Friday, February 26, 2010

Quick Weekend Thoughts

Howdy Gang!

I'm spending most of today, tomorrow and Sunday working softball games over at here are a few quick thoughts for the weekend.

- The Olympics are coming to an end. Be sure to watch the Curling gold medal match on Saturday and follow the USA Hockey team as they try to win today and reach the Gold Medal Match.

- I entered a contest to win 2 tickets to the Freedom Hall finale. If I don't win, I'm going to be crushed. It's pretty much my last hope.

- There was a Beatles category on Jeopardy last night. I was so pumped! Every time I watch Jeopardy I hope there is a Beatles was awesome. Now, I have to hope for a UofL Basketball category.

- Can we just get on with Spring already? I'm sick of snow, I'm sick of wearing a jacket and I'm sick of being cold.

- The Cards play @ UConn on Sunday. We need a win...badly! Go Cards!

- Louisville's own Falls City Beer is being re-issued. However, it's now a craft beer and apparently is selling for around 5-6 bucks a pint! They're only testing it at a few bars around town to see the reaction, but I can go ahead and let them know that if they sell a beer that used to cost $6 a 12-pack for that kinda's not going to last. It's still cool though.

- Apparently, Scott Van Pelt dropped an accidental F-bomb on SportsCenter the other day. I realize that's not supposed to happen, but who cares? Let's just move on...Van Pelt is the coolest.

- I need to wash my car.

- Conan O'Brien has a twitter account now and it's hilarious! Here are his first two posts:

@ConanOBrien "Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me."

@ConanOBrien "This morning I watched Remington Steele while eating Sugar Smacks out of a salad bowl. I was naked."

Also, his page description says, "I
had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account."

He's awesome.

- One week until Taylor is home for Spring Break!

- 3 days til March!

That's all I've got for today. I'm off to some Softball games!

Song of the Weekend: Belle & Sebastian - If She Wants Me

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Three Sheets...

Remember when I told you that blogging about college sports would be my dream job? Well that was a lie. I didn't lie to you guys on purpose, I simply didn't know that my REAL dream job existed. But, thanks to Dude (who told me about this)...I've found my true dream job.

You see there's this show on the Fine Living Network (FLN) called "Three Sheets" and it is awesome.

Here's how the show works. This guy named Zane Lamprey travels around the world...and drinks...all day. He goes to bars, breweries, vineyards, etc. and he talks with locals, drinks the local drink and basically parties. Wine in Italy, Absinthe in Amsterdam, beer in the Czech Republic...he does it all. It's pretty cool because each show teaches you what kind of booze the city/country/region is famous for and then explains how it's made or gives you tips on how to drink it, etc.

I mean really...not only do they pay this guy to do this...he has his own tv show!

The thing that ultimately makes the show, however, is Zane Lamprey. After the first few minutes of seeing the show I was afraid I wasn't going to like him. But, he's actually really funny.

You really should watch it a few times. It's on M-F at 10 and 10:30. Or you can watch it on Hulu. It's awesome to see how people drink around the world...and it makes you want to quit your job and start drinking around the world!

Also, there is a drinking game that you can play while watching...that way Zane's not the only one having fun.

Yeah, sorry college basketball blogging. I'd much rather travel the world, drink for free and have my own tv show.

Have a good Thursday everyone!

Song of the Day: Allen Toussaint - Fast Train

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'm just gonna sit this one out...

Here's the deal, I'm in a shitty mood. There are about 13,000 things that are pissing me off today. None of them are too big or important, but the list is growing by the minute. I was going to post a big long blog entry that broke down the different reasons that I'm in a bad mood...but I'm not going to do that. I don't want to complain and I don't want to bring you guys down.

Instead, I'm just not gonna say anything. Tomorrow is a new day and as a result I should hopefully be in a better mood. For now, I apologize for my mood and ask you guys to come back tomorrow for a better post.

It's just one of those days. Let's chalk it up to Karma and move on.

Song of the Day: Jay-Z - 99 Problems

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...


