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:: Saturday, November 29, 2003 ::
Timber and I went for a walk near Santa Teresa Park today and while we walked we most have seen about 50 wild turkeys. I couldn't believe that we were seeing so many. It made me seriously wonder what the hunting regulations were around there. And some of the turkeys were huge. But I probably wouldn't hunt them anyway because it is cool to just stop when you see them and listen to them walk and watch them move around. They don't gobble at all and they don't seem too concerned when people get near. Overall it was pretty cool.
I was worried for a second that this was my mom. I know she likes go shopping early the day after Thanksgiving. Luckily it was not her. But it is sad nonetheless.:: Thursday, November 27, 2003 ::
Here's a list of the 12 worst intersections in the Bay Area. Luckily I don't have ot deal with these intersections very often. Dirty Dozen:: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 ::
Here's an interesting article. Czech warns Europe of 'dream world' woes - The Washington Times: World: "dictating "
Just when I think humans as a whole are getting more intelligent I have to see something like this article that makes me think that humanity as a whole is becoming brain dead. Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage
I just came across some information on how to treat a cold or the flu. This is probably pretty applicable since I know a lot of people that are starting to get these things. The number one thing that I know of to prevent catching the cold or the flu is to wash your hands. Do it often and do it well. There are things to do once you actually get it.:: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 ::
My Habana Cuba soccer team won last night. Our game was at 11:25 PM and the score was 8-3. We were down 3-2 at the end of the first half, but took care of business in the second half. I overheard the team we played against talking after the game and they said that the first half was the first time that they've ever been ahead. I'm glad to know that it was against us (being sarcastic). But I think my team passed the ball well but didn't take enough shots. And we played pretty well defensively overall except for people were missing some defensive assignments and getting beat by give and go's. Today kind of feels like Thursday. I'm not sure why. But I'm glad to be getting a few extra days off this week. It will be nice.:: Monday, November 24, 2003 ::
:: Friday, November 21, 2003 ::
:: Thursday, November 20, 2003 ::
I watched the Bachelor finale last night. I thought Bob was going to pick the younger girl, but he ended up going with the older one. I told Timber that I would have picked the younger one. She asked me why, and I said that it was because the younger one brought him a Marie Calendar's Pie! Another factor was that for their dinner they grilled some meat. But the most important thing for me was to find out what kind of pie she brought. But I never found out. Overall I think ABC sucks and I wouldn't watch most of their shows. Luckily this show is over so Timber can't make me watch it anymore.:: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 ::
I locked myself out of the house yesterday for the first time in a really long time. I was leaving through the garage to go to my soccer game and as I walked out I turned around and realized that I had the mailbox key instead of my car keys just as the garage was closing being me. Needless to say, it sucked. Luckily I had my cell phone with me, so I called Timber and had her come let me back in the house and then I sped off to my soccer game. By the time I got there and was able to check in and get out onto the field I had only missed about 5 minutes of the game. It was my Habana Cuba team, and I didn't play particularly well in the net, but we ended up winning 8-7. I think the other team only scored one goad that was a shot past me. The rest of the goals were off of rebounds and weird bounces and the like. But I really like the way my team took the game back toward the end and played with poise and purpose. It was a great thing to see.:: Monday, November 17, 2003 ::
I'm listening to a song called "Black Bottom Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton. I figured I would do a google search to find out more about him. As it turns out, he was quite a character. His biography says that from 1904 to 1917 Jelly Roll rambled around the South. He worked as a gambler, pool shark, pimp, vaudeville comedian and as a pianist. And he also formed a band called the Red Hot Peppers. I wonder if the Red Hot Chili Peppers know who he is? I'm guessing they do.:: Sunday, November 16, 2003 ::
Well the most exciting part of my weekend was getting some Hotel Collection towels from Macy's. I definitely wouldn't be blogging this if they weren't awesome. And they just happened to be on sale for the lowest price I had ever seen. So anyway, that was it for this weekend.:: Friday, November 14, 2003 ::
:: Thursday, November 13, 2003 ::
My arm hurts right now because I went to get a flu shot during lunch today. And what a good deal that I get it for free through my work (being sarcastic). But that is understandable, because if I were to get sick and be out for a week or two that would be a huge loss in productivity. And besides, I don't want to get the flu, that would suck. But when I've gotten the shot in years past I've always had to wait in line for a while, but that wasn't the case today. I just had to show up at the location, fill out a form, and I got my shot right away. It was about as seamless as that process could be. So kudos to the people running the program. Good job. And I finally got a chance to ask the person that gave me the shot which strains of the flu I was being immunized against. As it turns out there were a total of 5 strains that I was being immunized against, and those are the 5 most "popular" strains that are working their way around the world right now. So that's how they choose. I'm glad I asked...:: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 ::
This is an interesting article. TIME Magazine: Coolest Inventions 2003, Apple Music Store I wonder if I'll be the first one to suggest this, but I'm guessing at some point video libraries will be like the itunes music store. We'll be able to browse and download movies to our home entertainment system. But that idea has a long way to go. First, all of the home entertainment devices need to be seamlessly integrated. Second, you have to be able to download the movie in about the same time it takes to download a song through the itunes music store right now. Third, are people going to buy the movies or just rent them? Lots of factors to work out. But in the meantime we can enjoy doing these things with our music.:: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 ::
Timber and I called a truce in our vegetarian bet today and celebrated it with the ulti-meat pizza. It was pretty good. In other news, I saw on the news tonight that there was a huge delay for westbound traffic going to the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge. Today was the first day, and what I don't understand is why Caltrans didn't do the switch at 2 am or on the weekend instead of 6:30 am on a weekday. The excuse they used was that they didn't expect so much traffic on a holiday. Hello? Who is it a holiday for? The postal service and Banks don't work today but pretty much everyone else does, so what's up? The article can be found here.:: Sunday, November 09, 2003 ::
