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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 September 2003.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2003


Air Force One parked on the ramp at O'Hare
Dubya was in town today, so since I had some errands to run I thought I'd swing by O'Hare and see if I can get a glimpse of the most kickass, coolest plane on the planet. It was parked near the old military side of the field, but there's no way in hell you could get close to it (just as it should be). Still, I had to see it, even from a distance (Remote Parking G was the best vantage point). The C-5 advance plane was there as well (big-ass plane!).

posted at 01:39 PM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |

Monday, September 29, 2003


A squirrel (with nut) on our lawn
We've lived in our house for 19 years. The neighborhood still looks "relatively" new because we just don't have a lot of large trees. The developer and village did a pretty crappy job of acquiring and planting the trees in very poor soil. We've gone through two trees in the front of our house alone due to the bad soil. At least we have this great Ash we got from my cousin and a hawthorne that has grown quite well since we had some landscaping done over a decade ago.

Over the past few years we realized that the trees must be getting larger - we finally have squirrels in the neighborhood. With the weather turning so cold (50's during the day, 30's at night), the squirrels have been very active.

I went out to get the mail today and there he was - a squirrel was in the middle of our lawn with a nut tucked under his left arm. Cutest and silliest damn thing I've seen in a while.

posted at 03:41 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Jerry's gone

Chicago White Sox
Not surprised. Not surprised at all.

White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams relieved manager Jerry Manuel of his duties today.

My life clock has stopped. My baseball season has come to an end. My team is now without a manager and who knows who will still be part of the team when they report to Spring Training in less than 5 months.


posted at 02:10 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Sunday, September 28, 2003

WHAT THE... !!!!???!!!

Our utility room after "the incident"
Carol & I were sitting on the couch this morning. She was running a load of laundry in the washer. She got up to go out to the garage (long story - she was going outside to see if the Sunday Chicago Tribune ever got delivered) when she found out that the utility room was flooded with water and this black junk all over. We killed the washer and then tried to clean-up. We didn't hear a single thing that could have pointed us to what could have happened. The black stuff looks like... lint. It's like the washer burped and coughed-up a hairball or something. Nothing is blocked, nothing is loose. Carol ran the washer without a load to see if it would happen again. It didn't. Then she ran a couple of loads. Nothing happened.

We don't get it. All we know is that it was pretty damn gross.

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

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Dinner with our bestest buds

Barry & Buffy drove out to our house tonight for dinner and just talk. We haven't seen them in quite a while. They just got back from Las Vegas and we had to year about the trip and what's new in our favorite city. I, of course, had to tell them that if they'd looked up in the sky at about 8:20 in the morning on Thursday, they would have seen me on my way to Los Angeles. We talked all evening. We missed them a lot. We'll see them again on Thursday when we go to see Eddie Izzard, and Barry & I will be together this weekend as we go up to Wisconsin for a guys weekend.

I did, however, have to endure ever so politely watching the Cubs clinch the National League Central Division Championship. My boys are out of it and here was my arch enemy making it into the post season. Well, good job boys. I've got this really weird feeling that they could actually get through the NLDS. I'm not sure if I can handle this. Die Hard Cub Fans have a tendency to be a bit mean and pompous when it comes to their team's superiority. It's going to be a long off-season...

posted at 10:08 PM | Link | Friends § |

Terminal 7 at LAX. The Hertz shuttle bus driver was nice for so frickin' early in the morning.

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posted at 01:47 PM | Link | Travel § |
Oh, that was a short night...

Ooooooh, craaaaap...

I went to bed around 1am. I just got up at 4:45am...

Well, at least the sleep was solid and deep. It's still black outside. Time to get dressed, checkout, and turn in the car at the airport...

posted at 05:04 AM | Link | Travel § |
Oh, this is a long day...

I left Universal and got on the 101 West. That's when I saw the sign for Highland and decided that I needed to get off and see what Hollywood and Highland looked like.

