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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from August 2003.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003

Day off

Nothing to say today. It's a "holiday" weekend. I'm laying low, staying quiet. Maybe another day.

posted at 08:53 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life For Me!

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! Went to the movies to see Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This movie just looks right. The story may be a bit light, but it had action and Johnny Depp was just great in his role. Hey - it's got Jerry Bruckheimer behind it! My recommendation? Worth seeing on the big screen.

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posted at 08:12 PM | Link | Movies § |
Erika's boyfriend!!??

Big Brother 4 THEME
On the Internet feeds during the week, Robert walked out into the backyard where Erika was alone and asked her if this was the same house that the first season used. She said yes, to which he replied something about that it's funny that she is living in the same house as "him"...

Huh? "Him" is her current boyfriend!!! So, who would that be???

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posted at 02:11 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
3-Day weekend?

When you're unemployed, weekends aren't as special as they used to be. When you work, you almost live for the weekend. When you're not working, it's close to being like any other day. The fact that it's a 3-day weekend doesn't necessarily change it. It's special for Carol - she's looking forward to relaxing without having to go to a baseball game. Normally, we'd relax at my sister's house in Michigan, but she has a little thing that she's ben doing the last couple of years. She takes a trip for her birthday. I'm not sure why she always does that, but she does. Last year was a driving trip out west. This year, it's fly to San Francisco and do Pacific Coast Highway to L.A.

The problem with it this year is the dogs (Chelsea & Gracie) are at our Mom's. We could go to house anyway, but then it would be the three of us and the 2 dogs in the car for the drive, and it's not something that I think I could tolerate if there's heavy traffic. So, nothing special planned for the weekend.

There's the emotional side of the weekend, though. Labor Day weekend signals the "end of Summer", and that's pretty hard to handle. Where did the year gop? What do you mean summer is over - I didn't do anything! Crap.

posted at 10:43 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, August 29, 2003

Friday 5 - School

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. Are you going to school this year? Nope. That's over for me.
2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate? High School - 1975, College - didn't graduate
3. What are/were your favorite school subjects? TV Production, History of American Popular Culture, Meteorology, and a favorite - a 2 credit hour Geography course: Wine, Beer, and Booze Geography!!!
4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects? High School Drafting - only course I flunked and had to talke summer school
5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite? Two guys - Bob Morris and Bob Brown. Had them in High School. Funny guys, both driven, knew how to talk to the students and motivate them

posted at 12:42 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands cast announced

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
CBS announced the cast of Survivor: Pearl Islands this morning on The Early Show. The two tribes are Drake and Morgan (must be in keeping with the Pirate-theme). Oh, oh... two Ryan's in the same tribe...

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posted at 08:45 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 23

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Oops... I think I made an error of judgement...

Over a week ago I made a blog entry about Ozzy Osbourne singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Wrigley. I posted a link to an MP3 of the catastrophe. Now, I just got a bill from my hosting provider for extra bandwidth usage for the month and I've got a feeling it's because of that one file. Time to move it to a much slower, cheaper server. Damn... I don't have the money to pay for a bandwidth bill...

posted at 09:18 AM | Link | Blogging § |

Tuesday, August 26, 2003


Mars is close!
We're just a few hours away from closest approach of Mars to Earth - 34,646,418 million miles at 5:51 a.m. ET (normally it's at 50,000,000 miles). It's pretty cool seeing Mars out there - hard to miss, actually. It's brighter than everything else in the night sky (Venus doesn't count) because it's also closest to the sun in its eliptical orbit. It hasn't been this close to us in 60,000 years, but it's supposed to be closer in 2287. My guess is that I won't be around to see that...

posted at 10:48 PM | Link | Space § |
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report

Mission logo of STS-107
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report was released today. If you're looking for a PDF copy, I happen to have one here.

posted at 03:11 PM | Link | Space § |
Soaked up the sun?

I sort of don't get this...

