Friday, April 30, 2004

3 Questions Answered

Thanks to Adelle for giving me 3 questions to answer. Hopefully, she got more people asking her questions than I did.

So...without further ado (not Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old soccer player)...I give you 3 questions answered:

1. What is your favorite place to travel to and why?
While I'm not exactly worldly, I think I'll have to say Seattle. I've only been there twice, but it's been beautiful both times I've been there. In fact, my wife and I are going there for a long weekend in June. She's never been there, so I'm hoping we have a few days of sunshine.

2. What do you like best about yourself?
After seeing myself on videotape this week, it's definitely NOT my body. I have to change that. But to answer the question, I like my personality and sense of humor the best. I think I'm a very easy-going guy who really likes to laugh a lot.

3. How do you plan to vote for President this year?
On one of them newfangled voting machines of course! Seriously, though, I'll probably vote for Kerry if for no other reason than the ass-backwards position that Bush has taken on the whole gay marriage debate. Sadly, because I live in Kansas, my vote won't make a bit of difference, but I can't not vote on this one. Plus, this whole Iraq thing is getting on my nerves. Don't get me wrong, I support the hell out of our troops over there...just not the idiots keeping them there.

So that's all for today's 3 questions. I've been remiss in checking out my fellow bloggers' blogs, so I'm off to do that now.

Have a good night all!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Three Questions

Adelle posted this little challenge over at her place, so I thought it was a good idea.

I want everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions, no more no less. You may ask me anything.

Then to go to your journal or weblog, and copy and paste this allowing others (including myself) to ask you anything. Please leave me a comment so I'll know that you copied it.

Answers will be given in a follow-up post.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Random Ramblings

A few scattered thoughts as I blog from the comfort of my bed at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City...

Just saw a new Nike Golf commercial with Tiger Woods, his fuzzy tiger clubhead cover (don't remember his name) and Charles Barkley. Pretty funny stuff.

Also...I know it's a day early, but Pat McGee Band is going to be on ESPN2's Cold Pizza tomorrow morning. Be sure to check them out! (Note to self to call brother to Tivo it in the morning.)

Is there a guy on the planet that looks less like a football expert than ESPN's John Clayton??? And if you look closely, he has some funky long hair mullet thing going on in the back...very strange.

I didn't see it, but apparently American Idol was even more of a joke than last week. I'm glad I've missed this show the last few weeks.

Tonight, I went to my boss's boss's house for a barbecue. I'm the only guy on the whole team, but we had a good time as one of the women brought her newly adopted 6-month-old daughter...VERY cute baby. Didn't get back until 11, but it was still a good time and great food too. She grilled beef kabobs, chicken, shrimp, vegetable kabobs and also made spinach dip, key lime pie, homemade peach yogurt and the list just goes on and on. AN EXCELLENT DINNER.

OK...I've put off checking my work e-mail long enough. Have a good night everyone.



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Greetings From Salt Lake City

Yep...I'm on the road again and this time I have a headache.

Sleeping in hotels is usually not a problem for me, but last night I couldn't sleep well at all. Had a tinge of a headache all night and finally broke down at 5:00 and opened the $4.50 first aid kit from the mini-bar. Sadly, the two Tylenol still haven't fully kicked in yet.

I tried going back to sleep, but finally got up at 5:40...ON MY OWN...with no kids crying or bothering me. WTF is wrong with me????

Anyway, I'm here for three days of training with all of my new teammates. It seems that I've been made the designated driver (even though I didn't rent a car). Last night, most of us gathered at the hotel for the free wine hour and free neck and back massages. That was pretty cool. We then went to a restaurant called Thaifoon...a Japanese/Thai restaurant...very good stuff.

And speaking of the hotel, if you're ever in Salt Lake (and a few other cities), I highly recommend the Hotel Monaco. They'll even give you a goldfish to keep in your room if you want and it's a pet-friendly hotel. It's a very nice change from the cookie-cutter rooms of chains like Marriott.

Well...I need to finish getting ready for the day's events which will be topped off with barbecue at the boss's house. Should be a relatively good time.

