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Friday, June 22, 2007

Hopefully I don't do something dumb while driving to a site with my boss today...

Happy Friday everyone! We made it. Was it just me or did this week seem to really kind of drag on? I don't know, but it did for me.

Just gotta get through today and the weekend is here.

I have to go visit a customer today which I am absolutely THRILLED about. Not. And my boss is coming with me so that means that the chance of me saying something stupid quadruples. As my friend said to me the other day, 'Yeah, you do have that whole 'honesty' thing.. just don't talk and you're good'.

Ok. That's kinda hard to do when you're in a car with somebody for four hours... I'll just use some corporate buzz words and talk in corporate-speak and I think I'll be ok. Peel the onion! Low hanging fruit! I'll ping you on that!! (Ug.)

In the meantime, I've got a new story up at Faster Than The WORLD today so head on over and check that shit out!

Update:
Well I'm back, at 3:30 PM on a Friday. Can't complain about that! AND I didn't say anything dumb, as far as I know, so yay me! Driving down to the site with my boss was not bad. We just talked about movies and stuff.

I have to say, as managers go my current boss is pretty good. I've had some pretty horrendous managers over the years, some that have literally given me nightmares, so I should not complain about my current boss or give an impression that he is a bad guy. And no he does not know about this site (as far as I know) so I'm not just saying that. Ha.

Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Longest Day of the Year!

Happy Longest Day of the Year!

As much as I enjoy the fact that today is a very long day here in the good ol' Northern Hem, and we are lucky to have the sun shining here where I am today, I can't help but be reminded that the days start getting shorter from this point forward. Dammit. I think before the days start getting shorter we should get a week of nice, sunny 12 hour days first. It should be a requirement. Then after that, things can start getting shorter again.

Speaking of the days getting shorter, my kids start their Summer Vaycay today. I asked my Wife what the heck she is going to do with them now that they are home all day and she told me she had no idea. Maybe it's time to start learning about the character building values of doing house-hold chores. Ha. Somehow I don't think that will go over too big with them... Maybe a trip to the town pool and the playground would be more to their liking. Ya think?

The Sox took two out of three from Atlanta and are now back to a nice double digit lead in the A.L. East. I like that. I like it when the lead is two digits. When it's only a one digit lead, things feel too close. Anything 10 or over is nice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

All Social D, All the f-ing time...

Since I bought my Social Distortion tix for the Hampton N.H. show a few days ago, I've really been on a kick with their music. I mean, I listen to Social D a lot as it is, seeing as how they are my favorite band and all, but lately, I am basically submersing myself in their tunes.

Sure, I throw in a little Supersuckers, Johnny Cash, Slayer or George Strait in there too, but lately it's been mostly Social D all day every day around here.

After hearing their new song, 'Far Behind' recently, I have been unable to get away from it. I simply CANNOT get it out of my head. It is stuck there with glue of some kind and I find myself listening to it over and over and over again. Sometimes I just stick iTunes on repeat and listen to it two or three times in a row.

I hope when this new Greatest Hits record comes out I can download 'Far Behind' off of iTunes and it's not one of those deals where you have to buy the whole album to get one song. I hate that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It's got a hold of me, the Evil Powers of Rock and Roll.

God F'in DAMN there is just nothing like a Les Paul hooked straight in with the gain on high and nothing but a cry-baby between you, Les, and the amp.

It fucking rules dude.

So yeah, you may be getting a hint why the posting here has been somewhat light recently. I've been extending my creative energy into more fulfilling areas, ya know?

BUT on the flip side I've been eyeballing that M-Box sitting in my closet and I'm thinking it might be high time to record some shit. Even if it turns out to be shit. It's my shit. So there you go.

Maybe look for something in that area at some point soon over the next few weeks.. I've been thinking up some riffs that would get me into trouble driving. Basically music to speed to.

Thinking up the riffs is easy. Learning how to lay them down, that's another story. We'll see what happens..

Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial..

A friend of mine e-mailed these to me (and probably 165 other people, including you) but they made me laugh (or LOL) and gave me a needed mini-break from the mundane-ness of the office. So due to a substantial lack of anything else worthwhile or post-worthy, I am posting this list here for your enjoyment and LOLs.

THINGS YOU'D LOVE TO SAY OUT LOUD AT WORK

1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.

2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.

10. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...

11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.

14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you

16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial. (*My personal fav. LOL)

23. And your cry-baby [email protected] opinion would be...?

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell with a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic, & disorder-my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.