I've been outside when I go to the White Sox games. I've been to Florida for a week, walking around Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

I haven't put on any sunscreen during this time and I'm not getting sunburned. I'm not even getting red. I'm barely turning a darker shade of my normal skin color. I wonder what happened to my body chemistry that made this happen?

posted at 09:22 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, August 25, 2003

I'm still hating my host

The website was down 6 hours yesterday, 5½ hours today, always during the day when you want to do something... it's hell being unemployed and not have the money to switch hosting companies... Did I get any notification either before or after the outage? Hell no...

posted at 08:46 PM | Link | Blogging § |

Sunday, August 24, 2003

White Sox 0 - Rangers 5

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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posted at 04:04 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, August 23, 2003

White Sox 13 - Rangers 2

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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posted at 09:40 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Playoff Invoice

Guess what I got in the mail today from the Chicago White Sox?

An invoice.

For playoff tickets!

Holy crap, I sort of didn't expect it. Since we're only Weekend Season Ticketholders, we don't get a full set of tickets. We get 3 AL Division Series games, 1 AL Championship Series game and 1 World Series game. World Series game! Oh, and parking, too.

I'm giddy. Now, I'm a realist. I'm not expecting to actually get to the World Series. But... how cool is this!!!!

Now all we have to do is scrounge around for the money.

PLAYOFF TICKETS!!! I must remember to not count my chickens...

posted at 03:08 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, August 22, 2003

White Sox 7 - Rangers 1

Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers

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posted at 11:45 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Gnome Food Challenge

Big Brother 4 THEME
This afternoon, the Houseguests had a food challenge - even though they are eating PB&J for the next 5 days. The task - demolish garden gnomes in te backyard. The winner gets one meal from McDonald's on each of the 5 days and gets to invite one other houseguest. What would be a nice twist?

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posted at 04:19 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Friday 5 - The Last Time

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. When was the last time you laughed? Wednesday when we went to see Finding Nemo
2. Who was the last person you had an argument with? Wow, an actual argument? I can't recall...
3. Who was the last person you emailed? That would be a former co-worker Peggy to talk about Elvis Night tonight at "The Cell"
4. When was the last time you bathed? Why, I just got out of the shower. Yeah, that's it... I just got out... squeaky clean... yeah...
5. What was the last thing you ate? Last night - steak/green beans/noodles for dinner

posted at 08:22 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 13 - FINALE

The Amazing Race 4 THEME The winners of the CBS reality series 'The Amazing Race 4', Chip and Reichen from Beverly Hills, California, celebrate at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, August 21, 2003. Two teams crossed the finish line within minutes of each other to win the $1 million dollar prize. The race, which follows contestants following clues, ended after four continents, 24 cities and 44,000 miles. REUTERS/Tony Esparza/CBS
"It's Like Adam Building His First House"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 20

Big Brother 4 THEME Justin Giovinco, 22, a job recruiter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is shown as he leaves the 'Big Brother 4' house in Los Angeles, August 20, 2003. REUTERS/HO/Tony Esparza/CBS

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
P.Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney

A Chrysler Prowler at the light Calibrating the projection system Finding Nemo
Carol took the day off since we'd be getting home late last night from Varekai. We decided to take in a movie. Which one and where? Well, since it's broken records, we thought we'd better go see Finding Nemo, but we drove down to the AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville. We got there for the first showing at 3:00, and got into the theater a lot earlier than we thought. In fact, we were the only one's in the theater and the projectionist was re-calibrating the projection system for quite a while before the movie. Anyway, the movie was great. There were some absolutely laugh out loud moments. Technically, Pixar is really advancing the technology pretty well. Water effects are not easy, and they've nailed it. The lighting and motion is getting better, too. This movie, even for adults, is a must see.

posted at 06:02 PM | Link | Movies § |
Virus bastards!

Thank you so very much for flooding my inbox with Sobig.F virus infected messages.

NOTE to anyone out there that received the virus addressed from the Webmaster of this website: IT DIDN'T COME FROM HERE. The virus makes it look like it did by spoofing addresses. My virus software is up to date and guess what? I DON'T USE OUTLOOK so the addresses didn't come from my address book!



Are you dirty? Go clean yourself. NOW.

posted at 12:19 PM | Link | Internet § |

Tuesday, August 19, 2003


Cirque du Soleil Varekai
Tonight, Carol and I drove into the city. After a quick dinner at Twisted Spoke, we drove over to the United Center in search of the yellow and blue tent city of Cirque du Soleil.

