Tuesday, March 31, 2009

5 things

Thanks to Rainn Wilson on Twitter, I came across a very cool blog. They posed a question of what 5 things you would cut off your pinky toe for. Which is a very interesting idea.

Unfortunately the people at this blog are a bunch of nancies, and said:

1. end war
2. find a cure for cancer
3. be weightless in outer space
4. save someones life
5. lots and lots of dollars

Outside of 3 and 5 they are doing some cosmic sucking up. All you would cut off for a cure for cancer would be a toe? I am fairly certain that if someone came up to me and said that if I cut off my right arm, cancer would be cured forever, I'd be all, wheres the hacksaw and stick to bite on. Also, cutting off a toe, is not going to cure cancer. Since it is just a toe, it should be something that someone actually has the ability to offer you, so you would actually have to weight how much you enjoy your toes. God isn't going to come down from heaven, and be all, "Hey Jimmy, I was thinking that this whole war thing has really run it's course. Since I can't just end war without anything in return, your going to need to lop off a toe for me."

Here is my five:

1. Being offered the position of Vice President of the United States
2. 5 Million Dollars...well 1 million dollars most likely, but a certain if it is 5 million
3. A staring role in a Muppet Movie...or Wes Anderson Movie
4. To be on an NBA roster, with a 5 year roster gurantee
5. Free groceries for life

What's yours?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Bevy of Things

I hate being reduced to blogging just on the weekend, but it has been a busy week. So here is a bevy of things to get you updated.

1. I am trying this whole twittering thing the kids are doing these days. I don't find that I have enough time to keep up on things, or have much to say, so I don't twitter much. Also in my infinite wisdom, started following the my boss on twitter. (ridiculus idea I know) We have been having a lot of conversations at work about Social Networking sites, and he mentioned he started a Twitter account, to see what it was all about. So I said I had an account as well. So far he isn't following me though. At this point, I can only hope he dosen't.

2. While I am talking work, most of my week was spent either prepping for or being at our sales meeting. We hadn't had one since 2007, so we brought the sales team in, which is about 70 people when you combine the inside and outside sales team. I got to spend a good amount of time in front of the group presenting and running things. Everyone said I did a good job, so hopefully it has won me some points with the execs in the room.

3. I watched Twilight today. Sorry dear, but it was crap. I enjoy vampire stories. The Historian is one of my favorite books, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of my favorite shows. Twlight can't hold Buffys stake bag. The misses was all, wasn't the fight at the end awesome. I was all, I saw a better fight between Angel and Spike on an episode of Angel, so no, it wasn't awesome. I won't mock it further though, since the wife likes it.

4. I am going to admit. I have a slight celeb crush on Kate, from Jon and Kate plus 8. I have no idea why, but I do.

5. I did though watch a good movie. After Twilight, we watched Role Models. Very Funny movie.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stop the Press

Thanks to TMZ, I have learned that MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, may be touring. It's mind blowing how awesome this might be.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I guess I attract hippies.....on Twitter

So I joined Twitter. Mainly to check it out a bit, and see how it works, for some research I am doing for work. I currently have three followers. One is the Onion, which seems to just add you if you have added them. The other two are some "green" organizations. No idea how they found me, or why they added me.

Now if I can only get my BB set up so I can update on the go, I might make more use out of this thing.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I am a Ninja!


I really should be sleeping, since it is after one, and I have to go to a wedding tomorrow, but I can't without blogging first.

The NCAA Basketball Tournament, is some of the best TV ever. I am a basketball nut. I have loved the sport since I was in 1st grade and spent an entire recess, trying to make my first basket. I did, right before the bell rang. I played through High School. Some of my happiest times were on the basketball court. I can fully admit, that the hardest I have ever worked at something, was during basketball games my senior year.

I loved playing. Since I was coming off of Cross Country season, I was typically in better shape than most, so I could run circles around people. I enjoyed trash talking opponents, and diving after lose balls. I wasn't the most talented offensive player, but I would always take pleasure in the floor burns I would acquire during the games. I wasn't anything spectacular, but I did have two colleges (one D3and one two year school) offer to let me play in college.

So when it comes time for March Madness, my love of the game creeps back up. I cheer for the Badgers, who one in OT tonight and pull for the Cinderella stories. I buzzer beater is a thing of beauty and agony all at the same time.

I look forward to it each year.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shout Out

My brother is back in town. He flew in today for a wedding next weekend. He lives in San Fran, so it was nice to see him. He also got to meet Sophia for the first time.

His girlfriend, Melissa (I appoligize if you spell it another way, with a y perhaps, or one s, or two l's, or with two z's, Melizza) is also with him. Since she said that she finds my blog funny at times, she is officially awesome.

Wayne Gretzky vs Jesus

As I have said in the past, I listen to SMODcast, which is a podcast by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. The podcasts I enjoy most are when the conversation turns to religion. Kevin was raised Catholic, but is more of a non-practicing Catholic these days, and Scott for all intensive purposes seems to be an atheist.

Todays conversation turned to how Wayne Gretzky is like Jesus. There is the obvious similarity of walking on water (for those of you that don't know, Wayne Gretzky played hockey, so it is more of skating on frozen water, but you get the comparison).
Both of them had devout followings, did things that others could not, were seemingly really nice people.

