Monday, December 22, 2008

Fantasy Football is OVER

And it ends --- No last minute heroics by Donald Driver. I will take the 2nd place consolation prize and be happy. Other dudes ended up paying for me to play Fantasy Football this season. Bottom line, I invested some money to play, but won more then I had to pay. So to all you guys in the "No name league", thanks for that. Also, I have some money above and beyond that because of the results of this season, So you same dudes, Thanks for that also. I will update you guys on what I buy with your money.
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Biggest regret was that I didn't start Phillip Rivers , when, had I done so, I would have been the champion. Also, I wonder about that coin flip for the Overtime period. had it not hit off of Urlachers head, would it have been tails instead of Heads? If it was tails, then the Packers would have had the football, and if they had the football I wonder if Aaron Rogers might have thrown 37 yards worth of footballs to Donald Driver. (that was how much I needed for him to get yardage points)
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Its a game of Inches. Had Matt Ryan not flipped over at the one inch line on Sunday, and instead got into the endzone himself, that would have been enough...But alas I am just a runner up.. A runner up with a nice little second place cash grab, so its kind of like Golf. Second doesn't completely suck in Golf, and it doesn't totally suck in Fantasy Football either.

Monday Night and it means something

Its Monday Night and its a Nine Hundred Dollar game for the Billster. Right now I am up by 11 points. I have Donald Driver going and need a nice night out of him. The bad guys have four going. Greg Jennings, The Packer Defense, The Packer Kicker and Matt Forte. -- All things considered I think he has a better chance then I do, even though I have that eleven point cushion and Donald Driver. As the Analyst on ESPN say: COMEONMAN.
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The Consolation is that the loser still gets around 9 bills ----less what we owe. Winner gets 18 bills,--- less what we owe so its a big swing, COMEON DONALD DRIVER ....
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Also I probably should have already won. I had a choice of three QB's to start this week which was McNabb, Matt Ryan, and Phillip Rivers. I ruled out McNabb even though he has been my main horse all year because of the playing conditions in Washington. That turned out to be smart, So ultimately It was between Ryan and Rivers. I thought about it quite a bit, but in the end I figured Ryan would have a better chance against the Vikings D in the Dome, then Rivers would have against the BUCS D. ----Turns out that was wrong. Rivers put up 45, which does nothing for me as I had him on the bench and Ryan only got me 4. Regrets ....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Money earned watching football is Nice Money

Made some money tonight because of my football knowledge. That is some rewarding type of money. That is money like an artist makes. Money that a singer makes. Money made doing stuff I love to do. I basically watched NFL football this year which is a thing I do anyways, and because of that, and my choices of players for my fantasy team, and of course luck, I made money. I am not going to quit my day job but still it is a nice way to make money for sure.
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I wish I could make money all the time by watching NFL football. I wish it was more. Bottom line. the pot in our league is 2600 bucks right now. I am guaranteed of collecting at least 30 percent of that amount, less my cost, which happened to be 260, --so 780 minus 260 = 520. But it aint over yet. Next week we play for 60% of the pot. Winner gets that paycheck, loser gets the 30% paycheck. Either way I am in the money. Money because I know NFL football and also because I was lucky this year. Doesn't matter, money made this way is better then working for it, plus the winner will get a cool ass trophy to properly display for the year in their home and I basically chose my new home in Tampa based on how good that trophy will look in my living room.
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This is a good thing. So yes I signed a lease for my apartment in Tampa today. I am Moving into Derek Jeter's neighborhood. I suppose he will be my neighbor when he isn't playing baseball for the Yankees. I hung out with him on Saturday afternoon. Sort of , Not really, I was having a beverage in a wine bar and he came in and took a leak and left, but you know, it was kind of like we were hanging out, plus, in talking with some other people. they told me he lives in that same neighborhood that I am moving into.
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Oh yes, the guy I was talking to that confirmed Derek lives in that same neighborhood? He has a boat, so I just told him he was my first friend that I made in Tampa, because I want to go out on his boat. Told him that straight up. Told him some of the best friends you can have are friends that have a boat and friends that have a truck.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting Lost in Tampa

Tampa is a driving town and I think that its sort of like the Bermuda Triangle in that "get lost" kind of way. I found myself going South according to my compass, but I would swear I was actually going North, and my compass would show West when I thought I was going East.
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I would believe the compass, but at the same time, it gave me a sense of discombobulation.
Plus they name the streets over here, instead of numbering them. Sure Miami has some named roads and stuff, but generally they number most of them in South Florida. Named streets aren't helpful in finding your way when your lost in a strange city and the crazy magnetic field they have that messes up the East vs North vs South thing is also no help.
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I have some leads on an apartment. I am closer then when I woke up this morning but will probably have to get lost some more tomorrow ....

Attitude

Going to Tampa today to find a place to live. Also there is a party on Saturday Night.
Still, its like a work trip -- why cant I make myself look forward to the newness and the adventure of it all? Why do I keep thinking of the huge pain in the ass it all is? I need a new attitude is what I need, but I am the only one who can give myself a new attitude, and try as I might, my attitude right now is that its all a huge pain in the rear.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tebow for Heisman

Three horses in the Heisman race. Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow.
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No doubt I think Tim should win it. and granted I am biased. Furthermore Tebow's numbers dont match up with Bradford and McCoy so if he does not win the thing, I understand. I don't agree but I understand.
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All three QB's had a team that only lost 1 game. All three played some awesome football. Without each of these guys their teams are not one loss teams. Each of them made a huge difference in their teams season.
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I rule out McCoy because his team did not even win the Big 10 South division, much less the whole league. it is unfair but they didnt and with a race that is this close it doesnt matter that its not fair, 8 out of 10 years the guy should have won it, but this year its so competitive and so close you have to rule him out because even though his team beat Oklahoma head to head, Oklahoma won the division, and won the league and Bradford was Awesome even in the loss.
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Sorry Colt, I didn't vote for you but you are truly worthy.
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So it comes down to Bradford and Tebow. Honestly I wish we could wait and see who wins the National Championship Game, but we can't. Thats not how it works. Statistically, Bradford should win. But if the award is about the best player in College football then fairness calls for Tebow to win the thing. Either way, whoever wins it they deserved it. My opinion is that it should be Tebow, Bradford, McCoy in that order, I think it will be Bradford, Tebow, McCoy in the Heisman race.
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In the NC game I am confident it will be the 2007 heisman winner against the 2008 winner and the 2007 winner takes the NC trophy. Just my call. I also predicted that O'bama would choose Hillary as his running mate. No one listens to me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A lesson learned today about moving

Took some action on the moving to Tampa thing today. Just a recommendation. call a few companies yourself. Dont go into the first websight that tells you they will have a few people compete for your money. here is the problem. I got about 20 different companies e-mailing me, and about 6 or so of them also called. They are all within about 100 bucks on the total cost with different sales pitches on why I should hire them instead of anyone else. Seriously, I didnt need that many bids, and after the 4th company is about 100 bucks or so from all the rest you can get the gist of it, and yet I am the one that asked for the input so I dont feel I can be rude when they call. I run it down for them, and then they tell me a number that is about the same as the other five or six numbers I already received.
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I am going over to Tampa to find a place this weekend and told some of them I would call them back afterwards, after awhile, I just told them I would make a decision next week ( so I wont feel guilty in not calling them back) bottom line, 750 bucks was the low end, but I think they just did that to get me to pick them because their underlying numbers just dont seem to work out right then I figure they jack it up in the middle of the move. . The general area was 910 to 1050. with a couple of them guaranteeing a flat rate of 1k ....

Good T.V.

