bridges - I Don't Know

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm being tested...

Every once in a while I have a day where several things go wrong. It can be a variety of things that happen, but in every circumstance I feel as though some greater being is testing my stress, patience and overall attitude. Today is one of those days.

The Internet at my apartment went out recently. I called on Monday night and scheduled an appointment for this morning. The lady informed me that someone would be there to fix the internet between 8:30-11:30. Lautaro goes into work at 11 so when it came to be 11:00 and there was still no sign of the internet guy, I had to leave work and go home.

Question: When someone is delivering something or fixing something at your house and they give you a 3 hour window for when they'll be there...has anyone ever had the people show up within the first hour? I didn't think so.

Anyway, I get home at 11 and I sit and wait until 11:35. Then I call the internet company and tell them the situation. They inform me that they tried to call to confirm the appointment this morning and the number they had was not working. Since it was the same number that I called from to have the conversation with the guy, I told him that was not true. Nevertheless, he apologized and said they'd have someone call me in the next 10mins and send someone out immediately. Cool. Except, I waited about 25 mins and didn't hear anything. So then I had to call back again. This time I got a different person and he informed me that someone tried to come by my address at 11:20. I informed him that he was wrong because I had been sitting in my living room the whole time. He then put me on hold for 10 minutes and came back to inform me that the people he needed to talk to were probably at lunch. Then he said he sent someone an e-mail and he hoped to get some info soon and he hoped they could have someone there by 3.

Are you kidding me?

I told him that I couldn't do that and I wanted them to come tomorrow morning before 10:30 and fix the internet. He then failed to apologize for any inconvenience and tried to get me to use the internet company's land line phone service as well. I told him I didn't want his phone...not now...not ever. (Please don't get me started on the whole phone service thing).

To sum that part up, I still have no internet, I wasted 2 hours that I could have been working and I still have to pay a full month's worth of a bill even though I will not have had internet for 4 days.

As if I wasn't already frustrated enough, I went to McDonald's to grab a quick lunch to take back to the office. I ordered food for my dad and I got two McChicken sandwiches for myself. When I pulled up to the second window, the lady handed me my food and then this convo happened:

Me: Could I have a couple BBQ sauce packets with that?
McD Lady: But you didn't have any Chicken Nuggets?
Me: Yeah, but I have two chicken sandwiches.
Lady: Oh, well...we're not supposed to give sauce unless you have nuggets.
Me: Are you kidding? I just spent 9 bucks on food and you can't give me some BBQ sauce?
Lady: We're really not supposed to...
Me: Really? (starting to get pissed)
Lady: Oh well, I guess...I mean...Alright you can have one. (Laughing)

I took the sauce packet and just stared at her for about a minute before driving off. What I really wanted to do was take the packet and chuck it against the window. I mean, really? You're a multi-billion dollar company and you can't give out a couple of BBQ sauce packets to someone who just paid money to eat at your food?

Somehow, I didn't really get mad either time today. For one, I knew I was being tested and I wanted karma on my side (I swear to god if the Cards don't win tomorrow I'm going to pour BBQ sauce all over the McD's). But also, in both cases the person I was dealing with wasn't really at fault. The insight guy on the phone wasn't the driver who didn't show up and the worker at McD's wasn't the idiotic boss who decided to save a few cents by being stingy with his BBQ sauce.

Note: I should have pointed out to her that I've been eating McD's for 23 years and there have been at least 50 times in my life where I have ordered nuggets and asked for sauce...only to get home and realize THERE WASN'T ANY SAUCE! So technically, I have a 50 sauce packet credit at McD's.