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posted at 11:28 PM | Link | Entertainment § |

Monday, August 18, 2003

Announcements to Houseguests

Big Brother 4 THEME
This post is only for those people out there that are a bit obsessed with Big Brother, so the rest of you can just move along to another post right now...

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posted at 10:01 PM | Link | Reality TV | 2 comments § |

Sunday, August 17, 2003

The Prince Of Darkness at Wrigley

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Holy effin'™ cripes... Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne just "sang" The Seventh Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field...

Oh. My. God.

Update: If you must, here's an MP3 for you. (1.71 Mb). You have to hear "Lets go out out to the ballgame" and you have to listen closely to hear the lyric: "I don't remember what I have to do..."

posted at 03:07 PM | Link | Odd § |

Saturday, August 16, 2003

Ribs & Sausage

Barry cookin' up some ribs and sausages Buffy, Debbie & Carol yakking out in the back yard
Drove into the city to hang out with Barry & Buffy tonight, as well as Debbie who stopped by. We don't see each other as often as we would like. In fact, we haven't been together since Orlando in mid-June. On the way in on the Kennedy as well as Addison we could see the Thunderbirds performing over the lake for the Chicago Air & Water show. I love the military jet teams. It's just hard to watch them and drive on an expressway or on city streets at the same time. We love B&B (well, and Deb, too. A "good egg" as some would say). But B&B always goes out and "entertains" us with food when we're over. Lots of snacks, drinks (fresh mojitos (YUM!)) and then Barry grilled-up some ribs and some italian sausages for dinner, along with some corn on the cob and salad and a fruit torte for dessert. Love the food. Love them. Neither B nor B are Reality TV fans, but I think we got them hooked on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". Bravo ran a bunch of them back to back tonight, so we were able to get them to sit down and watch the episode with Andrew, a cameraman for the show. After that, we watched "Sweet Home Alabama" on Starz and then it was time to venture home.

I miss the three of them.

posted at 10:38 PM | Link | Friends | 1 comment § |

Friday, August 15, 2003

Friday 5 - Your internet

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. How much time do you spend online each day? Not as much as I expected now that I'm unemployed again. Only a few hours during the day and a few hours at night (which does not include watching any Big Brother 4 live feeds...)
2. What is your browser homepage set to? about:blank - I can't stand waiting for the page to load, I just want the browser to open quickly
3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)? Trillian, but I don't have it up that often.
4. Where was your first webpage located? at my original website - The Cousins, which was a failed attempt at trying to get all my cousins online. Now it's just a gutted skelton that needs to be killed.
5. How long have you had your current website? since December 2001.

posted at 11:42 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 12

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"He's a Few Ticks Away from Having a Heart Attack!"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Carol - Three Years On

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Three years have passed.

I still have my wife and life is good.

OK, sure, I don't have a job and we'll be out on the street in a few short months - but I have her.

I wrote about it in detail last year (go there if you want the details), but the short and sweat is that Carol had a double mastectomy three years ago this morning. She's still doing fine. I always sit back and think about how fortunate I am the she's still around. Everything else will just work it's way out.

Azaleas for Carol
So, I snuck into her truck last night to leave some azaleas for her and a card. I try to show her that I love her and care for her, but today I hace to throw her a little curve.

posted at 08:53 AM | Link | Family § |

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Flyers Baseball

Carol has a company outing to see the Schaumburg Flyers tonight, se we went to socialize and watch some baseball. Before the game, the Flyers have tents set up for companies to use for their parties. We had some great Bar-B-Q pork with Famous Dave's sauce. Yummm.

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posted at 10:22 PM | Link | Baseball § |
Big Brother 4 - Episode 17

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
*bang* *bang* *bang* *bang

Damn roofers next door
7am and I'm awake from trying to catchup on my sleep. 7am. I'm hearing something that sounds like pounding. It's coming from the house behind us. They're having their roof replaced.

At 7am in the morning.


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posted at 07:53 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there's the rub.