39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

40. Oh I get it... like humor... but different.

Friday, June 15, 2007

It's just not Friday without my Dunkin's sammitch in the morning..

Earlier this morning I walked out the door, jumped in the car and drove off, completely oblivious to the fact that my wallet was still sitting on the kitchen table. By the time I realized I had forgotten my wallet at home I was already half-way to work, so I am Dunkin's sammitch-less today.

It feels very, very weird not having my Dunkin's sammtich this morning. My Reward Friday routine is fully disrupted.

Thankfully I have plenty of gas in the car to get home because that is totally something I would do, walk out the door without my wallet and discover that it is missing when the 'hey dummy you're almost out of gas' light came on in my car..

In other un-interesting news, today is a half-day for me and I am leaving the office early! Woop! (Half-day? Must be nice...)

Today my kids are 'graduating' from pre-school and this afternoon the school is having a kid's parade to celebrate, so I will be heading out to see that extravaganza. I am not really sure why pre-schoolers need a graduation ceremony / parade, but they have fun with it so there you go. Good enough for me. And if it gets me out of work early on a Friday? Bonus!

Have a good weekend. Hopefully the Red Sox can remember how to win a game or two against The Giants over the next few days. It's Zito vs. Yo-Yo Tavarez tonight, or as I call it, Wack-job A vs. Wack-job B. Hopefully the Red Sox will come out on top in this battle of wack jobs. (Why does that sentence read as somewhat questionable to me? Hmmm. I can't wait to see how that phrase affects my search engine referrals. Phht.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Jr. to Hendrick frenzy...

Wow Infield Parking is getting totally bombarded right now. I am trying to get on there to read the forums and get the reaction from Jr.'s fans.

So far it seems that some people are extremely upset while others are pretty happy with the move. I guess that's basically what's to be expected.

Personally I am happy with the move. Let me say that I am not a Jeff Gordon fan and I'm not really a Jimmie Johnson fan either. I am not a hater of either of those two drivers either. I don't root for them to win but I don't throw a beer at the TV when they do. I do, however, respect both of them because they are both great drivers and that is an undeniable fact. Their accomplishments speak for themselves and that speaks for HMS as well.

Nor do I think that Hendrick is a cheater or that he gets special favors from NASCAR. I think that some of these 'NASCAR conspiracies' are ridiculous. Hendrick's teams win because he puts the resources he has at his disposal, $$$$, into his teams to enable them to do what is necessary to win. Winning breeds winning and winning makes money, which, guess what, helps you win.

It is also undeniable that Jr. at Hendrick's puts him in a place where he will win races, and that is his goal, to win races and his ultimate goal is to win championships..

I have read some comments stating that Dale Sr would be upset about this move if he were still alive. Well if The Inimidator were still alive this would not be happening because he would be making sure that Jr. was in equipment that is built to WIN at the track and that is not happening at DEI today. That is sad, but that is the reality of the situation.

Finally, just because Jr. is at Hendrick's that does not mean that I am now obligated to root for Jeff Gordon / Jimmie Johnson every week as well. That is ridiculous. Am I going to start rooting for Kyle Busch because I am a fan of Ryan Newman and they are both on the same team? Absolutely not. No way. I can't stand Kurt Busch and I think Ryan Newman is great. How I feel about Busch has no impact on my feeling about rooting for Newman. To me this is the same thing.

So as I wrote on Infield Parking before the server got overloaded, if you are a Jr. fan and you want to see him win races and compete for championships, you should be happy right now. I am.

Dale Jr to Hendrick = Good Move...

Dale Jr. is going to be holding a press conference today at 11 AM and the rumors on all the NASCAR sites are that he will be announcing his move to Hendrick Motorsports, home of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and possibly, the former home of Kyle Busch (heh.)

I'm curious to know what the reaction will be from Jr. fans if this rumor becomes a reality. Most of the talk that I have read from Jr.'s fans is that they will follow him where ever he winds up. This move, if it becomes reality, will certainly test that stance as I think it is safe to say that most Earnhardt fans are NOT Hendrick fans. So that will be interesting.

Personally, if Jr. goes to Hendrick, I think it is a great move for him and I am 100% behind it.

Dale Jr. wants to win a championship and Hendrick will give him the cars and the team infrastructure that will enable him to do it. Of that I have no doubt. On top of that, with guys like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson as team-mates, you've got a lot of talent and experience to draw from and work with, both in the garage and on the track.