Have a great day everyone!

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Saturday, April 24, 2004

SNL Note

OK...I don't know how many of you watch Saturday Night Live, but I'm sitting here watching the first skit with Christina Aguilera playing Samantha from Sex & The City.

I gotta say, the girl was DAMNED good and funny. I'm curious to see how she does during the rest of the show.

Christina was actually funnier than any of the other three in the skit. And her impersonation was excellent!

Until Next Time...

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Friday, April 23, 2004

Let's Hear It For Friday!!!

OK...I just couldn't stay away.

Just a real quick post before I head out to pick up some barbecue to have with the in-laws before tonight's Daddy/Daughter Dance.

Today, I worked from home and loved every minute of it. I got more done than in my typical day at the office and was much happier at the same time.

I started out at the kitchen table for most of the morning, then headed down to the basement to work from the couch down there. From there, I headed all the way upstairs and worked while sitting on our bed and listening to some tunes.

Among the bands I've been listening to in the final 30 minutes of my day...Matchbox 20, Toad the Wet Sprocket, REM and James Taylor, just to name a few.

Man, I love good music. I'm becoming increasingly bummed that I'm going to miss the Pat McGee Band show in Lawrence next Thursday night. All in all, though, I can't really complain right now.

Have a great Friday night everybody!

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Home Again

Sorry for the increasingly less frequent posts lately. I don't know what's come over me! I know I've been travelling more and all, but that's no excuse! What the hell kind of blogger am I???

Speaking of travelling, the trip to Minneapolis went fine. I was out there to go on sales calls with one of our newer sales reps who is a fairly cool guy, even if he is a Missouri fan. We only had two client meetings and the new guy did well on both of them. I was pretty impressed.

The other bonus was that I was able to catch an earlier flight home yesterday so I could spend a little more time with my wife on her birthday. She was very gracious about me not being there in the morning and, luckily for me, she also liked the gifts she got.

So, let me publicly say a big Happy Birthday to my wife, K!

My Competitive Streak

The one thing I haven't mentioned yet is how I got a blister on my pinky finger during this trip.

Did I burn it on the iron? The coffee maker? No, no...not any of those things.

The answer?

AIR HOCKEY!!!

You see...it turns out my new colleague has a bit of a competitive streak in him. So once we arrived at the Mall of America to kill some time, we decided to hit the arcade.

First, he kicked my ass at a couple of video games, edged me out in two or three games of air hockey and then barely beat me at Pop-A-Shot.

Feeling sufficiently humbled, we went and grabbed a bite to eat, where I pretty much challenged him to any game in sight...pool, another Pop-A-Shot (but much bigger version, think 3-pointer compared to layups) and Golden Tee.

We ended up only playing the Pop-A-Shot (two games) and pool. Fortunately, I kicked his ass every time. In fact, he didn't make a single bucket in the first game of Pop-A-Shot. And pool? Let's just say it's not his strong suit.

Now that he was tasting the losing end, he wanted some revenge so we went back and played some more air hockey at the arcade.

Where I promptly beat him in 7 straight games.

And that, my friends, is how I came home from my trip with a blister on the knuckle on my pinkie finger.

Fascinating isn't it???

OK...not really.

More Visitors

Last weekend, my Mom and Dad came up for dinner and my Mom stayed the night because she had a conference here in town the next morning.

Well, this weekend, we'll have the in-laws and their dog staying with us from Friday through Monday and my folks will be here on Sunday. All of this is for my daughter's first communion.

So, basically, my weekend will be spent trying to maintain my sanity.

And, since I'm trying not to blog from work, I probably won't be posting much until sometime this weekend or, God forbid, when I get to Salt Lake City on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Random Thoughts

First....a big congrats to Dan on the arrival of his first son, affectionately known as GWS (for Good Will Sting). Will made his debut yesterday and I couldn't be happier for him and his wife.

If you haven't been over to Dan's go say hi.