* Hey Louisville, stop messing around with this crazy weather. Last Monday I had a snow day, last Friday I watched a Lacrosse game outside with a t-shirt on. Sunday it was sunny and 60 degrees. Today it's 34 and it might snow. Just make up your mind...this is annoying. I'm ready for Derby.

* I've been watching the West Wing like crazy lately. I've finished season 1 and I'm 4 episodes in to season 2 now. It's a really fantastic show. You really have to devote time to it because the dialogue is quick...but I'm hooked.

* You think this kid is going to be getting a call from ESPN anytime soon?

Haha, he's almost as good as "boom goes the dynamite" kid.

* So the Cards play tonight and I'm headed out there with my Dad after class. It's a big game and unless something magical happens, it will be my last game in Freedom Hall. Crazy.

* If you didn't pick up on it, that last tidbit was supposed to read, "I still don't have a ticket to the Freedom Hall finale against Syracuse on March 6th. If someone can come up with a way to get me in the building, I will be indebted to you for the rest of my life. Please, please, please, please, please!" Alright, just making sure we were all on the same page.

* She & Him are set to release a new album this year and they've already put out 2 new songs. You can hear them here. I dig.

* I'm really having a hard time getting into the Olympics. With just a few days left I keep trying to force myself to watch more of them, but I just can't. I've gotten into curling quite a bit, and I watched the USA v. Canada hockey game the other day. But, it seems like every time I turn NBC on they have some ice dancing event. It's just lame.

* Also, part of the reason I haven't been able to enjoy the Olympics is because every commercial break they show a promo for Jay Leno hosting the Tonight Show. Then I get mad and pissed at how stupid NBC and Jay Leno are...and then I turn the channel.

* I felt like I had another tidbit for you guys...but I don't think I do. Sorry.

Have a good one gang.

Song of the Day: John Prine - Illegal Smile

Monday, February 22, 2010

Shoelace Problem

I've got a shoelace problem.

I have two pairs of casual brown shoes. These two pairs of shoes are worn like 70% of the time that I have shoes on my feet. Needless to say, they're important to my feet and my well being.

Here's the problem...I need new laces for them. They both feature just two lace holes (Aren't those called like eyelets or something?) on each side of the shoe. Therefore, the laces must be pretty short. The shortest laces I can find are for 4 eyelet shoes.

Anybody have any help? I've checked many different places and I've yet to find anything.

The first person to point me in the direction of 2 sets of brown, 2 eyelet shoe strings wins a special surprise. It will be really awesome with a value between 2-10 American Dollars.

Please help, my feet are worried.

Song of the Day: M. Ward - For Beginners

Friday, February 19, 2010

Saving Ear X-Tacy...

As I mentioned before, the best record store in the world, Ear X-Tacy, announced they were having trouble with business and they might have to close. Well, that's simply not ok with me. So...I went and did what any normal music fan with no money would do...I bought some new tunes. Often, I buy an album and I later regret the purchase or wish I would have bought something else. This week I got 5 albums that I'm totally stoked to own. Here's what I've purchased this week.

1.) Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend
I've always listed Otis Redding, Paul McCartney, Jim James and Van Morrison as my favorite "voices" of all time. But in reality, Sam Cooke is my favorite. I've been wanting to buy this album forever and I figured now was the time. It's just fantastic.

Favorite Tracks: You Send Me, Bring It On Home To Me, Touch The Hem of His Garment

2.) Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Dear Companion
This as an album by two Kentuckians, produced by another Kentuckian (Jim James) to benefit Mountain Top Removal. I love Ben Sollee and I had heard a bit of Daniel Martin Moore and I really liked what I had heard. The two of them sound great together. It's a great album.

Favorite Tracks: Dear Companion, Needn't Say A Thing, Something Somewhere Sometime

3.) Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Preservation
The world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with some big name singers to produce this album to benefit Preservation Hall. This is probably my favorite album I bought this week and I got 5 great albums. Each song is so good and their collaborations are so different with each singer. It gets better with every listen.

Favorite Tracks: Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing (w/ Tom Waits), Louisiana Fairytale (w/ Yim Yames), Freight Train (w/ Ani Difranco), Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out (w/ Jason Isbell)

4.) The Flying Burrito Bros. - The Gilded Palace of Sin & Burrito Deluxe
A few years ago I wouldn't have touched this album, but as I get tastes get twangier. I picked this up on a whim and I'm glad I did. While it's probably my least favorite album that I bought this week, it's still good. Gram Parsons is wonderful.