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posted at 12:37 AM | Link | Travel § |

Friday, September 26, 2003

"A Foreign Affair"

Coupling THEME

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posted at 10:25 PM | Link | Travel § |
Good Bye, Uncle Babe

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Montclair, CA. The nieces and nephews
I'm dressed and on the road at 7:27am, out amidst the fog again. I drive to Montclair. What a lovely little town. Clean, nice. The church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, is this nice, small mission-style church. Children were going to school as I pulled into the parking lot.

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posted at 04:22 PM | Link | Family § |
No Friday Five

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five... but this week, there is no a href="" target="_blank">Friday Five - they're taking a week off (which is good since I, too, am off in southern California!)

posted at 05:46 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 2

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
To Quit or Not to Quit

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

Well, I'm finally at my hotel in Placentia - a Holiday Inn Express. Since I'm trying to do this trip "on the cheap" for my mom, I needed a cheap place to stay. My sister Diane said she'd recommend the Holiday Inn Express and I have to concur. This is a very nice facility, complete wit a continental breakfast in the morning. It's clean and looks pretty new. If this is what the chain is like, I'd highly recommend them.

So, now I have to find some place to eat and settle down for the evening. Placentia doesn't seem to have that big of a choice for food. In fact, all I saw was a Jack In The Box, which I wouldn't mind going to so that I can get my Jack In The Box taco fix.

I'm still going to have at least a 17 mile drive in the morning to get to Montclair. I may have found something closer, but may not have been cheaper or cleaner.

I need a taco... Survivor is coming on in a little while...

posted at 06:40 PM | Link | Travel § |
Warner Brothers Studios

It's 9:30am and I pull off of Olive into the parking structure that's also gate 3 for Warner Brothers Studios.

I'm here to do what Carol & I did the last time we were out here - take the Warner Brothers Studios VIP Tour. But, this time, instead of a tour that takes about 2-2½ hours, I'm going to do the Warner Brothers Studios Deluxe VIP Tour and take about double the time. I am soooo excited about this. My sister Diane and Melinda were just here a few weeks ago taking the regular VIP tour, and when I found out they had this Deluxe tour, I had to sign up for that.

Look,if you enjoy movies and/or television, and want to see what a real working studio is like (no trams, no fake or staged productions), you must do this tour.

There's a nice waiting area on the first floor of the parking structure. At about 10:00am, a gentlemen comes around to walk us across the street to go into the main gate - Gate 2. We had to go through a metal detector, and then get on an extended golf cart for the trip across the lot to the tour offices.

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posted at 04:46 PM | Link | Travel § |
LA Rush Hour

I-10 Westbound in the morning
My flight gets in a little early. I find the men's room for a pit stop and then look for a gift shop to grab something to eat. A large 3 Musketeers bar is exactly what I needed. It's been at least 16 years since I've been here. I'm in Terminal 6 and it looks really run down compared to it's hay day. It's off to Hertz to get a car - I need to get to Burbank.

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posted at 08:46 AM | Link | Travel § |
Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank at the Santa Monica Pier - July 1969 Mark, Laurie and Michael - July 1969
Well, here I am. I've been up for more than 3 hours now. I am sitting in seat 21F on an Airbus A320 which is United Flight 101 from Chicago to Los Angeles, a 4 hour and 14 minute flight for 1,750 miles. I've got to tell you, I never thought I'd be doing this, but I'm feeling good about this. Why am I here? It's because of my Uncle Frank.

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posted at 06:46 AM | Link | Family § |

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 33 - FINALE

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |
Rehersals for the final show

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 01:48 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

It's official. Summer is over.

Well, it's Fall. Officially. The weather in Chicago had turned cooler a few days ago. Though it's sunny, the high's have only been near 70. Thursday, the high is supposed to be 59 degrees (though I won't care, since I won't be around! I'll tell you where I am some other time).