So yesterday I'm on my flight up to Minnesota and I notice the guy sitting next to me is reading a book called, "Experiencing God." I couldn't help but wonder what would have gone through this guy's head if I'd have shown up with a copy of Maxim. Maxim's no Playboy or Penthouse, but it can be pretty risque.

This leads me to the next question...does anyone actually buy a Playboy or Penthouse from the airport gift shop? Do they read these on the plane???

If someone knows the answer to this, please let me know.

Also from yesterday...

I was sitting in the airport and plugged in my wireless card to see if there were any available networks and there was one that was described as "Ad hoc." I know what that term means, but not in the world of wireless networking. Can some of you more computer-savvy readers out there explain how this would be beneficial to me, if at all?

SURVEY
Since I don't have one of them newfangled survey tools for my blog, here's my low-tech one.

What do you do on a plane?

A) Sleep
B) Talk with neighbor
C) Read
D) Work
E) Listen to Music
F) Play on PC (games, watch movies, etc.)
G) Have sex

If you answer G, just consider me impressed.

Have a good one everybody!!!

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Monday, April 19, 2004

Advice: Don't Check Work E-Mail Before Bed

As I mentioned in my post from about two hours ago, I'm off to Minnesota tomorrow for work. Well...I decided to check my e-mail before heading to bed tonight.

And what did I find?

An e-mail from our VP asking me to attend a trade show in three weeks for three days.

Can someone explain to me how I can possibly say no to this?

Even though it will make 7 out of 9 weeks that I will be gone for three days or more, I feel like I have no real choice but to accept it. It's certainly not worth quitting over, but I know I'm not being paid enough to be gone this much.

I can tell you that I'm REALLY NOT looking forward to breaking the news to my wife in the morning.

I try to tell myself that this is an anomaly and it's not always going to be like this, but it doesn't make it any easier to tell your three kids that yes, Daddy's going to be gone for a few nights again this week.

SIGH...

And, on that note, good night all.

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Sunday, April 18, 2004

Minnesota Bound

The road trip continues tomorrow as I head up to Minnesota. But, before I take to the friendly skies, I have something like 5 meetings tomorrow morning AND I have to get a presentation for the next week's training to my boss before I leave tomorrow.

The weekend's been good, but busy. All of the kids had birthday parties to go to and K had a soccer game yesterday and softball practice today. Then, my folks came up to take us out to Lone Star for a good (but a little too rare) steak dinner. My mom's staying the night with us before she heads off to an early conference here in town (they live about an hour away).

Really not too much more to say, other than I'll try to post from the road.

Have a good week everyone!

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Friday, April 16, 2004

Victim of Blogging

On a downer note for a Friday night, it looks like one of my favorite bloggers, The Sarcastic Journalist, got fired today from her crappy reporting job. It's no big secret that she didn't like the paper she worked for (and no, I don't know which paper it is), but she kept the whole thing anonymous in terms of who the people and paper were.

It's obvious they were monitoring her Internet activity at work, which really blows my mind. I mean, really, what does the paper possibly get from this?

One of the commenters to her post today wondered if they fired her for the content of her blog or the act of blogging during working hours.

Hell...if she could get fired for that, I don't see why I couldn't at my job.

So, sadly, I won't be blogging from work anymore just to be safe...at least not for the near future (unless I can latch onto the neighbor's wireless network from time to time).

Here's the thing...I haven't been blogging that much from work lately anyway and when I was a lot it was because I was pissed about my job. Fortunately, things are slowly turning around so I'm interested enough in my work to keep me from blogging.

Today was a perfect example...SJ's was the first blog I checked out today and it was 11:00 at night.

Anyway...I just wanted to send some positive vibes over SJ's way and wish the best for her, her hubs and her soon-to-be-born baby girl.

Hang in there SJ.

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Nap time

I am so tempted to go take a nap in one of the many little enclaves we have around here.

I went and had Papa Keno's pizza for lunch with my brother and went to check out the new house he's moving in to next week. It looks very cool.

There's really nothing else to say, but I just felt like blogging because I could.

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Haiku Smackdown!

Head on over to Chris' place for the weekly Haiku Smackdown!

