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Lazy Sunday

Sunday – 30 November 2008
Today is the last day of November. It’s odd to think that we’re almost in December already.

It’s been a lazy day. It started off with sleeping in – which is a pretty good way to kick off a Sunday, I must say. Next up was football and breakfast. And coffee. Tasty, hot coffee.

After the first games, SaraRules and I headed to her parents’ place… for more football and hanging out. We also worked on this year’s Christmas card. *nod* Later this evening, we might watch Hancock. We’ll see.

What do and NY Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress have in common?

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
3 – 34
The Bengals took on the Ravens in Baltimore today. The game wasn’t televised here, but I followed the game on NFL Game Center.Joe Flacco threw for 280 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions. Mark Clayton even got in on it, with a 32 yard TD pass to Derrick Mason. Clayton also had a touchdown, as did Todd Heap.On the other side of the ball, Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t seem to pull his offense together into a fully-cohesive unit. He did put together a good drive near the end of second half… but he couldn’t turn it into six points.

Sorry, and .

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers
35 – 31
The Panthers took on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Jake Delhomme passed for 177 yards, with 0 INT. He also ran for one touchdown and DeAngelo Williams ran for four more. The game came down to a Jon Beason interception of an Aaron Rodgers pass, with 1:09 left in the 4th Quarter.

Miami Dolphins at St. Louis Rams
16 – 12
The fish took on Marc Bulger and the Rams in St. Louis. After a 1-15 run last season, the Dolphins had pieced together a 6-5 season coming into this game. It wasn’t a powerhouse game. Chad Pennington threw for 166 yards, 0 INT. RB Ronnie Brown ran for Miami’s only touchdown. The game came down to the last forty-two seconds (00:41), when Andre Goodman picked off a Marc Bulger pass.

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Dinner time!


“You drive like you’ve done this before. What are you, a wheelman?”

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"You drive like you've done this before. What are you, a wheelman?"

Saturday – 29 November 2008
Today’s been action-packed. SaraRules, Rachel and I got up and had coffee/tea before we hit the ground running. Our first stop was Rich’s Bagels for a bit of breakfast. It was SaraRules’ recommendation, as Rachel had said that she wanted “real” bagels for breakfast.  It was the first time that I’d been there, but it was a nice place.

Next stop: The Garden of Sweden. Objective: EXPEDIT (birch finish), for the office closet. And a few more NYTTJA frames. And a couple other miscellaneous items.

Back to the apartment. Rachel headed back for the southern reaches a little after we got back. Logan called and asked if we wanted to go with him to see Transporter 3; we said “sure.” He came over and we headed to the theatre. The movie wasn’t what I’d call “cinema verite,” but it was entertaining. And fun. I had something of a revelation about 30 minutes into the movie: It was an odd amalgamation of Smokey and the Bandit and the old kung-fu movies of the 70s and early 80s. That made me smile.

Back home and then over to SaraRules’ parents for dinner. Thanksgiving leftovers. And they were just as tasty today as they were on Thursday. We watched The Fast and the Furious while we ate.

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. SaraRules and I set about putting together the new bookcase – we finished it in about 45 minutes… including time for me to put a bid in on a Superman Prime ‘Clix. And now, I’m deciding on whether or not I want to go to breakfast. (Decisions, decisions…)


“Three is a magic number… yes, it is.”

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"Three is a magic number... yes, it is."

Friday: Coda
Dad called a few hours ago to let me know that Adam (Sib-3) and Chelsea have a new addition to the family. That’s right, I’m an uncle… again. Both mother and baby are fine. Details and pictures to follow, as they become available.

Rachel came up from Cedar City and joined us for coffee. SaraRules’ brother, Logan, came and hung out with us, too.

Tomorrow: The Garden of Sweden. Amen.

“Do you deal in black money…?”

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"Do you deal in black money...?"

Friday – 28 November 2008
Today is Black Friday – not in the stock market sense, but in the shopping sense. I try to make it a point to avoid most shopping venues before lunchtime (if I go at all) on this day. Good luck, godspeed and may The Force be with you, to those who decide to brave the masses.

This morning, after sleeping in, I decided to do some cleaning: I put a load of dishes in the dishwasher and, while that was going, I tackled the mess that existed in one of my closet – there will be a shelving unit/bookcase going in there this weekend and it wouldn’t fit with everything else that’s found its way in there. It was a long overdue project, but it went pretty well. I even found a lot of clothing items that shall be going to the local donation center. I should take on another closet… but I know me better than that.