Say what you want about Gordon and Johnson, but there can be no avoiding the fact that they are great drivers. The results speak for themselves. Add Jr. to the mix and that is one heck of a team.

Other questions that are swirling around this Hendrick rumor (assuming it happens) are whether or not Jr. would keep Bud as a sponsor or move to Kellog's and if he would keep the #5 or maybe grab a different number. For me the #5 is Terry LaBonte's number, but I would not mind seeing Jr. with it.

Of course all this is just conjecture at this time. We'll all have to wait till 11 AM to find out what's really going on!

Update:
It's official. Jr. is going to Hendrick's. Details on the sponsor and the number he will drive are unknown right now but I'm sure that will get worked out within the next few days or weeks.

Nice move Jr. I like it.

I honestly don't know how Jr.'s fans are going to react to this move but I am a Jr. fan and I think of it this way: driving for Hendrick Motorsports is going to put him in a position to compete for championships, and that's the bottom line.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Never grow old, The Evil Powers of Rock and Roll...

Social DSo I bought my Social Distortion tix for the July show in Hampton N.H. tonight. So what if it's like a two hour drive or whatever.

AND I will have a special guest. Yes, for the first time in years, I will not be going to a show alone, unless you count the George Strait show I went to recently. My Wife came with me to that one... but there is usually not a pit at George Strait shows like there is at Social D.

So I will be there. With bells on, as we used to say. Fuck yea.

Update:
Check it out here is a you tube video of Social D's new song, Far Behind. Great tune. Can't wait to see these guys again!

New Mac OS 'Leopard' looks pretty cool...

I was scoping out the upcoming new version of Mac OS, called 'Leopard', today and I have to say, it looks pretty damn cool. The new and improved Finder interface looks nice and it looks like there are some very useful features built into the OS.

One feature in particular that I'm looking forward to is the built in backup software called 'Time Machine'. I wish I had had that a few months ago when I accidentally deleted about 3/4 of my most important files; guitar tabs I had figured out, my friggin TAXES, things I had written... ug.

Well, no use crying over it. It's gone.

The new file preview stuff and the enhancements to Mail and iCal look good too. I'm looking forward to it.

I just hope that Leopard will run ok on my old school TiBook, circa 2001. 10.4 (Tiger) runs good on it, except for not being able to see some of the eye candy because my graphics card is not up to snuff, so hopefully other than that Leopard will run fine too.

Monday, June 11, 2007

The waiting is the hardest part...

As most people know, The Sopranos final episode was shown last night. Don't worry, no spoilers here, I did not see the show. I don't have HBO so I have to wait for it to come out on DVD to see what happens (Note: DO NOT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED!!)

In the meantime, especially today, since a lot of people are talking about it, I have to be extremely cautious about what I read on the web. Even the most innocent, unsuspecting looking link can lead you right into the big Sopranos ending so today is a day to proceed with caution on the interweb. If I see any kind of mention of The Sopranos out of the corner of my eye I immediately click away.

(CLICK AWAY! CLICK AWAY! DON'T WANT TO SEE IT!!)

So far today I've done pretty good. I only got the briefest glimpse of something that looked like it was about the show over at A Large Regular and I immediately forced myself to concentrate on erasing any memory of what I thought I saw.

I can't really explain the method I use to purge this kind of stuff from my brain but it's kind of like how when you need to remember a certain number and somebody messes with you by telling you a bunch of different numbers? It's kind of like doing that to yourself. Ok, I know. I'm fucked up. I'm weird. Just.. never mind.

I appreciate those well mannered people like Angela, who put a great big SPOILER WARNING on her Sopranos finale post in order to keep those of us who don't want to know out of harms way. Thank you Angela! You get a gold star today!

Update:
Balls Deep Sports almost got me. Almost that is..

To link or not to link, that is the question...

Something I have been thinking about lately concerning this site is the question of links. Like, what is the proper etiquette when dealing with links to other sites?

I have been thinking about seriously pairing down my list of links to other sites and basically going from around 60 links or whatever it is down there to more like, 10. This would include removing some links to sites that also link back to me.

So if I do that does that make me a big internet jerk? As ridiculous as this may seem I do wonder about this. It's nothing personal. I just don't want to have such a huge list of links. But, I don't want to be an asshole either, especially in the cases where somebody is linking back to me. SO what do I do?