Okay, Best T.V. Show currently on T.V. right now.= ELI STONE. Big fan here. Recommend it to everyone, and believe that there is no way you don't like this show. Tuesday Nights 10 p.m. ABC, Watch it.
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I like about 4 other different T.V. shows including, " How I met your Mother," "House" and of course "Dexter" and "weeds" -- My VCR broke awhile ago, so I haven't updated myself on "Dexter" and "Weeds".
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Doesn't matter, that is a solid list, and I know "Dexter" and "weeds" didn't just all of a sudden start sucking . Top Five caliber shows, as it were, with ELI STONE at the very top.
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If you haven't watched "Stone" yet, here is the set up so that you can just start watching at any show.
1) Eli Stone was a bad ass lawyer
2) then he had a brain Aneurysm, and started having weird visions which makes him follow those visions into action, to you know save the world, or at the very least, the individual people that he represents.
3) He successfully removed the aneurysm,
4) He found out that maybe its not aneurysms but that he is a prophet.
5) He got the Aneurysm back when he met with God who was played by Sigourney Weaver and asked for it.
6) His dad had the same thing, back then he thought his dad was just an alcoholic
7) His dad had foretold Eli's life as a prophet
8) He has an acupuncturist that knew his dad, and also has his dads Journal about the prophecy
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Telling you its Good T.V. .....Lots more characters in it that I haven't described, and it is just a well written piece of T.V. Show.
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If you haven't followed the show from the beginning then maybe it takes you a few episodes till you get it, because there are tons of characters like I said and they are all being slowly developed throughout, and the writers are developing those parts slowly but I am hooked. Its one of those few shows where I make sure I am in front of the T.V. when it is on.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Stress

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Phillip Rivers or Matt Ryan at QB this week? Rivers is up against KC, but San Diego is going nowhere and they dont have the motivation. Ryan is against the BUCS at Home, both of those teams are fighting for their playoff lives. -- This is stressing me out. This is Fantasy Football playoffs I am talking about.

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No worries here about having to pack up all my stuff, move to a City that I dont know, start a new job, find a place to live and still not miss any of my bills during the transition, No, thats not the worries to have. The worries I am dealing with is who to start at QB for week one of the fantasy playoffs.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Go Gators

So, those little bumps on your skin? you know, the chills ? The thing that happens when you are so, SOOOOOOOO fucking happy that your physiological changes in your body are noticeable?
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That shit, that shit that just happens when all is well in the world? do you guys know what happens? You love everything. I am feeling love like it should be felt.
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Do you guys know what I am talking about? Its like this, first of all I am a Gator fan. Its probably a stunted growth thing, but I started following them in the 3rd grade. I remember Nat, FUCKING Moore coming to my little third grade class to talk about how important school was, or winning the SEC was, or whatever,------ I cant remember specifically what the hell he was talking about, but I do know I did okay in School, and I am never as happy as when Florida Wins the SEC, so I gotta figure it was something about winning the fucking SEC that he was talking about that day.
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Bottom Line, tonight The SEC was won. It was won by the team that should have won it. not the evil empire that is run by Darth Vader, It was not won by the team that went un- fucking defeated in the regular season, but by the team that SHOULD have went UN-FUCKING DEFEATED.
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Anyways, I feel a tangent coming on, and here it is..... Stupid OLE MISS. they beat us and it was fair and square except for it wasnt .... They cheated to block that kick, but it wasnt called and now that it doesnt matter, I can say this: GOOD FOR YOU OLE MISS.. you beat the eventual SEC champions. and probably beat the EVENTUAL NATIONAL champions, although I am pretty sure OKLAHOMA is badass and they have a chance to beat us, but they will have to face a Florida team that has Percy Harvin running and catching the rock.
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Either way. If you have a HEISMAN vote and you dont use the number one pick for Timmy Terrific then you are a closed minded son of a bitch. Statistically there are better candidates then Tim, but bottom line his stats are still awesome and we win because we have Tim.
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FLORIDA is an 8 and 4 team without Timmy, but with him, we are National Champions. and although his Statistics dont measure with COLT or BRADFORD or even HARRELL he is the reason Florida is where Florida is, and where Florida is, is because of TIM... so bottom line, Although I respect those other guys for playing some awesome College football this year and realize I am biased, honestly, who was more important then Tim Tebow to his team ?
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here is the answer: NONE of them. No one was, and you know how it will be proved ? it will be proved by who wins the NC and that will be the Florida Gators.
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Bottom line is this, I am fired up and honestly its all gravy going forward. I have a contact and if you (the contact are reading this, then get me some Face Value tickets) but more importantly, even if I am watching it on T.V. I just dont care. I have the chill bumps going and I have the satisfaction of the SEC win, and I am just content. Not to say if more comes that wont be great and I get how college football is, we may not win the thing again for the next 10 years, but right now we have a shot, and win or lose its awesome to be A Gator right now. -- Also a little message to Brian In Minnesota. sorry you lost money, if it is any consolation you can call me wrong about them putting up fifty .. we clearly didnt do that, we only beat the number one team in the country by 11 which , by the way is more then ten.... sorry dude and again I hope it wasnt alot of money you wasted.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Saban is Evil

So this weekend, on Saturday, which, by the way, is not just a day, but rather it is the very heart of a weekend type of day. There may be better things about weekends, like a Friday Afternoon, or a Sunday Morning with bacon being cooked, but in the end, the heart of a weekend is a Saturday afternoon.
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This Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. a little College football will be going on to determine all that is right in the world. Florida is the luke Skywalker, the Captain Kirk of this game. Florida is the little 7 year old boy that reads about thirsty kids in Africa and makes a lemonaide stand to earn the money to buy a well for those same thirsty kids.
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Florida is about righteousness and wholesomeness. Florida is like a glass of Milk with some cookies while sitting by a fire, while Alabama is like those sickos that kick and maime puppies.
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Oh sure on the surface they play it off like they are " looking out for the stray dogs of the world" or as they put it just running the rock off tackle, but in the end they are sick and twisted and instead of feeding the strays and combing their flea ridden coats, they are secretly torturing them. Just like that offense of Run it, run it some more , and then maybe throw it to that one guy..... To hell with Alabama, and to hell with Saban.
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Do you guys want Alabama to win? Nick Saban to be rewarded for being the most miserly and un fun human beings ever born? Nick Saban is just evil in that his whole attitude about life is wrong.
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Nick Saban is like Scrooge. He is the very personification of Charles Dickens character. In fact I am pretty sure that Dickens must have had access to a time machine to have come up with a character so like Nick Saban.
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Look. Nick has already taken Fullmers job in Tennessee, Sylvester Crooms job at Mississippi State, and after that 36 to nothing white washing against Auburn No one is currently coaching the War Eagles either right now. Tuberville got beat down so bad he just up and quit a 3 million dollar a year job. Saban Is a Bully and you should not stand up for that .... Urban will slay him like the evil dragon he is,---- but still.... Lets slay the man with a little style . like Urban, WIll you stab Alabama with a left handed behind the back flippy sword thing? for some style? just because its so ridiculous that Bama is undefeated after only two years of the new evil empire? Please? Help me here and its okay if its not close lets treat them like Nebraska did us in 1995 in the desert ... K??

New problems coming down the road

New day, new problems. Evidently the patience of all the creditors for all the cards that I never took out in the first place are getting antsy about me paying them back the money I never borrowed. ------- AAAAAghhhhh... Lawsuits to come.... Oh Joy....