Which made me think a lot about religion. I don't really want to talk religion here. I will for a minute though. I like the idea of religion being something that you believe in, not something that you believe.

Here is my criteria for the difference in the two. Believe in, means it's tangible. You can see it, hear it, watch it, be part of it. You don't have doubts about what happened, or took place. You can believe in what happened, or what someone stood for.

To believe, means blind faith. You are jumping from the cliff with faith that the hand of god will catch you. Jesus was the son of God, he was crucified, died, and was burried. On the third day he rose and ascended in to Heaven. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. You don't need proof, you just believe.

I like the idea, that you believe in becoming a better person because Wayne Gretzky is a good person. I don't think I would choose Wayne Gretzky, but I can see building a belief system based on how Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, etc. lived their lives. I also like the idea, that you want to become a better person because Jesus was. I just don't think you should limit yourself to Jesus.

This next statement leans on the controversial side, so be prepared. I don't believe that Jesus is the son of God. I believe he was a good person, who believed in a higher power, and doing good things. I am confident that if you go back in time, and tell Jesus that in the future, a religion would be based around the belief that he was the son of God, he would punch you square in the face.

I am not against organized religion. I was raised Lutheran, and at the end of the day think I am a much better person for going to church, and learning what I did. I do have issues with the way organized religion's have abused their power for things such as money, power, and land. It blows my mind that wars have been fought, and lives lost due to religious differences. I find it crazy that a religion is based on the ideas of a Science Fiction writer. I think it is insane to think if you strap a bomb to yourself, and blow yourself up, that you believe you get 40 virgins in the afterlife. I also think it is crap that you can be a horrible person, confess on your death bed and all is forgiven.

Anyway, I will hop down of my soapbox.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I probably would have told her no as well.

So it seems that Miley Cyrus is going to ruin Radiohead. Apparently she begged her manager at the Grammy's to get the chance to meet Radiohead. When Radiohead was approached, they declined. To their credit, they also turned down Kanye West's people as well. So they are equal opportunity denyers.

That being said. Why is Miley Cyrus even at the Grammy's. Have they sunk that low for ratings, that they need to let Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers perform?

Anyway, I really enjoy Radiohead, which is more so the reason for the post. I first heard them on MuchMusic out of Canada. When I was growing up, we couldn't get cable where we lived, and when my parents finally decided to get Dish, we didn't get the fancy package, which had MTV and VH1. We got the standard package, which came with MuchMusic. Which I loved. I heard so many bands, before I heard them in the US. One of which was Radiohead (another was the Back Street Boys, which I knew of about a year before they hit it big in the US, lucky me).

Thursday, March 12, 2009

How Mustard Was Ruined Forever

On New Years Eve, a friend brought with her the worlds best mustard. It was like a spicy honey mustard. It was heavenly. I would eat it every day if possible. About a month ago, I used the last of this mustard of the gods, with some pork chops. Since then, I have tried to avoid meals where I would use some store bought spicy brown mustard, hoping that over time the taste would fade, and I would be able to enjoy the mustard that mere mortals eat.

I failed.

Today we had pork chops, and with them, I used what used to be a very tasty mustard. Today it was crap.

Since the mustard is home made, I may never taste that magnificent mustard again.

So, I have been to the top of Mustard Mountain, and have since slid down those spicy brown slopes, to the bottom.


Sunday, March 8, 2009


I am fairly certain I have blogged about naps before, but I am going to do it again.


I decided today, while Sophia took a nap, that I would as well. I put in my new noise reducing ear buds for my Ipod, used the Genius app(which deserves it's own blog post) to create a playlist, and drifted off to sleep.

If I were to plan my perfect day, I would have two hours set aside for napping. A nap from 1-3 is about the perfect time.

Here is my new guilty You Tube pleasure. I like like, Garfunkel and Oates.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sugar High and the Amish

Today I drove by Office Max and saw some Amish people, leaving Office Max with some boxes, on the way to get into their horse drawn buggy. What do you think they were buying? I want to think they buy electronics to sacrifice them to their corn gods.

Also, I have been on a sugar high all week long. I was in Shopko, and wanted to get a box of Milk Duds, I ended up buying two boxes of Milk Duds, two boxes of Mike and Ikes, and a box of Dots. I basically ate them non stop for 3 days. Then it is the opening day for Belts (local ice cream shop in town) and our work gets everyone a big twist ice cream on opening day. So I am a bit jittery, and I imagine my urine tastes like Kool Aide.

One more item, Congrats to Snoop and Alexis on the purchase of their new house. It looks great. I am looking forward to many cookouts and lawn games this summer.

Ninja Bear

He will own you!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stuck in my head

This song has been stuck in my head all weekend. From my head to yours.

Baby Giggle Alarm Clocks

The past couple of days I was awaken by baby giggles. You can't be mad in the morning when you are jolted from your sleep by a giggiling baby. You also can't hit the "snooze" button, and fall back a sleep.

So I think I should created the, Alarm Clock Baby, and get the ShamWow guy to be my pitch man.

Any investors?