SaraRules is supposed to call me in a bit, to see if I want to go to the gym with her. I’ll most likely go as:

  1. I don’t really have anything on the agenda until time for Clitorati
  2. I should get in a workout since I spent the better part of yesterday eating in front of the TV
  3. It’s good for me.

I need to get to Office Max or Office Depot or some such place today and pick up some boxes for the ‘Clix auctions I need to get in the mail.

I should get take some more auction pictures, too.

Okay… that’s enough for now.


Unintentional porn overheard during Thanksgiving dinner

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Unintentional porn overheard during Thanksgiving dinner

Steve (SaraRules’ Dad): I used to fall asleep inside Helen¹ all the time.
I think that I laughed for a good two to three minutes over this.

SaraRules (to Logan): I’ll pay you 50¢ to suck on that².

¹ – Helen was the name of an old comfy chair he used to have.
(Why he named it Helen, the world may never know…)

² – Logan had just picked up the turkey neckbone (to throw it away) and held it up like he was going to take a bite of it.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday – 27 November 2008
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Last night, I watched Tropic Thunder with SaraRules and her family. I was originally ambivalent (at best) about seeing this movie. After seeing it, I have to say that I not only enjoyed it… I laughed my ass off at parts of it. (Not a bad thing, given that today is Thanksgiving and will be a “pile on the pounds and calories” fest.) It was silly, mindless, turn-off-your-brain fare, but it was well-done. And, Robert Downey, Jr. playing an Aussie playing a Black guy was very funny, as well. If you’re looking for a light – and funny – way to pass an hour and a half, this isn’t a bad way to go.

Today, I slept in. Way in. Double-digits in. And it was good. SaraRules stopped by and picked me up for Thanksgiving dinner. And football, which I’m watching now. The Titans vs. the Lions – the best team in the NFL vs. the worst team in the NFL. I’m not sure that I’d call 35-10 “a game,” as much as a “blowout.” But, it’s football. And that’s enough. Soon there will be food. Lots of food. And sweet potato pie. Selah.

Stray Toasters

  • MightyGodKing takes a look at the last year of Spider-Man in Brand New Year.
  • It’s the Superman Next Door
  • By way of :
  • I just saw the new/latest/whatever trailer for The Spirit.  I like.
  • I just spoke with , who is on his way to visit his family for the holiday – he said that it’s (nearly) time for the holiday season “stop driving like an idiot” posts from the Council for Better Driving.

And that’s a wrap.


Friday free-for-all…. wait, what do you mean “It’s not Friday?!”

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Friday free-for-all.... wait, what do you mean "It's not Friday?!"

Wednesday – 26 November 2008
First off, congratulations to and on the birth of their daughter.

Last night, I stopped in to see and help sort out a problem with her bed. Fortunately, it seemed to be a fairly easy fix. After that, we headed down to Red Espresso, a new coffee shop at 509 East 300 South. It’s a very small, but quite cozy little shop; it’s been open for about a month. I had a caramel mocha (made with real caramel, not just caramel-flavored syrup), while Nyx had a chai latte – we enjoyed our respective drinks. If you’re downtown and looking for a new place for a coffee drink, give it a try.

After that, SaraRules met me at my place and we traipsed off to Best Buy… who is having a great movie sale. We walked out with something on the order of ten movies for a little over $70, including the new 2-disc Hancock and 24: Redemption (which I missed the other night); the other movies clocked in between $3.99, $4.99 or $6.99. Check out the Best Buy website for titles and prices – as I recall, there are about 520 titles on sale.

Today will hopefully be a relatively quiet day around the office. I have a training module to do and a server fan to replace, but I think that’s pretty much it. Then, I’m Ivory Soap sure that I’m heading to Far West to play a game or two of ‘Clix before heading off to make sweet potato pies for tomorrow.