Actually, the thing that bothers me most about all of this is that I expected it. When I got up today I knew that the internet wasn't going to get fixed on schedule like it should. I know going to any restaurant that it's far more rare to get great service then it is to get crappy service. People just don't care anymore and people aren't dependable. It's really sad. For instance, I'm supposed to get my financial aid money for school between January 5 and January 22. I've filled out all the necessary paper work, accepted the student loan and everything. However, I've not received my money yet and I really truly do not believe it's coming in the next two days. So on Monday (because they won't be open this weekend) I'll have to call someone and they'll try to blame it on someone else. Then, I'll have to call someone else and they'll blame it on the first person. The reality is that I don't care who's fault it is, JUST STEP UP AND FIX IT! Our customer service is absolute crap in this country and it makes me crazy.

Sorry for the rant, I've been ready to burst all day and I've actually done a pretty good job keeping my cool. I guess Blog ranting is a good way to relieve stress.

Have a good one people!

Song of the Day: Modest Mouse - The Good Times Are Killing Me

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Here we go...

* I had to read a book for class today. It was about 320 pages long and I've known about the assignment for over a week. I read the book and was finished with it on Sunday, leaving me yesterday to just relax. It's the first time I've done something like that in my entire life. Grad school makes you do crazy things.

* Speaking of grad school, I have a meeting on Thursday morning with a lady from the UofL athletic department. If all goes well, I'll be doing some sort of intern work there in the future. It would be both awesome and huge for my career goals/plans.

* I you haven't played Zilch...you're missing out. The game is awesome.

* Anyone see the Aziz Ansari comedy special on Sunday night? I caught some of it and DVRd the rest. The guy is hilarious. I think it's on again Thursday night...but maybe Friday. I'm not sure, check Comedy Central's schedule. You should really watch it.
* Today is going to be a super test of my dedication to Grad School. I'm insanely tired, it's cold and foggy and I have a three hour class starting at 4:30. I'll do my best to stay awake. Wish me luck!

* The Juwanna Men won 2 of 3 this week, we're going to win the league for sure. Especially because everyone else has stopped playing.

* The new Spoon album came out today, someone with more money then me should buy it and tell me how it is. Since I'm back in school I can't take too many chances on CDs anymore...it's sad.

* Is it sad/wrong that since about 2:00 I've been thinking to myself, "after class tonight I'm going to Taco Bell and getting 2 Cheesy Gordita Crunches" and that thought makes me feel like a kid on Christmas? Whatever, if you've ever had a Cheesy Gordita Crunch you'd feel the same way.

* I recently played the new Mario game for the Wii and it's fan-friggin-tastic. It really is the best game for the Wii, I think. I'd buy it but I'd like to get good grades in grad school and the two things can't coexist.

* Jay Leno...you suck! Nobody likes your show, you're not funny and you continue to look like an ass at all times. Long live Conan O'Brien!

* I think there's a new Scrubs on tonight. If you haven't seen the new edition of Scrubs you really should check it out.

That's all for today gang. Have a good Tuesday night!

Song of the Day: The Beatles - Please Please Me

Monday, January 18, 2010

Idiots...

Today I'm having a little case of the Mondays. I'm not sad or angry or anything...it's just kind of...blah! Luckily, I know exactly what to do when I have a day like this. No I don't look at funny youtube videos or find something to laugh at on failblog.org. I look at comments under sports articles and I find someone who says something really stupid and then I count the ways they are stupid and it makes me feel better. Is this mean, childish and immature? Probably, but it's also lots of fun. Plus, I'm a college basketball fan and I read lots of articles and blog posts about basketball around the Commonwealth. Luckily, UK fans are easy targets when it comes to my "case of the Mondays" fix.

Here's one I enjoyed from this afternoon. The blog post is from the Courier Journal's Rick Bozich:

"My friend Richard is a huge Kentucky basketball fan. I'm sure he'd be happy to be the "Y" guy for the Kentucky cheer on the floor at Rupp Arena if he got the invitation.

But he made an excellent point today:

Kentucky's three signature wins this season have come against North Carolina, UConn and Louisville.

Three six-loss teams.

That might explain why Kentucky still hasn't impressed the computer rankings.

I believe the Wildcats are 13th in the Pomeroy rankings, 14 in the Sagarin predictors and 10th in the RPI.