Things to miss

These are some of the things I will miss about leaving Miami, and moving to Tampa, and it is not in any particular order.
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1) My cool ass view. ( I will of course try to find another cool ass view in Tampa, however I honestly believe that the amount I am paying for rent at my place in Miami, and the Cool ass view that I have now, is kind of a freaky, luck of the building boom gods of the recession . If I find a place with an equal or better view then this in Tampa, for the same amount of money I am paying here in rent, I will be absolutely, and utterly astonished)
2) Living in the same City as My Dad.
3) The troll looking, non English speaking HotDog lady that works that stand which is diagonal from my block and just down a way. We have grunted together many a time as I partook in a free wheeling wild ass hotdog, live from her cart, filled with condiments and oh so satisfying to my Gut.
4) All the various Restaurants and bars that are in walking distance from me. (My intention is to find a similar situation in Tampa, however I do not count on that at all, Tampa is like a Junior varsity Miami, just like Miami is a J.V. NYC.)
5) I will miss going to Dolphins games, however I am such an NFL WHORE that It will be quickly replaced by going to BUCS games.
6) There are a few women, I probably was still to scarred from the Shenanigans of My Ex to truly commit to any of you, but even the ones who were just using me, like I used them, I enjoyed the time we spent together. I am finding myself much less worried about the Ex now, as I continue to work on just being the father of her children and not her partner, ... but you know--- its the old, Lots of fish in the sea thing.
7) I will miss working on my own schedule. True. lately the workload dictated that my own schedule included 16 hour days but still, it was my own. The new job, though filled with lots of other opportunities and perks and offsets is still a go to work at 8 Am in the morning type of thing and then even though it says leave at 5 p.m. I truly understand my job is to get in there before my boss and only leave after he does and by the way I have no Idea what that means right now? Is my new boss a guy that comes in at 5 AM and leaves at 8 P.m? cause if he is then holy moly I am screwed.
8) The El-Malecon. This is a cheesy little restaurant across the street that serves breakfast ... I love that place
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anyhow, There are many more things I will miss about Miami, but even though Tampa Traffic will suck, there is no way it will suck as bad as this southflorida Bullshit.
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I also dread the whole process of moving. but that will be another post, later on, when I actually do it. -- I am still in South Florida for another month or so....

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

a chance encounter with an old friend

Today, while out in the world trying to earn some bucks, I had some time to kill between two of my appointments. I was in the heart of Broward County somewhere and decided to just walk around a nearby mall, look at stuff, Be American, be a consumer, Christmas is coming soon.
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As I was minding my own business, almost ready to leave, I saw someone that I hadn't seen since the early to mid 90's. This was someone I had known pretty well back then. She was at my wedding, I was at hers. She had married one of my best friends, who for the purposes of this blog I will call NTF. They got divorced around 1994 or so, maybe 1995, its all a blur, but back in the day, she was one of my people. We hung together. She was a friend of mine.
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When they got divorced, and she moved away to Virginia, we lost track, and then today, while I was killing time in a mall somewhere up north in Broward County, I saw her. It had been a long time, so I wasn't a hundred percent sure it was her, so I followed her like a common stalker. She was walking fast, and I almost gave up without being sure it was even her, but I didn't, and it was.
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She still lives up North, and was just down for a little vacation and just happened to be in that mall at the same time I was. A mall that she, nor I never go to, ever, except for today. It was good to talk to her. It made me think about the old days. She is still as beautiful and outgoing as she ever was, and seems to be doing well for herself.
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I find this chance encounter quite remarkable, so I am remarking on it in my blog tonight.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A commentary on America as a whole.

This post is going to be long and convoluted, and twisting, and probably with lots of tangential stuff to go along with it, but you don't have to know Calculus to be able to understand it on the surface level. In the end, it is me complaining about a problem I had today. Not an earth shattering issue or anything like that, but still it affected me. It will end up costing me money that I didn't know I was going to be spending today when I woke up. This post is Just Like Calculus itself, a long and messy way to talk about an outcome in Math, Except this is a long and messy way to talk about one little thing that happened to me towards the end of the day. Much like they use Calculus to figure out how Commercial airliners flying into one hundred plus story buildings causes them to collapse, or why a heat shield on a space shuttle needs to stay on the actual shuttle itself, This post is about that. It is a a commentary on America, both good and bad, but more importantly it is a commentary on Miami Hurricane Football, Gas prices in America, and the overall ingenuity of overcoming obstacles. You will certainly be able to understand the words, and then the sentences, and even the paragraphs, but in the end I don't know if it ties together or not, just like Calculus is math, but not math that normal people use. This post is a bunch of letters and sentences that probably doesn't make any sense either, except maybe to me.
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Because I opened this post with a metaphor about Calculus and confusion, I have A tangential thought about me and calculus. Which is also a true story. A story I have told to some people before, so if you heard it from my mouth, now you can read it in my blog.
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I am a College Graduate. I have a Degree in Business Management. Part of the requirements to get that degree was to pass Calculus. I went to an accredited University in America. I earned a Bachelors in Business Management, in which one of the requirements was to get at least A "C" in Calculus, and I did that.
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At no time in my life, including now, but more importantly then, when I earned that "C", have I ever understood Calculus. Also, I did not Cheat to get that "C" in Calculus. I passed Calculus because I knew that I had to, in order to reach my goal of earning a College Degree in Business Management, and calculus was just some bullshit that I had to jump through to get it. This is something I am proud of and speaks to the American way itself. (Bill pats himself on the back)
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Here is how I did it. First I had to take an uncredited remedial Algebra course in order to get into Algebra 2, which I did, and then in Algebra 2, and following that, Geometry and all that other math stuff, they gave me college credits.
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I got "C's" but I sort of understood large portions of algebra and normal math and stuff, or at least some of it. I can actually do some algebra to this day. I was Just like a student is supposed to be. Get a class, listen to the professors, do the homework, figure it out blah blah blah. After all that, I had finally qualified myself to take Calculus, which, as I said before, I wasn't doing because I gave a shit, but because it was a requirement.
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I took that class, and then just before the deadline to drop it, and not have it reflect on my grades, I dumped that stupid thing and went skiing most of the rest of that semester on the Fridays. (Calculus met Mon,Tues, Thurs and Fridays, all my other classes were Mon thru Thurs, it just made better sense to have three day weekends which is another reason Calculus sucked.) Good for me, because I was failing it miserably, even though I went to every class and tried to do the homework and stuff. I was failing it when I dropped it. Then the next semester I took it again, and again failing it just before the deadline, I dropped it. The following semester, I took it again, and you can probably see the pattern. I dropped it again. (I can ski narrow ass double black diamonds with moguls though, not many Florida boys can do that and I thank Calculus class for that ability of mine.)
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Then on the fourth time I took the class, I had an A going into the drop deadline and I did NOT drop it. I had that "A" because I kept all my notes from all the other times, and maybe some of it absorbed into my skin or something. I studied the answers, and even though the questions weren't necessarily the same, I had been through it enough, that the tests I had taken up until the drop deadline were similar enough. I knew more about what the answers were then the actual math underlying it, that I ended up having that "A", but I didn't know how the hell it worked at all.
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So for the last half of that semester I was like Jimmy Johnson winning his third Nextel Cup, I just had to ride out the lead, finish the second semester tests, and not wreck the ride or fail to finish. I could make "f"s , They just couldn't be really bad "F's". Jimmy Johnson just had to come in 36th or better at Homestead to win his third Cup. Basically he had to not wreck, and I had to have "good "f"s'", they had to be the kind of "f"s that are almost "d"s, They had to be the kind of "f"'s' from a made for T.V. after school special. "f"s' that yes,,,,, they are street thugs, but, you know, good hearted street thugs, and I would do it. I hired a tutor, and I studied, and I paid attention and I made the Best "f"s I knew how, and in the end, I got a "C" and that is how I passed Calculus without understanding any of it. Also the Tutor I hired, she was hot, but nothing ever happened, other then doing Math at the Library. That's my Calculus story.
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But then today I saw this:
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That is a true Gas Price in America. a buckninetyfiveandninetenths. look, I did well in college in my Economics classes and understand supply and demand and capitalism in general, but when I saw this today I was shocked enough that I took the time to get the camera out and take a picture of it, then I siphoned out all the $2. 27 a gallon gas that I already had in my car just so I could have some of this nectar of the Middle East. ....Okay, I didn't really do that part, but I had used up all the $2.27 stuff in the millions of miles I drove today, and after I filled my tank with this buckninetyfiveandninetenths stuff, I swear to goodness my car had some more swagger. Kind of like the University of Miami had, till they went in to see those Engineers from Georgia Tech tonight, every single one of those Rambling Wreck players probably clearly understand Calculus. They won't let you in to Georgia Tech without a clear understanding of Calculus, even if you can bench 490 and run a 4.3 forty. That's a damn Engineering school, and calculus evidently has something to do with engineering, and they beat down the Hurricanes tonight.
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I am betting No one on the Georgia Tech Football team can ski skinny ass double black diamond mogul infested mountains though, And Hurricane Football? That reminds me of Auburn Football. They are basically the same thing. Kind of lackluster, wondering who they are, except Miami Football has Palm trees and hot ass coeds and Auburn Football has toilet paper on oak trees. Other then that, same thing. Which brings me to this:
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After filling up my American made automobile with the Middle Eastern supplied gasoline, I went to the next job. Many of you know my job is as an Insurance Adjuster. I look at damaged property, and write estimates, interpret insurance policies, do a little tiny bit of Algebra but mostly the math I do is addition and subtraction with a little bit of multiplication. All stuff I am capable of. I use tools to do this, including a software estimating program, Calculators, Cameras, Measuring Lasers, My ladder, etc. Well today, After my car filled up on all its swagger, and then I drove it to the last home of the day thinking about the possibility of the University of Miami actually winning the ACC, while simultaneously thinking of a couple of women that I know, and the overall joy of another day almost done earning the mighty American dollar, I had a tragic thing happen. I fell off my ladder. The same ladder that you can read about over in my side bar as one of my favorite posts. It wasn't my fault though, It was the ladder. It broke. Somewhere some ladder Engineer knows how to ski really well, but he doesn't understand engineering and at the heart of Engineering he probably doesn't understand Calculus. Which, Is okay for me. Not so much for the people that engineer ladders. In the end the 32 cents a gallon that I saved from my normal gasoline consumption, times about the ten Gallons I bought? That savings is not going to get me a new ladder, and its not going to get The Hurricanes a shot at the ACC championship. Ultimately my broken super ladder not only makes me sad because its going to cost me about $300 bucks to replace it, but it makes me question Engineers as a whole. Those guys should have similar Stories to mine in passing English, or History, Psychology, Economics etc. But how can you make a ladder that is supposed to hold up to a 300 pound guy, and a little skinny 245 pound dude crushes it? (and to all you that dont know me, it is a SVELTE 245 with Mostly Muscle from my body building days and just a little tiny bit of a belly) --- Shame on all the engineers that are really good skiiers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Metaphorical treadmill