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Quote of the Day
Today’s bit o’ banter comes from yet another IRC chat:

(08:26:43) entered the room.
(08:27:07) : damn dirty market.
(08:27:50) Ahpuc: Dirty, filthy, slutty market
(08:28:27) : YEAH
(08:30:45) : that is all.
(08:30:45) left the room (quit: Leaving).
(08:55:35) Me: O,o
(08:58:32) Me: damn dirty == apes
(08:58:42) Me: damn dirty == market
(08:58:48) Me: So… market == apes?
(09:04:09) Ahpuc: And apes = monkeys – tails
(09:04:18) Ahpuc: So market = monkeys – tails
(09:04:25) Me: Ah…. this shit is bananas.’
(09:04:34) Ahpuc: Therefore monkeys = market + tails !
(09:04:41) Ahpuc: Pin the tail on the market!
(09:04:48) Me: tails = tuxedos
(09:05:00) Me: Therefroe monkeys = market + tuxedos
(09:05:14) Me: apes = monkeys – tuxedos
(09:05:30) Ahpuc: tuxedos = penguins ?
(09:06:13) Me: So, by that rationale: Charleton Heston starred in “Planet of the Monkeys – Penguins”
(09:06:16) left the room (quit: res pls).
(09:06:43) entered the room.
(09:07:01) Ahpuc: apparently does not like our logic.
(09:08:12) Ahpuc: r0b, I just realized the implications here. Charlton Heston could fix the market!
(09:08:15) Ahpuc: Too bad he’s DEAD.

“I’ve built up so much character, I’ve got an alter-ego…”

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"I've built up so much character, I've got an alter-ego..."

Tuesday – 25 November 2008
Day 2 of 3.  Selah.
It’s been a quiet day. I had a meeting. I have another meeting in less than an hour. WHEEE!

Marci, Wes and I hit the gym for a lunchtime workout. In the locker room, I had a realization:

I have two (2) pairs of navy blue gym shorts:

  • An “around the house” pair (the waistband is a little frayed, has a few holes – that give them character) and
  • A “going to the gym” pair – in good all-around condition.

Guess which pair wound up going with me to the gym today.

That didn’t stop us from having a good workout. Wes and I went for max presses today – He’s still a couple of weeks out from hitting 225 lbs; I’m still not back to 300, but I had a good 250 rep. Then we went into the rest of the workout – Marci joined us for everything but bench press:

  • Bench press: 3 sets/10 reps – 2 sets @ 200 lbs; 1 set @ 200 lbs (7 reps)/185 lbs (3 reps)
  • Fly (machine): 3 sets/10 reps, 120 lbs
  • Back Extensions (machine): 3 sets/10 reps, 120 lbs
  • Curls (dumbell, “middle block”): 3 sets/10 reps, 15 lbs
  • Reverse Punch (dumbbell): 3 sets/10 reps, 15 lbs
  • Decline Barbell Press: 3 sets/10 reps – 2 sets @ 40 lbs; 1 set @ 50 lbs
  • Tricep Press (bar): 3 sets/15 reps, 80 lbs
  • Wrist curls (barbell): 3 sets/15 reps, 45 lbs (forward and reverse)
  • Push-ups: 3 sets, 10 reps

Post-workout weight: 181.3 lbs

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And that’s all there is to it.

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And that's all there is to it.

Monday: Coda
One jumpstart…
One smashed finger…
And a chunk of change later,

I have a new battery.

Now, I’m watching The Late Show and eating ginger snaps (with a tall glass of icy cold milk!).



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It’s been a pretty decent day… even for a Monday.

Stray Toasters

  • Before the collapse of WizKids, Jake Theis – former Brand and Product Development manager – wrote a series of blogs on “Brand Development and Philosophy.” They were good. Very good. It was supposed to be a ten-part series, but he only got five of them into print before Topps decided to fold the WizKids line. This afternoon, I finally jotted an email to him about my thoughts on the series and whether the rest of it would see print. A short while later, I received a reply. And, it looks as though Parts Six through Ten may see print.
  • Jonathan Glancey on why LEGO is the best brick on the block
  • Burj Tower: the world’s largest cloud buster
  • Because it’s always good for a laugh or twenty-seven: Best of Craigslist
  • Despite the fact that you weren’t born to millionaire/billionaire parents AND the fact that you haven’t traveled the world to study martial arts AND the fact that you don’t have the limitless resources of a multinational company at your disposal, have you ever wanted to be Batman? Well, maybe these will help you get one step closer.
  • Speaking of billionaire industrialists: Iron Man Children’s Costume Modded to Be Deadly-Cute
  • By way of : Mega Man “trailer”

Today’s Challenge
I’m in search of a Mäkta Decorative Sphere, specifically the amber/yellow one. Unfortunately the local IKEA does not seem to have any in stock.