Thoughts?"

Within about 30mins a UK fan named J shelbordt had this to say: "Hey Bozo, Your an idiot. How can you ask such a question? sorry the cards cant beat UNLV"

Let me start by saying I don't really like Rick Bozich either. Let me also add that, from the looks of it, it's possible this UK fan can't read. Now, let's go on to dissect the ways this man is an idiot.

1.) "You're" is what the man was looking for in his insult. Also, it's usually a good idea to begin sentences with a capital letter. But hey, I make grammar errors all the time on the blog, so we'll let that slide.

2.) The dude asks Bozich how he can ask such a question. Which is funny for a few reasons. One, the topic was actually brought up by one of Bozich's friends who is a UK fan. Two, the question Bozich asks is "thoughts?" That seems like a pretty reasonable question to me.

3.) The guy says "sorry the cards cant beat UNLV." What does that have to do with anything? Bozich brings up UofL only to mention that they're really not all that great this year. Also, if you're going to make fun of UofL for a loss...I'd pick between the home losses to Charlotte and Western Carolina. Apparently any negative comment made towards UK automatically makes you a Cards fan.

Now, I realize I say and do dumb things all the time. Also, I know that people who comment on sports articles are probably the same people who call into sports radio shows...which means they're morons. There are UofL fans out there who do the same thing, but the UK fans make it a lot easier because there are so many of them and they get offended by any negative thing said about their Wildcats. I mean honestly, Bozich wasn't saying UK sucked and her certainly wasn't supporting UofL in any way. But, this Cat fan couldn't stand the fact that someone would question the legitimacy of the Wildcats in any way. In retaliation for Bozich questioning the magnitude of UK's best wins this guy felt it was necessary to call Bozich an idiot, take a shot at the Cardinals and make himself look like a well rounded human being. He pulled it off well.

I know most of you don't care about stuff like this. But, it puts a smile on my face and makes me think about how many dumb people there are in the world. So yeah, next time you have a case of the Mondays, let me know and I'll point you in the direction of a good blog.

Have a good one.

Song of the Day: Phantom Planet - Always On My Mind

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Facts

Before you worked here, were you an ass scientist? Blah, blah, blah...you get the point.

1.) I almost forgot about blogging today. No, this isn't a sign of me losing interest in the blog. Yes, this is a sign of me having had a crazy busy week.

2.) I got a new cell phone. I finally got a new cell phone after dealing with my old piece of junk for far too long and it's awesome. I'm usually nervous about getting a new phone, but this one has made the transition easy.

3.) NBC sucks. Luckily, Conan O'Brien rules and he's not going down without a fight.

4.) My teacher from my class last night is awesome. He's an associate AD at UofL, he went to college and is still good friends with Jay Wright, he made fun of a UK fan in our class and he has a beard.

5.) This game is crazy awesome. Zilch.

6.) Target is the best. Went in to grab a few things last night, ended up getting nothing that I went in for...but did get two sweaters and a shirt for under 19 bucks!

7.) Francisco needs a bath. It's finally above freezing...I'm gonna give the man a little rinse on the way home.

8.) New Year's Resolutions are going well. Started Grad School, Engaged, Eating less, haven't had any liquid besides water, Powerade zero and coffee, doing a better job not rushing...things are good.

9.) Waiting for an e-mail is the worst. I've been in contact with UofL's athletic department about setting up and internship...all I need to do is set up a time to meet with a certain lady...but I'm still waiting to hear back from her about a time to meet. It's depressing when I check my mail like 50 times a day and there are no new e-mails in my in-box.

10.) From now on the Song of the Day on Friday will be re-named the "Throwback jam of the day." Basically, I'll pick a song I listened to in grade school or high school that I used to love and it'll be fun. Also, it should be noted that most of the songs would have been featured on 106 and Park from 1997-2001....also they will all be awesome. The rules may change a bit...but we'll see.

I'm off now. Sorry for the rushed/quick post. We'll try to do better next time. Good Night Canada.