So, now I'm expecting to see the leaves start to turn... damn, it's over...

posted at 05:47 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, September 22, 2003

Chicago Blogger Maps

Well, bloggers in the Chicago area finally got a directory to be listed by physical location, just like NYC Bloggers or London Bloggers.

And not only that, there are two of them:
Chicago Blogmap - Bloggers by CTA El/Subway stop
Chicago Bloggers - Bloggers by CTA El/Subway stop or Metra stop (for us suburbanites)

posted at 09:11 PM | Link | Blogging § |

Sunday, September 21, 2003

White Sox 4 - Royals 10

Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals

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posted at 05:24 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, September 20, 2003

White Sox 1 - Royals 7

Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals

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posted at 09:42 PM | Link | White Sox § |

It's a really crappy feeling when you're unemployed and you see $34.27 is all that's left in your checking account.

posted at 09:41 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, September 19, 2003

Avast me hearties!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Arrrr! Smartly come aboard, Splice the Mainbrace 'till your deadlights turn red to International Talk Like a Pirate Day and Go On The Account! Blimey, no souls pass near here... aye, I may hang the jib, but I have no want to Dance with Jack Ketch... oh and no sprogs allowed on me ship...

We kindle and char and inflame and ignite.
Drink up me 'earties yo ho!

And j'st call me by My Pirate Name - Black William Rackham

Update: Harrr! Avast ye scurvy curr!! is a moblog to post pix of squiffies tryin' to talk like the Brethren of the Coast.

posted at 12:00 PM | Link | Memes § |
Friday 5 - Music

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? Don't have one since my tastes are all over the place.
2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why? I have no tollerance for any Hip Hop/Rap artist out there. I just despise the genre and I just can't tolerate it.
3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person? See #1. Hard to say if I don't have a favorite.
4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show? Of courser I've been to concerts. Haven't been to one in quite a while (Dixie Chicks being the last one)
5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music? Whoa! Wait a minute! The problem is that I believe the music should not be free for download unless the original artist(s) wanted it that way. That being said, I think the RIAA is way over the line on the prosecution perspective.

As you can tell, though I like music I don't live my life through music.

posted at 12:46 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands - Episode 1

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Beg, Barter, Steal

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posted at 08:37 PM | Link | Survivor | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 31

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |
Dog medical transport

Chelsea trying to sleep at home
Diane's dog Chelsea has been a major pert of our extended family for years. Chelsea had a pretty fast-growing tumor pop up on her chest over the past few weeks and it was time to get it surgically removed. The biopsies (yes, plural) were inconclusive so it was time to go in surgically and remove it. This required Chelsea to be taken to an animal surgical center (no quick trip to the vet).

Chelsea's surgery went well, with the doctor saying he was able to get a "good margin" around the tumor. We're all hoping for the best - pathology results won't be back until next week.

It was time to bring Chelsea home and Diane (correctly) thought she probably shouldn't do this alone, so she asked me to help her. How could I turn down Chelsea??? (oops... I mean... "How could I turn down my darling sister?" Yeah that's it...)

So, I drove into the city so we could drive together to the doctor in the northern suburbs.

I am SOOOOOOO glad there was two of us.

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posted at 01:47 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Now we're in big trouble

So, the answer to the question is no.

I don't know what to do.

posted at 11:35 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |

Monday, September 15, 2003

Drunky dinner

Wildfire in Schaumburg Interior of one of the rooms of Wildfire in Schaumburg A Flight of Martinis
Carol and I had our anniversary dinner tonight at Wildfire in Schaumburg. It's our first time there (we've been to the one downtown a few times and love the place). Well, we found something that looked great and was. The problem was that we both ordered it and we were looped before the appetizers arrived. We each had a Flight of Martinis - a wonderful way to taste their signature drinks. There was a Cosmopolitan (Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cranberry, lime), Green Apple Martini (Vox Vodka, De Kuyper Sour Apple Pucker, Lemonade, Sprite), Wild Raspberry Cosmopolitan (Stoli Raspberry, Triple Sec, cranberry, raspberry syrup), and Lemon Drop (Ketle One Citroen, sour mix, Sprite, sugared rim). Wonderful. Got through appetizers, salad, and barely got through the entrée and had to stop and skip dessert. Too full and too, um, mellow. Great night.

posted at 08:14 PM | Link | Mundane § |
TAR5 Casting

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
According to Variety, CBS has given exec producers Bertram van Munster and Jerry Bruckheimer the OK to begin casting The Amazing Race 5!!!!