That's it. It started. The sleeplessness. I've only been unemployed a few weeks and it just started to kick-in. I sprang awake at 4 this morning. Went downstairs and watched TV until Carol got up to take her morning walk. Went back to bed and was awakened at 8 by the thumping of a bass line coming from the TV downstairs that Carol had left on with the volume up a bit too high. My mind is starting to get to me. The stress is starting to get to me. The fear is starting to get to me.

It's going to be a fun ride...

posted at 08:36 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, August 11, 2003

To do my duty, to God and my country...

I drove into the city tonight to pickup my Mom. We went to a wake tonight, a wake that I felt I needed to go to.

My scoutmaster had died. His wife was my Den Mother in Cub Scouts. He was the scoutmaster of my Troop. Scouting was a big thing for me growing up. It carried into my teens and later. His family has been deeply involved in scouting ever since. I just needed to go - both the support my mom who is friends with the wife, but for me as well.

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posted at 11:14 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, August 10, 2003

White Sox 5 - Athletics 1

Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics

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posted at 04:54 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Killer Chihuahuas???

OK, there's an article in today's Chicago Tribune by Jon Kass about. Chihuahuas. In LA. Wild, feral, but demonically aggressive and deformed chihuahuas.

A pack of them, that once numbered 269 dogs (They're down to 175). A reporter in Pasadena that's from Australia said the chihuahuas would probably kill large dingos. Dingos.

And Kimi Peck wants to save them. That's Peck, as in daughter-in-law of Gregory Peck.


posted at 09:30 AM | Link | Odd | 1 comment § |

Saturday, August 09, 2003

White Sox 2 - Athletics 7

Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics

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posted at 10:04 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Phone calls

Yesterday the house was exceptionally quiet. How quiet? For the first time since I can remember, from Thursday night at 07:13pm until this morning at 08:26am, the phone never rang. No damn telemarketers for a day. (OK, I have Caller ID software on one of my machines at the house so I know exactly when the phone rang.)

Now, the phone call this morning wasn't a telemarketer - it was my Mom, who woke me up from my sleep. She wasn't feeling well and wanted to go see a doctor. Since my sister who's normally closer, wasn't (she was at her house in Michigan), I got the call. I got dressed, drove into the city, and to her to an immediate care center since she doesn't have her own physician (which, of course, is another story).

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posted at 01:06 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, August 08, 2003

Friday 5 - Travel

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country? State = My sister's house in Michigan. Country? That was in 1993 when Carol and I flew up to Toronto for the day to watch our White Sox lose to the Blue Jays during the playoffs.
2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling? No bizarre things that I can remember... unusual? How about being in the cockpit of an American Airlines 707 at 39,000 feet over the Pacific on my way to Hawaii? I'm sure I have something better... I just can't think of anything...
3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go? I want to go to Australia and Japan.
4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car? Plane. I love flying. Don't like the security hassles right now, but I love flying. Hate cars. If time wouldn't be an issue, and depending where I was going, train would be great, too.
5. What's the next place on your list to visit? I NEED to get back to Las Vegas. BAD.

posted at 08:11 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 11

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"Such a Nice Pheromone Smell to You -- Just Makes Me Want to Stay Close to You!"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
30 months of probation???

The father of the shirtless father & son thug team the attacked Royals First Base coach Tom Gamboa last September was sentenced yesterday to 30 months of probation, community service, undergo addiction counseling, take part in parenting classes and remain under a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for the next 90 days.

That's it.

This guy pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery back in May. He and his son rush the field and start beating the crap out of Gamboa. Gamboa has a permanent hearing loss in his right ear from the attack. The guy's son was sentenced to five years' probation and 30 hours of community service but a judge has recommended he be sent to a prison boot camp following a probation violation.

The went onto the field of play and blindsided the coach, and all they get is probation. This is just so wrong. This sends all the wrong signals to the obnoxious drunks in the stands who get up the liquid courage to go onto the field. The judge cited the behavior of baseball players encourages fan violence at ballparks. Huh? A first base coach incited this? Here's a quote from Judge Leo Holt, known around the Cook County Criminal Court building, as Judge "Let 'Em Go, Leo" Holt:

"What fan has not seen a pitcher intentionally hurl a baseball at a player's head at 90 miles per hour? Who has not seen a batter leave home plate headed for the pitcher's mound, bat in hand, bent on mischief and mayhem? ... [Baseball] ranks alongside mom, apple pie, hot dogs and Chevrolet. It is America's summer pastime. It teaches teamwork, sportsmanship and a host of wholesome and desirable character traits, but baseball is not immune from the frailties of human conduct.''