I feel kind of dumb that this is something that I even think about. I mean really! Who cares about this stuff? But still, any insight from those of you who are more astute at this sort of thing would be appreciated!

Friday, June 08, 2007

By the time I get to Ari-ZONA! ZONA! ZONA!

Sorry. With the Sox heading to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks tonight, I've got that P.E. song completely wedged into my brain and it simply will. not. come. out. I need to put some Misfits or something in there instead.

So, some quick hits for Friday...

The Sox are heading to Ari-ZONA! ZONA! ZONA! Baw-ka-waw a wow-wow... Sorry. [Cues up '20 Eyes' on iPod]

Pats mini-camp is over. Now what? It's a long way between now and training camp on July 27. Not that I want to hurry Summer (I know, I say that a lot) but this is officially the dry season for football fans.

Kurt (a.k.a. dickhead) Busch used his car as a weapon on Monday during the Dover race when he intentionally slid his car into Tony Stewart's car on pit road, endangering the life of a member of Tony's pit crew. The penalty for this action? A $100,000 fine (chump change to these guys), loss of 100 points (oooh that's harsh), and being placed on probation (whatever that is) for the remainder of the season.

By the way, just for comparison's sake, I will point out that Dale Jr. was recently docked 100 points for an illegal spoiler bracket earlier this season and Jr's crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., was fined $100,000 and suspended for six races.

How many races was Busch suspended for? ZERO.

So wait a minute. Jr. has an illegal part on his car and the penalty is WORSE than what Kurt Busch got for intentionally hitting another car on pit road and endangering a person's life? Non sequitur. Does not compute. Bullshit.

I'm an admitted NON-FAN of Kurt (and Kyle) Busch, so take that for what it is, but this punishment by NASCAR for Busch's actions at Dover is WEAK. So much for all those safety precautions on pit-road I guess... Josh Pate had a good article on NASCAR.com that summed this issue up perfectly.

This week's race is at Pocono, one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It's kind of like a road course, kind of like an oval, except it's bent... well it's something. It's shaped like a big triangle! It's got 3 sets of turns, 3 sets of straight-aways and it all adds up to some good racing, that much I know.

Other than that, I got nuthin' else. It's FRIDAY. WOOP!! Have a great weekend everybody! Stay out of trouble.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

1 hitter for Shil. AWESOME!!!

I was listening to the Sox / A's game on my way home from work. As the innings got late and the score remained 1-0 Sox, and Curt Shilling remained on the mound, I started to think it was going to happen. The elusive no-hitter.

Aside from a man reaching due to a fielding error, Curt Shilling had not allowed a hit the entire game. I was on the back roads heading to my street as the 8th inning ended and still Shilling had not allowed a runner.

As the bottom of the 9th started, I began to get that nervous feeling in my stomach that I usually only get before a really BIG game. If Curt could get through this inning without putting a man on, he will have done it. I was nervous and excited as Curt got the first, then the second outs.

1 more to go as I headed up my drive way. I stopped the car and kept the radio on. Should I run into the house to see it in person on TV? No. That could break the spell. Stay in the car and keep the radio on. One out away.

Strike one. Strike two. One strike away...

Then.. FUCK!! Shannon Stewart hits one into left. Dammit. There goes the no-no. I knew I should have kept driving around until the no-no was complete. I never should have stopped the car. Dammit. My fault. All my fault.

May as well get out of the car and watch the rest on TV now. By the time I got inside, the game was over. Curt got the last out two pitches later so I missed the end.

So what did we learn from this?

1. NEVER shake off Tek, who had called for a slider to Stewart, while Shil wanted a fast-ball away. Now, as Curt says, he'll have to live with 'what if?' for the rest of his life.

2. Whatever you're doing during a no-no, keep on doing it. No matter what. NO MATTER WHAT! That one's for me (and you).

Curt didn't get the no hitter but I'll take the win. Finally.

The hell?? ANOTHER loss??

The hell is going on here? ANOTHER loss to Oakland? Every morning I wake up and I see the Sox have lost to Oakland. What is up with this? Obviously, Oakland has our number. Have to keep that in mind should The Sox make it to the playoffs. Don't want to have to play Oakland.

So maybe the Sox can get a win today. Maybe. Avoiding a 4 game sweep would be nice.

It's an afternoon game so at least I don't have to wait till tomorrow morning to see the result. I'll have to get all geared up in my Sox gear and try to help out with some karma-tastic karma. Or something.