It's Haiku Smackdown!
Guaranteed laughs for the day
You won't regret it

In other news...please, please, please check out Fatty's guest post over at Dan's site...one of the funniest/saddest stories I've heard in a while.

How do I know all of this in the middle of the work day? Well...it seems as though everyone in my department, including the bosses, is either working from home or travelling today. There isn't a single sales rep here in the office today, so that just leaves us support folks.

And you know what?

That's just fine by me!

I think this will be one of my bloggiest days in quite some time!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ahhh-CHOO!!!

Damn allergies! They're kicking my ass again today, but I've taken only one Benadryl. I gotta say, though, that two worked a whole lot better...even if they did make me loopy (or loopier).

The positive side of all this is it means that the weather's finally getting warmer. It hit about 70 today and should be in the upper 70s tomorrow. Yay!!!!

I also picked out my "new" glasses today. Ok...so I got the same frames that I did last time (Eddie Bauer Tacoma), but with a new prescription. I've also got a great new vision plan, so I decided to get my first ever pair of prescription sunglasses. I was going to go with those transition lenses...you know, the ones that get darker when you go outside. I found out though that they don't get dark when you're in the car...the UV rays actually have to hit the lenses, so when you're in the car, the windshield blocks out SUV rays so they wouldn't get any darker while you're driving.

Anyway...to get to the point...I ended up getting both pairs of glasses, including polarized lenses (greatly reduces glare from the sun) on the sunglasses for under $80. To put this in perspective, the retail price for everything was $600! I'm quite pleased with the deal. The only negative is they have to special order the lenses for my regular glasses and they won't be ready for two weeks. I just hope they're ready before I head to Salt Lake City for work.

Speaking of work, today felt like Friday...probably because I haven't been in the office for more than three straight days in almost three weeks (and won't be for the next two). Sadly, there are two more days to go. I'm thinking I might work from home either tomorrow or Friday.

Time to go check out a few blogs and hit the sack...have a good one everybody!


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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Zzzzzzzzz

Why am I so sleepy you might ask???

Because I took two Benadryl this morning and, apparently, was only supposed to take one.

The plus side is, my allergies aren't bothering me right now.

The negative? I could break my nose at any moment when my face comes crashing down on my desk due to the need for sleep.

Hope your day is as good as mine!

One other note...today, I'm the guest poster for Dan while he awaits the arrival of his son. Have a good one everybody!

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Office Politics Suck

So today we had a big ol' meeting with our whole sales team...a big deal was made about being more urgent in hitting our goals...working harder, faster, better, etc.

This was followed by yours truly sending out an e-mail to most of said team about taking one of our teammates out for a birthday lunch. I really didn't think of it being a big deal. I mean...you've gotta eat right?

Well, our senior VP pulls me aside to say that it's not a good idea and we should re-schedule for after business hours. So now I'm feeling like a freaking idiot and feel like I've got another bad perception to make up for. GREAAAAT.

Oh well...at least I'm not reporting through that group anymore. That isn't to say he doesn't exert influence, but I'm not going to sweat it too much.

So now, instead of a birthday lunch with co-workers, I'll go out for a nice lunch with my wife. (And I'll still be gone for more than an hour, so there!)

On the homefront...

Tonight, I took our little boy, J, out with me to run a few errands. He and I don't get to spend much time just the two of us, so tonight was really cool. He LOVES it when he gets to ride in daddy's car, which is a very rare occasion, but we did exactly that tonight.

He behaved very well...especially at Target when I told him he couldn't have everything he wanted. I did let him keep the oranges, the CrunchBerries, the Gogurt and the Honey Nut Cheerios, though.

Oldest daughter, K, stayed home with a slight fever and cold today, so she missed batting cage practice tonight. It was going to be the first practice I made it too and she was sick. Nothing we can do about that, though. I'm sure it had nothing to do with her playing soccer in shorts in rainy, 42 degree weather.

Our friends from Arizona came by again last night and we had a barbecue roast and they hung out til about 9:00 before they headed back to their hotel. They flew back today, but we promised not to make it so long between visits next time.