Favorite Songs: Sin City, Hot Burrito #1, Hot Burrito #2

5.) Frank Sinatra - Nothing But The Best
When I got my new computer I had to switch over all 7,956 songs in my i-Tunes library. The most surprising and disappointing thing that I noticed was not the fact that I had 2 Chingy songs in my music...but that, with the exception of Christmas songs, I only had four Frank Sinatra songs. That had to change. I headed to Ear X-Tacy and picked up this album. It's true to it's name and everyone should own a good dose of Sinatra.

Favorite Songs: Come Fly With Me, The Way You Look Tonight, Summer Wind, The Best Is Yet To Come.

I shouldn't have spent the money I did on these CDs, I know that. But, I had to. While I may have to eat Bologna for my next few meals to make up for it, I had to do my part to keep Ear X-Tacy open. I'm going to want buy music in the future and I don't want to do it on i-Tunes and I don't want to order it online. I want to buy my music at Ear X-Tacy. If you've never been to the store, you really should stop in next time you're in Louisville. It's a wonderful place and it has definitely helped my love of music.

Have a great weekend.

Song of the Day: Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fun at Freedom Hall...

Last night was the third to last game in Freedom Hall for the Cardinals. It was also one of the most awesome games I've attended.

I got a ticket late in the day from Taylor's mom and headed out to the game with Taylor's dad. I was already pumped since I wasn't expecting to go.

When I got to my seat, I was locked in and ready for the game, then this guy came in and sat down right in front of me. It was Patrick Hallahan, the drummer from My Morning Jacket.

The weird thing about Patrick Hallahan is that my family knows his family (we all went to the same school), in fact, the house I grew up in was lived in by the Hallahan's before us. But, this guy is a world famous rock star, so I was sure he'd have no idea who I was.

The game got going and the Cards never could quite pull away from the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. We played alright, but ND always had an answer.

Soon Jim, Taylor's dad, recognized Patrick and said, "you're in My Morning Jacket, right?" Patrick then introduced himself to us and when I told him my name, he was like, "You went to St. Martha, right?" I told him yes and he immediately said, "yeah you guys bought our old house!"

He then asked how my brother, Ben, was and how the rest of my family was doing. I was careful not to geek out.

At halftime I struck up a hilarious and awesome conversation with him on what the band was doing and when they started their next tour. Patrick was super nice and kept saying how anxious he was to get back on tour with MMJ and get back in the studio. It was a very cool conversation.

The best part of the whole night was the fact that as the 2nd half went on and the game got really exciting, Patrick started giving us high-fives, cheers-ing us with his beer and yelling at the refs...just like me. It always blows my mind to see somewhat famous people do regular things, but this was a new kind of crazy. I mean this guy is legitimately a rock star, a damn good one, and he was just enjoying the game the same way I was.

The game ended up going into double ot before the Cards pulled it out by 2 points. Samardo Samuels was an absolute animal, scoring 36 points for the Cards.

It was one of my final games in Freedom Hall and with 20ish years of experiencing Cardinal games in the hall, it was a pretty great memory.

I mean for real, I just watched an awesome UofL game in Freedom hall while, cheering, high-fiving and cheers-ing beers with the drummer of my favorite band. It was awesome to say the least.

Also, I got coupons for free meals at Qdoba.

What a night!

Song of the Day: My Morning Jacket - Anytime

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

School Project...

I have a project due tomorrow in my financial aspects of sports class. The project: take a sports related company and give a thorough analysis of the company's finances by including the proper financial ratios, short-term and long-term outlooks and any other important data. The problem... I don't know what that means. We haven't gone too in-depth in this class and after talking to other students, I realized I wasn't alone in sweating this project a bit.

I always get nervous when I have to turn something in for the first time in a class. What exactly is the teacher looking for? What kind of grader are they? Did I follow the prompt correctly? It all just eats at me until I get my grade.