Throwback Jam of the Day: Peter Gunz and Lord Tariq - Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"The Shopping Zone"

When I shop...I do so in a hurry. It doesn't matter if I'm at Target, Kroger or the mall. I don't know why I do it, but I do. There is nothing wrong with this type of shopping mentality. I get in, get what I need and I get out. It's fast, easy and painless (unless people don't know how to use the U-Scans). Basically, I get into what I call, "The Shopping Zone."

"The Shopping Zone" is when my one and only focus is locating and grabbing the next thing on my list. I move through the store like a running back and I dodge and ignore anyone and everything in my way. I actually like it because it's like a game. Every trip to the store is a competition between myself and myself to see how fast I can get out of there.

Anyway, I've noticed a problem with "The Shopping Zone" and it's occurred twice in the last few weeks. When I'm in the zone, I pay no attention to the people's faces that I am zooming past. I know there are people there, but I just maneuver past them as fast as possible. As you can imagine, sometimes there are other people that I know at the store. Old friends, relatives, co-workers, there's no telling who you might run into. Still, when I'm in the zone...I pay no attention to anyone and I often walk past people I know...it makes me look like an ass.

Here's an example: The other day I was wanting to grab the ingredients to make some chili. I grabbed a cart and started going around grabbing everything I need. While I went from ground beef to the shredded cheese my friend Lindsey saw me and said "Hey Brian!" I looked up and was pretty puzzled to see her there. I also wondered how long I had been looking at her and how many times she had to say my name.

You see, the problem with all of this is that when I do see people I know...I'm caught so completely off guard that it takes me a minute to realize who that is and what's happening. I mean I had seen Lindsey like a week earlier and she's my friend so it's not like I didn't recognize her. However, I felt totally out of it while talking to her because my mind was still focused on getting the cheese for my chili and getting out the door.

The same thing happened the next time I was in the grocery when I ran into Catherine from college. She said Hi and I was totally startled.

Alright, this is a lot of rambling...but basically here's my main concern. I don't want people to think I'm a jerk or that I don't like them when I see them in the store. It's not that I don't care to see them or that I don't have time for them...it's just that I'm in the zone and our conversation is messing with my time. I know the easy solution would be to slow down and actually look at people in the grocery...but I'm not sure I can help it...I get in the zone as soon as I enter a store.

Anyway, I realize this is all very weird and pointless...but I just wanted you guys to know that if I look you directly in the eyes while I'm shopping and I walk right past you...it's not that I hate you...it's because I'm in the Zone. Also, if you stop me and I seem a little rude/stand offish while in the store...it's not because I don't care to talk to you...it's because I got to get the cheese and get out of the store so I can beat my old time.

Glad we could clear all of that up.

Song of the Day: Jack Johnson - Symbol in My Driveway

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stuff...

This post is like a mix of Tuesday Tidbits and...something else. Basically, I don't have any one thing to talk about today, but it's not Tuesday and there's a few things to mention. I'm just going to do a numbered list:

1.) Steve Nash is still my favorite NBA player, but Baron Davis is catching up. Check out this awesome rap video he's in:

The coolest part of that video is by far his t-shirt and shoes which feature his new "Beard Man" logo.
First person to find me that t-shirt for sale wins a prize.

2.) I had my "Intro to Research Methods and Statistics" class last night. It's a class that all grad students have to take and let me say, I was not excited about it. However, my professor is a pretty cool guy, he's young and likes bourbon, Guinness, basketball and Josh Ritter. Also, he didn't make us buy a text book. It shouldn't be so bad.

3.) Conan O'Brien is one of my favorite famous people. It is absolute crap what NBC is trying to do to him and I'm so glad Conan had the balls to stand up to them. Jay Leno's time is over...make him retire. Having the "Tonight Show" start at midnight makes absolutely no sense.
If you haven't read Conan's full statement you can read it here. The last line is my favorite...