The Billster is Running on a Metaphorical treadmill. This is a fancy treadmill with all types of rules. Rule 1, You have to run at a 6 minute mile pace. Rule 2, its a marathon and not just one mile. It is day in and day out. if you walk for 30 seconds at a 14 minute mile pace that means you have to double time the other five minutes and thirty seconds to be able to keep the six minute mile pace. --- If you dont make the six minute mile pace, then the next thing that happens is everyone that is counting on me to keep this pace will get mad at me for not being able to do it. I will suffer if I dont, and I will suffer when I do, because lets face it, Running that fast for that long just hurts. .... its a brutal conundrum so I just run and run and run..... Also sometimes I think maybe the treadmill is going to break down which will cause me to not be able to make the six minute mile pace, and again not making it is unacceptable even if its not because of my efforts. Even if the treadmill I am riding breaks down.
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I am talking about finding another treadmill but even thats hard. the new treadmill is in a city about 5 hours away and getting off this treadmill to go see the man about that treadmill is an effort in itself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A summary post of missed blogging days

There goes a whole week without me posting in my blog. Doubt anyone missed me, however I did notice I still got about 15 hits from unique different computers, even today, which is 7 days after not putting up anything. Thanks for checking in! Normally when I am posting day to day it is around 100 or so, or Somewhere in that vicinity.
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Bottom line is this, Since I last posted I have been working my ass off and just have not made the time to come here and write stupid stuff like I normally do.
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As Summary, That job I posted about on the 11th, they called me back and want a second interview. I have discussed this with them and we set it up, but then they called back today and wanted to reschedule. They said a guy they wanted me to see would be there on Wednesday and Thursday so I set it up for this Thursday, but then they called me back today and said, oops sorry, has to be tomorrow, so I told them I was busy. Its like I am a woman and they are a guy and I am playing hard to get. Seriously thats not what it is, I have a schedule and stuff planned for tomorrow already.
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Anyhow I want the job, but only if it pays the right money and It is not yet appropriate to ask about that. The time to discuss money is when they offer the job. I already have a job and even though this one would be easier to do, it would also need to pay as much or maybe even a little more, either way. I want it, but dont need it and that is the best way to be when negotiating.
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I also had a couple of other friends tell me about a job I think I could probably get and live in Gainesville again, but I ran the math and it wouldnt work. The fact is, it would be something I would love to do, but initially it would not be enough dollars to pay all the stuff I have to pay because of my prior ability to screw my life up.
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I could have gone to the Dolphins Raiders game, but I chose to work on Sunday instead. That sucked. Then, I did work but not as much as I should have.
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I met a woman this past week and I think she likes me but I didnt follow through because I suck.
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I am pretty sure she was flirting with me , but I liked her so much, the rejection that I anticipated was not worth the chance. Normally in bars and stuff I dont think like that at all. I just dont care, but in this situation The fear got me. I am going to meet up with her again though soon and will build my courage, and she will gun me down then, or she wont. Hoping she doesnt gun me down.
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The Ducks in Weston Florida are a lot nicer then the ducks in Gainesville.
While working in the field in Weston today I ran across this fella.
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This Duck looks almost exactly like the bully duck from Gainesville, but he was in Weston Florida and he didn't attack me at all. I think Weston Florida Ducks are more suburban and less likely to attack, I was ready though, and would have not run this time if he tried anything at all, I would have stood in and just got my licks in until he backed down or I was a man that got beat up by a duck. Right now My duck fighting record is 0-0 -1. I am like Donovan McNab and didnt know you could tie a duck fight but went out and did it in my first Duck fight ever.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bill the Jockey or Bill the groomsman: A metaphor

Had a day without fighting any ducks, so that was good.
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Drove a billion miles though and met with some guys about riding a horse. I dont think, that they think I am the right jockey, although they did not say that directly in the interview. It is just a feeling, based upon the way the thing ended. So who knows, maybe they will call me in a few days and offer me a ride. We talked about stuff I know about and we talked about riding that horse. I told them about the horse I used to ride, and they questioned why I dont ride that one anymore. I explained the dismounting, and the stable job that I have now. Bottom line is that the reason I dont ride horses anymore, and instead, work in the stable grooming them is because of my own stupidity.
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Here is the thing though, my grooming of the horses is as profitable as riding them was, or at least almost, and I have my dignity in tact so that is good. I work for my money and I earn it, and sometimes I enjoy just brushing the beast down instead of worrying about how she runs.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Duck fights in Gainesville

Saturday morning I punched a duck, right in his little duck sternum.
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The hotel I am staying at was sold out of the newspaper, but fortunately there is a shell station just down the road. My Daughter was still asleep and my son was playing webkins on the computer. I told them where I was going, and that I would be right back.
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Between the hotel we are staying at, and the shell station, there is a pond with ducks. I was on my journey to secure knowledge and black ink on white paper, minding my own business when a duck attacked me. He just bull rushed into my calves. It startled me and taking from ancient DNA within my very soul, I did the first of two things when confronted with evil. I ran. At first I didn't understand what was going on but as I looked back while running, I saw the duck come off the ground and start flying after me. It was quite a bizarre situation. I turned around as the duck was chasing me down, and then when he got close enough, and before he landed on my head and did god knows what he was going to do, I did the second thing that is programmed into my DNA. I fought back. I punched him in his little duck sternum.
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This dropped him to the ground and I again ran. I don't want to really admit it here, but evidently one right jab from the billster was not enough to make the Duck think about his actions. After punching him I ran again, and I guess as he gathered his senses it took awhile but he once again pursued me, all the way to the shell station. I went in to the store and that duck was just standing out by the curb waiting for me. He is a Duck bully.
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I told the cashier what happened and at first she didn't believe me but soon I convinced her and she gave me a piece of hotdog bread. As I walked back out of the shell station on my way back the duck started waddling after me like he wasn't finished attacking me. This was when I threw down the bread crumbs and saved myself from further duck fighting.
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True story ....