OK, let's make this official...

Blogger to join me as Team Blogger to audition for the next Amazing Race. Wife and family not interested. Apply via email.

OK, I realize that's a a loooong shot, but hey, a guy can dream, right? We've got to rush here... applications (including videotape audition) has to be in to CBS by Wednesday, October 8th, 2003 at 5 p.m.

posted at 10:19 AM | Link | Reality TV § |

Carol & Michael - September 15, 1979
Well, another year as passed. I just wish that we were in better financial shape so we can celebrate this a little better...

September 15, 1979 - 24 years ago - Carol & I were married and we're still together.


posted at 08:19 AM | Link | Family | 2 comments § |

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Will work for no closing costs

Would a financial institution let a guy who is currently unemployed refinance his mortgage to get his payments substantially lower?

I guess it's time to find out...

posted at 06:02 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, September 12, 2003

Mime loose in the hoose

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:49 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Friday 5 - Your name

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed? Why, yes it is.
2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be? No, I'm OK with it.
3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?) I'm a Jr., meaning that I have the same name as my dad.
4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why? I'm neutral about names. I have more feelings about what people name their pets than I do about names of people.
5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn't it? You know what? No, it's not that accurate. It sounds like it makes me out to be stronger than I am.

Your name of Michael gives you a clever mind, good business judgment, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation of the finer things of life. You are serious-minded and not inclined to make light of things even in little ways, and in your younger years you had more mature interests than others your age. Home and family mean a great deal to you and it is natural that you should desire the security of a peaceful, settled home environment where you can enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Whatever you set out to accomplish you do your very best to complete in accordance with what you consider to be right. In the home you assume your responsibilities capably, having the self-confidence to form your own opinions and make your own decisions. Others can rely on you; once you have given your word you will do your utmost to fulfil a responsibility. However, there is a tendency to be a little too independent in your thinking and it is difficult for you to accept the help of others when you should.

posted at 08:59 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, September 11, 2003

White Sox 2 - Twins 5

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins
There is ONE thing in my life that makes me feel American - Baseball. If you know me, you know that baseball is truly intertwined in my life, and there's nothing more American - to me - than baseball. So, I drove to Riverside, picked up Janie & Gary and we went to a ball game.

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posted at 04:51 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Jeff's hints

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
Jeff Probst was on Live with Regis and Kelly this morning talking-up Survivor: Pearl Islands. There really wasn't much he revealed (which is pretty normal for Jeff). Regis asked Jeff "What's been the toughest location?" for Survivor and I always thought the answer was Africa. Jeff's answer confirmed that - sort of as he said "Up until this one, I would say Africa, definitely. It's just stifling." Hmmm... does that mean Jeff is saying that the Pearl Islands could be worse? He reveals that the cast was setup in the fact that they were told that they would have to "do some press" so wear something that they would look good in. Guys had Armani suits, women had sun dresses. So they do the press, but then the show starts... as in the show starts. Some of the women... umm... don't have anything on under their dresses... so everyone starts with what they are wearing. The effect is that it ends up more like as if you were shipwrecked.

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posted at 10:20 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 29

Big Brother 4 THEME

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posted at 09:04 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Oops... I dropped it...