Nevertheless, I picked Dick Sporting Goods as my company. I went online and obtained their financial records and I was well on my way....kind of.

You see, I could read the numbers on the company balance sheet and income statement, but I was still unsure if Dick's numbers were good, bad, etc. Nevertheless, I stayed up until about 2:30 last night calculating the proper ratios and crunching some data. Still, I woke up this morning a little overwhelmed by the fact that I hadn't put any of this data on paper and I was still unsure how to thoroughly analyze a company's financial statement.

I talked to my dad this morning about it and he gave me some knowledge that helped quite a bit. Explained some basic terms, said what he thought were the most important aspects, etc. Then as I started to get a grip on the whole thing...the real kicker occurred...I got an e-mail from my teacher saying that the project should be about 3-4 pages typed...double spaced! Are you kidding? I honestly thought this was going to be like a 10 page jobber. The 2008 annual report for Dick's Sporting Goods is 80 pages and I just have to report the most important 3-4 double spaced pages worth? That's not so all.

I've already got an outline and I've got the data so I should be able to go home and knock this thing out. It's still going to be difficult, but it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be. So, basically I freaked myself out over something that really shouldn't have freaked me out so badly. Hopefully, I'll get it finished and get a good grade and the class will be off to a great start.

Anyway, I'm an idiot.

Also, I just scored a ticket from Taylor's mom to the UofL game tonight! Sweet! We play Notre Dame and their All-American Luke Harangody was supposed to be out with a knee injury, although now it looks like he's going to play. I'm willing to bet someone informed him that Earl Clark no longer plays for the Cards and Harangody got to feeling better real quick. Can you blame him?
Right at the Crew-Cut!!!
Go Cards!

Song of the Day: Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Dear Companion

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Can I kick it? Yes I can...

* Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hope you guys are knee deep in gumbo, king cake, beads, red beans and rice, etc. I don't have anything super Mardi Gras-ish going on tonight...but it's still fun. Live it up people.

* I did buy the new Preservation Hall Jazz Band album today. I guess that's kinda Mardi Gras related. It's pretty cool.

* I also got the new Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore album. I've only heard it a bit, but I like what I'm hearing. They'll be playing for free at Ear X-Tacy tonight at 6. I have class and can't go...I'm pissed.

* Speaking of Ear X-Tacy. My Morning Jacket is offering their recent live EP 'Celebracion De La Ciudad Natal' for $4.99 with all proceeds going to help Ear X-Tacy. You can buy the album at Ear X-Tacy's digital store. Here's more info. It's only 5 bucks, you get some bangin' MMJ in return and you help out Ear X-Tacy. Just buy it already.

* The snow days in the past two weeks have thrown my schedule for a complete loop and as a result...ruined any motivation I might normally have. I am not happy about going to class later. I wasn't super pumped about coming to work, but then I got here and there were it was all good. If there aren't donuts in class tonight...I'm gonna throw a fit.

* The "Truman Show" was on TBS over the weekend and Taylor and I watched a bit of it. I forgot how wonderful it is. If it weren't for Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show would be Jim Carey's best movie by far.

* What is this Google Buzz shizz? I keep getting buzz updates on my g-mail and I'm not really sure what they are. Is it like Facebook for g-mail? I don't understand what the kids are into these days.

* Not doing anything this weekend? Come check out the UofL women's lacrosse team! Woo-hoo! They play Friday and Saturday. I'll be there, helping run the video board and making sure things run smoothly and such. It's gonna be should come.

* I'm sick of walking in snow.

* Paste has a cool list of the best Nike commercials ever. Check it out.

* I have a project due on Thursday and I'm really letting it stress me out. It's not super hard, but it's a bit unclear and it's...blah. I always hate the first assignment in a class because it's hard to tell how a teacher is gonna grade, what kind of stuff they look for, etc. Hopefully, I'll get a good grade and we can just move on. I just wish it was finished.

That's all for today kids. I'll try to do better next time. Goodnight Canada.

Song of the Day: Preservation Hall Jazz Bad w/ Tom Waits - Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday thoughts...

I'm back from an outstanding weekend in Charleston with Taylor. Here's some thoughts for today.