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,
Conan

4.) I made a "Best of 2009" mix and I'll post it's contents soon.

5.) I didn't get the YahooSports College Basketball blogger job. Damn. I knew it was a long shot all along, but it really was MY job. Oh well, hopefully I'll get some work in UofL's athletic department soon.

6.) My favorite TV show is SportsCenter. I can try to tell you it's something else...but while I was watching SC last night I realized that if you added up all the minutes I've spent watching the show, it probably equals a whole year of my life. I'm not kidding. I watch it for at least 30 mins every single day (usually more like an hour). Also, true to Da Kaizah's words, Scott Van Pelt is the best anchor on there. There are lots of great ones, but he's my favorite.

7.) I think I get a new phone today...that's cool.

8.) So far so good on the New Years resolutions. However, this eating and drinking less thing puts me in a situation where I am starving 24/7. It sucks.

9.) Modern Family has been picked up for a second season by ABC. Hooray! Don't forget to watch tonight.

10.) Also, the "new" Scrubs is pretty good too. I was skeptical, but I really enjoy it. Check it out next Tuesday on ABC.

That's all for today, I'll try to do better next time. Good Night Canada!

Song of the Day: A Tribe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

I don't have many tidbits today because I have to be at school early for an orientation meeting. Also, I'm not in a great mood. Now that I've lowered your expectations...here goes nothing.

* I had my first class yesterday and it was alright. It's hard to tell from the first day of class. However, I was a little disturbed by the fact that my professor in the Sports Administration program had no idea that UofL was playing against #4 Villanova last night. Maybe it was some joke that I didn't get...but when someone asked if he was going to the game he said, "What game?" Then after we filled him in he said, "Oh no, I did go to a swim meet the other night and I plan on trying to attend a basketball game sometime this year." WTF? Are you kidding me? Hopefully it was some kind of joke that I didn't understand.

* Still have to get my Student I.D. and Parking Pass...I hate dealing with UofL when it comes to things like this. They are terrible at helping you out.

* One thing I did notice yesterday as I walked around campus was the feeling of envy I had toward all of the undergrad students. They were happily walking too and from their dorms, chatting with their friends. I want to go back to college.

* A couple notes from last night's UofL marathon game. 1.) MAKE A FRIGGIN SHOT, CARDS! 2.) Hey Big East Refs, thanks for making that game last forever and completely ruining any enjoyment a fan might have received. 90+ free throws in a Big East game? Also, it is possible to steal the ball from Scottie Reynolds without fouling him. He's a great player, he doesn't need you to protect him when one of our guys picks his pocket. 3.) Shit...we needed that one.

* To add to my bad mood after the game last night, I dropped my keys on the ground and my car key broke. It didn't break enough to stop working, but the part that holds it on a key ring is now broken. It sucks. I don't have a spare and a replacement costs 100 bucks. Hooray!

* Also, I got hit in the nose while playing basketball last night...and this morning it feels like someone is stepping on my face at all times. There's no swelling or bruise or anything...but man it hurts.

* I had a couple other things to talk about today...but I don't wanna. I'll be back tomorrow...hopefully more upbeat.

Take 'er easy people.

Song of the Day: Nina Simone - Sinnerman

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year's Resolutions...

For me...today marks the beginning of 2010.

I know that it's a week old, but last week I was traveling and there was a snow storm...so things got delayed a bit.

Nevertheless, today is a new year...and with a new year comes resolutions. Resolutions are rarely met, the idea of them is great but they're usually hard to stick to. Because I'm aware of this...I'm going to give myself seven resolutions and hope to stick to at least 4 of them (better than 50%). These aren't going to be outrageous goals, but most of them will require some dedication and work. Here they are:

1.) Improve my health. I'm not obese and I'm not sickly, but for a 23 year old dude...I should be healthier. Now, I'm not going to promise to go to the gym 5 times a week or give up fried food and beer...but I'm going to drink less, eat less and exercise more. I'm not shooting for a certain number of pounds to lose or anything like that...my goal is just to feel better and fit into all of my t-shirts that are size Medium. I seriously have like 10 awesome shirts that are just a bit too tight. Note to people who make clothes: Invent a size XM (Extra Medium) those clothes would fit me perfectly.