NOAA-N Prime POES Weather satellite on the floor NOAA-N Prime POES Weather satellite on the floor
How do you tell somebody that you dropped and broke their satellite? Guess that happened a few days ago at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California. the NOAA-N Prime satellite was on a "turn over cart" and was being moved from vertical to horizontal when it, um, fell over. Why did it fall over? Techs from another project came over two days earlier and removed 24 bolts to be used on their "turn over cart" and didn't document it, and then the project techs didn't check to make sure the bolts were actually there since the last time they used it.

posted at 02:20 PM | Link | Space § |
Shine On, Shine On Harvest Moon

Tonight is a Full Moon, which, since it's the fool moon closest to the start of Fall, make it the Harvest Moon.

posted at 11:45 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Second wave

What is going on out there? Am I seeing a second wave of the Sobig.F virus? My email is getting flooded with that crap again. I hate viruses that spoof email addresses...

posted at 10:11 AM | Link | Computing § |
Magic Number: 17

Chicago White Sox
OK, folks, look... you have no idea how exciting this is to Chicago baseball fans... New York - you've had your subway series. Big friggin' deal. It's not like the Yankees or Mets have been out of contention for decades, so screw you right now...

The last time the White Sox and the Cubs have both been in First Place in September was...


That's when the Sox beat the Cubs in the World Series. The third World Series.

The last time the Cubs won the World series was 1908. Since then, both clubs have finished behind the league winners by under 10 games together only twice.

Since 1940, both teams had winning records at the end of the season only five times.

This is a big deal!

So, here it is September 10.
White Sox Magic Number: 17
Cubs Magic Number: 19 (or, as the t-shirts say around "The Cell" - 911)

posted at 08:43 AM | Link | White Sox § |

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

The Casino

Mark Burnett is allegedly working on a "spinoff" of "The Restaurant" called "The Casino". Yep, imagine a behind the scenes look at at the workings of a casino. He's been in Las Vegas talking to casino owners.

posted at 01:45 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Magic Number: 19

Chicago White Sox
I was reading the sports section of USA Today and saw something that I had forgotten about:

Magic Number: 19

Wow. It's actually there in print. Normally, the Magic Number is something we always chased, but there it was.

It's September.

We're in First Place.

And we have a Magic Number...

posted at 09:10 AM | Link | White Sox § |

Monday, September 08, 2003

Where'd it go????

I'm tired. Drained. Don't know why. I'd sit down for 20 minutes and an hour and a half passes. Hours are minutes, minutes are seconds... I can't seem to focus. The brain just seems... fuzzy. You know, lint-filled-like. Like it's been hanging around underneath the bed or something. I know I'm watching TV, but nothing registers - like a microcassette recorder you bring to a meeting to record the procedings so that you don't miss anything, only to find out that it's been sitting there playing because you never held down the record button...

posted at 04:34 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, September 07, 2003

White Sox 7 - Indians 3

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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Saturday, September 06, 2003

White Sox 8 - Indians 5

Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians

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posted at 04:44 PM | Link | White Sox § |
Big Brother Final 4 doings

Big Brother 4 THEME
First Robert gets Head of Household. He then nominates Jun & Alison for eviction. Then Alison gets Power of Veto, which means she'll take herself off and Erika will be put in her place. Which means to me that Erika is gone next week.

This show sure got screwed-up this year...

Update: And then Rob gets a T-Mobile phone call from home for the America's Challenge and Allison wins a Luxury Challenge to get a ride in a blimp (but she doesn't like flying) along with Jun (who has motion sickness)...

posted at 07:51 AM | Link | Reality TV § |

Friday, September 05, 2003

Big Deadly Thunder Mountain

I can get Carol on just about any attraction at any of the Disney parks. She's deathly afraid of some of the more, um, "exciting" rides, but she'll go on them anyway. Why? Her answer: "Walt Disney will not hurt me." She truly believes this. She firmly believes in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Disney organization.

Having said that, Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad jumped the tracks today and killing a man and injuring 10 other people. The accident took place inside a tunnel section of the ride.

posted at 04:38 PM | Link | Current Events § |
Survivor: Pearl Islands contestant background "problems"

Survivor: Pearl Islands THEME
You know, if you show up on a Reality show and you've got some baggage in your personal history, leave it to The Smoking Gun to find out about it. In this case, it is problems with four contestants from Survivor: Pearl Islands.