1.) I really had a great weekend with Taylor. Friday it snowed in Charleston for the first time since 1989. We went to the beach and it was crazy awesome! Saturday we went to the SC Aquarium where I discovered that the River Otter is my favorite animal (because it looks like they have mustaches), had a wonderful dinner at a fancy restaurant and then watched the Cards win a big one on Sunday. It always sucks to leave her, but with each visit, it becomes more and more real that she'll be home soon!

2.) The Olympics are on! While I haven't seen much of them yet...I'm getting into them tonight.

3.) Got another snow day today. It's really crazy. Centre didn't have snow days, but I've already had 3 at's nuts.

4.) I have a UofL duffle bag and on my plane home yesterday an older lady asked me, "Do you play a sport for UofL?" I told her, "No, but I go to grad school and work in the athletic department." She then proceeded to thank me for all of my hard work and told me what a huge fan she is and how much she loves the Cards. It was awesome.

5.) Go buy things from Ear X-Tacy. Everyone will benefit from it.

6.) How awesome was this?

I don't understand this team, but they fought hard and deserved the hell out of this win. The next month should be interesting!

7.) Gin is officially my 2nd favorite liquor behind bourbon.

8.) The West Wing is awesome. I've been using my snow days to watch season 1 on DVD and I'm hooked. My mom and Ben have always been into this show, I should have joined earlier.

9.) I have a project due on Thursday...ugh.

10.) A big LoB congrats to good friends Matt and Leigh who got engaged over the weekend. Way to go kids, welcome to the club!

Let's make this a good week.

Song of the Day: Flying Burrito Brothers - Hot Burrito #2

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Tidbits...

Not as good as Tuesday Tidbits...but still enjoyable!

* One of my favorite things about a snow storm is seeing people drive their cars without properly clearing off their windows. I know that it sucks to brush all the snow off of your windshield, but it's awesome to be able to see. I saw a guy driving today that only had about a 12 inch box cleared on his windshield. All his other windows and his back windshield were still covered with snow, though. I feel like he probably got in a wreck.

* Ear X-Tacy is holding a press conference on Friday to address the fact that they might have to close their doors. The bad economy and the crappy music industry apparently have taken a toll on the store and they're not sure how much longer they can continue. Let it be known that if Ear X-tacy closes, I'm going on the bender of a lifetime. For now, join the "Save Ear X-Tacy" group on Facebook and stop buying music off i-Tunes.

* We didn't really get to talk about it...but how awesome was that Super Bowl? It was an outstanding game and I was really happy the Saints won. The on-side kick was awesome. Way to go NFL, good postseason. College Football...take note.

* I thought the commercials were alright. I liked the Doritos kid, the Bud Light auto-tune and the Lebron and Dwight Howard McD's commercial. The others were just so-so.

* New Modern Family tonight. Seriously, it's the best show on TV.

* Speaking of good shows, I spent a good portion of my day watching the West Wing yesterday. I've always wanted to get into that show, but you have to pay close attention and the episodes are an hour long. I watched about 5 yesterday and I'm hooked. More tonight!

* UNC and Duke play tonight. I'm not wild on this rivalry and I dislike both teams...a lot. Still, it's usually fun to watch. Nolan Smith is one of my favorite non-UofL players.

I'm off to Charleston tomorrow. I hope you guys have a good Valentine's day! I'll be busy having fun with Taylor so I won't have time to blog. If you have withdraws you can follow my Twitter.

Have a good 'un.

Song of the Day: The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tuesday Tidb.....SNOW DAY!!!

Yeah, we're not going to have any tidbits today. That's because today my fine city got hit with about 6 inches of snow! So, I did what anyone would do when they find themselves with a free day...put on a fuzzy hat, walk around and take some pictures. So, here's how it went down:
That last picture is me realizing that walking in 6 inches of snow is exhausting. But, snow days are awesome. Yeah, they're a pain if you have to be out in them...but, people are happy (for the most part) when there's a snow day. As I walked today people waved, smiled, and said hello. It was a nice way to spend the day.

Song of the day: Dean Martin - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Monday, February 08, 2010

Let's get things sorted out...

