June 01, 2005

I'm Back

I have returned from yet another harrowing weekend jammed full of things. Aside from work, there was Memorial Day, and my mother-in-law coming into town from Wyoming.

Work was OK - (un)fortunately we're working 12 hours per day, so there's not alot of work to do over the weekend. Thus, I got out of work in way less time than expected every day.

My friend Shannon got married on Saturday. Apparently she's been married since March, but just got the Church thing done over the weekend. I didn't know this. Well, at least I thought she was my friend...

... so, good luck to Shannon and David.

Memorial Day was fairly boring - but it had good food! Oh, and I got to play football with my nephews. There's the fun!

Danica placed 4th at Indy. I actually turned on the race, specifically, to watch her. She did a great job! I only wish she would have won.
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In other news, good luck to Shrey Shah, an 8th grade student at my grade school, Incarnate Word Academy, who is competing in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. IWA's had alot of students attend the bee in recent years, but no winners. Maybe this year...

This Friday, I'll be giving a talk at IWA about what I do for a living. In other words, how I can get paid to break things and set things on fire, and not get arrested. It should be fun!
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I'm not exactly in the best of moods today. Life's got me down. I need some uppers.

May 28, 2005

Something about me..

I got this in an email, and for anyone who doesn't know me, well, consider this our formal introduction, OK? Now, stop sending me these things, will ya?

1) Spell out your name with band names/individuals.
S=Sting, U=U2, E=Enigma

2) Have you ever had a song written about you?
Um, to the best of my knowledge, no. If you'd like to tell me that there's a song about me, though, I'm all ears!

3) What song makes you cry?
Well, two actually: "Into the West" - Annie Lennox (on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack) and "Amazing Grace" when played on the bagpipes.

4) What song makes you happy?
"La Isla Bonita" - Madonna, the Apollo 13 Theme, "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor

5) What do you like to listen to before bed?
I usually don't listen to anything, but when my computer was next to my bed in college, I used to make custom mixes to go to sleep and wake up.

6) Favorite Bands?
Wow, what an open question. So, let's see: The Police, Sting, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson (the 80's version), Daniel Bedingfield, Josh Groban, Duran Duran, Metallica, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, and virtually any 80's ballad - I'm a child of the 80's, what do you expect?

7) Favorite Songs?
"Desert Rose" - Sting, "Fields of Gold" - Sting, "Ordinary World" - Duran Duran

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May 27, 2005

It's Friday!!!

I have to say, after the week I've had, I'm sorely in need of a break!

Unfortunately, I don't get one because I have to work all weekend. Well, not the entire weekend, just a few hours every day - I really hope that's all it is. Oh, and I'm working the Amherst regional track meet on Saturday, too! I know, I do it to myself.

As of late, I haven't gotten a chance to follow the news as much as I'd like. One of the things I have been following is the whole Tom DeLay travel-paid-for-by-special-interest-groups thing. You know, probably for as long as I've followed politics, different groups have been scratching politicians backs. That's the way we all assumed it worked. You know - you vote for my issue, I'll give you this cookie - sorta thing. Nobody likes to admit it, but we all know it's true.

So now, everyone is all up in arms about his potential conflict of interest/ethic violation - whatever you'd like to call it. All I have to say is this: those that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. If you live in D.C., and you're a politician, you've probably done some shady things. Hell, if you're a politician anywhere, you've probably done some shady things. That's the way it is. Politicians: don't act as surprised and "holier than thou" on TV. You know everyone is guilty as sin - including you!

Oh, and why do TV shows meant for entertainment, all of a sudden, feel the need to make political statements? Like we don't hear enough from every stupid newsperson, hired commentator, award show presenter, and the like.

First, Family Guy returns, and not only is Brian the raging liberal, but the whole family is too! Yeah, that got me a bit steamed. My cartoons aren't supposed to have outright political overtones. Subliminal, well, OK, but not stated!!!

Now, Law & Order has decided to start too. I honestly don't know why you just can't make up a name/topic instead of saying "somebody in a Tom Delay T-shirt." I mean, does the name really add that much to the plot?

Then, when questioned about the use of the name, Dick Wolf (executive producer) says: "Every week, approximately 100 million people see an episode of the branded 'Law & Order' series. Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of fiction as is stated in each episode. But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."

What the hell? Nice dig there Dick.
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In other news, good luck to Danica Patrick at the Indy 500 this weekend. I'm not a big racing fan (I mean, I do like to drive fast, as any of my family or friends can attest), but way to go for getting the 4th starting spot.

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May 25, 2005

Busy Week

Saturday, I got back from Vancouver. Today, I realize that I'm going to be very busy for the forseeable future: I went to Doc Oc's celebration yesterday (more about that later), I'm going to the Indians-Twins game tonight with Dan, I have a retirement party at lunch tomorrow and a Regional track meet at Amherst tomorrow afternoon. Saturday, I'm working the same track meet, and I have to work all of the Memorial Day weekend.

I lead far too busy of a life. I need to stop and smell the roses...

who am I kidding???? ;-) like I'm ever going to stop doing this!!!

OK, Doc Oc's celebration. Well, it was really moving to see just how many people showed - students, faculty, staff, his neighbor. All of Hovorka atrium was filled with people there to remember and celebrate the life of a really great person. There were some sad moments, but once the planned speakers had their say, it was more interesting to hear what everyone else said during the open mic period. So many people, so many touched lived - such and impact on me and my school community. It's too bad Doc couldn't be there - he would've had a really good time! Oh, and he really would've like the food, too!

The ultimate sign of respect, that I observed though, was that nobody walked in, took food, and left. People stayed. People talked. People laughed. Doc would have been happy.

May 24, 2005

Sad Day

So two Saturdays ago, I'm getting ready to go to Vancouver for a week-long class on continuous casting, and I get a bulk email from our favorite prez - Darth Hundert - saying that one of my absolute most favorite teachers, Doc Oc, passed away unexpectedly.

I had been thinking to myself the whole week before: "gee, it's time to go see Doc," like I do every year about this time. You know, just to catch up and let him know that I'm still "plugging" and "chugging" away.

So, now I'm bummed that I can't go see Doc anymore.

An informal "celebration of his life" is today at Case - I plan on being there so long as I can escape work. It's the least I can do for a man that meant so much to my collegiate, um, success.

Thanks a bunch, Doc. You were a remarkable person. I'll miss you!

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Rest in Peace, Doc Oc

Welcome

So, I've finally decided to break down and create a "blog" like the rest of the world. Now you can read all about the inner workings of my brain - muhahaha!!! (Well, ew, really. It's not like my brain isn't messy or anything!)

So, feel free to peruse what's in my brain, if you'd like. Happy reading!