Friday, November 7, 2008

The 332 to the 352

Doing the 332 to the 352 today. Except I am gonna add a little to it today to once again see what happens when you leave oil on a hot stove and then fall asleep.
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About a month ago I ragged out my front bumper on a curb and a week ago I did it again, and now My ride rolls with a bit of duct tape holding the bumper together. I bought a special pretty green color duct tape to represent, well, to represent nothing , but it does stand out more then the silver. Never saw green duct tape and as it cost the same price as the silver, I figured why not treat myself. I am worth it!
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Don't do that with ketchup though, I once bought a bottle of that stuff when it first came out because they said it tasted exactly like normal ketchup and I suppose it did, but looking at your hotdog with that Green ketchup draped all over it will flick a neuron in your brain that something is just flat out WRONG. Kid you not, Threw the bottle away after that. Luckily my brain is okay with different colored duct tape.
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Also, Spellcheck is telling me that hotdog is not one word. I disagree and have left it in that way. To hell with spellcheck. What if the person who programmed that thing can't spell himself?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Shout out to Mr. Peter Buckley

Reading this weeks Sports Illustrated, I came across this nugget. A British Boxer, Peter Buckley, had his last fight this past Friday, which he won. It was his 300th and final fight. He finished his career with a record of 32-256-12. Before he won his last fight, he had a string of 88 straight bouts that he had lost or drawn. Talk about a tough way to make a living. Boxing in general, but then getting your ass kicked that much for that long? Wow!
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The guy he beat up has only been in two fights. Both against Buckley. His record? 0-1-1. Don't think that guy is going to last another 298.
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So the staff here at STUFFYOUTHINKYOUNEED is giving a shout out to Mr. Buckley. You sir have persevered.
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Getting up and grinding it out to make a living is one key to being successful.

O'bama's Acceptance Speach was moving.

That was an awesome thing to watch and be a part of last night.
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We elected the 44th president of the United States on November 4th, and although the guy I voted for did not win, as a U.S. Citizen, it warms my heart that we did it the way we always do. We did it the right way, without bloodshed. The cynic in me discounts politicians as a whole, This one in particular, because of his beliefs regarding what is best for my money, but the American in me, the patriot in me, was truly moved.
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It makes me proud that we elected a black man to the highest office in the land, when less then a 143 years ago he would have been a slave. That is a testament to his aura, but also to us as a country.
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I was moved by Senator McCain's concession speech. It was eloquent, it was dignified and it was excellent in its tone and its message.
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I was more moved and more impressed by President Elect O'bama's speech. It was also all those things that McCain's speech was, but it was more. It was legendary. The man has some Charisma and he may be the finest speaker I have ever seen. That was a unifying speech that spoke to everyone. It spoke to his supporters, His family, and his daughters are going to get a puppy. It spoke to his opponents, It spoke to the terrorist and to the world. It spoke to me. It was a bunch of words, but those words had power. They had power because of what they meant, but also because of who was saying them.
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They had power because more people voted in this election then any other election in the history of America and that happened because of him. I believe the man is a leader, though I question some of the places he wants to lead us, I don't doubt that he will do what he thinks is best and the force of his charisma will help him do that.
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I didn't vote for him because the main issues I struggle with and have my whole life is financial, and I believe his intentions are to make that struggle harder on me, but I do believe that he will make stuff happen one way or the other.
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He said it first, He is our president. Even those of us who did not vote for him. He is our guy now. He is the leader of the greatest country in the World and he is MY President also.
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I know that in the future he will make decisions that impact my life and I do fear some of those decisions will be negative. He is the boss now and he is running my country. Be Wise Mr. Obama, and be true to your word, Listen to those of us that disagree with your policies but don't just listen, hear us as well.
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Good Luck President Elect O'bama

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A year ago today

A year ago yesterday, a friend of mine got married. A year ago today, the Dallas Cowboys played the New England Patriots in a regular season football game that the Patriots won. A year ago today I lived in a tiny little shack in Gainesville Florida. A year ago today My Mom died. A year ago today I cried a little bit.
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Its hard to believe that a full year has gone by now. Time really does fly. In that time I have moved to Miami, Got divorced, Have had to borrow money to make normal monthly bills on more then one occasion, and have travelled back to Gainesville every third weekend to see my kids. I have made one new friend here in Miami so far, and a few acquaintances. I have worked in this City and area, and have lived here for almost a full year now.
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It seems like it is getting easier, but it is lonely, and it is different. I like living in a big city, Not as much as I liked living in Gainesville, but still, its a new thing for me and I think I am adjusting well. Its hard being slightly shy of 1/6th of a dad (35 days of weekends and 21 days in the summer and spring break, means I see my kids about 56 days of the year. which is almost two months, hence 1/6th dad) but I am even getting used to that.
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Overall its been 365 days since last November 4th and lots of living has gone on for me, My mom, not so much, although listening to some of the zen stuff that I do, there is a possibility that spirit goes on. It is just energy, I think, Maybe, who knows. Anyways Mom, I miss you and hope whatever happens after you are dead is a good thing.

Quick somebody watch my still

I need Somebody to watch my still, while I go into town to Vote.... To paraphrase Jimmy Buffet.
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Hope he doesn't win, but I think it is beyond cool that a black man is on that ticket. We have come a long way as a nation

Monday, November 3, 2008

A good thing Mr. O'bama said

Reality is that Senator O'Bama will Probably be the next President of the United States.
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I think that is a mistake, but I have resigned myself to that probability. I am going to do my part by voting against him. (I will vote for McCain, but again, Just the lesser of two evils, so I think of it more as voting against O'bama then For McCain.)
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HOWEVER -- at half time of tonight's Monday Night Football Game, Mr. O'bama said something that I did enjoy hearing. He said that we need a College Football Playoff system. AMEN Mr. O'bama, AMEN... It will suck if he is the president, and I know he didn't say that he would get us a system, just that he thinks we need one. I don't think the President of the United States can make it happen, however, it is a powerful position and his saying so may, or could have some kind of an influence on that whole thing. So Mr. Obama, while you are busy taking all our money to "redistribute it" At least talk about that some more. I have been thinking that same thing for as long as I can remember. Bring me that Joy Mr. O'bama, PLEASE. Before we vote you out in 2012 at least get that done.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Gators are good

The Florida Gator Football team is pretty good. Love watching me some blowouts.
Hope when its late in the game we rub it in on em a little bit because of last year.

Another E-mail I recently received

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Subject: Fellow Business Owners
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Fellow Business Owners: As a Business owner who employs 70 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama, will be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees, will go up in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, I figure, that the customer will have to see an increase in my fees to them of about, 8%. I will also have to lay off six of my employees. This really bothered me as I believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who will have to go.

So, this is what I did. I strolled thru the parking lot and found, eight Obama bumper stickers on my employees cars. I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can't think of another fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know.

I am sending this letter to all business owners that I know.(Unsigned)

Happiness because of an Ice Spewer thingy

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One of my favorite things of all time is my Refrigerator Ice spewer thingy. That's right, it has come to this for the billster. My freezer door has a little opening in it and you can put a cup in there and push the lever, and voila, Ice gets crushed and shot down into my cup! It is so much easier then opening the door and reaching in and actually grabbing the ice to put in the cup.
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Sometimes I get Ice just to get it, because its so cool! A little wasteful in the sense that I may have just put some Ice in a cup but didn't really want or need Ice, just needed to have it plop in the cup.
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I don't think its normal to like something as simple as this like I do, but I can't help myself Its just cool.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The life

Kirk Herbstreit is Cool. I have a man crush on the dude. Not in a Gay way, but in the admiration of his life kind of way.
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Again, not gay, but he is a good looking guy. So he has that going for him.
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But that's just the start. His job is to go to the college town in America that has one of the Best College Football games in all the land, on any particular Saturday. The company he works for PAYS him to do that. Then what he has to do is hang out with the Coaches of the respective teams and talk football with them to find out nuances about the teams that are playing.
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His company flies him in on their dime. They put him up in nice hotels and then he has to do that thing, like I said above, where he has to talk football with football coaches and stuff. That's his job. do you understand that? The Mans Job is to go to different college towns, talk with college coaches and players and then America about FOOTBALL. COLLEGE FREAKING FOOTBALL. That's what he does for a LIVING. I am in awe of that.
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Then he has to go on TV and talk about football some more to America.
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That is so cool. Plus, The company not only pays his air fair and hotel bills and put him on the T.V. but they also pay him a bunch of money to do that.
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Remember, He is a good looking, famous guy who goes all around to different college towns all over America, and you know who lives in College towns? College WOMEN, that's who live in those towns. Now, he is married, and I just assume he is faithful to his wife and all, but DAMN if he was single the dude could be legendary with the amount of scoring he could be doing.
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Seriously, Is that the life or what?
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So in summary: women dig him, His job is to watch and talk about football with coaches and players, and then be cool on T.V. while talking about football to America ...These are all things I think I would enjoy. women digging me, talking football for a living, and of course getting paid allot of money to do all that. Yes sir Kirk, I admire the life you have built for yourself.