On a final note...kudos to Phil Mickelson on winning his first Major on the PGA Tour yesterday when he put together an impressive comeback on the back 9 to beat Ernie Els at The Masters in Augusta, GA.

That's enough for today...until next time...

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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Soccer Saturday

And a cold, rainy one at that.

The temperature as we drove out to K's soccer game today was a scorching 42 degrees. Throw in a light drizzle on top of that and you can imagine how much fun it was to be outside on a day like this.

Given the weather conditions, though, I tried to be a good dad and had her throw a long-sleeve shirt on under her team t-shirt and some windpants on over her soccer shorts. Once we got there, she decided she didn't want to have the long pants on and just wanted to wear her shorts.

Nevermind the fact that every other girl on both teams was wearing sweatpants of some kind and several were wearing gloves AND headbands to keep their ears warm. Nope...K just had her shorts and long-sleeve shirt on. By halftime her legs were bright red, but she really didn't care...she was just having fun!

In the first half, neither team scored and I'd like to think K's goalie skills played a big part in that. Of course, it might have been that the other team kept falling on their butts when they slipped on the wet grass trying to kick the ball real hard.

The second half, though, was a completely different story. K's team was the beneficiary of playing what seemed to be the other team's B-team in the second half, as our girls scored 7 goals in the second half.

I'm proud to say that K had 3 goals and an assist on the 4th. While I'm of course proud of her for that, I was also impressed with how hard she played...even when she kept getting hit in the gut, the face and the knees by either the ball or the legs and arms of the other team. If she fell down, she just hopped back up and kept after the ball.

She's not the most athletic girl on the team, but she has been giving great effort the last few weeks and that's all I can ask for.

Monopoly Madness
As I mentioned earlier this week, we had some friends from Arizona coming to stay with us last night. They got here a little earlier than expected...around 1:00 in the afternoon...but that was fine by me as it gave me the chance to take the rest of the afternoon off.

For dinner, we carried in some Zarda barbecue that was quite tasty.

Then, after dinner and we got all the kids in bed after running them into the ground in the backyard, it was time to play a game of Monopoly.

You see...back before they moved to Arizona, we'd get together with R & D on an almost weekly basis to have dinner and usually play a game of Monopoly. As I've probably written before, I love Monopoly and tend to get a wee bit competitive. Fortunately, so do R & D, but we can be competitive in a friendly way.

Let's just say that R & D kicked my ass for the third straight time. (I lost twice when I was visiting them last fall.) Add to that the time I lost to my daughter K and I'm in a major Monopoly slump. (You could liken it to Tiger Woods' failure to win a major since 2002.)

We did have a great time playing, though, and we hope to get to see them tomorrow before they fly back home.

Until Next Time...

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Friday, April 09, 2004

Blog It Forward

Our good friend Buzz has declared today another Blog It Forward Day.

I've been a bad BIF'er the last few times he has made such a proclamation, so I am attempting to right those wrongs here before you today.

First up is Zoot.

I "met" Zoot through the first "Haiku Smackdown." (I'd post a link, but it varies from week to week, but it's always on Thursday.) She's a funny girl and is usually good for a few quality links. (Does that sound dirty to anyone else but me?) Go on over and say hi.

Next on the list, my friend Dansting. Head on over to his place to read some quality guest posts as he's taking a blogging break due to the pending arrival of his first son. You can always check out the archives and get a feel for the real Dansting. (Note: Dansting's language gets a bit colorful at times, but please be assured that he really is a great guy.)

Moving right along...I present, for your reading pleasure, DewNut! Dew is a single guy living up in Maine who I find myself feeling envious of. These feelings of envy usually come when he's posted about sleeping until 11:00 in the morning.

On a final note, I'd like to BIF Natalie as a thank you for adding me to her "Royal Family." Natalie's always good for a laugh and general merriment (not in THAT way...as far as you know).

I hope this has been enough to make up for my slackishness on previous BIF days.