Now, as a side note, it's important to know that people have actually died because of how this judge has ruled in the past. He's had rulings overturned. In recent years he has complained that prosecutors systematically move high-profile murder cases away from his courtroom—because he has a reputation as being friendly to the defense.

(I wonder if the court date was done to coincide with Kansas City being in town again? I can tell you that having them back in town just seems to bring out the weirdness in Sox fans... thank God they don't allow the people with upper-deck tickets to have access to the main level... 5 people were arrested on Monday because of fights in both the right-field and left-field corners of the upper deck)

posted at 09:48 AM | Link | Baseball § |

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

The Governator? Is he a Running Man because of a Total Recall?

Screen Capture of Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing his candidacy on The Tonight Show
I would love to live in California. And then, there are times when I'm glad I don't live in California. I guess Arnold Schwarzenegger announced during a Wednesday afternoon taping of NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno that he's running for governor.

Now, as I write this, there are 389 other people that are running right now, including Gary Coleman, who played Arnold Drummond in the 1980s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt , the melon-smashing comedian Gallagher, comedian D.L. Hughley and socialite-turned-columnist Arianna Huffington. Oh, and then there's Bob Dole and Michael Jackson, but not the people that you're thinking of. You can check out the Candidate Status Report here.

It only takes $3,500 and 65 people to sign a petition. I can't wait to see who actually qualifies and gets certified to run.

posted at 10:05 PM | Link | Current Events § |
Big Brother 4 - Episode 14
Big Brother 4 THEME Dana Varela, 28, a karate school manager from Queens, New York is shown as she leaves the 'Big Brother 4' house in Los Angeles August 6, 2003. REUTERS/HO/Tony Esparza/CBS ©2003 CBS Worldwide Inc.

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
This has to end sometime, right?

Oh, cripes... it's raining like hell again...
I'm watching the White Sox game (they have a day game here in town) and it's looks like a great day to be at the park. The place is full, it's warm, and the sun is out. In the meantime, all of a sudden there's thunder outside. Then high winds. Sure enough, here comes the rain again. We had two great dry days and here we go again. This time, the wind is really whipping the rain against the house. No hail this time, though. Does that make it any better? Trees are bending from the winds. This is going to end sometime, right???

posted at 03:26 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Rocket in the grass
Does it make you wonder when you find a spent bottle rocket on your lawn if your property was targeted? Or is it the constant news stories on possible terrorism targets that seems to bring it up in your mind?

posted at 12:20 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Recycling under cover of darkness

Hauling out the recyclables
I keep missing the recycling truck every Wednesday morning for the last couple of weeks. It just seems to show up before I get out of bed. I guess the object is to do it the night before. Anyway, what a gorgeous night outside! It's been great since we shook all of that damn rain. Now, there's just a very slight breeze out there. The neighborhood is quiet. It just made me want to go take a walk.
Update: Crap... Wednesday morning the garbage truck came first instead of the recycling truck and I missed taking out the garbage!!!

posted at 09:03 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Another part of my childhood gone

Hey!!! When did they change the packaging!!!
I'm all for new technologies being used in day-to-day things, but this is just upsetting. Carol bought some Hershey bars. I went into the fridge to grab one (yes, I keep them refrigerated - they don't melt and have a nice "snap" to them when you crack them along the correct lines), when I noticed they changed the packaging. They messed with a classic. Gone are the paper sleeve over the foil/paper wrap. It's been replaced with that vacuum mylar crap. I feel it's just another part of my childhood ripped away.

posted at 06:53 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, August 04, 2003

Bald Hawk

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson shows off is shaved head during the 7th inning stretch of tonight's game
White Sox TV broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson made a bet - if the Sox won 10 straight, he's shave his head. The Sox never made it. Then he made another bet - if the Sox swept Kansas City, he'd shave his head. Well, that one he won. The Sox swept Kansas City and for one brief day last week, we were tied for first - the first time since last year. Pitcher Mark Buehrle shaved Hawk's head. Now, Hawk has been hiding the head... until the 7th inning stretch in tonight's game.