2.) Go to Grad School. Should be pretty easy...I'll take care of this one in about two hours. But also, I'd like to do well. I've always earned pretty good grades, but I've never really given 100% effort at all times. I plan on changing this, I'm not promising straight A+'s, but I'm promising that I won't blow off reading for video games and beer.

3.) Spend less Money. Since I'm going to be in school I won't be able to work the same number of hours...so that means my funds will decrease. I bet I spend between $100 - $200 every month that could be saved. Less fast food, less CDs, less beer....it all adds up.

4.) Manage my time better. I don't want to continue rushing out the door to get to work on time every morning. I'd like to wake up at a certain time, shower, eat breakfast and get to work with time to spare. Actually, I just want to stop rushing in general.

5.) Cut the Cussing. I really do say too many cuss words. I'm not going to cut them out totally because sometimes you need them (I'm looking at you Mr. I don't know how to use the Kroger U-Scan.) However, I could probably cut them in half.

6.) Get Married. Only 10 months away!

7.) Land a Sports internship. Hopefully, I can land one in the UofL athletic department...if not I'd like to land one somewhere around town before summer.

So there you go, 7 goals for the new year. Completing all 7 isn't out of the question...but 4 out of 7 is my goal. Wish me luck gang!

Song of the Day: M. Ward - For Beginners

Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Facts

Big lazy weekend ahead...let's get our facts straight.

* I have homework. I got an e-mail from one of my teachers today and he informed me that over the next two weeks we'll be reading two 320 page books. Damn. I'm gonna try to get started this weekend.

* There is one good sign from grad school. Some guy named Rich who is in the SPAD program sent an e-mail out last night that said, some of us are going up to Flanagan's to watch the BCS championship. You should come. I didn't get the e-mail until today so I didn't go...but, that's the kind of thing I was hoping would happen in this program. Now if I can just take that "Watching SportsCenter" class.

* The BCS Championship was odd. It sucked that McCoy got knocked out. It sucked more that Alabama barely had to try in the second half. It sucks the most that there are still two undefeated teams and only one gets named national champ. However, the game did bring some entertainment...Lee Corso was totally drunk at halftime and the onside kick where Texas just banged it off a Bama player was awesome! Also, the Flea and Josh Groban National Anthem collaboration was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Still, congrats to Alabama! I talked to Will, who goes to Alabama, and he said the celebration was pretty crazy. Some rednecks, drinking and lots of "Sweet Home Alabama." So basically it was like an SAE party at Centre. Apparently it was too cold to burn couches. Also, when facing a third down and goal during a tense moment, with the game on the line, Will sent me a text message that said, "Better get it in." Guess what my reply was? Michael Scott would have been proud....those jokes will never get old.

* The most fun part of the game last night was following sports writers and fans comments on twitter. The funniest post of the night was right after Alabama got the sack/fumble by coming off the blind side and basically locked up the game. Instantly, there was a tweet that said, "Where the f--- was Sandra Bullock's son on that one?" A+ for whoever said that...I can't remember. The second funniest came from NBA on TNT's David Aldridge that read, "Mike Leach would put McCoy in a shed." Great work gang. I love Twitter.

* New Year's Resolutions are coming on Monday. I was going to do them today, but I'm giving myself this weekend to do whatever I want. 2010 officially begins on Monday...for me.

* I've had Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" in my head for about 4 days. I'd be more upset if I didn't love that song so much. I can't deny it...I'm a Taylor Swift fan. Also, remember that I'm engaged...to a woman.