And if you ever want to participate in Haiku Smackdown, it seems that Zoot and Chris always know where to go. (I'm ashamed to say that I've missed the past few Haiku Smackdowns and this upsets me greatly. I am seriously considering adding a recurring meeting to my Outlook calendar here at work so I don't forget!)

That's it for this (Good) Friday all! Have a great Easter weekend!

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Happy Early Easter!

I got this from a friend of work today.

Fairly amusing stuff.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Drinks 7, Workouts 0

OK...so I didn't exactly hit the goal of working out twice while in Buffalo. In fact, I didn't work out once. I'm blaming it on a combination of losing an hour in the morning by travelling east and then the extra hour lost in daylight savings time this week.

As for the work part of the trip, that was all good. I really like my new boss and the two of my co-workers that I met were also very cool. After our meetings on Tuesday, we drove over to Canada to check out Niagara Falls. Despite the fact that it snowed on our way to the Falls, it was still very, very cool and very impressive. I'd love to go back on a sunny summer day. Other than the falls, though, the area is touristy in a very Branson kind of way.

We did have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and I had my first LaBatt's Blue. I've loved the commercials with the bear...especially the one with the Pez-like beer dispenser. I gotta say, I really liked that beer and will be buying more of it.

Flyin' First Class
I'm happy to report that I was able to fly first class the whole way there and the whole way back...even with flying standby on earlier flights today coming home. (I love it when I can catch an earlier flight and get home before the kids go to bed.

As an added bonus (as if free drinks wasn't enough), I met Drew Bledsoe on the flight from Buffalo to Detroit today. I gotta say, I thought that was pretty cool. He seemed like a super nice guy.

"We Need To Talk About Your TPS Reports."
One thing I forgot to tell you about the Buffalo office of my company. All of their meeting rooms and break rooms follow an "Office Space" theme! All of my meetings were in the Lumberg Room and there was actually a TPS Room!

And with that, we conclude our blogcast day.
How cool is that?!

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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Bloggin' Before Buffalo

OK...this is really starting to bug me. I'm very disappointed with myself and the less frequent nature of my posts around here recently. It's not that I haven't had anything to say...I just haven't been taking the time to logon and write the words.

I'm not arrogant enough to think that I've been missed, but I did this to start writing more and I've been slacking. And that just ain't cool.

Speaking of slacking, I've also been less than persistent on the working out/losing weight resolution. I've been better this weekend, mainly because of all of the spring cleaning, both inside and outside of the house and I've also just been trying to eat better. I checked my blood pressure the other day at Target and for the first time in my life it was actually in the high range on the machine. Add that to my already high cholesterol levels and weight problems and I'm definitely NOT liking the direction this is going. When I go to Buffalo this week, I'm going to challenge myself to work out at least two out of the three days. I'll let you know if I follow through on that or not.

As I just mentioned, this weekend was dedicated to spring cleaning in the Play By Play household. We've got some friends coming in from Arizona later this week along with their 2-year-old. My wife's never seen their little boy in person and we just want to get the place as clean as possible. Yesterday was almost all outside stuff and today was the garage and getting started on laundry and vaccuuming, etc.

Today, K also had a 2-hour softball clinic where we both got sunburned, which gave K a perfect excuse to come out of her room 9 times after bedtime tonight. She had one of her teammates over after the clinic and they played some more before we went to Pizzeria Uno for dinner with her family. Dinner was good, but very drawn out. I went with the usual...the Chicago Classic pizza.

Moving Right Along...

Other events of the weekend...watched The Rundown with The Rock, Christopher Walken and Stifler from American Pie. I thought it was an entertaining movie...especially with Christopher Walken being in it. If he's in a movie, I'm probably going to like it. I was also surprised to see that the film was directed by Peter Berg, who was on Chicago Hope.

(Linguistic question for you...why is someone ON a TV show, but they are IN a movie?)

With the Final Four starting on Saturday, I watched the games with great interest and was very happy with the results as I did pick both UConn and Georgia Tech to win in one of my pools and that's guaranteed me my first ever NCAA Tournament Pool victory. Unfortunately, it cost me a second place finish in my other pool, but I think I finished third, so I'll be happy with that. I'm looking forward to getting that $80 or so.