So, my challenge to those of you who live near a Garden of Sweden: Find one.
If you should happen to find one, please let me know in which location you found it.


“She caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride…”

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"She caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride..."

Monday – 24 November 2008
It’s definitely a Monday.

I don’t mean to say that it’s been “bad,” per se, but it’s been proven itself to be “a Monday” already:

The day started off well…

  • The alarm went off and I got up…
  • I went into the living room and plopped down on the couch for a few…
  • I talked to SaraRules for a couple of minutes…
  • Got under way and got ready (including getting lunch and breakfast ready)…
  • Hit the door…
  • Got in the car…

…to find that my battery had decided to call in sick.

I got a jump-start from one of the maintenance guys and headed on in to the office. Looks like I’ll be hitting up AutoZone or Pep Boys on the way home.

Other than that, the day is going pretty well. Even for a Monday. And it’s a short week, to boot.

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And that’s it for now.


Another (lazy) Pleasant Valley Sunday

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Another (lazy) Pleasant Valley Sunday

Sunday – 23 November 2008
Today’s been good on a number of fronts:

  • I got to sleep in (a bit).
  • I watched football.
  • I watched the stats tracking of the Eagles-Ravens game.
  • I went to the Garden of Sweden with SaraRules.
  • I played City of Heroes. (I know…!)
  • I hung out with SaraRules’ family and watched more football.

Pretty much any way you look at it, that’s a day full of goodness and win.

Games and music

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Games and music

Saturday – 22 November 2008
This morning started off quietly. There was sleeping in and breakfast before the day kicked off.

After all of that, I gathered up my things, picked up Chris and we headed to Far West Comics for a 2000 point HeroClix tournament. Unrestricted. And we had the option of using one (1) colossal figure. I went with:

There were a couple of other guys who brought Dark Phoenix figures, too. I wound up going 1-2 for the day: I lost the first round on points, lost the second round in a pure beatdown and won the third round handily. But, I really didn’t go into the tourney to win; I just wanted to play around with figures that I haven’t had a chance to field test yet: E-2 Supes and Dark Phoenix. And they were fun to play. (Too bad they don’t fit in standard 300 point games.)

After that, I met up with SaraRules. We picked up dinner and headed back to my place.

Tonight, we’re off to the symphony to hear Shostakovich‘ 5th Symphony.

And that’s a wrap.

“My name’s Friday. I carry a badge.”

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"My name's Friday. I carry a badge."

Friday – 21 November 2008
It’s the end of the week. Finally. Amen.
I seem to be on the downhill slope of this cold. Finally. Amen.

Today hasn’t been bad. I didn’t rush in getting ready this morning, including a thirty-minute Interweb surfing session before heading out the door. I can’t really complain about the workday, so far, either. Or maybe that’s just Friday apathy talking. Who knows?

Stray Toasters

  • You’d think that if a vendor/manufacturer sent you a multi-thousand dollar server, they’d include a power cord or two with it.
  • I don’t know how long ago they implimented it, but I just discovered that you an schedule your auction start times on eBay. The last that I was aware, you had to buy auction management software to schedule them for you. I like this option much better… even if there is a $0.10 fee for doing it.
  • For reasons that I have yet to explain, I had the theme from My Mother, the Car running through my head while I was getting ready for work this morning.
  • Cranky Colbert warms up for a heartwarming holiday show
  • Ginger snaps. The cookies, not the movie.
  • 2000-point unrestricted ‘Clix bash tomorrow. I should really put some thought into who I want to use.
  • Guitar Hero as training for bionic arms

Almost… done…


“You can try to ignore the weight of the load.”

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"You can try to ignore the weight of the load."

Wes and I were the only ones who made it to the gym this afternoon. That’s fine, we had a good workout:

  • Lat Pull-downs: 3 sets/10 reps, 100 lbs
  • Lateral Raises (w/ flys): 3 sets/10 reps, 10 lbs
  • Row (machine): 3 sets/10 reps – 1 set @ 80 lbs; 2 sets @ 100 lbs
  • Dips (unassisted): 3 sets/10 reps
  • Tricep Extension (rope): 3 sets/12 reps, 60 lbs
  • Lower Back extensions: 3 sets/10 reps (with 10 lb weight)
  • Push-ups: 3 sets, 10 reps

Post-workout weight: 182.4 lbs.  I seem to have plateaued here, but I think I’m okay with that.  For now.