Bar Stool Economics

An E-mail going around the internet and now re-printed here on my blog.


Bar stool economics
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Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
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If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.The fifth would pay $1.The sixth would pay $3.The seventh would pay $7.The eighth would pay $12.The ninth would pay $18.The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
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So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected.They would still drink for free.But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33.But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. And so: The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%! savings) . The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!""Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man."I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!""That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison."We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor! "The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier. For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible. David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.Professor of EconomicsUniversityof Georgia
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Thanks Dr. Kamerschen for filling a post on my blog



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FL vs GA Week

Here it is Wednesday of the Fl, UGA week, and although I have been thinking about it alot, I havent even mentioned it in my blog. so there you go. ITS FL UGA week and for a little over 3 hours this Saturday all worries will be forgotten, all problems put on the back burner except for the ones the mighty Gators will face during the game. THOSE will be the things I worry about then, and the only thing I will be able to do is YELL at the freaking T.V. about them. -- Or Maybe like the last Four weeks we will blow the bulldogs out also? Then even if we give them a safety or something late in the game, it will be something like 63 to 5 and it really wont be that big a deal to me? -- I think however we are going to have one of those back and forth affairs which are fun also but much more stressful.

Hello Day

To feel like a paper towel on a roll of paper towels is what it felt like getting up this morning.
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My alarm went off and I put it on snooze. As I layed there in bed knowing I had to get up and face the day and all the stuff ahead of me, I imagined I was a paper towel on a roll of paper towels. The bed was the roll, and I was an individual towel. I had to rip myself off from the roll so that I could get to work on cleaning up the spills. Sometimes when you rip the individual towels it doesn't come with a perfect tear. sometimes you get a little edge off from the next sheet , and now the roll isn't all clean cut anymore. You have to be more careful tearing that next piece off so that the roll is even. That's the equivalent of making the bed, all the while wishing you could still be attached to the roll itself, and didn't have to go about the business of cleaning up spills and stuff.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jim Tressel sweater vest wearing weather and I missed it.

Some guys wear Bow ties. That's their thing. Andrew Sorenson who was or maybe even still is the President of the University of Alabama wears them, that's just what he does. Dhani Jones wears them. He plays Linebacker for the Bengals. Even has his own company that makes them.
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Barry Goldwater was Huge with the bolo tie thing before he passed away. (side note, true story, I went to college in Arizona and one day I pulled my car up behind a Black sedan with tinted windows and the license plate read: AU H2O, which are the symbols for Gold and water which if your name was GoldWater that would be the perfect plate to have, and yes it was him)
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Other guys wear Hats. David Garard the QB for the Jax Jags thinks its still the forties or something the way he sports those fedoras.
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Me I am a sweater vest guy, Except I am not. I Like the whole sweater vest look, but I live in the tropics. Back in the day when I lived in North Central Florida our winter was more then 4 or 5 random days between October and February so I could sport it a little. Jim Tressel basically stole that signature look from me. Except now not so much. So much to my chagrin when I walked all the way down my hall today, waited for the elevator, caught the elevator, rode down to the lobby and finally walked out the door to find that it was actually sweater vest wearing weather and I didn't sport one. How devastating for the billster. I contemplated going back up to get one on, but then knew I was running late for my day and didn't. Tomorrow though its supposed to be the same. Watch out Jim Tressel. I am going to be sporting it tomorrow!!!

A poem sent to me by a friend

Another E-mail I received today: Man you guys with these E-mails are writing my blog for me!
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'Twas the night before elections > And all through the town > Tempers were flaring > Emotions all up and down! > > I, in my bathrobe > With a dog in my lap > Had cut off the TV > Tired of political crap.> > When all of a sudden > There arose such a noise > I peered out of my window > Saw Obama and his boys > > They had come for my wallet > They wanted my pay > To give to the others > Who had not worked a day! > > He snatched up my money > And quick as a wink > Jumped back on his bandwagon > As I gagged from the stink > > He then rallied his henchmen > Who were pulling his cart > I could tell they were out > To tear my country apart! > > "On Fannie, on Freddie, > On Biden and Ayers! > On Acorn, On Pelosi" > He screamed at the pairs! > > They took off for his cause > And as he flew out of sight > I heard him laugh at the nation > Who wouldn't stand up and fight! > > So I leave you to think > On this one final note- > IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM > GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!>

Monday, October 27, 2008

Two Guys not drinking the kool aid.

I received this E-mail Tonight, I cut it and pasted it here in my blog:


"In a local restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--justImagine the coincidence. When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained To him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank The server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money He did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application."
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I hope this was a true thing, It probably wasn't, but Just the thought of how Bad O'bama is going to screw us and the fact that Probably More then Half of The people that vote dont see this or dont care. OR know that they are the ones that the wealth is going to get "re-distributed to" just eats me up. His party has better views on Stem Cell research, They also are more in line with my thinking on Roe V Wade and all that, but please, Those issues are secondary when it comes down to it.
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And listen, I DONT make 250 k a year which is the Magic number O'bama says means you deserve to have your money "redistributed at" But I also dont think making 250k is out of the realm of possibility for me down the road in a few years. (Gotta Have hope right?) Plus I dont believe the Number is really 250k, I think that is a lie that he tells in order to get elected. I am pretty sure the real number is Much closer to around 60k or so.
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Also, Today driving down the road I saw this guy:
Thats just funny. Me and That guy aren't driking the O'Bama Kool Aid. I know of others as well, But all you Obama people, you have this thing LOCKED up, If I were you I would not waste my time even voting on the 4th, because like I said, You have locked it all up!
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Night blues coming on

Sunday Night Blues. I am sure everyone gets them and some days they are worse then the others. Stupid Monday is coming. She is on her way ready to put the beatdown on you and what have you. I could have done more today in the way of work to be better off going into Monday but at some point you have to just take what you can get and play catchup on Monday. I intend to drink a few beers tonight, watch a little World Series Action and go to bed and get up ready to go On Monday. --Just another day in paradise though

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Ohio State.

What about waking up in the morning and pulling for OHIO STATE to beat someone. Thats kind of a different thing for the Billster.
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The Team I root for is of course the Gators, and it would be helpful to them if OHIO STATE can put an "L" on Penn State.
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I still believe that if we run the table, our one loss team will be in a better position then any other one loss team to be ranked at least number 2, and have the opportunity to come on down to Miami for the NC.
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If Penn State wins today then I believe they will run the rest of their schedule undefeated and take up one of those slots.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

a look ahead to the wonderfulness that is Friday

The beauty of a Friday. Working my butt off tomorrow but then at the end of the day I will have clocked down a fruitful week. Friday Night I am going to have a few drinks with a friend, Hopefully, the woman has stood me up quite a bit in the past, and then Saturday is Gator Game Day. Not going to the game in Gainesville this weekend, but will watch it at an establishment with other clear headed Gator fans. Then Sunday I think the Fish Will beat down the Bills for only their second loss of the season. I just feel it. Hopefully I will see it on that day as well. Also I picked up Ricky Williams to replace the injurred Reggie Bush so come on Sparano give him the rock ...
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Next week will come soon enough, and it is already kind of ugly looking with lots of stupid windshield time, but I will deal with that like the waiter deals with the customers that get sat down at their tables. I will bring the soup, and will make sure no flies are in it as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Here is to Shoulder shrugs and neck rolls

Just thinking out loud, and I can do that well, because of this blog. I could keep it all in my head like most men would, or I could let it out. Just put it out on the Internet.
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My life is very bumpity. It has ups and downs and it has lots of setbacks and a few good things that happen here and their. It seems like I always do better by night time. Mornings and days bring challenges, and sometimes... Okay, most of the time I meet the challenges. Not always, but most of the time.

