My mind is a dangerous place. Make sure you wear a cup.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Halloween Carnival

I volunteered at the Halloween Carnival that the local branch held this afternoon. I dressed up like a farmer and drove the hayride. I'm kind of surprised I did it. It's not like me. I had fun though. Hey, it's all for the kids, right?

Upcoming Concert

I'm going to see Rodney Crowell in concert tomorrow. I'm very excited about it. It has been a loooong time since I saw anyone in concert. In my opinion he's one of the best singer-songwriters around. It takes a lot to get me out of the house these days.

Go Gators

Well, the Gators beat Georgia today 14-10. A lot of people at work will be very happy on Monday.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Too much work

Too much work lately. Way too much. Why is it so hard to win the lottery? How come bags of money don't fall from the sky? I think the system is broken. Who do I speak to about this?

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Catching Up

Umm.....I've been a little obsessed with Guild Wars. As I suspected, I went and bought it. And I love it. And I play it all the time. But I'm sure I can keep it under control. I have a Ranger/Monk named Baragon Sandifer (I brought back the name from my very first Everquest character). Guild Wars is different than most MMORPGs in several ways that make it very enjoyable for me. I won't bother you with those ways now.

In the interim:

  • Saw History of Violence. First rate! I can't recommend it highly enough. Run, don't walk to your nearest theater.
  • Saw Elizabethtown. I liked it more than I thought I would. Plus Kirsten Dunst is adorable. As is Orlando Bloom, who did pretty well considering there were no hobbits in the film.
  • World Series: Go White Sox!
  • Hockey: Who cares!
  • They finally finished the glassed-in patio addition to our house. Seven months later. Jesus.
  • I don't know if I want the Red Sox to trade Manny Ramirez or not. I love Manny, but I also bet a coworker 50 bucks that he would be traded. Hmm......

None of my Fox shows are on tonight because of the World Series, and Curb Your Enthusiasm isn't on HBO either. At least I still have Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sara Evans

Sigh.......the latest Sara Evans video is on TV right now. It's all I can do not to try to crawl through the set to be with her.

Perhaps I've shared too much.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

I'm about to slip.....

I have a bit of an addiction problem. With MMORPGs.

MMORPGs are Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. I first got hooked on Everquest about 5 years ago, and it got so bad that for a while it was like a second full time job. I would spend at least 40 hours a week playing it. I had a ranger that I got up to level 51. His name was Baragon. I miss him.

I finally quit cold turkey, only to get hooked several months later on Dark Age of Camelot. I don't remember my main character from that one. But I finally shook myself free of that game as well.

Then I succumbed to Everquest again. Had a necromancer named Mordac that I got up to level 55 before I finally quit yet again.

Then I was blissfully MMORPG-free for a while until City of Heroes. There I went again. my main on that game was The Green Menace. Good times.

Then after I quit that, I bought World of Warcraft. The pull wasn't quite as strong, but I played for a while before getting a bit bored.

That was about 4 months ago. Lately, I have been feeling the pull of Guild Wars. I hope I can remain strong but.....

Hmm....Circuit City opens in two minutes.....

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Songs I wish I had written

The Last Resort The Eagles
The Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari John Hiatt
Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash
Genius Warren Zevon
Levelland Robert Earl Keen
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel
For You Bruce Springsteen
The Fire Inside Bob Seger
Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen
Maureen Fountains of Wayne
Joey Concrete Blonde

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Shutter Island

For those of you who enjoy a gripping good read, pick up Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island. You will not be sorry. Everyone I have turned on to it says it is one of their favorite novels ever.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Early morning walks

I walk nearly every morning at 5 AM. Most mornings, on my return trip back along 39th Avenue, I would meet an older guy walking the other way. We would nod politely and say "Good morning".

I wouldn't see him every single day, but I looked forward to it. It was kind of nice to see someone else out there at that early hour. He was a lot older than me, maybe late 50's or early 60's.

But it has been several weeks since I have seen him. Almost every day I wonder about that. Did he alter his routine? Change times? Give it up? Did he die?

I don't know.

When I am in Atlanta, I still walk, and I go past a little clump of trees in front of an apartment complex. Often, I will see a rabbit among the trees or on the grass, and my heart goes out to him. I wonder how a wild rabbit manages to survive in the Perimeter section of Atlanta?

This past week I bought a bag of carrots, and I would spread some around the wooded area, even if I didn't see him. I like to think he found them and enjoyed a snack. I have a soft spot in my heart for rabbits, as we have three of them.

On my walks here in Gainesville, I often walk by a pony on a farm on 39th Avenue. I keep meaning to bring him carrots too, but so far I keep forgetting. Maybe now that I have written this, I will remember to do so tomorrow.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I'm almost relieved

The Red Sox get swept. C'est la vie. I shifted into safe mode when we were down 0-2, so I don't feel much. I'm depressed this evening, and a tad moody, but that is only a small part of it.

At least now I can watch some of the new prime time shows instead of baseball. No more baseball until April.

Phhhht.

Long week

I'm finally getting ready to go back home in a few hours. This has been a trying week. A lot of my time has been spent on a series of events that never should have occured in the first place. And when I get back next week I'll be dealing with it some more.

But as it turns out, in a related development, I made a discovery about myself: I am a Pagan. Finally, an ideology I can embrace! More on that later.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Where is a poisoned apple when you need one?

I'm not sleeping too well on the road so far this week. I was up at 4:30 yesterday and was up at 4:00 this morning.

This has happened before. I'll be fine until I get home on Friday. Then I'll fall asleep at 7 PM and sleep forever.

A delicate flower like me needs his beauty rest.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Whew!

OK, the Red Sox take the wild card. I can live with that.

First game is at 4 PM on Tuesday, but I'm up in Atlanta again, so I won't be able to watch it until perhaps the very late innings, if then. If I were back at corporate, I could just leave early. I can't do that here when I have a limited amount of time to spend.

Stupid work.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Bad News

It is not my day in the sporting world. The Red Sox lost the game to the Yankees today, and so they lose their chance to win the division. And the Gators are down to Alabama 24-3 at halftime.

Sonofabitch.

Two Thumbs Up!

Saw Serenity this afternoon. It was fabulous! It was a TV series called Firefly a few years ago, and they made a feature film out of it. It was written by Josh Whedon, who did Buffy and Angel. God, I loved Buffy.

Action! Humor! Suspense! It had it all! There must have been a lot of fans of the show in the audience, because there were some emotional reactions to some of the developments. I only saw the TV show a couple of times, but you don't have to be familiar with it at all to enjoy the movie.

I hope this is the start of a franchise.

My Declaration....

I hold these few truths to be self evident:

Letterman is way funnier and more talented than Leno
Ditto Imus over Stern
Hunter S. Thompson was a genius
Leash laws should be more strictly enforced
Sara Evans is the most beautiful country music singer today
Gay people should be allowed to marry
People who are cruel to animals should be tortured
Duct tape and cough medicine should be liberally employed to keep small children docile
Pickles are underrated
Bob Hope was never funny
Neither was Lucille Ball
Jewelry on men is not a good idea
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