:: Saturday, November 08, 2003 ::
I realized last night why I don't go to the movies much anymore. First, they now have regular commercials in the previews. I know they used to have one Mountain Dew commercial or something, but now it is four or five straight up commercials. Why? I paid $9.50 to watch a movie, why should I have to watch crappy commercials? I didn't go out of my way to go to a movie and pay $9.50 to sit through 5 commercials. After the commercials they have service announcements like "silence is golden" and computer graphics commercials about how awesome the movie theater is. Then, after that they actually have the movie previews. And because we watched "Under the Tuscan Sun", most of the previews were crappy. I at least can understand that because they want to make sure that the previews are similar to the movie that is being watched. That is totally understandable. So after sitting through crappy commercials, service announcements, and previews, we are subjected to a crappy movie 9 times out of 10. I was ready to strangle someone before the previews ended last night. One thing that I thought about that does make sense is that we pay money for cable TV, so I guess it is just an extension of cable TV where we would pay more for a single movie and have to watch commercials along the way. But because of this I am going to utilize the guerilla tactics that I have and go to very few movies. I remember the days when I went to a couple of movies every week, even I knew they were going to be crappy. But not anymore. I'm going to save that money that I would spend at the movie theatre and instead find good movies through netflix and invest in my home theater system. I am also going to email the movie theater that I went to yesterday and let them know about my displeasure. In the end I doubt they will change anything, but then again, a single raindrop does not think they are responsible for a flood either. By the way, the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" was alright, but for all you guys out there make sure you have a date for it. Because guys should not be watching that movie by themselves or with a group of friends.:: Friday, November 07, 2003 ::
I had a soccer game last night. My team, "the Burn" played one of our last games of the season. We ended up in an 8-8 tie. I played goalkeeper, and at the end of the game I thought we were going to lose because the other team got a breakaway. The guy with the ball came in a shot the ball. I dove to my right for the ball and was able to stretch enough to get one hand on the ball. Luckily I got enough of my hand on the ball to stop it so that I could cover it up when the rest of my body caught up with my hand. I wish I could see video of that save, because it surprised even me.:: Thursday, November 06, 2003 ::
I watched "The Bachelor" last night with Timber, and Mary was the one that got the boot this time. It was sad because she seemed like a really nice person, but the reason she got the boot was because she wanted to start a family right away yet Bob wanted to wait a while. I think she should be the next "Bachelorette". But the problem is that the producers of the show will have to find 25 guys that are willing to get married and have kids right away. That will be a true challenge.:: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 ::
This is an interesting paper that is sure to spark more arguments about global warming. Errors and Defects in Mann et. al. 1998. I haven't finished reading this paper, but news articles about this paper say that it corrects faulty data which was used as the basis for the Kyoto treaty. Now stop for a minute and think about what that means. Also think about how that makes you feel. This could tell you alot about yourself and how you feel about environmental issues. I think it is important for us to base our environmental policies on sound scientific data, and not try to mold the data into fitting any specific agenda. That is really the only way to ensure that people are treated fairly and also that the environment is treated fairly.
I've been challenged by Timber to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. One of the things that I fought for is having my soccer games count as going to the gym and now the definition is two soccer games count as one trip to the gym. So based on that I've been to the gym twice already this week. And I'm going tonight, so after that I'll be done for the week. When I was at the gym yesterday I spent 30 minutes on the kayaking machine and 30 minutes on the treadmill. I usually run at between 5 mph and 6 mph, but since I had tweaked my ankle playing soccer I had to walk. Hopefully I'll be able to run on it a little bit today.:: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 ::
I had two soccer games last night. In the first game, my team lost 7-5, and in the second game my team won 10-8. I don't know what it is, but that team never seems to get along with the teams that we played. I even saw one of my teammates flip the bird at some of the opposing players as the game was ending. It was a disgrace and there is no room for that kind of behavior in our sport. The same guy always seems to get into it with someone. I'm actually embarrassed to have him on my team. But the weird thing about it is that while he is a total poor sport on the field, off the field he is one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. Maybe he has multiple personality disorder? I don't know, but it is pretty bad...:: Monday, November 03, 2003 ::
I just checked on my vacation plan for the rest of the year and it looks like I am going to be on vacation from December 22nd through January 6th. That's two and a half weeks straight. Now I have to figure out what to do over that period of time. Should I spend all that time on the slopes? Should I work on things around the house? Should I go see my brother in Las Vegas? No matter what I choose to do I know that this much is true, vacation is wicked cool!
Check out this article. Yahoo! News - Hussein Was Sure Of Own Survival. I am interested in finding out what really went on. Is Tariq Aziz telling the truth about what the French and Russians did? Was Saddam really as confused as Aziz makes him sound? With all things, it is hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. But at the end of the day I think we did the right thing, but we're not done yet.
:: Saturday, November 01, 2003 ::
I've realized that Timber and I are cheap. We had to go to a laundromat today to wash a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a comforter. All three required the use of a front loading washer, so we went to the laundromat near our house but we decided to leave because it cost $4 to wash at each front loading washer. We went to the laundromat on Monterey Road near Mimi's and the price was a more reasonable $2.75 for each washer. Yup, I always knew we were cheap, but I did not realize the extent of our cheapness.