First, there's Christa Hastie, the 24-year-old computer programmer from Los Angeles. Even though her bio on the CBS website has She was once arrested for a misdemeanor and charged with "disrupting an officer's ability to perform his duties.", what's a bit more questionable are her postings to alt.drugs.hard and alt.drugs newsgroups in the late '90's about methamphetamine wants and uses as well as cocaine.

This is similar to Ryan Shoulders, the 23-year-old produce clerk from Clarksville, Tenn., who also posted messages, this time to the alt.drug.psychedelics newsgroup.

Third is Jon Dalton, the 29-year-old art consultant from Danville, Va., who entered a no contest plea to a DUI count and a charge of driving without insurance.

Last is Ryan Opray the 31-year-old electrician from Los Gatos, Calif., was arrested and charged with vandalizing the lawns of nine homes in his Los Gatos neighborhood with his Ford F-150.

posted at 02:46 PM | Link | Survivor § |
Reality TV Awards show?

The Washington Post is reporting that ABC is going to create an awards show honoring broadcast and cable reality programs. It's supposed to be a two-hour show airing sometime this fall.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. The Emmy's have only an award or two in this area, and that should be fine. A separate show cheapens an already cheap genre. I mean, if you won one of these awards, who the hell would care? At least an Emmy is a "legitimate" award. Would it be for the show or would individual contestants be awarded? They've already said that there would be a "Best Series" as well as reality-appropriate categories such as "Best Twist." I don't know...

posted at 02:40 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
Noisy quiet neighborhood

If Golf Road gets new concrete, you can't get across Golf Road gets new concrete
The neighborhood has been pretty quiet that last few days. there's hardly any traffic flying through the neighborhood because a street is closed at Golf Road. They are finally starting to lay concrete for the eastbound lanes by my house, so nobody can get onto Golf from this side street in the neighborhood. No more late night cruising with the friggin' radio booming or squealing tires as they take the turns too quickly. Of course, every once in a while there's construction noises from Golf Road. It was pretty noisy when they were breaking up the old concrete but it's pretty quiet now. It's actually quite nice. A quiet, suburban neighborhood.

posted at 10:42 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Friday 5 - Housekeeping

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most? Oh, crap - housekeeping!!! OK, look. I'm a male. I'm a guy. I'm also a pig. When it comes to housekeeping, my duties center around garbage - collecting it, bagging it, taking it out to the curb. That's about it. I do it and I don't do it well. The rest of the housekeeping is done by my lovely wife. There, I've said it. I don't do it. I'm sorry. I'm a lazy slob. I have to get that out there for everyone to hear. Yes, I'm a lazy slob, I don't do housework. That being said, this week's Friday Five just isn't going to be good for me, if you know what I mean. OK, thing I hate most? How about taking out the garbage... (God, that's lame...)
2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing? For some reason, I don't mind doing windows (which I rarely do) or - get ready for this - I've enjoyed defrosting a freezer. Go figure.
3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed? Umm... as needed. Yeah, as needed...
4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules? Ummm.... not doing it?
5. What was the last thing you cleaned? The screen on one of our TV sets.
(Boy am I going to get slammed for this...)

posted at 08:54 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Lunching by the pool in West Hollywood

Just got off the phone with my sister who is lunching by the pool at Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood. Sounds like she's having a great time. I miss California. I haven't been there in almost 20 years.

posted at 04:28 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Sunning Bunny

Indy is all stretched out enjoying the sun and breeze
I couldn't find Indy again this afternoon. I found her upstairs in the bedroom again. This time she was laying all stretched out in the sun with her nose in the air sniffing the breeze coming in the open window. It was pretty cute and something she's never done. But then again, she's been doing some really odd things lately.

posted at 03:11 PM | Link | Bunnies § |

Happy Birtday wishes go out to my buddy Barry (who took the day off work to do something he loves) and to my sister, who is out in California, driving Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to L.A. doing a ton of sightseeing along the way. She's always going somewhere on her birthday (which is great for her but weird for family and friends who would like to celebrate with her). Anyway, hope you guys have a good day!

posted at 10:32 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Amish tomato death?