Fuck I gotta go to work...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tonight's guest of honor... Lord Stanley's Cup


Tonight. It could happen tonight. The Stanley Cup will be in the house tonight as The Ducks take on The Senators for Game 5 of the Cup Finals. The Ducks lead the series 3-1 and a win tonight on their home ice would give them The Stanley Cup.

It's sure to be a very exciting game. Personally, I'm thinking the Sens win this one out of pure desperation. I have a feeling there is still more hockey to be played after tonight. We will have to wait and see!

Update:
The Ducks put their foot (flipper? what's a duck's foot called anyway?) on the Sens neck and did not let up on it the whole game, coming away with a 6-2 victory and a 4-1 win of the series.

Congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks and their fans!

OH DEAR GOD WHEN WILL THIS LOSING END????

Ok maybe that's a little over the top as The Sox have hit a little rough patch in the road over the last week, losing 3 in a row now and 5 out of the last 6. Yeesh. That's a skid if I've ever seen it.

Thankfully The Sox still have plenty of slush room in the standings and are a comfortable 9 games up over The Jays, but that lead can evaporate before your eyes. People can write all they want about how a repeat of 1978 can't happen this year but I'm not buying it. Anything can happen in baseball.

In the meantime, waking up, checking the score and seeing a Sox loss for 3 days in a row, sucks. (I couldn't stay up for the MFY game the other night. I need my sleep. Yes, I am a lightweight). It's just not a nice way to kick off the day people. Waking up and seeing a win is much more fun and gives the day a nice, positive jump. So let's shoot for that tomorrow Red Sox. Thanks.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Asante to The Pats: WAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

In a move that is really not all that surprising, Asante Samuel has come out and said that he is not planning on attending training camp and will not be showing up to play football for the Patriots until week 10, which is the latest that he can appear and still earn credit for playing this season.

I really don't understand the reasoning that Asante is going through here. In the Mike Reiss article he is quoted as saying, "I feel unappreciated. The way they're treating me is just wrong."

WHAT??

The guy is set to earn no less that 7.79 million. I wish somebody would wrong me that way. Hurt me baby, please.

Asante is pissed because he feels he can make more on the open market, which may or may not be true, but I would still call 7.79 mil a pretty good salary for one year.

Unlike the Deion Branch situation last year, The Pats have are holding all the cards here. If Asante tries to prove some kind of worthless point and sits out, he only hurts himself. Not only does he not get paid during the entire time he's not playing, but he's not on the field, proving to potential suitors that last season's numbers were not a fluke and showing them what he can really do.

On top of that, if The Pats are feeling vindictive, they can always franchise Samuel again next year, leaving him right back where he started.

It seems to me the smart thing for Samuel to do would be to make a deal with The Pats now, play the season, earn a few million, win the Superbowl, and hope they don't franchise him again next year.

It's possible that Asante's desire for a promise from The Patriots not to franchise him again could be the sticking point, and the Pats are not making any such promise. There's no way to know but it would not surprise me if that was the issue that is holding things up. The long term numbers are not to Asante's liking and the Pats are not making any guarantees about not franchising him again next year, leaving him between a rock and a hard place.

Of course another option is that The Pats tire of this little game and let Samuel go, just as they did with Deion Branch. The problem? What team is going to give up the two first-round draft picks that would be required to land him? I would venture to guess the answer would be, none.

Poor Asante.

Here's what I would do with 7 million dollars:
Pay off my house, pay for my kids college, probably buy some silly sports car or something (2008 Dodge Challenger would be nice), get something shiny for my Wife, take a vacation... Seriously, that amount of money is so beyond imagination for me, it's hard for me to feel really bad for Asante Samuel's situation. I hope it works out in the end because I think The Pats are a stronger team with him on it and the chances of my getting some new Superbowl t-shirts goes up a little more. Yes, I guess in that respect I know how Asante feels. In the end it really is all about me isn't it?

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Decisions, decisions...

So my favorite band, Social Distortion is coming back around on tour but it looks like the closest they will come to my area is Hampton Beach N.H.

That is a friggin HAUL from my house, not that Boston or Providence R.I. are exactly close though... Plus Hampton Beach is always jammed with people. I used to go there a lot back in the day, yo. We used to drink all night and then decide to drive up there. We'd usually get there just as the sun was coming up. We'd spend the day there at the beach and I would get burned to a crisp and spend about 20 bucks worth of quarters in the video game arcade. When roller blades first came out I got a pair. I thought they were extremely cool because unlike four-wheeled roller skates, roller blade wheels are in-line, so it was like skating in ice skates. I would bring them with me and spend hours skating up and down the strip at Hampton Beach. Blades were brand new then and people would be like, what the heck are those things! Ah youth.