Oh, Sox 9 KC 13 tonight, and are now 3 games behind KC.

posted at 09:50 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Dangerous Intersections

A crash in front of Walgreen's on Golf Road
Every town has at least one of these - a dangerous intersection that has had an awful lot of accidents, some of which you may have been a part of, or, if you're lucky, you were almost a part of.

There's a Walgreen's less than a mile west of us on Golf Road. Though I didn't see it, as I was leaving Dominick's this afternoon I noticed another bad accident right at the light. There' something weird about that particular intersection, where people - for some reason - don't see the traffic light. Today's accident was between a car and one of those mini shuttle busses from a retirement home. They were pulling people out of the bus and car and putting them in ambulances.

I always wonder when the municipalities will do something about these kind of problems, especially since it's just not a one-time event.

posted at 04:11 PM | Link | Mundane § |

What the HELL happened to the skin on my fingers?
OK, I have to come clean on something... I've had a problem for almost two weeks now. It's embarrassing. It's gross looking.

I have to hide my hands. Why? Because the skin on my fingers is pealing. All 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. It started at the tip of each finger, and now it's just spreading. The skin is drying-out, getting hard, and just sloughing off. Like I'm shedding my skin in some terrible B-Movie. This happens every once in a while, maybe about once a year. I don't know if I touched something and it did this, or it's an allergic reaction, or God knows what. It's gross.

posted at 10:42 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Ark Building for Dummies

Another freakin' downpour... when will it end? When will this madness end??? Smaller than gumball-sized hail on our Welcome mat
I just can't stand this... it's not like I have something to do outdoors or something, it's just that the day goes from OK or wonderful to absolutely hideous. The sky gets dark, the winds startup, the rain comes down in buckets and then, every once in a while the house gets pelted with hail. This has been going on for a few hours. It's also been happening for a few days, with probably more days to come. I absolutely freakin' hate this...

posted at 02:33 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Saturday, August 02, 2003


Storm clouds over the neighborhood at sunset
Nothing much to say about today. We did nothing today. Didn't go anywhere, didn't do anything around the house. Nothing. No sports events, no movies. Nothing. Tonight, weather was moving through again, mostly north of us. It's just really cool when weather moves through right at sunset. The setting sun illuminates the clouds from below and you get some really great colors. Fortunately, the rain lasted just a few minutes and everything was back to normal again. A whole lot of nothing...

posted at 08:07 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, August 01, 2003

Really wet...

It's been raining like hell on and off most of the afternoon
These weird, intense thunderstorms have been rolling through all day. You go from sun, to darkness, to downpour, then add wind & hail, only to stop again and the cycle repeats. Some areas have gotten over 4 inches of rain so far. There was one thunderclap this afternoon that scared the hell out of me. There was no lightning, no rain, just this huge thunderous explosion - I though a plane had crashed nearby or that Woodfield Mall exploded or something. Eventually more thunder and lightning came through and then I realized that there wasn't a major catastrophe in the suburbs.

posted at 03:15 PM | Link | Mundane § |
BB4 Erika in a movie?

Big Brother 4 THEME
I was watching the live feeds just a few minutes ago, and found out that Erika said that she was a dancer in the movie Dance with Me (she was a Club Salsa Dancer and danced on-screen for a few seconds with Chayanne) and that she has had an agent. Now, I'm not surprised by this. I was a year or two ago when I was naive enough to realize that Reality Show Contestants may have alterior motives and actually signup with agencies...

posted at 12:09 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Friday 5 - Starting the day

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings? When I used to work, it was 6:30am. Now it's about 7:30am-8:00am
2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late? I try, but it's usually just until 9:00am
3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning? Check my email. It's not like I get a lot of mail (OTHER than the spam I get)
4. How long does it take to get ready for your day? 15-30 minutes
5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast? I hardly ever have breakfast, so I don't go out for it. Denny's maybe? (shudder)

posted at 09:14 AM | Link | Friday Five § |
*nose wiggle*
posted at 06:51 AM | Link | Memes § |


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