* This weekend is going to be awesome. What am I doing? Nothing! I'm literally going to lay around and watch sports all day tomorrow and all day Sunday. NFL playoffs, Cards vs. St. John's, UConn vs. Georgetown. It should be grand. Also, here are my NFL picks (wishes).
- PACKERS over the Cardinals
- EAGLES over the Cowboys
- FIGHTING TOM BRADYS over the Ravens
- BENGALS over the Jets

* That last fact was a lie. I also have to take down my Christmas decorations this weekend. I hate taking down Christmas decorations about as much as I love putting up Christmas decorations...it's a drag.

* I really like snow and snow days...for a little bit. Once it stops snowing for a day or so...I'm ok with it warming up a few degrees and melting all of it. I mean some of it's brown, most of it has been walked on and it makes your shoes and floors wet. Come on 35 degree day!


That's all for me today. Have a great weekend folks!

Song of the Weekend: The Beatles - When I'm Sixty-Four

Thursday, January 07, 2010

***NOTE***

Ignore that previous post...I just got the news...SNOW DAY!!!

I know it was my first day and I was anxious/excited to start school...

...but I'll take a snow day anytime! School should start on a Monday anyway.

It's really unbelievable how giddy and happy I am right now...

I'll never grow older...at least not in my mind.

I'm going sledding.

First Day of School...

I totally meant to post a picture of me on my first day of first grade...but I forgot to scan it. It's magical though, my hair is messy, I have a purple backpack with a baseball on it, I have my paper towels and Kleenex and I'm sporting some Converse Kevin Johnson black basketball shoes with my uniform (white polo, navy shorts). Clearly, I have always been cool.

Anyway, the day is here...I'm about to embark on my grad school journey. Throughout the entire application and registration process I've been nothing but excited. Excited to not only learn and better myself for the future, but also to just do something else for a change. I've enjoyed the normal 9-5 working thing, but I'm ready to do something else.

However, today my excitement level is down a bit. I'm still looking forward to the whole thing, but for the first time in a long time I have first day jitters. I'm not nervous or scared that the kids will tease me or that I won't have a place to sit at lunch...I'm nervous that I'm going back to school. I'm going to have homework, tests, presentations and papers...damn. One of my teachers sent me the syllabus for my class (financial principals of sports) and while it looks pretty interesting...it's still a syllabus and there's still work to be done.

I'm not in any way regretting my decision and I'm not complaining about the choice I've made. It's just that the whole grad school thing became real all of the sudden. Since I began studying for the GRE in July, the actual attending of classes and such seemed almost like a dream. Now that the day is here, it's just an odd feeling. But in the end, there's no reason to be nervous or anxious...it's going to be fine.

The journey towards UofL AD starts in about two hours...so here goes nothing!

*Side Note: Even though I'm excited and it's my first day of class...I was still hoping for a snow day. Nothing's better then a snow day.

Song of the Day: Vampire Weekend - Campus

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Now Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Blogcasting...

Man, it's been a while, huh? Well, I'm back home now and while I'm bummed to be away from Taylor...there's lots to discuss and lots to look forward to. So, let's just cover everything in list form.

* New Year's Eve: We had a little get together on New Years Eve and it was a pretty good time. Got to see some folks from college and ring in the new year/decade with lots of joy. I've never been a big New Year's guy, but the last few have been pretty pleasant. 2010 is off to an alright (but cold!) start and I hope it's going well for you guys too!

* Resolutions: I've made a few New Year's resolutions and I'll share them with you sometime soon.

* Charleston: Taylor and I headed back to Charleston on the 3rd and the drive was much easier then it was when we came home. No snow, no rain and it took 4 less hours! While we were in Charleston, we saw the new George Clooney movie, Up In The Air. I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars. It had some enjoyable parts, but ultimately left me wanting some other solution. Also, UNC was playing at the College of Charleston while I was there. Taylor and I were both pretty excited and we decided it'd be fun to go to a local bar and watch it with some other fans. Well, lets just say Charleston is not a basketball town. The 1st bar we went to didn't even know it was on...and then didn't have the channel. So, we went to the King Street Grille next, which has about 20 TVs. We finally got a seat by a TV and after Charleston hit a 3 Taylor and I clapped...and so did about 4 other people in the bar. However, when UNC got a steal and a dunk...the place was much louder! Ultimately, Charleston ended up winning in an awesome OT game! It was pretty cool to hear the kids come back to campus cheering and such...but overall I was a bit disappointed in the excitement level for the game. Anyway, I left Charleston yesterday and while it's a bummer to be away from Taylor after seeing her for like 3 straight weeks...we'll see each other again in about a month!