One time I went up there with a buddy of mine, two girls and a bottle of Jack Daniels. By the time we got up to the beach the Jack was gone, the girls had had enough of us, and they threw us out of their car and left us standing on the side of the road. Obviously we were not getting laid that night. 'Ok. Now what do we do?' Start walking. Somebody will come by. Lo and behold, as we're walking down the road, who drives by but one of our friends from back home in his sky-high lifted Toyota pickup truck. Saved! It turned out some friends of mine had rented a beach house that weekend so we crashed with them.

The next day I woke up in the morning, semi-hungover, dry-mouthed and starving hungry. I asked my buddy who was renting the house, 'do you have anything to eat?'

'All there is is relish and hot-dog rolls.'

So I preceded to make a relish-dog which consisted of a hot-dog roll with pickle relish inside. And a beer. The beer was ok. The relish-dog was not. 'This is fucking gross!' I yelled and threw it against the front door where it hit with a loud, 'SPLAT'.

'YOU FUCKIN ASS'OLE!!' my friend shouted at me, 'What the hell is the matter with you! We're renting this place!' I just laughed at him, 'Ha ha ha! Got anything else?'

I was not a total dick. I cleaned up the mess, though, as I recall, for various other kegger related reasons we were all booted out of that house later that weekend. Don't look at me! It was not all my fault! And at least I got a ride home. Hmmm...

Wow I did not really mean for this to turn into a reminiscing post but there you go, a brief glimpse into the days of my youth. Those days are gone and now I'm feeling old as I try to decide if I want to drive up there to Hampton to see Social D.

By the way I finally got around to watching 'Another State of Mind' the other night. Very good flick. Even if you are not into Social D, Youth Brigade or Minor Threat, the story itself, which follows the adventures (and mis-adventures) of Youth Brigade and Social Distortion's first 'tour' across the U.S. and Canada in a beat up and eventually, broken down old school bus, is great. It's a very interesting behind the scenes look at those bands in their early days and seeing a young, tattoo free Mike Ness working on a 'new' song, 'Another State of Mind', throughout the movie, is cool to see. It's definitely worth an add to your Netflix queue. And be sure to watch the version with the commentaries too! You won't be sorry.

Update:
I guess all the bands want to hit vacation spots this summer. I was looking at Clutch's site to see if they are coming around the area and they are going to play a show up in Portland Maine in August. Portland Maine?? No way I am driving up there.

I'm still on the fence about the Social D show in N.H. But I am leaning towards going. Fuck it.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Did you know?

Did you know...

That former Patriots QB Babe Parilli was acquired from The Oakland Raiders in 1961? That is some weird wild stuff! I did not know that!

Thank you New England Patriots daily trivia calendar!

Despite the sad loss of Marquise Hill, whose funeral is this weekend, life goes on and The Patriots are having their passing camp this weekend. So far the news out of camp is positive as the team begins the process of gelling together for the 2007-08 season.

Based on the reports it sounds like Randy Moss is making a great first impression. New receiver Wes Welker and tight-end Kyle Brady are reportedly showing some exciting glimpses of what to expect from them this season as well. Of course it's only passing camp but this news is good to hear. We need some good news in Patriots Nation as we collectively mourn the loss of Marquise Hill.

The Pats will host a 3 day mini-camp next week and full training camp starts July 27. Not that I'm trying to rush summer along, but I'm psyched to hear some on-field Patriots news!

My base-station is a Zombie...

Ok check this out. All week I've had no wireless connection. Base-station is dead. No signal.

So on payday I go to the Apple Store and I pick up one of those Airport Express things. I get home, all ready to set up the new wireless, open up the lap-top and I've got a full wireless signal from the old broken 'dead' base-station.

'Hmmm that's funny,' I thought, 'it's as if it realized I was serious about throwin it in the trash this weekend'.

'Oh what, you were really going to get rid of me for REAL? I guess I better do my job and put out some wireless signal...'

So now what? It appears the old base-station has risen from the dead. I keep waiting for this thing to fail again and it just keeps working. I actually almost WANT it to be broken now so I can have the new base-station. Plus I don't want to have to drive back to The Apple Store to return it...

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