I think I've whined in an earlier post about the fact that I started achieving elite status with my airline, hotel and car rental programs right when I'm not travelling anymore. One of those was with Northwest which gives me free upgrades to first class if space is available at check-in. So, the Buffalo trip is my first Northwest flight since I achieved that status, and I am happy to say that I did indeed get my first class seats for both legs of my trip to Buffalo. I'll find out on Tuesday if I get it coming home.

This should make tomorrow a pretty good day from a travel perspective. I get to "miss" an entire afternoon of work while flying in first class with complimentary alcohol and then getting to Buffalo in time to watch the NCAA Championship Game without any interruptions, since I don't have to meet my new boss until Tuesday morning.

Well...the dryer just buzzed, so on that laundry-themed note, I shall quote Jon Cryer's infamous Duckie in Pretty In Pink..."I'm off like a dirty shirt!"




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Thursday, April 01, 2004

Movie Night!

Yeah, I know it doesn't sound like your typical Wednesday night, but that's what it becomes when you realize you rented two movies from Blockbuster a week ago and they're due tomorrow morning. Why I wait until the last minute to watch these things, I have no idea.

So we started off the night with Jack Black's School of Rock. It was quite entertaining, but not outright hilarious, which I tend to expect from Mr. Black. Still, though, definitely a good flick. And, surprisingly, with the exception of a few bad words, I'd even let my kids watch it. Joan Cusack was also very good in it, which she almost always is in all of her films.

Next up, Once Upon A Time In Mexico with Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp and the ever so gorgeous Salma Hayek. I'd heard two not-very-positive reviews of this movie in the past week or two from friends, but it has Salma Hayek in it, so really....how bad can it be?

In watching the movie, I've learned that a) Salma Hayek's role is nowhere near big enough b) Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, Enrique Iglesias and Mickey Rourke are all in it and c) did I mention that Salma Hayek should be in it more?

Anyway, it's not that bad. There are ton of gunfights and I think the story is ok as the sequel to Desperado (also with Banderas and Hayek).

Trip Review

My trip to Louisville was fine...nothing too exciting. I did have a great steak dinner with my co-worker at a place called Kunz's (sp?). The filet mignon was awesome!

The unfortunate part of the trip was that we had to fly on a turbo prop airplane from Milwaukee to Louisville and back. Man, those things are loud! And to top it off my laptop battery died on the flight down so I didn't even have music to drown out the sound.

Training was fine, but LONG. Maybe that's because I maybe slept an hour the night before. Usually I don't have any problems sleeping, but that was a TERRIBLE night! So I'm still tired tonight, but here I am watching the damn movie!

I was glad that I didn't end up sitting next to my co-worker on the flight back as she apparently got sick 7 or 8 times during the hour long flight from Milwaukee to Kansas City. Definitely NOT fun times for her.

Also on that flight, I ended up sitting in the front row across the aisle from a little girl who looked to be about 7 or 8 years old. She was flying alone and I saw her crying as the plane took off.

I hate seeing little kids cry...especially with no parents to console them. Yet, in this day and age, I feel like I can't even be nice or initiate a conversation with her to try to make her feel better. I offered her some snacks I'd gotten from the flight attendant, but she said she was ok. I did find a small plastic Hello Kitty figurine that one of my daughters must have stuck in my bag. I knew they wouldn't miss it, so I went ahead and gave that to her. It seemed to improve her mood a little bit. And, ultimately she ended up being fine during the rest of the trip.

When we got to KC, I was waiting for my co-worker to make sure she was alright and saw a guy in the concourse getting his ID out. I figured it was her dad and told him that she was upset during takeoff. Turns out she's travelled alone a lot before and her tears were because her grandma had just died. I felt so bad for her having to leave from, presumably, the funeral and having to make that flight home alone. Would it have been THAT bad for one of her parents to fly with her? Just doesn't make sense to me.

So anyway, now I'm back home for another couple of days before heading off to Buffalo. Should be alright though.

Anyway, thanks for reading.

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