I'm not going to lie to you, I'm about 100% more busy these days then I was about 2 months ago. I'm still figuring out how to best manage my time and I think we can all agree that the blog has suffered a bit because of it. I'm sorry about that. Now then, let's spend today setting up this week and then tomorrow we'll get back to the grind with some tidbits.

Tonight: I have class and then basketball and then some homework to do, nothing too crazy. Also, Big Monday is looking phenomenal. WVU vs. Nova and Kansas vs. Texas...nice!

Tomorrow: I have work, meeting at the athletic department and then class. In addition, when I meet at the athletic department I'll be assigned my first set of projects to work on...that's exciting.

Wednesday: Work, possible stuff at the AD. Pack for Charleston.

Thursday: Flying to Charleston for the weekend. Woo! I'll get in around 4 and I'll spend the weekend with Taylor for Valentine's Day. Also, the Cards play at 7.

Friday: In Charleston..nice.

Saturday: In Charleston...boom!

Sunday: Back from

I guess when you break it doesn't seem so bad. But, when I was planning it all it seemed like a lot more. Anyway, it's going to be a good week and it'll be topped off with a great visit with Taylor. So that's good! Anyway, just wanted to break it down so it seemed less crazy. Also, I've got some homework to do in there somewhere. But yeah, things will get rolling again for the blog soon...just needed a day to sort everything out and let you guys know what the immediate future looked like. Tomorrow, I'll have some terrific tidbits for you guys.

That's all for today...class in a few.

Song of the Day: Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In

Friday, February 05, 2010

10 Things I Like and Dislike These Days...

Haven't done this in a while...

*LIKE: Modern Family. This show continues to be the funniest 30mins of tv each week. I keep waiting for them to have a bad episode or for a character or two to get worn out...but it's not happening. It's just a really funny show.

* DISLIKE: College Basketball. This season has just been crappy. There are no elite teams, just some pretty good teams and then a lot of mediocre teams. Referees have dominated far too many headlines. There's too much talk about expanding the tournament. Recruiting is becoming disgusting. It's just sucky. College Basketball is the best sport...people would stop trying to change it.

* LIKE: MacBooks. So I've had my computer for just over a week and I really love it. I don't want to beat a dead horse or brag or anything...but it's just an awesome computer. It's worth the extra money.

* DISLIKE: The Weather. Normally I like cloudy, rainy days...but it's cold and we keep getting an annoying amount of snowfall. If it's gonna snow, that's cool...bring it. But a "dusting to 2 inches" is just annoying. I'm ready for Derby.

* LIKE: Taylor's teaching ability. Taylor had to teach a class by herself today and she was a little anxious about having to do it. Naturally, she did very well and the kids really participated. That's my lady!

* DISLIKE: ESPN's Superbowl coverage. I get it, it's a big game. Peyton Manning is good, New Orleans could use something to cheer about. Please just play the game already.

* LIKE: BoomBozz Tap House. Yeah, I bashed it when it first opened and deserved it. However, the people at BoomBozz have done a great job listening to their critics and making some important changes. They now have a better, craftier, local brew selection. They have better happy hour prices and they have cool new menu the Hot Brown Pizza. Needless to say, I'm impressed and I'm going to have to give them another shot.

* DISLIKE: Lack of UofL Tickets. Last year I went to every UofL home game. This year, I have not. It makes me super sad, especially since there are only 4 more games at Freedom Hall. So, if anyone has any extra tickets. You know where to find me.

* LIKE: Twangy Music. Ever since I saw "Crazy Heart" I've been on a real twangy music kick. Lots of John Prine, Johnny Cash, The Jayhawks, The Band, etc. I suppose you could classify this music as "Country" but ever since the "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" song I've made it a life long goal to never refer to any music I like as country. Still, I'm enjoying the twang.

* DISLIKE: Friday afternoons. I swear the hours from 1-5 on Friday afternoon last 4x as long as normal hours. Ugh. It's always the longest part of the week. Oh well, almost home now.

Have a good weekend!

Song of the Day: John Prine - Glory of True Love

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Work update...