This has to be a case of road rage by somebody just not familiar with the area...

Every year, around Labor Day, Amish kids hide in cornfields and toss tomatoes at passing cars as a prank. Well, this time, about 10 people, ages ages 15 to 23 were tossing tomatoes, when one motorist got out of his car and fired three to five rounds into the 7-foot-high corn, killing a 23-year-old. Does tossing tomatoes warrant murder???

posted at 10:18 AM | Link | Current Events | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Big Brother 4 - Episode 26
Big Brother 4 THEME

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Stealth Bunny

Indy checking out our bedroom
You can hear a dog walking around a house.

You may not hear a cat walking around the house unless they meow or purr loudly.

You just can't hear a rabbit roaming around a house.

Indy was just upstairs with me, checking out if I was still here and if there was anything new in the bedroom. There wasn't, but the window was open so there was a nice breeze so she had to stop and stand in the sun, smelling the outside air.

I can't tell you how special a house rabbit is. Let's face it - they're not as smart as dogs or cats. They rarely listen to their humans, and if they don't know you, they may not interact much. But they're sweet and loving and Carol and I have loved our bunnies. Indy is great to have around.

I don't have anything to really say here. It's just that she came upstairs for a visit and she looked too damn cute, so I had to write about it.

posted at 04:25 PM | Link | Bunnies § |

You know, I've been wondering for a long time: are all those product names at IKEA real? I mean, to me, they just seem fake. Well, I'm wrong. It turns out that there's actually a scheme to the names! I think I feel a little bit better!

posted at 04:24 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Birds at the Doctor's

The aviary at the doctor's office The birds inside the aviary
I was back in the city today to take my mom to the doctor. Not a big deal I guess, except you see - mom hasn't had a doctor for at least a decade or so. Today was her first visit with what we are hoping to be her new physician. The office was... a little odd. Lots of clown paintings, even clowns as doctors... clown stained glass... a big aquarium (yes, it had a clown fish and a puffer fish...). There was a really cool aviary with a bunch of finches, diamond doves, and a canary. It wasn't a cage - it was more like an aviary. Very cool to watch. Oh, mom's fine. A little high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but she's fine.

posted at 03:47 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, September 01, 2003

September Baseball

It's September. It's Chicago. Historically, this has been a bad month for baseball for us. The Cubs, even if they've shown hope and promise earlier in the season have usually faded by now, or are in the process of fading. The White Sox, if they haven't been contending in the first half of the season, are nowhere to be found, usually prompting fire sales or "white flag" trades.

Welcome to 2003.

As I write this, The Cubs are in third, 1½ games behind division-leading St. Louis and Houston. However, they're at home with only a .500 record at home, and are in the middle of a 5-game series playing St. Louis, so there could be some movement this week. In contention? Possibly.

The White Sox, having the day off, are now in first by 2 games, ahead of both Minnesota & Kansas City. The Sox have 25 games in 27 days coming up, playing 7 against Kansas City and 7 against the Twins, not to mention 5 against the Red Sox and 3 against the Yankees. Hopefully their 43-23 home record will help. In contention? Possibly.

This is rare, folks. If neither team makes it into the post-season, fans will be pissed but they'll eventually chalk it up to the state of baseball in Chicago.

If one of the teams make it, there will be some very ungracious slamming of the other team, their management, and their fans.

If both teams make it, all hell will break loose in this city and God help us all.

I'm giddy....

posted at 08:25 PM | Link | Baseball § |
*nose wiggle*
posted at 08:50 AM | Link | Memes | 1 comment § |


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