* UofL vs. UK: I'm going to talk now about the UofL/UK game and it's the last time I'm going to say anything about it until next year. It was obviously a high emotion game and obviously the two sides are blaming each other for the rough housing, etc. Here's my memo to both UofL and UK fans. First UofL fans: We got beat. It's pretty simple. It sucks and I hate it...but nothing is going to change that. I understand Cousins probably should have been ejected and if he was then the game would have been different...but he wasn't and we lost...so let's move on to Big East Play. Now....on to UK fans: You won the game, congrats! You guys were the better team and beat us. However, for anybody who knows anything about basketball to try and justify Demarcus Cousins' deliberate elbow to the face of Jarrod Swopshire is an absolute crock of shit. I'm not asking you to disown Cousins and I'm not even asking you to admit that it was wrong. I'm saying that anyone with any common sense can look at that play and determine that what he did was intentional, violent and wrong. Don't give me this crap about Swopshire kneeing him in the face (he did hit him with his knee, unintentionally, with his eyes closed, while the ball was still live), Cousins' elbow was after the whistle and the only reason he did it was to inflict pain on Swop. You know it, I know it, Cousins knows it. Also, I don't want to hear that it was a physical game and UofL guys were trash talking and playing physical and the elbow was just part of a physical game. If you know basketball, you know that banging down low and talking trash are both part of the game. Did some UofL players act a little out of line? Sure, it was a rivalry game. But no one from UofL punched anyone...or even attempted anything as cheap and uncalled for as Cousins' elbow. Bottom line, I will always support the Cards and UK fans will always support the Cats. Things I say will anger Cat fans and things they say will anger me...that's how these things work. I should hate your coach and your players just like you hate my coach and players...it's a rivalry. So, UofL fans...admit defeat, stop complaining and move on. UK fans, enjoy the win...but realize that one of your players got away with a cheap shot and stop trying to justify it by blaming others. On to conference play basketball fans!

* Grad School: I start school tomorrow! Isn't that crazy? I haven't been to a class since last decade! There are so many hoops to jump through to start school that I forgot about (student ID, parking pass, books, financial aid), but it's all coming together and I'm super pumped to be a student again.

* Snow: We're supposed to get a pretty good snow storm tomorrow so there's a slight chance I'll get a snow day on my first day. They're predicting like 4 inches but my guess is we'll either get a foot or nothing. Either way, I bought stuff to make chili in case we get snowed in.

* Funny: Here's something that UofL and UK b-ball fans can agree on...Tennessee sucks. If you hadn't heard, 4 of their players were suspended after being arrested on weapon and drug charges over New Years. To make things worse...here's head coach, Bruce Pearl, talking about how the remaining players will answer the call when they play Charlotte (the magic happens around the 50 sec mark):

Haha, I hate Bruce Pearl...but you kind of have to feel for the guy. Poor, poor word choice.

Alright guys, that's all for today. Thank goodness for getting back to the normal blog schedule.

Song of the Day: Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year...

Hey gang! Happy New Year!

I'm actually in Charleston right now and I won't get back until tomorrow afternoon. So, we'll just have to wait until Wednesday for a new post.

I know 2010...not looking good for the blog so far. But, it will be ok. We have plenty to discuss on Wednesday. (New Year, Grad School, UL/UK, resolutions, etc.)

So hang tight gang...regular blogging will be back soon.

Take care.

Song of the Day: Death Cab For Cutie - The New Year