So this week I began my unpaid internship at the UofL athletic department. I'm working in the marketing department and my first task is to help market the upcoming softball and lacrosse seasons.

So far my work has been minimal but it's going to change soon.

Yesterday, I went to my first "pitch/brain storming" meeting. It was pretty cool, it made me feel a lot like Don Draper...except they don't let me drink on the job. Still, we came up with some promotions and thought of people that could throw out the first pitch at softball games, etc. I contributed a few ideas and I feel like I didn't do anything to embarrass myself too badly.

Today I got to help with the Lacrosse promo video shoot and then I went to another meeting, this one was with the people in charge of sponsorships.

It's pretty cool to see how much goes into running an Athletic Department. I'm really enjoying being able to get some experience and my work in the near future will have to do with getting people to come to games and making sure game day activities run smoothly.

Hopefully, I can earn my keep and they'll offer me a real job in the future.

For now I've just taken to the Tobias Funke way of creating a name for myself...which means I just stand around the water cooler and say, "That Brian is some kind of something. Boy, this Brian guy is all anybody's ever talking about. So sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Brian is. Overrated. "

I think it's working.

Enjoy your Thursday's people.

Song of the Day: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Classroom Pet Peeve...

As you guys know I have many pet peeves. However, last night during my stats class someone did something that reminded me of a pet peeve that I've always had but haven't experienced since I've been out of school.

So my class runs from 4:30 to 7:00. I arrived at 4:20 and sat in my assigned seat. Luckily, there is an empty chair next to where I sit so I can put my back pack and coat on that chair. However, it is by the door. What does it matter if it's by the door? I'll tell you in a second. About an hour and 15 mins into class (half way) our teacher is trying his damnedest to teach us standard deviation and probability. It's not the easiest thing to learn, but he was doing a pretty good job. However, that's when this chick comes storming into class, making tons of noise and of course wants to sit in the seat next to me...even though that's not her seat. No problem, I'll move my bag...we'll get on with class...right?


This is where I start to get pissed off. The chick has already disrupted the flow of class and now she keeps asking me questions about what was going on. Then, she tries to tell me why she was late, while the teacher is talking. She says a meeting ran long. Really? An hour and 15 mins long? Whatever, I don't really care. Here's the real kicker...She then asks if she can copy my notes. I reply, "We'll figure something out after class...I need my notebook for other classes." She replies, "No, I meant right you mind?" Hell yes I mind! I'm here to learn. I communicate to her that it's fine, but I'm not going to turn the page back because I still need to take notes (since the professor is still teaching). Naturally, she then asks another girl for a piece of paper because she didn't have her notebook...causing more disruption.

I mean really? First of all, if you are more then about 30mins late to class...why come at all? He doesn't count attendance and clearly you're going to be lost. Why not arrange to meet with him later to discuss what you've missed. Also, way to plan a head to realize that you had class and a meeting before hand and I don't know...maybe you should bring your notebook with you to your meeting in case you're running late. Finally, why in the hell do you expect me to stop paying attention to the teacher and spend the rest of the class catching you up on what you missed? Let me tell you something...I'm not going to do it.

I can't stand people like that. Yeah, sometimes stuff happens and you're forced to deal...but how about being a little bit responsible and not disrupting everyone around you. I know that chick had other stuff going on and maybe it was really out of her control...but I bet it wasn't. Thing is, I would have been happy to share my notes if she had asked after class and not been so inconsiderate.

It's the same as when someone asks for an extension on a paper. I can't stand that. Mr. Professor I'm not finished because my dog got sick and I had 3 other assignments for other classes and the book I ordered hasn't come in yet....can I have an extension? Ummm...NO! Guess what people, everyone has other crap going on in their lives. You know how you deal with that? It's called time management and organization. Everyone knows when class is...everyone knows when things are do...mark those things down and adjust your life accordingly.

Now, I know there really are times when you have to be late or you have to turn in a paper late (Death in the family, illness, etc.) But let's be real...that's only true about 1 out of every 25 situations like this one.

It's not hard, just be responsible. If you can''s really not my problem.

Sorry for the rant, I'm really not in a bad mood...that was just bothering me. Have a good one everybody!