My problems aren't like being a waiter in a restaurant type of challenges, where you have the stupid customer that is difficult and kind of snooty and basically just an asshole, but you know you cant just rip into him because then you might put your job in a fix. Those customers will come in and sit at your station and give you some shit, but at the end of the night, when you go home, they have also, and the next day is a new one.
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No, my problems stick around, Its like a customer who just never leaves. You come in to work your shift, but every day that same customer is sitting at that table bitching about the soup being cold or god forbid a fly is floating around in it. Like I give a shit if you have a fly in your soup, but because I am a waiter, I have to act like it. You probably sleep in a dump you asshole, and flys follow you around and they don't live for very long, so it was probably on your body and just fell in the soup, but to you its just an opportunity to bitch at me. Don't worry about the fly in your soup, worry that you are such a dickhead that I spit in it.
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No, Those aren't the kinds of things that I worry about, because really, my problems are like being born with a big head. You can't help you were born with a big head that is out sized for your body. That's not your fault. But your big head doesn't just bitch at you some and then pay the bill and stiff you on your tip and go home. No, your big head just stays on top of your neck day in and day out. That's the type of problems I have. Problems that just don't go away at the end of the shift.
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So what do you do? You work out on developing your neck muscles and your shoulders so that your big head looks more proportionate. That's what you do. Every day you do shoulder shrugs and neck rolls. You look in the mirror and realize you have a big head and say to yourself, I can't shrink this big old Mellon of mine but I can make it more symmetrical and more in line with my body by getting those neck muscles to look like the big head belongs.
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Some days its not the big head that gets you. Remember, you work on it and develop your neck and shoulders so you are okay with the big head, but then it gets you in a sneaky way. Like when you go to buy a hat or something but they don't make it in your size? Its like you overcame the big head problem that you have with all the neck and shoulder workouts, but then reality sets in and you can't buy a hat because they don't make them that big. Your lack of hatness then becomes another problem, so you end up being okay with the size of your Mellon but damn you wish you had a hat that fit. So the next day when you are waiting on that asshole it turns out his job is: hat maker. Damn, good thing you never told him he was an asshole and the fly in his soup should be the worse of his problems with the soup. No it turns out your buddy the asshole customer has the hat making ability to help you out, so you suck it up.
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This is all a metaphor though, My head, though large, is not abnormally large and really I have such beautiful hair I don't really need a hat or anything and of course I am not a waiter.
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I think I had to many Percoset tonight, cause it feels like someone punched me in my jawbone. Or you know, it did until I had the previously mentioned multiple Percoset. Its like I had to pay a guy this afternoon to punch me in my jaw, but really he just took drills and needles and gutted my mouth all up. He says the Root Canal is all done now, but I still get the joy of the crown coming up. I had to put it off though for a few weeks until I can bank enough to pay that other dentist guy to also punch me. Its a race against the end of the Percoset bottle, verse when the crown goes on.
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Anyhow this all made sense to me. Tomorrow when I wake up I will see if it still does.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LSU had twelve players on the field for this one

Looks like LSU was cheating on this play. They apparently had twelve men on the field. Good for them though because its not cheating if you get away with it.

Love me some bumpy roads

Feeling the love from the inner being of my spirit tonight. I have gone through allot in the past year and a half, and I am stronger because of it. No one chooses to have their ass dragged from behind a truck on a rocky road, but if you find yourself hanging on to that very same truck, I hope that you can learn from it as well. The blood and cuts you get from the ride end up callousing over and makes your spirit stronger. The growth you get from the pain of the ride may make you a better person.
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Love me some bumpy roads.

Why I love America

I went to see the socialist candidate for President of the united States of America, but after walking down to the park and eyeing the security procedures I would have had to go through to get in the back of the park to hear him from about 3000 yards away, I just walked off instead. It was a nice little walk though and I probably burned some calories so thanks O'bama. I heard tiny little bits of his speech -- nothing of substance though. He didn't have loud speakers like he should have. Evidently the gist of the thing is that BUSH was a bad president and only he can solve the problem because HE would be a GOOD president ! I know I am like a fucking journalist here on this blog just breaking news for the masses. I did see some cool things and took some pictures though. I saw a bunch of Bicycle cops wearing shorts.



It is kind of like a Conga line of bicycle cops. I would wear black bootie short socks though like some of them at the end of the line myself if I was a bicycle cop. and look at the third guy in. Hey Bicycle cop dude, The 80's called, they want their calve length socks back.

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On the way back I saw this guy and his truck all decked out in some kind of party mode Urging everyone to VOTE for Barrack Obama. He had it in a little Heart shaped sign. Honestly. Is that necessary? The kool aid that all these O'bama people are drinking must be laced with angel pee. Seriously I get that he is a dynamic dude, I get that and I get that he can speak well and just by talking so beautifully it makes your heart go all flutter flutter. It doesn't even matter what he says to the O'Bama lovers because they are so Enamored with the word CHANGE. Look I get that he is going to be my president but who is going to feel worse four years from now? Me or all The Kool Aid drinking O'bama fans when they find out he is just a scummy politician and power hungry Harvard educated Lawyer?

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I did see a big old sign on the American Airlines Arena though. Tina Turner is coming to town in about 10 days. When I looked up at that building I saw some cops up on top with guns. I guess they were Snipers. Probably if they saw some one that was going to do harm to O'bama they would shoot them.

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Also I saw Tom Brady at the thing. I thought he was recuperating from Knee surgery but evidently its coming along well enough that he can walk down the street.
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Plus on the positive side, even though it was a rally for O'bama the most liberal, socialistic candidate that will soon be our president. The American spirit is alive and well. There were tons of Street vendors selling all kinds of stuff. Mostly O'bama "Change" T-shirts. but also water, and buttons and signs and flags and stuff. None of these people were actually with the candidate. they were out on the street where 45 thousand or so people were walking along selling. Using Capitalism at a socialistic rally. Damn How I love America.

Monday, October 20, 2008

An E-mail I received tonight

Greetings Downtowners: Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, 2008, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama will be holding a rally at our Bicentennial Park , located at 1075 Biscayne Blvd. The rally will begin at 6:00pm until 8:00pm. 20,000 to 40,000 people are expected to attend therefore you can expect traffic delays in our Downtown Area. The delays can start as early as 3:00pm., and may continue to well after 10:00pm. Also keep in mind that the Miami Heat will be having a game starting at 7:30pm. There are currently no plans to close any streets. Please find alternate routes in and out of Downtown, avoid using major streets and avenues. Residents will be assisted in and out of their buildings. Officers have been advised to allow residents in and out of their buildings.

Ofc. Wanda Mendez City Of Miami Police Dept. Downtown Neighborhood Resource Officer.
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He is going to jam up my neighborhood tomorrow as he hangs out down the street from me with all those adoring O'bama fans that can't see past his eloquence. I think I will go on down there and just listen to what he has to say just for kicks since I can walk to that park from my apartment.




Playing comeback tomorrow

Here is to living in the world of consequences --- I am freaking Exhausted --- so tonight no work for me, just football and going to bed early. I will pay for the slothfullness tomorrow when the expectations are not met. --- Thats okay, I can take it. And tomorrow I will be rested and ready to play comeback.
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I know I should be like the turtle and continue down the road but tonight I play rabbit and will try to sprint em down tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

To the Adrenaline Rush of a close series.