Song of the Day: Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits...

Lets get down to the Nitty Gritty....

* That's the way we handle business Cardinal birds! I know UCONN is strugglin' even more then the Cards right now, but that was an absolute must win. We didn't play lights out, but we played pretty darn well. Let's keep it going on Saturday vs. Rutgers!

* The next person who talks about how excited they are to watch "LOST" tonight is going to get a nice punch to the face (or a pile drive to the face). I know I don't "get it" because I don't watch the show, but let me tell you something it's not worth getting so jacked up about. You're excited, it's a good show...let's just leave it at that.

* My mac is awesome. I was having trouble with my Internet at my apartment, but I bought a new router and it's fast as hell. Also, I found out that garage band not only has its own guitar tuner...but it also allows me to hook my guitar hero drums up and play them as though I had an electric drum set. It's awesome.

* As manager of the Juwanna Men and three time fantasy sports champion, sometimes you're faced with tough decisions. However, rules are rules and if someone breaks a team rule...they must pay the price. That's why Lebron James has been suspended one week without pay for an obvious violation of team rules. I mean honestly, you know better then that Lebron.

* I have a marketing meeting at UofL tomorrow to discuss possible promotions for Lacrosse and Softball this year. Should be fun. Let me know if you have any ideas.

* The Heartless Bastards' album "The Mountain" is fantastic. Buy it.

* We're talking about standard deviation and probability in my stats class tonight. I'm not super pumped. Luckily, my professor is pretty cool. If he finds a way to makes this interesting I'll be mega impressed.

* Are you guys aware of this doppleganger fad that's goin wild on Facebook? Apparently you're supposed to change your facebook picture to a picture of the celebrity who looks the most like you (or who other people have said you look like). If I were going to do it, I'd have to pick Eddie Cahill....Tag from friends:
* It is amazing how much better my day is if I recite Nacho Libre quotes all day. It's the best! I love it!

That's all I have for today until tomorrow....Hug hug, kiss kiss, hug hug, big kiss, little hug, kiss kiss, little kiss.

Warning: If you haven't seen Nacho Libre, not only will you not understand some of my jokes, but also we're not friends until you do.

Song of the Day: Heartless Bastards - Could Be So Happy

Monday, February 01, 2010

College Basketball...

Alright, let's not bullcrap each other here...this college basketball season has sucked. Well, at least for me it has. Everyone knows that I love watching my Cardinals and I take my fanship (word) very seriously. However, in this season where the Cards can't seem to catch a break, something needs to change.

Last year our team was great. We had an amazing year that was full of big wins, Big East Championships and excitement. It's no coincidence that last year my full attention was on the Cards. I never missed a game, I attended every home game, I had my gameday wardrobe set...basically, I had things under control.

However, we also remember how last year ended and how crushed I was. I mean I'm still not over that loss to Michigan St.

That's why I'm here today taking full blame for the Cardinals' season so far. Basically, between getting engaged, starting grad school and trying to get involved with the athletic department, I've neglected my Cards somewhat. Now, I realize it's good for my health and well being to focus on those things more, but that's not the point. I'm not here today to say that I'm going to stop pursuing my career or going to school. I'm just going to say that I need to do a better job of being a fan. Too often I've been easily frustrated with this team and I've had a short temper or unrealistic goals when it comes to certain players or games. Also, I've been a little shy about getting too involved with the team because of how badly the end of last season hurt me. Basically, I just want to tell the basketball Cardinals....My bad.

Here's the good's not too late. Sure the Cards have dug themselves a hole and they need to fight hard to make the tournament...but it's not impossible. With games against UCONN (twice), Georgetown, Syracuse (twice) and @Marquette we can still make a run at this thing. Plus, unlike college football, as long as you're in the tournament...anything can happen.

Now then, it's a new month and in my mind a new season. The Cards need to win 7 out of their remaining 11 games to put themselves in a good position for the tourney. They can do it and I'm gonna do my best to help. It all starts tonight when UCONN comes to Freedom Hall for a Big Monday game. We need this win!
Please bring a smile back to my face, gang! Let's go Cards!

Song of the Day: Kenny Loggins - This Is It