No doubt watching the Rays win tonight was a special thing to see. It was what makes Sports such a great thing. At that level of competition, with that intensity, with that city, and that franchise doing what they did all year, as well as in the playoffs, and against the establishment that is the Red Sox, .... Just Wow.
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I am just an observer here. I am not invested in the Rays, nor the Redsox. I am not really even invested in baseball. So from that perspective, I am just an average guy, A guy who always puts Football first. A guy who has watched maybe 8 innings total of playoff baseball this season before tonight, A guy who was just watching the ALCS because I was home, and it was on, and the Bucs were dominating the Seahawks, that was absolutely AWESOME!
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Looking forward to the World Series now. I am sure I wont even watch all of it but if they play a game 7 in that one, my T.V. will be on it, and probably even more then that. Wednesday is Game 1 and I don't see why I would not be watching that as well.
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Good Luck Ray's -- but not to much. I am just a fan and I want the drama and the tension to build and build. I am the guy who wants to see the Ray's win but I want to see it in seven, Not a sweep or even 4 to 1 ... Give me some more of that adrenaline you were pushing on us tonight.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Have a good weekend

Long day of travelling. Going to GNV via Sarasota today. Lots of windshield time, lots of sports talk chatter - crap fast food and peeing in those skanky gas station facilities. lots of boredom but at the end of the day I will be wrestling with my son and holding hands with my daughter.
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Took down the previous post, because when I read it this morning it just looked a little whiny, Thanks for the comment SCG much appreciated.
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Have a good weekend

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The one where Bill gets all Political

Best Debate yet tonight. Bottom line is that people who are for O'bama are not going to be swayed because they basically don't pay attention. They are so built in to not wanting President Bush to be elected again that they are blind to the fact that he is not running.
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We basically have a choice. In 19 days, I fear the American People are going to make the wrong decision. We have a choice between a good and decent man who believes in Capitalism or a Johnny come lately who believes in socialism. He Damn near believes in communism. If it is up to Mr. O'Bama the people who suck in America, and who live off others work will come out in mass. To them its a free ride. Mr. O'bama told that Plumber dude that basically we need to redistribute the wealth of America. That means it doesn't matter about your ability, or work ethic, it matters that people get something that is not due to them.
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We have two flawed candidates running for President, the choice isn't who is better but who is less worse. The less worse candidate is McCain. He is clearly the better of the two choices we have.
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McCain is a good Man and he doesn't believe I should have to work for the benefit of Others. Read Ayn Rands book, Atlas Shrugged. People of ability that just go on Strike. I don't want to work to subsidize the masses, I want to work for my family for my children and for myself. I Understand how awful O'Bama's ideals are. Look, O'bama is a clean well spoken man of accomplishment but he is a total socialist and he scares me with his ideals.
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I can't imagine being an American, if O'Bama becomes President. He is a total Joke not because he is not smart, he is . I hate that he is probably going to win and I hate that the most liberal senator in the entire senate is going to get elected as my President.
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Bottom line McCain worked O'bama tonight but the democrats dont care about the issues they just dont want Bush to be president again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

something to think about

If you have a bunch of money come in, and then you have a bunch of extra bills, are you mad at the bills for coming in and squashing your windfall? Or are you glad you had the money when the extra bills came in? Two ways to look at it I guess, and it will make you think ...
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I believe that the money came in because it was needed, and had the bills not also been coming, then maybe the money wouldnt have either, even though neither the bills or the money have anything to do with each other. Life just works that way. Without chaos, you cannot have stillness, and vice versa. Without Night there is no Day.
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When my daughter was about three years old she told me that having bills is good because it means you have money, and its true-- ever bill a homeless person for something?

13 and 1 here we come

One more thing, FLORIDA FOOTBALL IS A JOY TO WATCH. Okay, don't get me wrong, they lost to a team they shouldn't have, and then they made that loss seem even so much more depressing when they wore out LSU. How could a team that could do that to LSU lose to Ole Miss?
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But its like Life. Sometimes stupid stuff trips you up. Sometimes you get worked when you least expect it, but in the end, Florida Football is Wholesome and Good. Florida Football is NEIL ARMSTRONG walking on the moon. It's Kennedy's speach guaranteeing that would happen within the next ten years in 1960, and then sitting in front of your Black and White T.V. when Neil says those words in 1969: One Small Step For Man, One Giant leap for mankind.
Florida Football is about 92 thousand people showing up on a Saturday Night all willing and rooting for the same thing. It's about beautiful college women walking around in Sundresses, and Sunshine and the Bell tower standing tall. It's about drinking beer with your friends and its about eating Burgers.

So when you get little setbacks like Ole Miss beating you, then you just deal and go on to the next game and you wear Arkansas Out at Arkansas. Then you wear Out the number 4 team in the country. Then you take a week off, and in the week off, you commit to being humble and you think about OLE MISS beating you. USE that loss you Mighty Gators. DO NOT let that loss hurt you. Let it help you. USE it to think about how fragile life is and when I say Life thats more of a metaphor for COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Life doesnt care. Your bills have to get paid weather or not you made enough money to pay them or not. If you find yourself short, then Borrow it but of course pay it back. If you find its hard to Play at Noon, then just look at the starving kids in Africa or at the Genocide going on in Darfur. Look at 9/11 and look at the fact as a Nation we may elect a socialist to the highest office in the land. That is hard stuff, playing football at Noon, not so much in comparison.
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Twelve regular season games, one Championship game and then the bowl game. Fourteen Saturdays out of the 52 is all you get this year . One of those Saturdays turned out kind of bad already, but we have a 5 and 1 record now and only 8 to go ----13 and 1 is the place to end up and now that we have that new Time Machine of ours, No problems.

The Browns Play Pro Football

Tonights blog post has been self censored.
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Instead of that, I will just tell you how awesome the National Football League really is.
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My Goodness, the Browns just beat the Giants in a beautiful display, except for all the illegal procedure penalties. Man's will, Man's hopes and Man's Beliefs can actually overcome odds and better Football players as well. The Browns just proved that. It was a Buzz Saw they put on em. and it was awesome. The NFL has professional football players on ALL the teams, Hence the reason they call it the PRO'S .

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Gloat Post.

I am not sure when I went through it, nor even where I was at the time it happened. That's what people don't understand about time travel. Its pretty tricky stuff. This past Friday I drove up to Gainesville and on Saturday I watched the Gators take LSU out to the Wood shack out back, and just beat their asses like it was 1995.
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It was Like I was in the Mid- 1990's all over again, some damn time portal I went through brought me to a place I had been at before.
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Twelve years ago or so, that's how it was with Florida Football. Back then Number 4 type teams in all the land of college Football would come into the Swamp, and then the Gators would just put a beat down on them. Back then the teams were named Auburn or FSU or whatever. The other night they called them LSU. Number 4 team in the nation comes into the swamp, and not only do they get beat, but after its all over, LSU fans go what the fuck was that Buzz saw we just got caught up in?
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Grown men whose knowledge and love for the game is like mine, wonder out loud if maybe their school wont be lucky to play in the liberty bowl or something, when, before it started, they believed their school had National Championship type talent. The beat down wasn't just the score, but it included the questioning that comes into the minds of good people for the rest of the season. Its the kind of beat down that isn't just one Saturday in the fall but the type that makes LSU fans wonder if they could even beat Syracuse. It was bad, but no, you shouldn't disband your whole program and play badmitton or something going forward.
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There is allot to be said for the type of game where the lead changes back and forth and what not. Those close games are good also, but every once in awhile, after you take a bunch of crap, what you need is this. You need to watch the team you care about beat another team down. Not the Northern Illinoises of the world, but the previously un-beaten Defending National Champions. (even if it was the first and only two loss National Champions you may ever see) It just did my heart good. In fact, I feel guilty about it sort of, I mean LSU is a Nice Top Tier SEC school. People that Follow LSU Football understand their place in the world, and yet after it was over they are now wondering if they could even beat Syracuse.
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Afterwards, As I was driving back to the hotel, LSU fans were giving me shit, but they were doing it by pointing out that Yes, Maybe they took a beating that night, but at least Ole Miss didn't beat them. I just pointed out how they got beat down by a school that got beat by Ole Miss.
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Anyhow, To all the LSU people that will read this, and you know who you are, I do believe Yall could travel to Syracuse and beat them. Seriously, You could, and Badmitton is for Middle school kids, Get that out of your minds as well.